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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-02-12

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PURELY COMMENTARY

The U.S. And Israel: Sole Bright Ray Amid The Gloom

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

accords. Who understands that
those same neighbors who will
not make peace have been will-
ing to sacrifice a generation of
Palestinians in their continued
vendetta against Israel?

Editor Emeritus

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gloomy era, beckoning for
peace among neighbors, is suf-
fering from so many complica-
tions that even the most seriously con-
cerned have sunk into helplessness.
Rock-throwing that invited bullet-
shooting responses called for serious
consideration of issues that needed
calming negotiations between the con-
tending antagonists. Instead there was
a prejudicing factor created by the sen-
sationalism in the media and the
photography that gave emphasis to ex-
aggerated cruelty rather than to
realism.
Even with an administratively
divided government in Israel, there is
a craving for an end to the harrowing
situation. There are always two parties
to every dispute. Israel must have peace,
in the best interests of the entire area,
with Arabs as well as Jews benefiting
from amity. Therefore the challenge:
where are the Arab nations? They often
give the impression of being silent in
support of violence.
There is another guilty party: the
United Nations and its Security Coun-
cil. Their tactics, under the influence of
the Third World nations, with the
Soviet Union as their chief supporter,
seem to have only one aim: to search for
means of adopting resolutions condem-
ning Israel. The unanimity in the UN
Security Council whenever there is an
opportunity to assail Israel has become
farcical. Only the United States either
negates or abstains when the venom
begins to multiply. Although the inef-
fectivenes of the UN in pursuing its

Bar-Ilan Prof
Publishes Poetry

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srael's Bar-Ilan University has
masters of many skills on its fac-
ulty. There is one who draws atten-
tion as a poet.
Bar'Ilan Professor of English
Richard E. Sherwin has to his credit
numerous poetic works. He has just
published a second volume of poetry
produced by Eked Publishers in Tel
Aviv. While the title of the new book is
Nomad in God, it has an additional por-
tion entitled "Lebanon Songs and Son-
net."
In Nomad in God, the poet deals
with traditional topics, with God, love,
death and seasons. Dr. Sherwin ex-
plains that they are based upon the
Japanese Tanks style. It is based on the
five-line form.
The Lebanon portion of the book ap-
plies to attitudes in Israel towards the
recent wars, from those who viewed
them as a religious obligation as well
as the viewers of the issues as unfor-
tunate necessities.
Prof. Sherwin's first book of poems,
A Strange Courage, was published in
1978. He is a founding member of the
Israel Association of Writers in English.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1988

Jeanne Kirkpatrick

The United Nations has par-
ticipated in this human sacrifice
through its management of the
camps that are filled today with
second- and third-generation
refugees. The UN becomes an
accomplice. Its UNRRA is the
only refugee program which
seeks not to resettle its displac-
ed persons, but to keep them in
camps for decades. The United
States contributes more than
$60 million annually to this
"refugee" policy that sacrifices
Palestinians to the politics of
"return" to a "homeland" from
which the majority never came.

Meanwhile, the United States not
only stands alone as a defender of Israel
but is now in a declared readiness to
join in creating a cooperative effort to
assure commencement of proper
negotiations toward peace efforts.
Hopefully there will be the required
unanimity in Israel to make the
negotiations a commitment to lead to
an end of the unnecessary conflict that
has created so much agony in Israel's
administered territories. There can be
peace if wished for. In the process there
is always the hope that the Arab na-
tions will cooperate.
The gratitude for the U.S. friendship
is unending. The effort toward
negotiating tasks for peace need sup-
port and cooperation and whatever in-
fluence there is must be exerted to urge
its continuation. The single U.S. ray of
hope in a depressing atmosphere is
cause for gratitude in this tense period
for Israel and Jewry.

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goal for which it was established —
peace-making in the world — is evident,
it is necessary to consider it with Israel
as a testing ground. Here, too, there is
a diplomatic failure: the combines that
have become dominant in the UN, with
the Western Powers as satellites in the
anti-Israel actions. A Western Power,
sometimes two among them, may on oc-
casion negate when there is interna-
tional plotting against Israel. But
nearly always it is the United States
that stands alone in the defense of
Israel.
The United Nations' share in fann-
ing hate of Israel has been exposed on
many occasions. There is an indictment
of the UN vis-a-vis Israel by Jean
Kirkpatrick, the former U.S. am-
bassador to the UN, who analyzed the
existing conditions as follows:
It is important now, when
Israel is being reproached on all
sides for 20 years of military oc-
cupation of the West Bank and
Gaza, to recall that this occupa-
tion did not begin with Israeli
aggression but with aggression
against Israel. Who remembers
that from 1948 to 1967 Egypt was
responsible for the administra-
tion of Gaza and proposed no
constructive solutions? Or that
Israel's occupation of the ter-
ritories came in 1967 after
Israel's Arab neighbors had, for
the second time, launched a war
designed to eliminate the new
state from the region as well as
from its maps?

Who remembers that the oc-
cupation has continued ever
since because Israel's neighbors
have doggedly refused to enter
negotiations that would provide
secure borders for all — as call-
ed for by UN Security Council
Resolutions 212 and 338 (passed
in 1967 and 1973 respectively)?
Again and again Israel has of-
fered to exchange "land for
peace" and proved its good faith
by returning the Sinai to Egypt
in the wake of the Camp David

Michigan Pioneering

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ecorded Detroit Jewish history
is destined to be enriched with
another volume. Jews of Detroit
by Prof. Robert Rockaway has already
earned readership applause. Now a
scholarly team is completing a second
volume. It has the encouragement of
communal leaders who have been
guiding the preparatory stages. Anne
Chapin, the accomplished Jewish
Welfare Federation controller whose
death occurred in early January,
devoted much of her energy in the lat-
ter two yers of her life to this task.
The historical records are replete
with accounts of noteworthy identifica-
tions by eminent personalities. The
Michigan Jewish Historical Society has
a share in preserving these historical
records and encouraging their printing.
The society now makes another specific
contribution in that regard by pioneer-
ing by Jews in this state. Pioneering
thus becomes as sensational as history
itself.
The current issue of the historical
society's official magazine Michigan
Jewish History gives the recording of
pioneering the deserved and necessary
boost with the printing of the life story
of Helen Dushkin. The name is well
known in many spheres. What she does
in her account of valuable experiences,
in her essay co-edited by Dr. Sol Sugar,
is the giving of emphasis to her family,
the Sachse Michigan activists, whose
story belongs in the highest ranks of
American pioneering.
What is especially remarkable is
that the nearly 100 years of settlement
in Michigan by the elders in the Sachse
group commenced here immediately
from Europe. Many communities
shared in them, those in the Upper
Peninsula as well as in Detroit.
It all began with the arrival in this
country of Helen's father, Eli Sachse
and as the Michigan Jewish History
narrative relates:
"Eli (Sachse) came to the United

States in the 1880s at the urging of his
uncle Moses Sachs . . . He landed in
Baltimore where he was met by his
uncle and together went directly to
Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula (of
Michigan) where there were a few
Jewish families . ."
Before proceeding with the
fascinating story, it is worth learning
about the values credited to pioneering.
Ahad Ha'Am (Asher Ginsburg), the
historically-famous Jewish philosopher,
in a letter to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who
later became the first president of
Israel, wrote on Aug. 12, 1918:
We Jews have been taught by
our history to appreciate the
real value of laying foundations
for future developments. Our
share, as a people, in the
building up of the general
culture of Humanity has been
nothing else than the laying of
its foundations long before the
superstructures were built by
others.
Helen Dushkin, who has many com-
munal achievements to her credit, takes
pride in the pioneering record of her
father Eli Sachse, who was born in
Tuhums, Courland, and died in 1961 at
the age of 94. When he came to
Escanaba in Michigan's Upper Penin-
sula, he immediately joined a congrega-
tion composed of not more than a mi-
nyan. They had no Sefer Torah and he
ordered one from New York.
With his uncle, Moses Sachs, who
joined him in his Michigan residence,
he commenced to buy furs from trappers
(many of them Indians), and farmers,
and sold pelts to buyers from fur dealers
in St. Louis and New York. They parted
company and Eli went to Bay City
where he identified with a larger
Jewish kehillah. It commenced his
pionering status in other Michigan
regions.

Continued on Page 52

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