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June 09, 1989 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-06-09

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Satanic Verses, should be
published in Israel.
As Michael Handelzalts, a
leading Israeli publishing
reporter, says in Romano's ar-
ticle, The extreme left says
you shouldn't publish it so as
not to offend the Muslims.

Selman Rushdie:
'Whipping is okay.'

The moderate left says you
should publish it because
there's an issue of freedom of
speech at stake. The right-
wing says, 'You see, those
Muslims, how they behave! Of
course, we condemn the book,
which is offensive, but it just
shows you what we have to
deal with here with those
Islamic maniacs!' The
religious rights claims that
Rushdie shouldn't have writ-
ten that offensive book. But,
of course, killing him is carry-
ing it a bit too far. Whipping
him is okay."

Author Struggles
With Her Roots
In Prague

In Prague last September to
write an article for Conde
Nast Traveler, novelist Joan
Juliet Buck did more than see
the sights. She struggled with
her own Jewishness.
Taken on a tour of the city
by the former head of the
Czech council of Jewish
religious communities, Buck
saw the Jewish Town Hall
(where Kafka once lectured),
the 700-year-old Altneuschul
(where the seat of Rabbi Low,
who created the mythical
Golem, is "respectfully" unoc-
cupied), the State Jewish
Museum and a Jewish
cemetery where, writes Buck,
"because the headstones are
jammed together, and tumbl-
ing . . . you can believe
anything; you can believe
that Prague Jews were buried
*standing up, to make more

room. The dead have no room
to breath, but they don't have
to."
Then she is shown an ex-
hibit of paintings done by
Jewish children at the Nazi
concentration camp of
Terezin, 35 miles from
Prague: "Yellow suns against
gray skies, in the poster
paints that are a part of every
child."
Back at her hotel, Buck
asks herself, "Do I want to be
a Jew? Do I want to be so near
to that . . . ? The dead who
can't breathe, and the
children — how do you laugh
at that? How can time make
that pretty?"
For Yom Kippur, Buck went
to services at the
Altneuschul. In the women's
room, where she sat, the rab-
bi's daughter "went from lap
to lap . . . The women smiled
at the child, cuddled her, ex-
changed gossip, and glared at
the stranger: me." Then,
finally, came the sound of the
shofar, "bringing in a clean
new year."

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ZOA Attacks
Times Columnist
Anthony Lewis

Ina 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 ad on the
op-ed page of last Sunday's
New York Times, the Zionist
Organization of America
charged that in his
"relentless criticism" of
Israel, Times columnist An-
thony Lewis has urged the
Jewish state to "surrender"
to the Palestinian intifada
and "capitulate to PLO
demands for a Palestinian
state."
The ad was signed by ZOA
national president, Milton S.
Shapiro. Its placement on the
very page on which Lewis'
columns appear in the Times
was highly unusual.
Lewis' columns, stated the
ad, have ignored "years of
PLO terrorism" and the PLO
Covenant's "21 separate
references calling for Israel's
destruction." The Zionists
also charged that Lewis has
never demanded that Arab
states stop "spending billions
each year for weapons to
destroy Israel" nor indicted
"oil-rich sheikdoms" for
"their failure to resettle their
Palestinian brothers . . . still
in refugee camps."
The ad concluded that
Lewis "surely" knows "that
Israel yearns for peace" and
asked him to "encourage
moderate Palestinian Arabs
to join Israel in achieving this
noble objective." C1

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