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November 30, 1984 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-11-30

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Friday, November 30, 1984 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS


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Anthony Lewis

Continued from Page 4

compassionately about civil
abuses on the West Bank — as
he should — without a word on
Arab atrocities against Jews.
In many cases, he has been
less than intellectually forth-
right. For instance, to prove
what he believes is a more
"moderate" stand toward ac-
cepting the existence of Israel,
he quotes "temperate" PLO
statements while ignoring
those which still call for the
destruction of Israel.
The list goes on. He has, in
short, been very selective in
his reporting. And his Sharon
column clearly reflects per-
sonal pique rather than cool,
detached political commen-
The irony in the Sharon suit
is that the merits of the
arguments and the truth of the
case will probably not be de-
cided on the facts, as Lewis
who is a constitutional student
knows, but rather on the prin-
ciples handed down by the
Supreme Court in 1964 in the
famous New York Times vs.
Sullivan case.
That case held that public
officials, to be awarded relief
in a libel case, must not only
prove that the report in ques-
tion was inaccurate but that it
was published by the defen-
dant with the knowledge that
it was untrue or with a display
of reckless disregard for the
It is extremely difficult to
legally meet these standards
in a court of law. Recently,
however, more juries have
awarded plaintiffs libel judg-
ments, apparently believing
that aggrieved parties deserve
some relief regardless of the
motivation, but appellate
courts have reversed these de-
That is what the experts
predict may happen in the
Sharon case.

Regardless of the outcome,
the point is that if the charge
of conspiring to commit a mas-
sacre is false, then Sharon cer-
tainly has a right to set the
record straight — Lewis' per-
sonal resentment not-
The tragedy is that Lewis,
who enjoyed a reputation as an
eminent journalist, could add
much to the discussion on
Middle East policies/ There is
much to debate; much to
criticize; much to question—
on both sides.
Unfortunately, all he has
managed to do in the last few
years is diminish his credibil-
ity and produce columns
which resemble propagada
and not journalism.

Court backs
Zamir ruling
in Sharon case

Jerusalem (JTA) — The Israel
Supreme Court on Tuesday up-
held Attorney General Yitzhak
Zamir's denial ofTime magazine's
request for classified documents
and testimony by high-ranking
Israeli officials to aid its defense
in the $50 million libel suit
brought by former Defense Minis-
ter Ariel Sharon.
The court at the same time ap-
proved Zamir's announcement
that he would recommend to the
Cabinet that it authorize third
parties acceptable to both sides in
the case to examine the secret
documents and respond to ques-
tioning by Time's attorneys about
their content.
The magazine- seeks access to
an unpublished addendum of the
Kahan Commission's report on
the Sabra and Shatila refugee
camps massacre.
According to Time, the material
will support its published sugges-
tion that Sharon encouraged the
massacre by the Lebanese Chris-
tian Phalangist militia, Sharon is
suing Time on grounds that this is
untrue and a defamation of char-


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Jerusalem (JTA) — The con-
troversial Who is a Jew" law will
be brought before the Knesset
again. The executive committee of
the Labor-Likud unity govern-
ment discussed the matter and
agreed that Premier Shimon
Peres and Deputy Premier Yit-
zhak Shamir will decide the tim-
ing. They are expected to an-
nounce it during Chanukah,
which begins Dec. 19.
The matter was raised by sev-
eral Knesset members of the Na-
tional Religious Party, the new
religious party Morasha, Likud
and Tehiya. It faces powerful op-

position, however. It was soundly
defeated the last time it was
brought to the Knesset during the
Likud-led regime, despite the
strong personal backing of then
Premier Menachem Begin.
The measure, long demanded
by the religious parties and the
Orthodox rabbinate, would
amend Israel's Law of Return to
exclude from automatic citizen-
ship any convert to Judaism who
was converted by a non-Orthodox
rabbi. The bill has been de-
nounced by the Reform and Con-
servative branches of Judaism in
Israel and the U.S.

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