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February 07, 1986 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-02-07

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Bishop Tutu

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great tragedy of bloodshed."
Referring to Israeli coop-
eration with South African
police, Tanenbaum explained,
"Because Israel has devel-
oped extraordinary skills in
containing terrorism, there
are many governments who
turn to Israel for training of
their police for riot control.
This includes Costa Rica,
Panama, the Ivory Coast,
Togo and South Africa. The
South African contracts were
originally training for police
working to contain crime in
white areas such as Johan-
nesburg, Capetown, Durbin.
Not black townships."
Tanenbaum continued, "If
anything Israel has helped
civilize these cops. I have
seen these kids. They come
out of the Dutch commun-
ities, believe that blacks are
accursed by God, and that
killing them is doing the na-
tion a favor. Israel was trying
to teach them that respon-
sible riot control police use
force as a last resort not a
first resort. The tragedy is
that their riot control train-
ing has not gotten very far."
Today, South Africa's riot
police have been by-passed in
favor of military units.
Tanenbaum revealed that
.while he was in South Africa,
"We told [Foreign Minister]
Pik Botha that it was uncon-
scionable to send green sol-
diers with rifles against
rioters. The first thing they'll
want to do is shoot. Had
Israel trained those military
units, they would have ended
up using water cannons and
tear gas instead of hot bullets
killing people."
Israel's involvement with
the South African police has
been relatively minor, accord-
ing to Tanenbaum. "But I
wish to God they would stop
for all the obvious moral and
political reasons," asserted
Tanenbaum. "Israel does not
even need to give a minor
pretext to people to be scape-
goated. They would be wise
to put a moratorium on any
cooperation with South
Bishop Tutu in the inter-
view took a similar stance.
"The trade is almost sym-
bolic," said Tutu. "But we
are saying isolate South
Africa as much as possible,
militarily and in all other
Tutu acknowledged, "One
does understand Israel of
course, because she too has
suffered a measure of isola-
tion and must try to find
friends where she can. But I
think that this is costing her
dear in terms of black percep-
tions. You know what is hap-
pening to black and Jewish
relationships in this country
and part of that is due to this
South African-Israel connec-
tion. I'm just saying that it
is a pity because we have so
many tremendous Jewish

people in the struggle for
justice and peace at home."
Bishop Tutu, in the inter-
view, also asserted that
Israel can also end its col-
laboration by being "far more
supportive, more openly sup-
portive of our own liberation
struggle...firmly, firmly." On
this issue too, it appears the
Bishop is again singling out
Israel apropos the Third
World mentality.
Israeli statements in the
UN have repeatedly and
loudly condemned Pretoria.
Most of them resemble a re-
cent promulgation by Israel's
UN ambassador Benyamin
Netanyahu: "Israel categor-
ically condemns racism in all
its forms, including Apar-
theid [becuase] we are a peo-
ple who have suffered more
from murderous racism than
any other."
Jews have known slavery
— in Africa in the time of our
ancestors,in Europe in the
time of our parents. For this
reason they have a mandate
to oppose Apartheid in all
ways — regardless. If Bishop
Tutu wants Israel to speak
louder, perhaps she should.
But in that case, Bishop Tutu
must open his ears and listen.
Right now his hearing and vi-
sion is a little selective. ❑

Arabs' Ouster
Backed In Poll

Tel Aviv (JTA) — A survey of
Jews in Israel concluded that
more than half of those polled
believe it is impossible to trust
most Arabs. At the same time,
about 47 percent of the respon-
dents want Arabs to be
encouraged to leave Israel.
According to the Haifa Uni-
versity study, 53 percent of
those polled believed that Arabs
don't value Jewish life and 44
percent asserted that Arabs will
never be as advanced as Jews.
Sixty percent of those surveyed
favored greater supervision of
Arabs, 24 percent favored deny-
ing Arabs the right to vote, and
22 percent saw getting rid of the
Arabs as the only solution.
President Chaim Herzog, ad-
dressing the final session of a
day-long seminar on coexis-
tancd, said that signs of racism
on the fringes of Israeli society
were a disgrace and a violation
of Jewish heritage and the To-
The poll showed that 57 per-
cent of those Jews questioned
favored denying the right to
vote to Zionist Jews who advo-
cate a Palestinian state headed
by the Palestine Liberation
Organization, and that 70 per-
cent think that non-Zionists
should hay their citizenship
taken away, whether they are
Jewish or Arab.
Most Arabs polled favored a
PLO state but thought this
should exist along side a Jewish
— though non-Zionist — state,
and they opposed the PLO's
charter and terrorism.

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