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November 16, 1984 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-11-16

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, November 16, 1984

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tion since the revolution which
brought them to power in 1979.
The Sandinistas claim the elec-
tion shows wide-spread approval
of their five-year rule. The elec-
tion turnout exceeded 80 percent
of the nearly 1.6 million eligible
voters. Lack of "significant oppo-
1 sition" at the polls, including the
Sandinistas' leading critics, led
the U.S. State Department to call
the election a "farce."
But still— what did a "nice
Jewish boy from Detroit" do in
Nicaragua at a time of Jewish fes-
tive celebration? Shor said that he
spent some time learning the var-
ious, aspects of the Nicaraguan
religious structure, and the proc-
ess of change it has undergone,
thanks to the revolution.
Nicaraguan "Delegates of the
Word," as Shor called them, are a
lot like "the local rebbe." "They
lead services and use the Bible to
illuminate the social transforma-
tion in their lives." Shor added
that the Catholic heirarchy in
Nicaragua feels threatened by
these local religious leaders.
"They (the Delegates of the
Word) carry through a spiritual
renewal," Shor said.
The two-week trip coincided
with Yom Kippur and, according
to Shor, a service was compiled,
connecting the themes of the day
with the themes of the mission.
"It was more of a rememberance
of the day than a service," Shor
said. "It dealt with repentence as
it ties in with the injustices per-
petrated in Nicaragua and the
subsequent search for justice."
"We can't only change the poli-
tics," Shor said. "We also have to
change the spiritual and cultural
aspects as well." Quoting a verse
from Isaiah, he. said, "We must
beat the swords into plow shares."
Press censorship by the gov-
ernment is a major problem in
Nicaragua, but must be under-
stood in terms of a war which they
are trying to fight, Shor said.
Considering the ties which the
Sandinistas have to the Soviet
Union, political cartoons have ap-
peared in, and have been censored
from the newspapers. Some depict
junta chief Ortega being led by
the hand by two outstretched
arms labeled "Cuba" and "USSR".
"It's things like this, things
which could and would appear in
the American press, for which I
can see no reason for censorship.
The censorship hurts the coun-
try."
Shor said Nicaragua is a case of
"revolution versus counterrevolu-
tion." The U.S., he added, "seems
to always support the most dic-
tatorial governments — that of
Guatemala, for instance." Shor
added that "the right wing has
never been brought to trial for its
crimes."
"Granted," Shor went on, "their
lives have been improved, but the
overall policy and presence of the
United States in Nicaragua is
wrong."
"We just don't want to see an-
other Vietnam," Shor said. "It's
genocide."
And yet the question remains
— what is to be done in
Nicaragua?
"If we as Americans are con-

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