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October 07, 1988 - Image 6

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EDITORIAL

I

Political Skeletons

The Bush campaign has its Nazi sympathizers and the DuLkis
campaign has Jesse Jackson's PLO sympathizers. Welcome to the
wonderful world of Election '88.
The great, sudden interest in anti-Semitism and the Jewish vote
is a mixed blessing for the Jewish community and the American
electorate. While this week's allegations by Max Fisher (See Charge
And Countercharge, Page 25) about anti-Semitic Democrats are old
news, they may serve a purpose.
Now that both sides have been smeared with the same brush,
maybe we can get on to the real issues in the campaign, the dif-
ferences in "guns and butter" philosophies that should be the decisive
factors in casting a ballot.
While not belittling the issue of alleged anti-Jewish and anti-
Israel sentiments in the Republican and Democratic camps, we have
seen no proof that George Bush or Michael Dukakis are sympathetic
to those views. On the contrary — both have repeatedly denounced
anti-Semitism and voiced their strong support for Israel.
The votes of Jewish individuals cannot be so easily bought.

late 1960s, the General Assembly has become increasingly anti-
Israel. In 1974, it not only invited PLO chief Yasir Arafat to address
the world body; it greeted him with all the protocol reserved for heads
of state. In 1975, 75 nation-members of the United Nations voted
for a resolution equating Zionism with racism. Only 35 opposed the
measure. (Another 35 abstained.) Since 1981, the General Assem-
bly has overwhelmingly approved military and economic sanctions
against Israel and severing diplomatic and commercial ties with the
Jewish State.
The General Assembly is now in session in New York. Once again,
the Middle East is a burning issue, mostly because of the Palesti-
nian intifada. Once again, Yasir Arafat is slated to address the
Assembly. The vitality and integrity of the U.N. depends on whether
it can adopt — for the first time in a long, long while — even-handed
resolutions on the Middle East. And on the sort of reception it will
give Arafat. One can hope that the Nobel Committee's commenda-
tion of the U.N.'s Peace-Keeping Force will spur the world organiza-
tion toward introspection and reassessment — with the end goal of
treating all nations fairly, equitably and without pandering to fiery
rhetoric or rewarding callous terrorists.

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A New U.N.?

Last week's award of the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize to the 10,000
soldiers of the United Nation's Peace-Keeping Force was certainly
just. From Afghanistan to the Iran-Iraq border, from the Golan
Heights to the Indian-Pakistan border, the U.N. force has tried to
keep political brushfires from turning into military conflagrations.
9b be sure, it has not always succeeded, such as when it acceded to
the 1967 request of Egyptian President Gamael Nasser to remove
its forces in the Sinai as a prelude to the Arab attack on Israel. But
when it has succeeded, the U.N. forces have surely kept the lid on
military adventurism.
Beyond the single issue of its Peace-keeping Force, the United
Nations has other reasons to celebrate the Nobel Prize. The award
is indicative of the recent resuscitation of the U.N. In recent years,
the world body was dismissed as ineffective, irrelevant and
anachronistic, three qualities repudiated by the Nobel Committee.
Whether the entire United Nations, and not just its Peace-
Keeping Force, is enjoying a return to its original, noble mission will
emerge from the events of the current General Assembly. Since the

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A Skewed Vision
Of 'Betrayed'
The film Betrayed is cur-
rently showing in movie
theaters. It was produced by
the radical, anti-American
producer, Costa-Graves.
This film is very loosely
based on recent, successful
prosecution by Ed Meese's
Justice Department of the
fascist, fringe group "The
Order?' The film goes on to
portray a fascist conspiracy
extending to the highest
echelons of the U.S. govern-
ment and to the CIA.
There is absolutely no
evidence that "The Order"
had any such connections, or
that any such conspiracy ex-
isted. Indeed, a recent
Washington Post story
reported that membership in
organized, racist groups is at
its lowest level in 14 years .. .
That this over-wrought film

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 1988

Dr. Herschel L. Schlussel
_ Southfield

Sherwin Wine
Article Criticized
As an Orthodox person, I
was offended and outraged by
the editorial that appeared in
The Jewish News on Sept. 16
by Sherwin Wine. The article
included a photograph of
some "quaint queeries"in
Mea Shearim, over a caption
echoing one of Wine's more
inflammatory statements.
Sherwin Wine has nothing
but the utmost contempt for
the entire observant com-
munity, as well as for the non-
Orthodox who are, in his opin-
ion, too wimpish to stand up

GECGRAPI1Y-YOU'Re
MIN ABLE TO RM
BUT YOU APPEAR TO

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to the "fanatics." His article
in The Jewish News showed
little tolerance or understan-
ding of the opposing point of
view, but merely called upon
the readers to "stand up and
show the fanatics who is
boss."
My point in writing this let-
ter is not to argue the side of
Halachah in the "Who is a
Jew" controversy, but to point
out that most observant
members of the Jewish com-
munity (including many non-
Orthodox) find Sherwin
Wine's views to be inimical to
Jewish values and traditional
beliefs, and to give him the
honor of writing an editorial
in your paper is more than
many of us can stomach.
If the rationale behind
granting this article was a
desire to allow free expression
of all points of view within
the Jewish community . . . I
look forward to reading Meir

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LETTERS

should be promoted in your
newspaper, in an editorial, no
less (Sept. 23), is a reflection
of the skewed vision of reali-
ty that prevails at The Jewish
News.

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Kahane's rebuttal to Sherwin
Wine in a future issue of The
Jewish News.

Lynn M. Berkowitz
Oak Park

Who Is Being
Narrow Minded?
I find it personally offensive
and extremely narrow-
minded for Lawrence Loewen-
thal to infer that members of
the Birmingham Temple are
". . hastening the destruc-
tion of the Jewish people . . ."
(Letters, Sept. 30).
Quite frankly, his bigoted,
self-righteous approach to
who is a Jew denies Jewish
identity of millions of Conser-
vative, Reform and Human-
istic Jews worldwide. So who
is hastening the destruction
of the Jewish people?

Linda Goudsmit
West Bloomfield

Debating The Basics
On Israel And Arabs
Joseph Borrajo is right
(Sept. 30) and I was wrong
(Sept. 2): There are currently
only 21, not 22, Arab coun-
tries in which anti-Israeli
Arabs can settle.
With or without Judea,
Samaria and Gaza, Israel is a
tiny country that cannot long
afford to grant citizenship's
benefits to those who reject

Continued on Page 12

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must include the signa-
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