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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-11-01

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

Editorial and Sales offices at 20300 Civic Center Dr.,
Suite 240, Southfield, Michigan 48076-4138
Telephone (313) 354-6060

PUBLISHER: Charles A. Buerger
EDITOR EMERITUS: Philip Slomovitz
EDITOR: Gary Rosenblatt
CONSULTANT: Carmi M. Slomovitz
ART DIRECTOR: Kim Muller-Thym
NEWS EDITOR: Alan Hitsky

Lauri Biafore
Allan Craig
Rick Nessel
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Marlene Miller
Dharlene Norris
Phyllis Tyner
Pauline Weiss
Ellen Wolfe

Donald Cheshure
Cathy Ciccone
Curtis Deloye
Ralph Orme

© 1985 by The Detroit Jewish News (US PS 275-520)
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A Timely Appeal

If the Soviet Union cannot live up to the Helsinki accords on human
rights, which the USSR signed, can it be trusted to live up to an
agreement to halt the nuclear arms race?
That is the question of the hour.
As the U.S.-USSR Geneva summit approaches, President Reagan
should give serious thought to measuring Soviet sincerity by their
response to issues of basic human rights. The President, in his address to
the United Nations General Assembly, affirmed once again his intense
concern about human rights in the Soviet Union. Now he will have the
opportunity to deal with the issue forcefully and directly when he meets
with Soviet leader Gorbachev.
With the doors of Jewish emigration virtually shut, the President
must make it clear to the Soviet leadership that their adherence to a
treaty on human rights is not just a Jewish issue. It is an international
issue and it is as good a gauge as any to their commitment to keep their

Successful Beginning

The Holocaust Memorial Center is marking a milestone Sunday
evening. Its first anniversary dinner at the Westin Hotel completes a
significant year for one of Detroit's newest, and arguably most important,
Senators, Congressmen, dignitaries from the Jewish and general
communities will mark the HMC's year with well-deserved speeches and
recognition. Yet the importance of the Holocaust Memorial Center will
rest far from the banquet Sunday evening, and even far from the HMC
facility itself.
The Jewish community and Holocaust survivors groups have worked
extremely hard over the years to make the credo of "Never -Forget" a
reality. The laudable aim to remind the world of the dark chapter of the
Nazi Holocaust has as its purpose the prevention of a sequel. Noble
efforts have been made by individuals and groups in this regard, but few
of these efforts have paid dividends as quickly and as handsomely as the
Holocaust Memorial Center.
More than 120,000 persons have visited the HMC in its first year of
operation — more than seven times the origianl projections according to
Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig, the HMC's director. Most importantly, these
visitors have had the educational experience of seeing the impressive
facility and its haunting exhibits. And they are haunting because the
multi-media presentations bring to life for half our population who were
not yet born the tragedy and horror of the Holocaust.
Among the HMC's 120,000 visitors this year were groups from 125
different schools. It is these schoolchildren that are the raison d'etre of
the Holocaust Memorial Center. If the HMC can continue to expand its
outreach programs, and continue to draw visitors from far beyond the
Jewish community, it will more than fulfill the lofty goals and high
promise of its first year.


Unholy Four: Farrakhan,
Khomeini, Qaddafi, Arafat


Special to The Jewish News

The real danger posed by the re-
cent, highly-publicized speeches of
the Rev. Louis Farrakhan is that he
is beginning to be treated as big-
time media entertainment.
Audiences appear to be in-
trigued by the Farrakhan psychod-
rama — the bizarre scene of frown-
ing bodyguards in bow-ties; the
bravura rhetoric and its outrageous
apocalyptic imagery; the wholesale
frisking of an entire audience; the
mindless, uncritical excitement of
the media over another circus "hap-
pening." -
The danger is that mesmerized
preoccupation with the theater
obscures or diminishes the content of
what Farrakhan is really preaching
— his precise ideology, his geo-
political world-view, his propaganda
A study of Farrakhan's speeches
and writings since the 1950s dis-
closes that he has a coherent world-
view, that at its core is rabidly
anti-white, anti-American, anti-
Semitic and anti-Israel. Defenders of
American democracy, and certainly
the Jewish community, cannot afford
to dismiss Farrakhan as if he were
some minstrel act.
Should he continue to gain large
audiences and increased media expo-
sure — and should the PLO and
Libya's Muammar Qaddafi continues
to pour added millions of dollars into
his coffers — Farrakhan might well
become a significant source of
poisonous pollution of the wells of
American democracy. And he could
certainly become a focal rallying
point, especially among young
blacks, for vicious anti-Semitic and
anti-Israel hatred in the United
States and abroad.
At the core of Farrakhan's
ideology is a "white devil theory."
First propounded by Elijah Muham-


mad, "prophet" and founder of the
Black Muslim movement, this myth
tells of an evil scientist named
"Yakub" who worked for some 600
years in his laboratory on the lonely
fortress island of Patmos in the Ae-
gean Sea. After innumerable exper-


Louis Farrakhan: God's covenant with
the Jews is not valid.

iments and many generations of
selective breeding of lightskinned
blacks, Yakub created an entirely
new race of man — "the degener--4.---
white devil" who is the enemy alp
who must be violently destroyed.
In the 1950s, early in his career
in the Black Muslim movement,
when Farrakhan was known as
Louis X. Wolcott, he wrote and re-
corded a song that became a smash
hit among Black nationalists. Its
title — "A White Man's Heaven Is A
Black Man's Hell." Farrakhan was a
loyal and dedicated disciple of Elijah
Muhammad, unswervingly commit-
ted to his black nationalist-
separatist policies.
When Elijah Muhammed . died,.

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