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March 14, 1986 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-14

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

38 Friday, March 14,1986

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Liberty's Poet

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the poem in a book store. Touched
by The New Colossus, Schuyler
had the words of the last stanza
engraved in bronze. Permission
was granted to mount the bronze
on the pedestal of the Statue of
Liberty, and on a cloudy day a
workman attached the bronze to
an inside wall of the pedestal.
No bands played music. No

crowds gathered. In fact, the
newspapers of the day did not
mention the event. Lazarus her-
self died without knowing that
her words would be a permanent
declaration on the statue that was
so dear to her heart. So perhaps it
is not so odd that we fail to attach
the name Emma Lazarus to the
Statue of Liberty.

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Special to The Jewish News

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Jerusalem — Sometimes si- ous little history since 40 percent
lence can be telling. The world has of the Arabs in Israel in 1948 did
generally forgotten or never even not enter the region until Jewish
knew about the 800,000 Jews settlers opened up economic op-
from Arab countries who fled portunities for them earlier in the
penniless to the newborn State of century. But the mass of Jewish
Israel in the wake of Jewish refugees from Arab lands left
Idependence . . . but that is no thousands of years of history and
reason not to remind the crowd • culture behind them, communal
that insists on painting a institutions, homes, synagogues,
Palestinian-centric set of cemeteries, property. In other
priorities as a given for bringing words, in the population exchange
peace to the Arab-Israel conflict. • precipitated by Arab aggression,
Indeed, precisely at this the Jews maintain substantially
juncture when the peace process larger economic claims that are
seems to be picking up steam with still unresolved than do the Arab
feelers here and there, secret refugees.
meetings and the like, the time is
Israel resettld its refugee in-
ripe to raise the issue once again flux and has also improved the lot
with an unbending resolve to sec- of those Arab refugees who ended
ure Israel's interests.
up inside her boundaries. The
Jewish refugees from Arab Arab world has steadfastly ig-
lands, those expelled or who fled, nored the physical and social
largely welcome King Hussein's plight of refugees, be they Arab or
string of recent comments which Jewish — other than to gleefully
hint at an image of Israelis and supply the tools of death and
Arabs sitting down to set right the mayhem to any Moslem teenager
many Mideast wrongs. But these willing to proffer himself up on
same refugees are first to note the the altar of PLO terrorism for the
missing element of the Jorda- glory of Allah.
nian's remarks:
One key item tItat must come to
Hussein has failed completely the negotiating table will be Is-
to take cognizance of the fact that rael's case that the refugee prob-
Israel has shouldered its share of lem is not a one-way street. U.N.
this two-sided issue through the Security Resolution 242, often
speedy, organic integration' of cited as a basis for peace, calls for
Jewish refugees from the Arab "a just solution of the refugee
world. The public must under- problem," not a solution of the
stand that the population ex- problem of the Palestinian Arabs
change between Israel and her as the Soviets preferred in 1967.
neighbors was neither the first
The intent is clear: room is left
nor last in history, and they must for resolving both sides of the is-
be willing to base future negotia- sue, Jewish and Arab. The street
tions on this reality.
is indeed a two-way passage.
The facts are clear: after several Jewish refugees from Arab lands
Arab nations invaded renacent have their rights and will make
Israel in 1948, betWeen 500,000 that abundantly clear when the
and 700,000 Arabs left the state of peace process starts moving
Israel. Few were coerced into ahead in earnest.
leaving. Some simply wanted to
get out of the danger zone. Otheis
were encouraged to leave by Arab
leaders. Either way, their depar-
ture was a concrete act of non-
Corrections
support of fledgling Israel which
forfeited the rights of citizenship
In last week's obituary for
they had been invited to assume
Richard Leitman, it should
before leaving. The 300,000 Arabs
have said that he received the
Who remained in place were
Heart of Gold from the United
granted full citizenship and
Foundation Heart of Gold
equality.
Committee on Feb, 18.
After 1948, over 800,000 Jews
The name of,Dr. Jacob Pesis
fled or were driven from 12 Arab
was misspelled in an adver-
countries: 'Iraq, Egypt, Morocco,
tisement appearing iri last
Syria, Libya to name a few. Today
week's Jewish News. The
the ranks of "Oriental" Jews as
phone number in the ad for Dr.
they are called have grown to
Pesis and Dr. Solomon K. Pesis
nearly two million, over half of all
should have read 478-1650.
those who live in. Israel.
The Jewish News, regrets the •
The Arabs left behind little
etrors.
wealth and for that matter, preci-

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