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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-05-17

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Friday, May 17, 1985

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

THE JEWISH NEWS

Serving Detroit's Metropolitan Jewish Community
with distinction for four decades.

Editorial and Sales offices at 20300 Civic Center Dr.,
Suite 240, Southfield, Michigan 48076
Telephone (313) 354-6060

PUBLISHER: Charles A. Buerger
EDITOR EMERITUS: Philip Slomovitz
EDITOR: Gary Rosenblatt
BUSINESS MANAGER: Carmi M. Slomovitz
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NEWS EDITOR: Alan Hitsky
LOCAL NEWS EDITOR: Heidi Press
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Tedd Schneider
LOCAL COLUMNIST: Danny Raskin

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Marlene Miller
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PRODUCTION:
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.c 1985 by The Detroit Jewish News (US PS 275-520)

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Subscriptions: 1 year - $21 — 2 years - $39 — Out of State - $23 — Foreign - $35

CANDLELIGHTING AT 8:28 P.M.

VOL. LXXXVII, NO. 12

Time To Apologize

Though the controversy over Bitburg has receded and the mood seems to
suggest a willingness to move forward, Elie Wiesel and the 65 members of the
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council are insistent on seeking a public apology
from President Reagan for his statement equating German soldiers and six
million Jews as victims of Hitler.
Wiesel said in an interview, with The Jewish News that his intention was
not to embarrass the President but to set the record straight. "The over-riding
issue here is morality," he said. "I am not a politician. I am concerned with
memories, with history and with justice." He said that "the Jewish
community feels that our very soul has been soiled" and it is incumbent upon
the President to admit his error and clarify his statement.
Politicians may argue that it is time to take the pressure off Mr. Reagan
but Wiesel is right. The issue transcends politics. If the President's statement
equating the victims and the victimizers remains the statement, history will
suffer.

An End To Disunity

An unusually impressive step toward spiritual unity in American Jewry
was takeT, recently when Rabbi Alexander M. Shapiro, president of the
Rabbinical Assembly of America (Conservative), addressed the Rabbinical
Council of America (Orthodox) at its annual convention in the Homawack
Resort in the Catskills.
Rabbi Shapiro, pleading for unity among the Jewish religious elements
in this country, declared that "in the long run, in order for Judaism to survive
in America, there must be an outreach to all of the disaffected factions and the
alienated, to all those who thirst for the word of God, even if we interpret that
word in a different way." Itwas a call for action to prevent disunity, to create a
coordinated spirit of amity among Jews in an effort to strengthen solidarity
for Jewish involvements.
While some dissenters walked out on the Conversative representative,
there is reason to hope that the Orthodox leadership will give serious
consideration and the hand of friendship in the realistic task of preventing
internal conflicts at a time when respectful consideration of differing views is
so vital to Jewish unity.
Indeed; there are differing views regarding Jewish observances and
approaches to spiritual interpretations. But they must be approached with a
realization that Jewish unity is vital — vital to Jewish existence.

Armenian Agonies

There is more than one agonized anniversary on the calendar of human
emotions. Christians as well as Jews are taking into account the lessons of the
Holocaust. Not to be ignored under any circumstance is the Armenian
tragedy dating back to World War I.
There is more than sympathy with the Armenian protests over the mass
murder of more than a million Armenians during the Turkish fiascos. It was
in itself another Holocaust which demands sympathy with the suffering
people, coupled with pledges that humanity neither forget nor allow
repetition of horrors that call for speedy adoption by the United States Senate
of the Genocide Convention.

OP-ED

Lyndon LaRouche And
The ADL: Strike Four

BY J.Q. PURCELL AND ELLEN WEISBURD

The U.S. District Court jury in
Alexandria listened to charges and in-
sinuations from the man's lawyers for
more than a week, heard the evidence,
and then decided that political cult
leader Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. hadn't
been defamed after all. Not by the
Anti-Defamation League, not by NBC
television. In fact, the jury seemed to
have decided that the plaintiff was
himself the culprit in this, the least
publicized of the season's three
megabuck media libel cases.
LaRouche, the onetime Marxist
who has been a perennial right-wing
Presidential candidate, is the leader of
a bizarre worldwide network of organ-
izations which blames most of human-
ity's ills on plots by imagined secret
societies, the "dope lobby," the Queen
of, England, ADL and other Jewish
organizations, etc., etc. They believe
that they, the LaRouches, alone hold
the cures.
Two NBC telecasts, the Nightly
News and the now-defunct First Cam-
era, had reported that LaRouche's
organizations indulged in smear cam-
paigns, sabotaged 1984 campaign ap-
pearances of candidate Walter Mon-
dale, intimidated reporters and used
lawsuits as weapons against exposure.
Included in the telecasts was the
Anti-Defamation League's charge
that the writings of the cult leader
himself have included crass anti-
Semitism.
LaRouche instituted a $150 mil-
lion libel suit agains NBC, ADL, ADL
Fact Finding director Irwin Suall,
ADL Midwest area director A. Abbot
Rosen, NBC producer Pat Lynch and
two of the network's reporters, claim-
ing that the televised statements
about him were false and defamatory
and that the defendants had conspired

Purcell is special assistant to the director
of the Anti-Defamation League Civil
Rights Division. Ms. Weisburd is an
assistant director of the Legal Affairs
Department.

to destroy his political aspirations and
influence.
In response, NBC countersued,
claiming that LaRouche had inter-
fered with the network's newsgather-
ing in its preparation of the broad-
casts.
LaRouche, who had stayed away
from the courtroom in fear of "assassi-
nation," finally appeared to testify on
the eighth day. Escorted by two body-
guards, he explained that "people are
trying to kill me" and referred to the

He said that NBC's charges
had damaged his life's
prime function" and then,
interestingly, that only the
in-sane would believe such
charges.

NBC broadcasts as "a media assassi-
nation in progress." Ironically, the sole
hint of violence to surface during the
trial was a telephone death threat
against NBC's Pat Lynch. An FBI in-
vestigation was ordered and Lynch
took the witness stand for four full
days.
Lyndon LaRouche's appearance
marked the first time he has been sub-
jected to intensive questioning under
oath, and it provided revealing in-
sights into the man. He described him-
self as "a philosopher sitting on a
stone" and compared his writings to
the works of Plato and St. Augustine.
He said that NBC's charges had dam-
aged his life's "prime function" and
then, interestingly, that only the "in-
sane" would believe such charges. He
denied that he headed any organiza-
tions, insisting he belonged only to a
loose worldwide association of some
sort that included the late Indian
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He has

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