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CANDLELIGHTING AT 5:26 P.M.
VOL. XC, NO. 23
Once again, Americans kidnapped abroad are being used as leverage in
international negotiations. Within the last two weeks, terrorists in Lebanon
have seized seven Americans. They have demanded that West Germany not
extradite to the United States a Lebanese sought in a 1985 TWA hijacking.
The kidnappings are the fruits of a misguided U.S. policy fumbled into by
a misguided Administration. After the United States was willing to trade
weapons to Iran for hostages, how could any terrorist resist the temptation to
snatch Americans and hold them for ransom?
The United States is now at a crossroads in its policy toward
international terror. In recent weeks, Secretary of State George Shultz has
stated that the U.S. will neither negotiate with terrorists nor swap weapons
for lives. The current wave of kidnappings gives the White House an
oppo,rtunity to test President Reagan's adherence to this credo. We hope he
proves as good as Shultz's word.
On the periphery of the kidnapping issue, though, is yet another
question: Why are there still Americans — or any other foreigners — in
Lebanon? It is mind-bOggling that after all the killings, bombings and terror,
that an American would voluntarily travel to and work in such a threatening
situation. The Americans' presence only feeds the seemingly endless cycle of
kidnappings and threats that mark daily life in Lebanon.
Waiting For Terry
Hostage negotiator Terry Waite's status this week is not cause for alarm
nor glee. If the Anglican envoy became the latest hostage of his Lebanese
negotiating partners, it only confirms our long-held support for Israeli
government policies no _ t to deal with terrorists.
Waite's comments on the Jan. 20 Today Show pointedly blamed U.S. and
Israeli Middle East policies for the situation of Palestinian refugees. Those
short-sighted remarks would have us believe that terrorism will end when
the Palestinians get what they want. It ignores the sad facts of the last 20
years: radicals of any persuasion will continue to use any "successful" tactic,
including hijacking, kidnapping and murder, to achieve their ends.
If Waite was being held hostage, he may have had time to reconsider his
remarks. Only he can tell us if his negotiating "partners" are Palestinians,
Shiite Moslems, Hezbollah members loyal to Iran, Syrian puppets, Libyan or
Iraqi agents, Japanese, German or Italian radicals.
With his close-up view of hostage taking, all these elements must be
planning their heroic terrorist actions on behalf of the so-called poor
Palestinian refugee, downtrodden by imperialist U.S. and racist Zionist
It is a short-sighted, narrow, expedient view that is voiced too frequently
in a world seeking quick solutions to complex problems. Releasing hostages,
including Terry Waite, will not end hostage-taking. Creating a Palestinian
homeland will not quiet the bubbling Middle East cauldron.
If the terrorists achieve their ends through hostage taking, why should
they cease using that successful bargaining chip? If the radical Palestinians
win accomodation through terrorism, why should they abandon that tactic?
Old 'George' Can't Do It
All By Himself Anymore
PAUL D. BORMAN
EMERY I. KLEIN
eorge can't write Jewish
history by himself. He needs
On Sunday, just a few days away,
10,000 households in Detroit will get
on the line — the lifeline — to
thousands of our fellow Jews around
We've undertaken this Allied
Jewish Campaign Super Sunday for
the past eight years. As you can well
imagine, it's no small task, and we are
grateful to those of you who will be on
the phone that day, either as volun-
teers or as contributors.
But here's what worries us: Some
people — not a lot, but enough to make
a difference — are saying, "Let George
Some people think there's no real
emergency, the tough times are over.
They remember the Six-Day War and
the Yom Kippur War, when Israel's
very existence was threatened and we
responded with unprecedented sup-
port. They remember Operation
Moses, when, with heart-warming
generosity, we helped Israel rescue
thousands of Jews from Ethiopia. But
they don't see a crisis today. And that
in itself could create a crisis.
1) Because the human needs in
Israel are as serious as they ever were.
The plight of farmers filing for
bankruptcy is not only an American
phenomenon. In Israel, where agricul-
ture was the foundation of the Zionist
vision, 60 settlements have gone
under; and another 150 — primarily of
North African and Asian origin — are
in serious trouble.
And, speaking of vision unfulfil-
Paul D. Borman and Emery I. Klein are
chairmen of the 1987 Allied Jewish
Campaign of the Jewish Welfare
led, if Israel is unable to house and
train and care for its newest immig-
rants from Ethiopia, yet another gen-
eration of have-nots will be created.
We will have helped bring thousands
to their homeland in Zion, only to face
a future of joblessness — and
2) Because there is a growing
number of hidden poor in our own
community — not only among the
aged and single-parent families.
In 1986, three years after De-
troit's severe recession "ended", the
Jewish Family Service identified more
than 300 families living at poverty
level who were eligible to receive fed-
eral grants to purchase food. The
number of eligible families had not
gone down in three years, it had gone
up — adding to the agency's additional
caseload who receive emergency fi-
nancial assistance, rent subsidies,
kosher Meals on Wheels and other
Unless we look upon their situa-
tion as an emergency and respond to
that emergency with increased Cam-
paign dollars, we may cheat these
people out of the help we promised to
give. For when budgeting time rolls
around in a few months, our commu-
nity may have to make some tough,
This is no idle threat. Based on the
needs of our beneficiaries and our fi-
nancial ability to meet these needs
through the Allied Jewish Campaign,
our community budgeted $23.8 mil-
lion in 1986-87. For the first time, we
didn't make it.
In the best of times, budgeting is a
difficult process. But if the Campaign
fails to reach its goal, every Jewish
don't see a crisis in Israel,
and that in itself could
create a crisis.