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December 06, 1985 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-12-06

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Continued from preceding page

Since Levin returned to the
United States last February,
he has, as he said, been
"almost single-mindedly"
working on the hostage issue.
He has given many speeches
and written many articles
about them. He has lobbied
for them on Capitol Hill and
in the State Department. And
he and his wife have recently
helped form the American
Hostage Committee to work
for their release.
In fact, Levin has been so
devoted to the hostage matter
that it was not until two
weeks ago that he returned to
work at the Washington

bureau of the Cable News

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Network. For the time being,
he will be an administrator,
not a journalist, mostly be-
cause he and his employers
realize that his continued
work on behalf of the kidnap-
ped Americans would com-
promise his journalistic
The Levins' prescriptions
for freeing the hostages —
negotiations with their cap-
tors, a more "even-handed"
U.S. policy toward Israel, will-
ingness to plead publicly for
the prisoners' release — have
drawn the ire of a few news
columnists, some Foggy Bot-
tom bureaucrats and even one
or two families of the remain-
ing prisoners.
Jewish News columnist
Edwin Black, for instance,
has maintained that in their
"anguish," the Levins and
families of certain hostages
have "unwittingly created an
emotionally charged and in-
creasingly effective propagan-
da office for the Arab and
PLO cause. This is precisely
their kidnappers' aim."
Supporting Black's charge
was the complaint in late
October by relatives of Father
Lawrence Jenco, one of the
hostages in Lebanon, that the
newly formed American Hos-
tage Committee suffered from
PLO involvement.
Sis Levin denied that the
American Hostage Commit-
tee is swayed by PLO influ-
ences. "I know no one from
the PLO," she said. She was
also indignant at efforts to
purge the Hostage Committee
of Arab or Palestinian
Levin was further dismayed
that no Jewish organizations
had offered to aid with freeing
the prisoners. "Neither my
husband nor I are against
Israel," she said. "We both
care deeply about Israel's
security. Yet there's been no
,attempt by organizations con-
cerned about Israel's future to
contact us."
"To my great sorrow," said
Levin, he and his wife have an
absence of Jewish allies. And
citing his pedigree — the
grandson of a noted Detroit
rabbi, the nephew of a Zionist
observer to the Versailles
peace conference, and a stint

as editor of a Jewish maga-
zine in 1973 — Levin denied
that he has ever harbored any
anti-Israeli sentiments.
Referring to the Jencos'
preference to discourage
direct negotiations with the
"Forgotten Six's" captors,
Jerry Levin said there is no
proof to the claim that such
negotiations would encourage
future terrorism. "We will be
subject to terrorism as long as
its underlying causes are un-
resolved," he said.
Levin said that even Israel
has negotiated with terrorists
for the release of its captured
soldiers. "Israel realizes that
it's in an undeclared war,"
said Levin. "In a war, you ex-
change prison rs."
The Levins have been stung
by charges that they suffer
from "Stockholm syndrome,"
the tendency of some hos-
tages to closely identify with
their captors. Such • claims,
said Sis Levin, "are hateful."
Her husband added that his
views on the Middle East had
changed before his captivity,
not because of his captivity.
"Before I went to Beirut (in
December, 1983)," he said, "I
thought that the (1982) Israeli
invasion of Lebanon had been
a mistake. I thought that sen-
ding the U.Se Marines to Bei-
rut was a mistake and that
Lebanon would be our next
Vietnam. I thought we need-
ed a new look at our Mideast
Terrorism against Ameri-
can civilians will continue,
predicted the Levins, until the
"growing hatred in the Mid-
dle East against Americans"
is stemmed. "We stand firm,"
said Jerry Levin, "and we still
have these acts of violence.
What blows my mind is peo-
ple saying that I don't care
about the spread of terrorism.
If you don't think that being
chained to a radiator for 11
months makes you care about
terrorism, you're crazy."

The Detroit

Although Jerry Levin has
not lived in the Detroit area for
many years, his Detroit roots
are deep. He is the grandson of
the late Rabbi Judah L. Levin,
who led Cong. Shaarey Zedek 80
years ago.
His father, Abraham, was an
inventor after leaving the law
firm of Butzel, Butzel, Levin
and Winston. Those historic ties
were covered in Purely Com-
mentary, The Jewish News, Feb.
Jerry earned a BS at
Northwestern University and
took a job with a television sta-
tion in Chicago in 1957. He
served as news director of tele-
vision stations in Houston, Bir-
mingham, Ala., Cleveland and
New York before joining Cable
Network News in Washington
in 1981.

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