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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-06-29

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Groner wants Jewish hospice 8
Just Asking about programs for seniors 20
A look at rabbinical gadfly Lynn Gottlieb 38

::.. Critiquing the media 80

THE JEWISH

SERVING DETROIT'S METROPOLITAN JEWISH COMMUNITY

THIS ISSUE 40c

Farrakhan hits gutter
outlaw nation'

New York (JTA) — Black Mus-
lki;1 leader Louis Farrakhan's Sun-
* attack on Judaism as a "gutter
-f-religion," and on Israel as an "out-
Ailw" nation, was greeted this week
1iNi1th outrage from the Jewish com-
ity and renewed calls on Rev.
sse Jackson to repudiate the politi-
1 support Farrakhan has given to
ckson's Democratic Presidential
Campaign.
Jackson, who was in Havana for
.a.meeting with Fidel Castro, was an-
' , \enoyed when asked to react to Far-
takhan's latest attack on the Jewish
'community. "I think it's absurd .. .
that you are trying to get a reaction
from me on this," he told CBS News.
"In America, people have the free-
dom of speech to say what they want
about whom they want to. Don't keep
putting me in the middle of that."
Nevertheless, representatives of
leading American Jewish organiza-
tions called on JacksOn to unequivoc-
- ally repudiate Farrakhan, whose
10;000-member Nation of Islam
;;group has provided support for
'Jackson's campaign efforts in recent
months. Similar calls were issued to
''Jackson after Farrak'han had called
Hitler a "great man" and after the
Muslim leader had warned American
Jews about interferring in Jackson's
quest for the Democratic nomination.
In the speech, delivered from the
headquarters of the Nation of Islam,
Farrakhan also said that Israel "will
'lever have any peace because there
can be no peace structured on injus-
tice, lying and deceit and using the
name of God to shield your gutter
religion." The speech followed a re-

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Cent visit by Farrakhan to Libya
where he met with Col. Muammar
Qaddafi.
The Muslim leader called the
formation of Israel "cold, naked
scheming and plotting and planning
against the lives of a people there in
Palestine." He also said that Zionist
leaders had made a deal with Hitler
not to boycott German products be-
fore World War II after he allowed
65,000 German Jews to emigrate and
$100 million in Jewish assets to be
transferred to Palestine. He said the
"deal" was outlined in the recently
released book, The Transfer Agree-
ment, by Edwin Black, who Far-
rakhan described "as one of their
own."
Describing Farrakhan's rhetoric
as "poisonous hatred" and "foul-
mouthed slander," Rabbi Alexander ,
Schindler, president of the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations,
assailed the "silence of the religious
forces and political leadership in our
society that should be publicly de-
nouncing" Farrakhan.
"Where are the voices of con-
science among the American people?
Where is the National Council of
Churches? Where . is the National
Conference of- Catholic Bishops?
Where is the NAACP, the National
Urban League, the Southern Chris-
tian Leadership Conference?" Schin-
dler declared. "Are Jews to be left to
protest alone in the face of Far-
rakhan's ugly and contemplative
anti-Semitism?"
Nathan Perlmutter, the na-
tional director of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai B'rith,
condemned Farrakhan's comments
as the "mouthings of a demagogue."
He said, "The continued reluctance of
Jesse Jackson to repudiate his politi-
cal ally appears to have emboldened
Farrakhan into speaking his position
wantonly and without restraint."
Howard Friedman, president of
the American Jewish Committee, de-
scribed Farrakhan's remarks as "de-
spicable and un-American. It calls for
the strongest denunciation by all
Americans, especially those who run
for political office and who are lead-
ers of racial, ethnic and religious
groups." Friedman called on Jackson

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Lafayette Park resident Judy Harris and her two children, Molly and Adam,
enjoy a little "country" in the heart of the city on their townhouse patio.

CITY LIMITS

One segment of Detroit's Jewish community never
joined the race to the suburbs, choosing instead
the cultural traditions and urban vitality
inherent to life south of Eight Mile. But for others,
there- was no choice . . .

BY TEDD SCHNEIDER

STORY STARTS ON PAGE 14

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