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CANDLELIGHTING AT 6:38 P.M.
VOL. LXXXVII, NO. 7
Congressman George W. Crockett Jr. of Detroit learned no more on his
fourth visit to the Middle East than was apparent from his earlier trips. His
Oct. 4 article in the Detroit Free Press reads like a PLO public relations
Possibly his views were tainted by his itinerary. According to his article,
Crockett met with King Hussein, the PLO's Yassir Arafat, the U.S.
ambassador in Jordan and the consul general in Jerusalem, four deposed
Arab mayors, "Israeli and Palestinian citizens" and "Israeli occupation
The emphasis on Arab leaders and pro-Arab officials could explain
Crockett's distorted view of Israeli policy:
"The reason for Israel's intransigence is apparent: The Likud Party does
not believe it to be in Israel's interest to change the status quo on the West
Bank until there are far more and larger settlements on the West Bank,
resulting in the expulsion or complete subjugation of thousands more Arab
inhabitants. The Labor Party does not dare negotiate with Jordan, the PLO or
any other participant for fear of forfeiting its present coalition with the
How convenient to forget that Israel, under an "intransigent" Likud
regime, returned the "occupied" Sinai to Egypt. How convenient to forget 38
years of Labor pleadings to Jordan, and other Arab governments, to negotiate
peace with Israel. And we are reminded daily of the threat to any Arab leader
who dares accepts that invitation. Shall we also forget Anwar Sadat?
Rep. Crockett has consistently opposed foreign aid programs in an effort
to boost domestic programs. He has accepted the Arab viewpoint in the
Middle East in an effort to end years of strife in that area. His motives are
exemplary; his rationale , is not, and that will not aid the cause of pegce in the
Right-wing extremists have moved into the area of high technology
through two computerized networks which link like-minded activists from all
over the country. According to the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith,
these operations are the work of Louis Beam, Texas Grand Dragon of the
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and a leader of the Idaho-based hate group
known as the Aryan Nations, and George Dietz, a West Virginia farm broker
who owns the largest neo-Nazi publishing mill in the U.S.
The system can be accessed by dialing phone numbers in Idaho, Texas or
North Carolina and offers messages such as "The Case Against the
Holocaust," which asserts that the genocide of Jews was a hoax and
Bergen-Belsen was merely a "sick prisoners' camp.", Another message
attacking "Negro Michael Jackson" condudes: "Only the Jews could have
thought up such a creature as Michael Jackson for the youthful 'goyim' to
Anyone with a home computer and a modem ,(phone link-up) can reach
these bulletin boards by phone and receive a variety of hate messages.
The sponsoring bigots are not seeking to reach an adult audience. They
are going after the children and teenagers who spend time withhome
computers, who are susceptible to propaganda and who lack knowledge of
These computerized hate messages area sobering reminder that the need
for vigilance against racism and anti-Semitism is constant.
Detroit's Walk Will Carry
A Tradition For A Lifetime
BY PAUL D. BORMAN AND STANLEY D. FRANKEL
Special to the Jewish News
A few weeks ago, Detroit was
singled out by the United-Jewish Ap-
peal for having the finest Federation
campaign in the country in 1984.
To a lot of us, it came as no sur-
prise. That year saw Allied Jewish
Campaign breakthroughs both in dol-
lars raised and in the number of new
contributors — only two of the rea-
sons why the Pinchas Sapir National
Campaign Achievement Award went
to our Jewish Welfare Federation.
Volunteers and contributors
alike made it all happen, not only in
1984 but year after year, in good
times and bad.
You see, 1984 was a fluke.
There is a quality of heart in De-
troit — a special, indefinable spirit
that makes each Campaign award-
winning. Or, to borrow a word from
our children's lingo, awesome.
We saw it in '84, recovering from
a severe recession. But we also saw it
back in 1945, responding to the needs
of Jewish refugees in Europe. In
1948, with the rebirth of the Jewish
state. In '67 and '73, when Israel's
survival was on the line.
When the opportunity presented
itself to rescue the Jews of Yemen,
then the Jews of Iraq, of the Soviet
Union and of Ethiopia. Detroiters re-
sponded without hesitation. We saw
history being written, and we wanted
to be part of it.
Many of us can remember that
day ten years ago when Americans
and Israelis walked side by side
through the streets of Jerusalem to
show our solidarity against the
anti-Semitic U.N. resolution equat-
ing Zionism with racism.
Once again, there was plenty of
Paul D. Borman and Stanley Frankel are
chairmen of the 1986 Allied Jewish
Jewish heart in evidence that day
walked down Jaffa Road. Once agai
at a moment when it appeared th
Israel would stand alone, Americ
Jewry — her steadfast partner
was at her side.
This Sunday, as we Walk As 0
past the imposing structures wit
the Jewish Community Campus,
will also see the tangible evidence
our partnership here at home. '
will see our parents and grai
parents living well-deserved comf
and dignity at Hechtman Federat .
Apartments and at Fleischman 1
dence, the newest facility operated
the Jewish Home for Aged. We N
share with our children in this da d
fun and purpose at the Jewish C(
munity Center, whose facilities
programs meet the recreational I
cultural needs of all ages.
These Federation agencies
and others that educate, counsel
care for thousands of Detroiters
exist because the members of
community take their responsibi
very seriously. That is why, when
Walk As One this Sunday, we
have a host of memories and m