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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-08-18

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Bar-Han Symposium Provides Clarification


Editor Emeritus

ublic relations challenges and
disputes have arisen in the cur-
rent developing crises in Israel
and may demand serious studies of the
roles of the media.
Bar-Ilan University has made a
notable contribution toward such
studies in a symposium whose par-
ticipants represented every aspect of life
in Israel. While Arabs were not among
the participants, the military response
to the intifada gave substance to the
topic: 'Intifada and the Media — Who
Nourishes Whom?'
On the occasion of the annual
meeting here of Detroit Friends of Bar-
Ilan University, at which the many
university achievements were outlined,
the work of the Department of Corn-
munications and the Chair in Jour-
nalism gain special consideration. The
encouragement given these depart-
ments by this community enhances its
Inspired by the director of the Bar-
Ilan communications studies, Dr.
Shmuel Sandler and chaired by Prof.
Dina Goren of Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv
Universities, discussions included army
officers, newspaper correspondents from
abroad and Israeli editors. There was no
pulling of punches. There was recogni-
tion of errors and assignments of guilt.
The functioning of the dissemination of
news was of importance. The fact that
250 foreign correspondents increased by
750 was given importance.
The seminarians viewed with great


seriousness the fact that the immediacy
of news reporting gave momentum to
intifada aims. The army difficulties
were of concern and there was admis-
sion that Arabs gained from intifada
Rumor mongering was a subject for
discussion in the two-hour session of
700 participants.
It is deeply regretted that the entire
proceedings were not made available
immediately in a compiled volume with
an Arab addendum. Perhaps this can
still be undertaken to provide the
valuable record of the intifada crisis.
Meanwhile, acclaim should be given
to the Bar-Ilan Communications-
Journalism departments for notable
academic enrichments. The Detroit
community can take pride in co-
sponsoring such university tasks.
What the Bar-Ilan academicians did
with the symposium on the intifada was
to demonstrate that the Jewish com-

munities they represent, the Israelis
and their supporters in the United
States are anxious to have all the facts
known, to deny secrecy and to strive for
peace. If the Arabs, who instigate
violence, were to share in such plann-
ing, there would surely be vital com-
munications instead of stone hurling.
Therefore the hope that what the
Bar-Ilan Programmatic policy ad-
vocates and practices is an aim for the
desired and hopefully achievable good
will and amity.
Bar-Ilan's supporting forces, the
Detroiters aiding them, have a cause for
pride in the assistance they give for
positive communications among all
forces in Israel.
Aggravations resulting from the
spread of prejudicial judgments relating
to Middle East problems suggest the
need of symposium akin to the Bar-Ilan-
inspired testing of the media in this
country. The confusions that resulted
from events aroused by the current
hostage crisis emphasize this
Commentators and editorial writers
have refrained from enlisting in the
new "Blame Israel" charade. But a
spontaneity of such hate arousing
emerged with a "Doleing" antagonism
by the responsible minority leader of
the U.S. Senate who criticized and
challenged Israel's prime leader in
numerous terrorist acts.
A.M. Rosenthal, in his New York
Times column of Aug. 4, entitled, "The
Next Terrorist Crisis," had this com-
ment on Senator Robert Dole:
President Bush himelf rais-

ed the question of the basic
American attitude toward ter-
rorism. He implied at the begin-
ning of the crisis that all "kid-
nappings" were the same. He
went on to call for the immediate
release of "all, all" of the
Then Senator Robert Dole
contemptuously denounced
Israel for "freelancing:' It was
an exhibition of tight-lipped
fury that disgusted many of his
friends around the country who
happen to hope well for Israel.
It put a knowing smirk on the
faces of his detractors, a loud "I
told you so."
Suddenly Israel becomes
target and villain. Israel — not
the sheik, not his Iranian
paymasters or the Syrians. The
arms he gets go through Syria.
His bands live and train in
Syrian-controlled parts of
Israel did what the United
States did when it could —
reached out to grab a terrorist
careless enough to get within
grabbing reach.
This is a statement by an
American official in 1985:
"We need to extend the reach
of U.S. laws to those who would
kidnap or murder U.S. citizens
overseas . ."
It was on the morning of the threats
of executions that the Times referred to
the comments of Sen. Robert Dole. That
Continued on Page 42

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