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February 15, 1985 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-02-15

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Friday, February 15, 1985

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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This coupon entitles the bearer to $20 Off any
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Offer expires February 22, 1985. Clip this coupon
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A John Kent Man dresses better for less.

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We can if possible repair or remake
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ness of Gondar in northern
Ethiopia. The average age of
the immigrants was 14. One
man carried his old father on
his back all the way to Khar-
toum, like Aeneas. Within 24
hours the Falashas (the word
is old Ethiopic for "stranger";
these Jews never use it to de-
scribe themselves, however,
but prefer to call themselves
beta Isra'el, "the house of Is-
rael") were given Israeli citi-
zenship and issued identity
cards. This was in accordance
with the Law of Return of July
5, 1950, that sublime symbol
of Jewish self-help, which
states that "every Jew has the
right to immigrate to the
country." Full stop. The opera-
tion cost $100 million, much of
it provided by American
Jewish organizations and in-
dividuals. It was a kind of open
secret. But its disclosure in the
press forced its cancellation;
the Sudanese government had
been caught in a shameful ef-
fort to save Jewish lives.
About 6,000 more Jews re-
main in Ethiopia, and it is
doubtful that they will escape
the starvation (and the hostil-
ity, which predated the
famine, of the mean pro-Soviet
satrapy that rules the miser-
able country.)
There is a Hebrew term that
is hard to translate. It is bit-
zu'ism. An accurate and awk-
ward English equivalent
would be "implemen-
tationism." During the 1930s
and 1940s there was a notion
called "practical Zionism,"
which conveys a bit of the
temper of the term. It lies very
deep in the psyche and the
political culture of Israel. To
call somebody a bitzu'ist is to
pay him or her a very high
compliment. The bitzu'ist is
the builder, the irrigator, the
pilot, the gunner, the settler.
In the history of the Jewish
state the bitzu'ist is really a
social type: crusty, resource-
ful, impatient, sardonic, effec-
tive, not much in need of
thought but not much in need
of sleep either. None of the
ideologists of Zionism, and
there were many, expounded
upon bitzu'ism; indeed, its im-
portance lies precisely in its
proud indifference to ideology.
It is, rather, the idea of getting
things done promoted to the
status of a principle. It is a be-
lief in action, but not the sort
that offends. The bitzu'ist is
not interested in proofs of the
national will or anything else
occult. He is interested solely
in results.
The intensity of the Israeli
passion for activism undoubt-
edly owes something to the

Marriam Cramer Ring

STORM DOORS

"No explanation should
be necessary for taking
care of one's own."

rather mixed consequences of
Jewish quietism through the
ages. For centuries the Jews
had dreamed of deliverance,
but they were not delivered.
Now they would become deliv-
erers.Bitzu'ism was developed
late in the day as an attitude
toward emergency. The pro-
position is that there is only
one thing to be done about an
emergency, and that is to end
it; and that there is only one
people that can be relied upon
to end it, and that is your own.
Startlingly simple, but startl-
ingly rare. In the aftermath of
the Holocaust, for example,
tens of thousands of
smashed-up Jewish survivors
found themselves in displaced
persons camps in Europe; and
tens of thousands more in ref-
ugee camps in Cyprus,
warmed by the same sun as
Palestine but forbidden by the
British to find respite there.
Jewish leaders had a decision
to make. They could orate and
agitate: mount demonstra-
tions, draw up lists of de-
mands, dispatch letters to the
editor, convene conferences,
make representations to third
parties, and so on. None of it
violated any law, or any code
of international behavior; but
none of it was of any profit to
the people in pain. Or they
could, under cover of night,
sneak their fellow Jews onto
boats and sail them to the
Levantine shore and smuggle
them across the beaches. All in
contravention to many things,
except survival. The decision
was easy. Make the protesta-
tions, and make them again;
but also arrange the border
crossings, establish the transit
stations, obtain the food and

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