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May 20, 1988 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-05-20

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UP FRONT

Elazar Hopes To Improve
Perspective On Mideast

often with very restrained action — to
Arab provocation.
Staff Writer
"We have a great deal to be pro-
ud of in regard to our young men;' he
young Israel Defense Force
soldier, stationed in the Gaza said.
Elazar lambasted American news
Strip, was injured not long
reports of violence in the territories,
ago by a Molotov cocktail thrown by
saying it shows just one perspective
an Arab youth.
and gives very little historical
Responding to the Arab's action,
background.
the soldier's comrades began firing
The issue of what to do with the
their weapons, eventually wounding
territories is one that has "divided
their target.
(Israel) down the middle," he said.
The IDF soldier, his leg seriously
Elazar said he believes a vast majori-
damaged by the Molotov cocktail,
ty of Israelis — even those for whom
then crawled over to the Arab and
such a move would be very painful —
began to bandage his wound. A medic,
would be willing to relinquish the ter-
the soldier had taken a vow to help
ritories if it would mean peace. But it
save the life of anyone.
wouldn't, he said.
Dr. Daniel Elazar, president of the
In the 1970s, Elazar said, he was
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,
one of the first to meet for talks with
told this story during his speech last
Palestinian colleagues. He even met
week at Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
in Germany with a representative of
The former Detroiter was the guest
Palestine Liberation Organization
for the Berry Family lecture.
chief Yassir Arafat.
Elazar clearly recounts such
Yet Elazar said he has grown
events to help correct what he feels is
weary of the inevitable posture
a very distorted American image of
assumed by Israelis and Arabs in
the Israeli military. But it's a story
such dialogues.
that also goes beyond the usual, "I
Israelis, in true Jewish tradition,
heard something wonderful about an
meet with Palestinians and say "we
IDF soldier:' genre. The medic in this
were so wrong about this and we're
case is Elazar's son:
sorry we did this and that to you and
And when Elazar saw his son in
the Palestinians say, 'Yes, you did!
the hospital, where he had been taken
"Then it's time for the other side
for treatment, the young man asked
and they say, 'We never did anything
his father, "Why are they portraying
wrong! Well, that makes it very hard
us as barbarians?"
to make peace," he said.
Elazar did his best to dispell that
Elazar said Israel has consistent-
image during his speech. He explain-
ly shown concern for its Arab popula-
ed that the soldiers now stationed in
tion, according the Arabs equal rights
the administered territories are very
even though many of them are sym-
young and are not acting on their own
initiative, but rather responding — Continued to Page 18

ELIZABETH KAPLAN

A

Students at Temple Israel had a Jerusalem market and conducted prayers at the "Western
Wall" on May 8. Placing notes on the wall were Emily Bean, Robyn Stearn, Alexis Frank, Jodi
Sherbin and Jessica Tucker.

'Young At Heart' Highlights
JHA Auxiliary Installation

ELIZABETH KAPLAN

Staff Writer

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s guests settled into their
seats and program organizers
scurried around making sure
everything was in place, Suzanne
Clark paused for a moment to
straighten a flower in the breast
pocket of Louis Gothelf.
It was a rare instance of quiet for
Clark, who has been busy for the past
several weeks planning the Jewish
Home for Aged's luncheon and in-
stallation, held Tuesday at Cong.
Beth Achim.
Sitting at one of the front tables,

which were covered with mauve
tableclothes and centerpieces of
magenta flowers, were Gothelf and
Reva Shwayder, the sweethearts who
gained national attention as the sub-
ject of "Young at Heart." The film,
produced by Gothelfs daughter Sue
Marx, together with Pamela Conn,
received the Academy Award for best
documentary short subject.
"There's a rumor Columbia pic-
tures is negotiating for a two-hour,
made-for-television film based on
`Young at Heart, " Gothelf said. "But
that is just hearsay."
Marx, wearing a necklace with a

Continued on Page 18

ROUND UP

Israeli Discovers
New Galaxy

Tel Aviv (JTA) — A new im-
migrant scientist from the
U.S., Dr. Sara Beck, doing
research at Tel Aviv Univer-
sity's School of Physics and
Astronomy, is credited with
discovering what is believed
to be a previously unknown
galaxy very close to our own
Milky Way.
Dr. Beck and her colleagues
believe the newly discovered
galaxy may prove to be rela-
tively young, and thus help
astronomers understand how
stars are formed. She first
saw the new galaxy while
making observations at Taus
Wise Observatory in the
Negev.
Measurements of the gal-
axy's temperature and veloci-

ty indicate that it may be a
young galaxy with many
stars, not more than 10
million years old. By com-
parison, the Milky Way is at
least 10 billion years- old,
while the age of our own sun
is set at five billion years.
Beck, 33, a native of Wash-
ington, studied physics at
Princeton and the University
of California, and taught at
Cornell.

Biblical Plague
Threatens Israel

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israel, still
awaiting relief from a heat
wave that did at least $1.5
million in crop damage, faced
a possible invasion by locusts
Tuesday.
Swarms of the grasshopper-
like insects were reported

moving northward from Sinai
toward the Negev, born on the
Sharav, the same dry desert
wind that has fanned grass
and brush fires since the heat
wave began Sunday.
Experts said the locusts
number in the billions and,
since they eat every bit of
greenery in their path, could
be a major disaster.

Council Exec,
Search Over?

The Jewish Community
Council's executive commit-
tee was expected to receive
Thursday the recommenda-
tion of David Gad-Harf as the
Council's new executive
director.
Gad-Harf, executive direc-
tor of the Jewish Community
Relations Council in St.

Louis, was believed to be the
search committee's choice as
a replacement for Alvin
Kushner, who retired in
March. Allan Gale has been
acting executive director
since then.
Council President Leon
Cohan would neither confirm
nor deny the recommenda-
tion, which the executive
committee was expected to
consider at the Thursday
meeting.

Israel Bans
Baez Song

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The Israel
Defense Force radio censored
a performance Sunday by
American folk singer Joan
Baez because she sang a
Hebrew protest song that is
banned from broadcast on the

army radio, "Haaretz" re-
ported Monday.
The song, entitled "Shoot-
ing and Crying", purports to
portray the feelings of young
Israeli soldiers ordered to
supress Arab disturbances.
Baez, who performed at the
Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv,
included the controversial
song on her program. The
IDF canceled its live broad-
cast, but taped the singer and
later broadcasted the tape
from which the song had been
deleted, "Haaretz" said.
Baez was pelted with eggs
by followers of Rabbi Meir
Kahane's extremist Kach
movement Tuesday night.
The incident occurred out-
side the Sarafand military
base near Ramla, where Baez
was demonstrating with
members of the Yesh Gvul
movement.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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