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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-06-16

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lands. Chasidic leaders made
inroads. Visitors aimed to
provide encouragement to
functioning worshipers.
Nobel Prize Laureate Elie
Wiesel was a leader among
the latter. He made many
visits to synagogues in
Moscow and elsewhere. He
propagated Zionism and en-
couraged aliyah to Israel. He
helped in the establishment
of cultural movements.
When the Moscow Jewish
Cultural Center was
dedicated in recent months,
Wiesel was among the chief
visiting dignitaries among
the participants. Guest rabbis
and leaders in world
movements were there. That's
how a great contact was
made, giving credence to
retention of Peoplehood with
The ideas and the needs are
apparent. Dr. Rosen lends
substance to them. He gives
encouragement to sur-
vivalism with his program-
matic action. World Jewry
owes him a great debt for
such devotion, shared with
fellow Jews like Elie Wiesel.
These are men of vision,
strengthening Israel and
aliyah with their idealism.
These are giants in Zinoism.
At the same time they are the
builders of a traditional con-
tinuity of Jewry everywhere.
The program outlined by
Dr. Moshe Rosen demands
support, total Jewish endorse-
ment and devoted action. It
must find fulfillment with the
aid of world Jewry. ❑

Elevating Human
Factors In Israel


I would like to thank all my
relatives and friends for the
contribution cards and trees,
as well as the deep concern
and love shown me during
my recent illness.

Belle Greenbaum


FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 1989

n the present period of
testing in Israel, when
the human factor is basic
in the unity sought for the na-
tion of Israel and its many dif-
fering elements, it is a duty
never to justify desecrations.
When the human factor
predominates inter-religious
respect will be a reality.
Desecrations are always
outrageous. The religious
feelings of all believers must
be treated with respect. The
Koran needs to be judged
with as much sanctity as the
Shulchan Aruch.
There is a similar demand
confronting the average
laborer in the workers' com-
munity. There is such a thing
as the dignity of labor. That
is why there was such a sense
when in two areas in Israel
incoming Arab workers were
compelled to wear identifica-
tions as Arabs.
The recognition of such an
act as inhumanity, compell-
ing its abandonment, has
hopefully wiped out bad judg-

ment as temporary, never to
be repeated again.
Just a few hours before the
blunder was erased from en-
forcement, there was deed ag-
gravation. That the workers'
plight should have been
equated with the "Yellow
Badge" of the Nazi atrocities
was humiliating. There was
deep regret that someone
should have applied the
Hitlerite command for Jews
to identify themselves by
wearing a yellow badge was a
shock in its semblance.
When Nazi beasts sought to
humiliate Jews by imposing
upon them to wear yellow
badges they had their
spiritual resistance. The
distinguished Jewish jour-
nalist Robert Weltsch
editorially proclaimed in the
Judische Rundschau, April 1,
1933: "Wear it with pride, the
yellow badge: — Tragt ihn mit
stolz den gelben fleck."
It's the courageous Jewish
way of resisting, defying, re-
jecting abuses. It does not
welcome equating with the
undignified under any
The commitment is always
to prevent desecrations, to
cause high the standards of
the "dignity of labor."
These are the lessons
taught and learned the
Jewish and the Israel way.

been halted during the
past two decades. The
report found that the
amount of fertile land in
the territories had increas-
ed since 1969.
"We were surprised to
discover that Unep's ex-
ecutive director saw fit to
publish a positive report
on the environmental
situation in the territories."
said Dr. Uri Marinov,
director-general of the
Israeli Environment
Ministry. He added that
Unep was allowed to
operate independently and
"went about drawing their
own conclusions!'
Israel is treated with so
much venom in the United
Nations that this recognition
comes as a welcome surprise.
There is so much in the
U.N. demanding condemna-
tion that this sincere act of
just recognition of Israeli
policies must be hailed with
appreciation and enthusiasm.
One must never be totally
pesimistic when judging the
importance of the United
Hopefully there will be
other acts of fairness toward
Israel. Thereby the U.N. can
establish dignity in its deci-
sions as the world organiza-
tion. ❑

U.N. Agency's
Israel Miracle


hen kind judgment
for Israel is ex-
pressed by a func-
tioning agency of the United
Nations, it earns being
described as a miracle.
This is what just occurred
as reported in the following
item from the Jerusalem Post,
reprinted by AIPAC's Near
East Report:
The executive director of
the U.N. Environment Pro-
gram (Unep), Dr. Mustafa
Tolba, praised Israel for
making "exceptional pro-
gress" during the past 20
years of administering the
West Bank and Gaza Strip,
resulting in longer average
life spans and reduced in-
fant mortalities.
The Unep report,
prepared after Arab states
sponsored a proposal to
commission a special
study on environmental af-
fairs in the occupied ter-
ritories, highlighted im-
proved water quality and
upgraded sewage and gar-
bage disposal.
Dr. Tolba, an Egyptian
microbiologist, noted that
the West Bank and Gaza
Strip were among the only
areas of the world where
the spread of desert had



PLO Forming
Lebanon Army

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Between
18,000 and 20,000 Palesti-
nians are on the payroll of
various terrorist organiza-
tions operating outside Israel,
according to the Israel
Defense Force.
Of that number, 11,000 live
in Lebanon. Al Fatah, the
fighting arm of the
mainstream Palestine Libera-
tion Organization, has a
membership of 4,000, the IDF
A military source quoted by
took issue
with a report in Jane's
Defense Weekly,
authoritative British publica-
tion, that the PLO is moving
to disband its fighting units.
The source claimed that on
the contrary, it is actually try-
ing "to organize new terrorist
units within a military struc-
ture, as the army of a future
Palestinian state," Ha'aretz
In fact, PLO chief Yassir
Arafat and leaders of Al
Fatah began in the early
1980s to establish institu-
tionalized military forma-
tions in southern Lebanon
and call them the Palestinian
army, the source said.

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