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October 13, 1989 - Image 36

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ackie Mason's cracks
about blacks in the
Village Voice were
enough to make him quit as
the honorary campaign
manager for New York's
GOP mayoral candidate
Rudolph Giuliani and to
make him fret that the
ratings for his new TV show,
Chicken Soup, would
plummet.
So far, Mason has quit
Giuliani's campaign and his
show is still on the air. But
perhaps the Voice article
needs slightly greater elab-
oration than the meager
extracts given them by local
news media, especially
Mason's comments that
David Dinkins, Giuliani's
black opponent, "looks like a
black model without a job"
and that Jews, who "don't
owe anything to blacks," feel
"guilty for the black
predicament as if the Jews
caused caused it."
Robert I. Friedman, the
author of the Voice piece,
stated that Mason's role in
the Giuliani campaign "is to
sell Guiliani as the caped
crusader, especially to Jews
in outer boroughs who — if
you believe Mason —lie
awake at night in fear of
black street crime."
Friedman agreed with
Mason's point that the
Jewish vote is "very crucial"
to a Dinkins victory. Jews,
wrote Friedman, are New
York's "most volatile seg-
ment of the city's elec
torate," and "will comprise
about 20 percent- of the gen-
eral vote this November...
Many Jews see Dinkins as
an adequate crime fighter as

j

well as a healer. Moreover,
Dinkins is perceived by some
Jews as more pro-Israel than
Giuliani..."
According to Friedman,
Giuliani's media adviser,
Roger Ailes, saw Mason's job
on the Giuliani campaign as
convincing "Jews that they
are not racist if they don't
vote for a black man. Ailes
used [black criminal]Willie
Horton to scare the white
middle class into voting for
Bush [in the 1988 presiden-
tial campaign], and in the
current mayoral campaign,
Ailes is using Mason as
Willie Horton's stand-in."
Of Jewish support for
black candidates, Mason
said, "There is a sick Jewish
problem of voting for a black
man no matter how unfit he
is for the job. All you have to
do is be black and don't curse
the Jews directly and the
Jew will vote for the black in
a second. Jews are sick with
complexes."
Of Jews contributing to
black causes, Mason asked,
"Have you ever heard of a
black person giving a
quarter to a Jew? I never
heard a black person say we
have to help the poor Jews."
And asserting the inequity
of two-thirds of America's
largest cities having black
mayors and only one Jew —
New York's Ed Koch —
heading a major city's City
Hall, Mason wondered,
"Why can't a Jew become
mayor in this country? This
question should be irrele-
vant, but the Jewish liberals
have made it relevant by
supporting Dinkins. If
Dinkins was white and you
put his track record against
Giuliani's track record, he
wouldn't get a single Jewish
vote."

Israeli Economic
Reforms Urged

Savoring the "delightful
irony" of the Soviet Union
being "an unwitting part-
ner" in spurring Israel to
solve its "most intractable"
economic and social prob-
lems, two Israelis wrote on
the Wall Street Journal's op-
ed page that Israel must
make extensive reforms to
accommodate the coming in-
flux of Soviet Jewish im-
migrants.
"Structural reform en-
couraging private initiative
and creating economic
growth, rather than
redistributing existing

resources" was advised by
Daniel Doron, director of the
Israel Center for Social and
Economic Progress in Tel
Aviv, and Yuri Shtern,
formerly an economist at the
University of Moscow and
now an Israeli citizen.

Israel, they said, is not
prepared to cope with large
numbers of immigrants.
Even the recent increase of a
few thousand immigrants a
year "created a crisis" in
Israel's state-dominated ab-
sorption and resettlement
services.

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