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November 11, 1988 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-11-11

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leaders, especially those we
hold in the highest esteem,
who in all other ways exhibit
positive moral leadership, to
sponsor or promote USSR
cultural events. This is
erosive to public support for
Soviet Jewry in a way that all
other positive actions cannot
correct. We call upon them to
exhibit true leadership and
totally disassociate them-
selves from these events.

As of this date (Nov. 4), the
Jewish Community Council
has announced no decision to
leaflet on Nov. 15. We call
upon all who care about the
cause of Soviet Jewry to join
us at the performance that
Tuesday night, beginning at
7 p.m. to demonstrate our
concern.

As long as Jews are denied
free emigration, cultural ex-
pression, the ability to freely
practice their religious
beliefs, and are victimized by
Soviet anti-Semitism, we
must continue to be their
voice, a clear, unequivocal and
united voice, exerting all
legitimate means on their
behalf. It is not appropriate to
support Soviet culture when
Jewish culture culture in the

USSR is still under attack.
Sol P. Lachman

President, Friends of Soviet Jewry
Education and Information Center

Zogby Should Have
Begun At Beginning
I read with a great deal of
interest James Zogby's opi-
nion piece in the Oct. 28
issue.
He writes: "The conflict
between Israel and the
Palestinians is now 21 years
old."
Why does not Mr. Zogby
begin at the beginning? In
1948, a state for Arab Palesti-
nians was absorbed by Jor-
dan. Where were the
demonstrations then?
Would any of the seven
countries he claims
descendency from allow him
to write an adverse article in
their papers? If indeed, he
does not agree with some
policies of these countries,
why does not he start there
with criticism? In what Arab
paper in this area could a Jew
be privileged to write an ar-
ticle as Mr. Zogby was
privileged to do in The Jewish
News?

Lottie Halperin
Oak Park

Ethiopian Jews

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taining their ancient and rich
Jewish heritage.
There are no rich Jews
among them, no business-
trained Jews, no in-
termediary with government
officials to assist. Those left
are mostly women, children
and the elderly, and without
exception they are the poorest
of the poor.
No Jewish community has
ever survived or recovered
under such ominous condi-
tions. And this one, despite its
3,000-year antiquity, cannot
make it for even another
decade.
That is why they plead,
literally on bended knee, to be
saved immediately. That is
why they take all kinds of
risks, beyond human en-
durance, to find a way out.
For more than 40 years, the
organized Jewish communi-
ty's opinion was that only
quiet diplomacy would bring
salvation to the Ethiopian
Jews.
Little happened. Minimal
numbers arrived in Israel.
It was not until after 1974,
when unceasing pressure
from the American Associa-
tion for Ethiopian Jews and
other grassroots groups was
brought to bear on the Jewish

establishment, that larger
numbers began to move.
The issue was constantly
presented to Jews in power
who had the ability to change
the fortunes of Ethiopia's
Jews. They eventually
responded, demonstrating
that when Jews in high office
are persuaded to act, they can
achieve miracles in saving
Jewish lives.
Once again, the Jewish
world claims it is resorting to
strenuous statesmanlike
diplomacy to achieve the final
exodus of Ethiopian Jewry.
If so, the results since 1985
have been abysmal. The ques-
tion is whether such over-
tures have been undertaken
vigorously and persistently.
The only evidence is the
facts. The numbers coming
out of Ethiopia since 1985 are
little more than 500.
- Only within very recent
months has the greater
Jewish establishment joined
in a more unified commit-
ment to these efforts.
This expanded approach
could redeem a stranded peo-
ple. Given the triple threat of
war, hunger and disease,
Ethiopia's 10,000 Jews stand
as the most distressed Jewish
community in the world.

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