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June 24, 1988 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-24

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Los Angeles (JTA) — Is Los
Angeles Times editorial car-
toonist Paul Conrad anti-
Semitic, or is the city's Jewish
community over-sensitive to
harsh criticism of Israel?
That's the question being
asked in the pages of The
Jewish Journal of Greater
Los Angeles, whose readers
and contributors have been
variously vilifying and defen-
ding the 63-year-old Irish
Catholic cartoonist.
The debate focuses on a
series of cartoons that have
appeared in the Times since
the beginning of the Palesti-
nian uprising six months ago.
Conrad has depicted an
Israeli soldier astride a heap
of Palestinian corpses, ex-
claiming "There aren't any
Palestinians to talk peace
with!", a bearded rabbi, also
standing on a Palestinian,
carrying a sign on behalf of
Soviet Jews; and gun-
wielding Jewish soldiers
blocking Jesus' entry into
The cartoons led Jewish
community members to pro-
test to Times publisher Tom
Johnson, and some 20 Jewish
organizations to express their
anger in paid advertisements.
A group of community
leaders went directly to Con-
rad to complain about what
they saw as offensive, even
anti-Semitic cartoons.
In a generally favorable op-
ed piece based on his inter-
view with Conrad, editor
Gene Lichtenstein writes
that Conrad denies he is anti-
Semitic. Rather, he is a long-
time liberal who sees the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict as
a civil-rights _issue.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 1988


Washington (JTA) — Vice
President George Bush has
named a 27-member commit-
tee, headed by Gordon Zacks,
a leading Jewish Republican;
and Richard Fairbanks, a
former assistant secretary of
state, to advise him on the
Middle East for his upcoming
presidential campaign.
"This committee will be in-
valuable in helping the cam-
paign address the full range
of challenges and opportun-
ities that our nation faces in
the Middle East," Bush said
in a statement last week an-
nouncing the formation of the
It will make recommenda-
tions to the Republican Plat-
form Committee and will
assist Bush in the presiden-

tial campaign on debates and
position papers.
Zacks, an Ohio business-
man active in the Jewish
community, has long been
close to Bush and has fre-
quently introduced the vice
president when Bush spoke
before national Jewish
organizations. Fairbanks
served briefly in the early
days of the Reagan ad-
ministration as a special
negotiator in the Middle

Rabin Talks To

Jerusalem (JTA) — Against
a backdrop of rioting, which
continued in the West Bank
and resumed in East
Jerusalem, Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin has been
holding dialogues with in-
fluential Palestinians "of all
political camps" in the ad-
ministered territories.
According to reports from
the Defense Ministry last

Yitzhak Rabin:
Broke the boycott.

Monday, his intention is to
try to improve the atmos-
phere with residents of the
West Bank and Gaza Strip
while continuing to employ
tough measures against the
Palestinian uprising, now in
its seventh month.
The Palestine Liberation
Organization has urged
Palestinian political figures
to boycott such talks, but has
not been able to prevent
The identity of the four
Palestinians with whom
Rabin has been meeting has
been kept secret. However,
there were reports that one of
them was an author of the
PLO's notorious covenant
which, drafted when the PLO
was founded in 1964, calls for
the destruction of Israel by
armed struggle. Even Israelis
who support negotiations
with the PLO demand the
covenant be rescinded as a
pre-condition for talks.
Ministry sources said Rabin
will continue and intensify
his conversations.

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