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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-05-23

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Friday, May 23, 1986



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

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A Domestic Bitburg

President Reagan was not well served when his aides hastily
arranged a meeting on Tuesday with a handful of so-called Jewish
leaders to promote the Administration's planned sale of military arms to
Saudi Arabia.
The list of names of attendees pointed out that the criteria for
admission to this White House meeting with the President of the United
States was based on political affiliation (Republican) and religion
(Jewish). It also showed how desperate the President and his men were to
reverse the Congressional action blocking the sale of missiles.
How else explain why the principal of a Bais Yaakov yeshiva in Boro
Park was among the 12 participants at the meeting, which included
representatives from the Jewish communities of Nevada and Oklahoma,
not known for either their national leadership or representation.
The meeting came about because many Republicans who opposed the
sale said they could not switch their votes without some "political cover,"
according to a spokesman for Sen. Richard Lugar, chairman of the
Foreign Relations Committee. Lugar suggested the Administration enlist
the support of major Jewish organizations to provide that cover. To their
credit, most leaders of major Jewish groups declined to attend such a
White House meeting, asserting that they did not want to be "used" by
the Administration in a political skirmish between the Congress and the
White House. They also contend that the Saudi arms sale is not a Jewish
issue per se.
Tuesday's incident reminded one of a domestic Bitburg, a case where
politics prevailed over common sense and decency and where insensitivity
to Jewish concerns was paramount. The White House made a mockery of
the concept of national representative Jewish leadership and there is a
lesson here for all of us to consider.

What Israeli Expert?

The Kremlin showed its true colors last week when it called in three
medical experts from the West to help deal with the health crisis
resulting from the Chernobyl nuclear accident and failed to acknowledge
that one of the three experts was an Israeli.
Dr. Richard Gale and Dr. Paul Terasaki of Los Angeles were thanked
for their assistance by Soviet leader Gorbachev in his television address
to the Soviet people, but no mention was made of Yair Reisner, a
biophysicist from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel,
who has developed techniques for a revolutionary method of bone marrow
The Soviet authorities disregarded the absence of diplomatic relations
between the USSR and Israel and waived normally stringent customs and
immigration procedures in giving Reisner a visa upon his arrival.
So when the Russians want someone or something badly enough,
they manage to look the other way when it comes to the rules. But they
couldn't bring themselves to tell their people that a doctor from Israel is
making an historic medical and humanitarian contribution to the


The Mormon Center Case
Is Mistaken Democracy

Special to The Jewish News

Jerusalem — John Hart's article
in The Jewish News, "Israel's Mor-
mon Dilemma" (April 11), misrepre-
sents this issue as the inherent con-
flict between being a Jewish state
and a full-fledged democracy." This
approach brings into question Israeli
society itself, and deflects the real
issues away from the Mormons and
the local scandal.
Today is Holocaust Day (May 5)
in Israel. All public places of
entertainment are closed this eve-
ning by law, and enforced by high
fines, and if necessary, jail. One
might argue this infringes on the
desires of those who wish to remain
open for business. Yet, it does not af-
fect our democracy. In fact, it makes
it stronger. This is an example of
what Israel is all about.
It also tells us something about
the fuss over an attempt by the
Mormon Church to build a huge
missionary center in the heart of
Jerusalem. The desire of foreign
organizations to establish centers
here which are inimical to the char-
acter of the city and the purposes of
the state, raise serious doubts about
its propriety.
The question of the Mormons
here is whether they have concealed
their true intentions in Israel, their
past missionary work, and their true
concerns about Jews. For' example,
one of the most interesting state-
ments in Hart's article is this:
"Exactly how the Mormons went
about procuring their campus is far
from clear." How is this possible
when such an important issue and
piece of property is at stake? What
are the Mormons and Mayor Kollek
The Mormons (and Hart) try to

Former Detroiter Moshe Dann is a
resident of Jerusalem.

present this as an issue of "religious
and academic freedom." It is nothing
of the sort! There has never been,
nor is there now, opposition to a
Mormon presence in Israel. They
have three regularly advertised
church centers in Israel, a training
center, and other property. But a
Mormon center next to the Hebrew

Have the Mormons
concealed their true
intentions in Israel, their
past missionary work,
and their true concerns
about Jews?

University that will, in one way or
another, sooner or later be used in
their missionary work will never be
accepted here.
This past summer, Jeffrey Hol-
land, president of Brigham Young
University (the Mormon university),
reiterated that the center would in-
clude "educational and cultural pro-
grams" that would also promote the
interests of the church. A score of
church documents confirm these
Until a few months ago, the
Mormons (and their spokesmen) had
been saying that in the nearly two
decades that they have been in Is-
rael they have never engaged in
missionary work in Israel. When
documents were revealed that pro-
ved that they had baptised Jews and
others here, and that they planned
to use their new center as a mis-
sionary base, they changed their
Mormons have a special ap-
proach to missionary work here. The

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