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November 11, 1988 - Image 111

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-11-11

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'Nation' Says The Democrats
Can Unite Blacks And Jews

ARTHUR J. MAGIDA

Special to The Jewish News

A

s election post-mor-
turas are pouring in
from around the coun-
try, The Nation managed to
get a pre-mortuth into an
editorial just prior to the
balloting.
Convinced that "one of the
subterranean struggles" of
the election was about the
future shape of the
Democratic Party, The Nation
editors postulated that "one
unspoken premise of the bat-
tle is that there can be no
common ground between
Jesse Jackson and the Jews.
Democrats from Dukakis
down supposedly have to
choose: the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) or the Arab-
American Institute; Israel's
security or a Palestinian
state; millions in Jewish
donations or millions of
blacks votes."
But reality, claim the
editors, is neither so simple
nor so black-and-white. Asser-
ting that the American
Jewish community is not "a
monolith," they noted that
dissent "ripples" through
American Jewry. Among the
issues on which Jews differ
are their reaction to Israeli
handling of the intifada and
its 1982 invasion of Lebanon
and their recent criticism of
AIPAC. The editors also cited
a Los Angeles Times poll that
indicates that one-third of
American Jews favor U.S.
talks with the PLO.
"Politics, by definition, in-
volves tradeoffs," stated The
Nation. "And there is no
reason to expect that blacks
and Jews, more than any
other group, are exempt from
the process. But politics also
involve alliances," such as
"the relatively harmonious
one enjoyed by many blacks
and Jews during the civil
rights struggles of the early
1960s."
But now, "new and shifting
inter- and intragroup affilia-
tions appropriate for the
1990s are forming . . . Sparks
will fly as the process grinds
on — because of the hypersen-
sitivity of some Jews to
criticism of Israel, anti-
Semitic comments by some
blacks and racists remarks by
some Jews. But blacks and
Jews have a larger interest in
finding common ground: a
Supreme Court committed to
civil rights, an end to all
forms of racism and

Jerzy Kosinsky:
Reunited in Poland

discrimination, economic as
well as political."
The Democratic Party, con-
cluded The Nation, must
build on this common ground
between blacks and Jews. Not
to do so would "abdicate" the
party's "moral and political
responsibility" and consign
blacks and Jews to the
"divide-and-conquer politics
of the Republicans."

Arafat Accepts
UN Resolutions
242 and 338

On the verge of tomorrow's
convening of the Palestine
National Council (PNC) in
Algiers, PLO chairman Yassir
Arafat says in an interview in
Time that he recognizes the
two UN resolutions — 242
and 338 — that America and
Israel have made as precondi-
tions for peace talks.
Arafat maintains that he
has declared his acceptance of
the resolutions "many times,
but [the Americans] are not
willing to listen... There is an
American policy to neglect
the Palestinians people . . . "

Time's interview with
Arafat lasted eight hours,
'partly aboard an Iraqi jet
flying the PLO head to
Turkey and partly in Ara-
fat's Baghdad headquarters.
While renouncing terrorism
outside the territories Israel
has occupied since the 1967
Six-Day War, Arafat claimed
that the terrorism he
threatened would continue
within the territories is legal
under certain provisions of
the UN Charter. These allow
people to oppose oppression or
occupation. He also compared
the Palestinian fight to that
in the American colonies
against "British occupation"

and in Europe during World
War Two against Nazi occupa-
tion.
Although Arafat was inter-
viewed before the Israeli elec-
tion, he was certain there
would be another Labor.
Likud coalition in the Jewish
state. Israel, he said, "can't
rule in this atmosphere
without it" because the
Palestinian intifada has
created a war-like situation.
"More than 50 percent of
the Israeli army," he said, "is
in the streets — in the
villages, in the towns, in the
camps. Definitely, no single
party can carry this respon-
sibility."

If an international confer-
ence is convened to settle the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict,
Arafat said he would talk
with any representative sent
to the talks by Israel, even if
they are Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin, who
engineered Israel's "iron fist"
response against the intifada,
or former Army General Ariel
Sharon, who led the Israeli
army into Lebanon in 1982.
"I am not like the Israelis,
like an ostrich," said Arafat.
"I have to deal with my
enemies."

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Kosinski's New
'Romance'

Confessions and tears don't
appear too often on the New
York Times' op-ed page, yet
both had a place in novelist
Jerzy Kosinski's recently
published account of his
12-day trip to Poland last
spring, a trip on which he
started a "new romance" with
"his 1,000-year-old Polish-
Jewish soul."
Kosinski traveled to his
native Poland to present an
award to a Polish gentile who
has been preserving Judaica.
On this, Kosinski's first trip
to Poland since he left in
1957, he was reunited in Lodz
with his adopted brother,
Henryk. "Arm in arm, tear in
tear," the two bent in "double
sorrow over the double grave"
of their parents.
In the city of Kazimierz,
Kosinski took photos of tomb-
stones in a 16th century
Jewish cemetery and imagin-
ed "every stone screaming at
me, 'Restore Jewish
Kazimierz, and do it quick:
Am I not a part of your very
soul?'
And from there, on to
Auschwitz, "where the Nazis
tried to turn the all-fertile
Jewish soul into a fertilizer."

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