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December 15, 1989 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-15

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Anti- Semitism

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Anti-Semitism has al-
ways been a way of attack-
ing liberal values,
democratic institutions
and government-by-law.
Editors of newspapers
and magazines must refuse
to print anti-Semitic
slanders. When they are
made aware of such
slanders, politicians and
writers, without hesitation,
must condemn them. It is
embarrassing, 45 years
after Auschwitz, that we
have to remind those who
influence public opinion
about their basic duties.
The warnings are clear. One
must not become indifferent
to realities. Whatever is

threatened in anti-Semitism,
whether from extremists in
this country or Arabs who
turn their anti-Semitism into
Jew-baiting, the menace must
be fought fearlessly. The
American Jewish Committee
earns high praise for develop-
ing the desired activism.
There are re-emerging
animosities and there are also
friends like Per Ahlmark who
challenge fearlessly and re-
ject indifference from the
media and public officials. Let
there be a utilization of the
proferred cooperation in an
all-out war against the vile
hatreds that affect not only
world Jewry but all


Prague Jewish Group
Ousts Old Guard Leaders

York (JTA) — Like the
Civic Forum movement that
succeeded in wresting con-
trol of the Czechoslovak
government from the Com-
munists, the Jewish com-
munity of Prague apparent-
ly has ridded itself of hard-
line leaders appointed by the
government and begun in-
stalling replacements of its
own choosing.
The move, which took
place at an extraordinary
community meeting on Dec.
3, appears to have
rehabilitated a veteran of
Jewish life in
Czechoslovakia who had
found disfavor with the au-
thorities in recent years.
According to unconfirmed
reports, some 200 members
of the community gathered
in Prague's Jewish town hall
that day to demand the
removal of the country's offi-
cial Jewish leadership. They
voted unanimously to elect
Desider Galsky president of
the Council of Jewish
Religious Communities in
Bohemia and Moravia,
following which the council's
entire board resigned.
Galsky replaces Bohumil
Helle, who resigned his posi-
tion at a stormy meeting of
the council's board four days
before, then tried to rescind
The community also
deposed its secretary-
general, Frantisek Kraus, a
government choice who was
evidently widely despised.
He will remain through
year's end in a caretaker
position, managing the
community's affairs until a
new executive can be found.
"We have democracy now.
We are really free," Galsky

proclaimed triumphantly in
a telephone interview last
Galsky, who was deposed
by Kraus, is now getting his
revenge. He decided not to
accede to Kraus' wish to
return to his original post,
managing the kosher kit-
chen, "because mainly every
person is against him.
"So we agreed he should do
something else," the new
community president said.
"He should manage the
cemeteries, (so as) not to be
in contact with people."

EC Criticizes
Israeli Actions

Strasbourg, France (JTA)
— The European Communi-
ty has lashed out at Israel's
alleged human rights viola-
tions in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip, at a time when
the United States is moving
closer toward bringing
Israelis and Palestinians to
the bargaining table.
After a two-day summit
here, the leaders of the 12
nations of the European
Community issued a state-
ment Dec. 9 calling on Israel
to "abandon its repressive
policy in the occupied ter-
French President Francois
Mitterrand, who chairs the
community, has backed the
Baker plan, and the other
E.C. leaders are expected to
follow suit.
But the E.C. leaders hope
the Baker initiative will
lead toward an international
peace conference, which they
consider the only way to a
comprehensive settlement in
the region.

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