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September 02, 1988 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-09-02

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This Year The Shofar
Sounds A Call Of Alarm

RABBI ALLAN MEYEROWITZ

Special to The Jewish News

i Tavo paints the pic-
ture of Israel at peace,
secure and in a posi-
tion to build a remarkable
Jewish civilization. The
Torah describes in great
detail how we have the power
in our own hands to build a
tranquil, blessed society or
create a living hell for
ourselves and our children.
Unfortunately, this
idealistic view of Jewish life
rarely coincides with reality.
Outside events and pressures
always seem to intrude on our

K

Shabbat Ki Tavo:
Deuteronomy
26:1-29:8,
Isaiah 60:1-22

attempts to reach the Torah's
ideal.
At one time, the Democratic
Party was a safe haven for our
people. Inspired by the party's
concern for the common man
and its compassionate
understanding of suffering,
Jews felt at home with the
Democrats. But recent events
seem to be intruding on this
once symbiotic relationship.
Concerned Jews all over the
world should be greatly
distressed by the recent
Democratic National Conven-
tion. It bewilders us that a
man who is openly anti-
Semitic, openly anti-Israel,
who has used anti-Semitism
to launch his political career,
and excludes issues of concern
to Jews from his political
agenda,is now considered the
"conscience of the Democratic
party."
Watching Jesse Jackson
steal the heart and soul of the
convention with his
mesmerizing rhetoric and
watching the moderate
leadership of his party —
Carter, Dukakis, Kennedy —
buy peace at any price is so
reminiscent of other
demogogues and dictators.
The capitulation within the
Democratic Party to Jackson
must pain us the most. The
fact that Jackson dislikes
"Hymies," wants the U.S. to
vigorously support a Palesti-
nian state and greatly reduce
military and economic aid to
Israel while aggressively in-
creasing aid to Saudi Arabia,
is a matter of public record.
That Jackson has helped

Allan S. Meyerowitz is rabbi
of Congregation B'nai Moshe.

establish a powerful pro-Arab
fund-raising and lobbying ap-
paratus, or refuses to meet
with the responsible leader-
ship of the American Jewish
community, is all too clear.
But the way in which the par-
ty standard-bearer, Mr.
Dukakis, has bought peace at
the cost of truth and Jewish
interests is beyond belief.
While defeated candidates
of greater stature than Mr.
Jackson were vilified or best
forgotten at their national
conventions (ask Gary Hart,
Mo Udall, Ed Muskie or
Nelson Rockefeller), the
defeated Jackson was
depicted in mythic terms and
honored ad nauseum. Every
speaker from Carter to
Dukakis to Bentsen spoke of
Jackson like the embodiment
of what America is all about.
As a Democrat who voted for
McGovern, Carter and Mon-
dale, this over-sensitive
"Hymie" was repulsed by this
perversion of the truth.
Governor Dukakis, indeed,
paid a heavy public price for
Mr. Jackson's blessing in the
full campaign — the prime-
time talk of Jackson's was
most remarkable and convin-
cing — the video of Jackson's
life depicted a 20th century
Abe Lincoln.
But what was the private
price Dukakis paid for his
new alliance? What
agreements did the two work
out over State or Defense of
the United Nations or roving
ambassador for the Middle
East? How many of Jackson's
cronies (who share little love
for Jews) will be brought into
a Dukakis administration?
The convention only serves
to enhance our fears of these
deals and Jackson's future
role in the party and the
country. What at one time
seemed impossible is now
very plausible. The Rev. Jesse
Jackson could very well
become president of our
nation.
Those of us caring for the
future of black-Jewish rela-
tions are greatly disturbed
that when finally a black
man stands near the pinnacle
of American power, he is an
anti-Semite. The possibility of
rebuilding the once potent
liberal Jewish-black coalition
is in ruins. Moderate black
leadership has been replaced
by a hostile, angry voice
which has subtly used anti-
Semitism as a stepping stone
to power.
We caring Jews begin a new
year in great anxiety and
frustration. We cannot help
but remember that as Hitler

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