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June 20, 1986 - Image 4

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-20

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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
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EDITOR: Gary Rosenblatt
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Cc) 1986 by The Detroit Jewish News (US PS 275-520)
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Israel's Shame

It's not often that we criticize our fellow Jews for being too tolerant of
each other. But in the case of the latest outrage in Israel, where secular and
ultra-Orthodox Jews are at war with each other, there has been too much
sighing and not enough "shrying" in the American Jewish reaction to
reports about the low levels that have been reached in the internal religious
war in Israel.
Consider for a moment the Jewish response around the world if we were
to learn that PLO terrorists had set fire to a synagogue, God forbid, or
destroyed prayer books. There would be accusations of anti-Semitism,
comparisons to the Nazi era and calls for the rest of the world to join in and
condemn the dastardly acts. But it happened in Tel Aviv this past week, and
the response was, at best, a shrugging of the shoulders in recognition that
this ugly little war has gone too far.
For in this case the perpetrators were Jews. They were secularists
angered over the actions of ultra-Orthodox Jews who had burned bus stops
displaying advertisements featuring scantily-clad women. So the secularists
responded by burning a synagogue and cutting the Eruv allowing observant
Jews to carry items within an enclosed area on the Sabbath.
It seems simplistic to point out that extremism is never a position to be
emulated and that what is desperately needed is a sense of mutual respect
among Jews. Surely the Holocaust has taught us to be tolerant of each
precious Jew on earth.
The conduct in Israel must not be hidden or ignored, shameful as it is. It
must be condemned and both sides must share the blame for their immoral
actions that flaunt the teachings of our holy prophets.


Ice Cream Mentality

Twenty Detroit-area Arab Americans picketed a Birmingham ice cream
store to protest a New Jersey man's seven- or eight-year-old contribution to
the New York-based Jewish Defense League.
The logic of Saturday's demonstration against Haagen-Dazs founder
Reuben Mattus is literally all over the map, and several Jewish patrons of
the store purchased ice' cream in solemn counter-protest. The Arabs' attempt
to link Haagen-Dazs, the JDL, two bomb attacks on Arab offices in this
country, and focus a "nation-wide" protest on an old contribution to a JDL
campaign for Soviet Jewry should be laughable. But local Arab communal
leader Abdeen Jabara destroyed the levity.
"We're sorry if innocent people are injured in a non-violent way by our
protest," Jabara rationalized for reporters. Those words have the haunting
familiarii y of PLO terrorists who justify maiming and murder to achieve
political goals. How big a step is it, from non-violence to violence, if Jabara
and his followers are convinced that they are correct?
Should Saturday's ice cream protest carry more weight than an FBI
investigation which has found no evidence linking the JDL with the two
bombings? How is Haagen-Dazs the guilty party?
Nobody is accusing Jabara of being a PLO terrorist. Neither is he being
accused of a mastery of logic in Saturday's flimsy attempt to win sympathy
for Arab Americans. His cream puff public relations move against a local ice
cream store melts away in the warm summer breeze.
4 Friday, June 20, 1986


Spirit Of The Maccabees
Ended At The Ticket Office

Special to The Jewish. News

Throughout history, Jews have
said no to oppression. Masada, the
Maccabees, the Warsaw ghetto,
Soviet Jewry — each evokes the
Jewish stance against brutality, a
stance of defiance.
Today's Jews living in Kiryat
Shemonah in Israel's nothern Galilee,
scene of past terrorist attacks, also
continue to say no by the very act of
building their lives in an area
dangerously close to the Lebanese
border. Kiryat Shemonah, in fact,
evokes the defiance of all of Israel,
which for decades has had to confront
hostile neighbors bent on her destruc-
It's this very quality of proud de-
fiance, part of the glory of Jewish his-
tory, that causes me to be distressed
when considering the American
Jewish reaction to terrorism. Spurred
by fear, American Jews have been
cancelling scores of trips to Israel, de-
spite the fact that the head of the In-
ternational Pilots Association pub-
licly declared Ben-Gurion Airport to
be the safest airport in the world, and
El Al to be the safest airline, recom-
mending that other airports and air-
lines model themselves after Israel's.
Are we no longer part of the
Jewish legacy of resistance so val-
iantly displayed by our brethren? Are
we to huddle in fear because of
Muammar Qaddafi, a blood-soaked,
present-day Haman? Is Qaddafi now
American Jewry's travel agent?
If ever there was a time for all
good Jews to come to the aid of Israel,
this is such a time. We cannot allow
international terrorism to score a
major victory by strangling a vital Is-
raeli industry. This shameful victory,
which terrorism has won so far, is
within our power to revoke.

Dr. Sternstein is national president of
the Jewish National Fund.

Tourism is an essential lifeline
for Israel, still struggling with an
inflation-ridden economy and with
the burdensome costs of heavy secu-
rity needs. We American Jews, in

Muammar Qaddafi:
Jewry's travel agent?

great part, maintain this lifeline to
our brethren in the Holy Land, and
it's one that we, the most affluent
Jewish community in world history,
must not let slip from our grasp. It is
our moral and spiritual obligation to
insure that we provide Israel with the
economic support that she so desper-
ately needs.
The Jewish National Fund, re-
sponsible for afforestation and land
reclamation in Israel, is more com-
mitted than ever to bringing Ameri-
can Jews to Israel, through our
missions-to-Israel program. Other
organizations are also boosting their
travel programs to Israel. Emanating
from locations throughout the U.S.,
these missions offer supporters of Is-
rael a first-hand view of the results of

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