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(PURELY COMMENTARY

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor Emeritus

Scapegoating Assumes Increased Villainy
With The Turmoil In The Middle East

W

ith the words from
Shakespeare's Mer-
chant of Venice —
"The devil can cite Scripture
for his purpose." — we might
induce villainy to treat
scapegoating as having
biblical sanctity. After all the
very origin of the scapegoat is
from "Leviticus 21:16"
Aaron shall lay both his
hands upon the head of the
live goat, confess over him
all the iniquities of the
children of Israel, . . . and
shall send him away . . . in-
to the wilderness.
Such is the remarkable ap-
plication of a simple dic-
tionary definition which ad-
vises that the scapegoat is
"one who is made to bear the
blame for others or to suffer
in their place."
That's how the Iraqi "But-

cher of Baghdad," Saddam
Hussein, sought to assign
guilt by coupling the United
States with Israel. All that is
needed to indicate the abnor-
mality of a mass murderer is
to quote his words from the
New York Times of August 10:
The
imperialists,
deviators, merchants,

Even in this
country, the
hatemongers
have resorted to
scapegoating to
conduct their holy
war.

political agents, the ser-
vants of the foreigner and
Zionism all stood up
against Iraq only because

it represents the cons-
cience of the Arab nation
and its ability to safeguard
its honor and rights
against any harm.
Iraq, 0 Arabs, is your
Iraq. . . . It is the candle of
right to snuff out darkness.
The shock of it is that it is
shared by many in the Arab
world and on a global basis
who have resorted to Ameri-
ca and Zionism hate-
mongering.
Even in this country, the
hatemongers have resorted to
this means of conducting
their holy war. A prejudiced
hater of Israel who is on the
Columbia University faculty
used Zionism and Israel as a
resort to seeking absolution
from evils with Saddam
Hussein.
No wonder that Havelock

Ellis in his Questions of Our
Days, written in 1936, should
have asserted:
So long as gentiles are ill
at ease with themselves
they want Jews to be there,
to bear the blame for all
conceivable ills.
This was a direct reference
to scapegoating directed at
Jews.
Israel Zangwill, in Voice of
Jerusalem, written in 1921,
stated:
Nothing gratifies the mob
more than to get a simple
name to account for a com-
plex phenomenon, and the
word "Jew" is always at
hand to explain the never-
absent maladies of the
body politic.
Exposure of scapegoatism is
never-ending. The burden is

Saddam Hussein

to assure predominance of
facts and truths. Know your
history is our appeal to our
youth as the best way to erase
the lies and confront the anti-
Semites.



Personalities Provide Dual-National Intimacies

I

srael and Jewish people-
hood are always inter-
linked.
Fully to be assessed is the
newest Who is Who in Israel
and Jewish Personalities from
All Over the World, 1990-91.
The personalities in both
categories provide the lessons
for the suggested unity.
As the 41st volume in the
series, the newest is a con-
tinuity of accounts of the emi-
nent leaders of Jews and the
progressive growth of the
State of Israel in whose be-
half and security these many
thousands are laboring. In the
process the volume "reflects
Israel's dynamic and hectic at-
mosphere, its creativity and
activity as well as the con-
tributions of world Jewry to
Israel and the societies in
which they live." This is how
the volume is defined by its
compilers.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
(US PS 275-520) is published every
Friday with additional supplements
in February, March, May, August,
October and November at 27676
Franklin Road, Southfield,
Michigan.

Second class postage paid at
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Postmaster: Send changes to:
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Vol. XCVDI No. 1

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August 31, 1990

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 1990

sial biography, not mentioning
the Herzog actions in support
of electoral reform in Israel,
the Herzog role is dynamic in
its entirety.
Making available for the
reader the entire membership
of the Knesset, the Israel
Parliament, this volume sup-
plements personalities with
valuable data about the
Israeli government.
Furthermore, accumulated
information about Israel's in-

dustries makes this volume a
source of information about
the nation's economic
progress.
Additionally there are
guidelines to acquaint the
possessor of this volume with
knowledge of the cultural
status of the Israeli
universities.
Judge Avern Cohn, Max M.
Fisher, Abraham Satovsky,
Emma Schaver, Philip
Slomovitz and Dr. Daniel

Syme are listed in this Who's
Who.
Dr. John Jacob Mames is in-
cluded, the volume having
gone to press before his
passing.
An earlier generation of
Detroiters will be interested
in the listing of a member of
a prominent family, Dr. Israel
Heyman, now among Israel's
most prominent pediatri-
cians.



Emigres Mark Pioneer Revival

Chaim Herzog

The Jewish Who's Who
publishers fulfilled an aim of
providing data not available
elsewhere. It is a way of keep-
ing Jewish leadership inform-
ed about Israel and the state's
achievements.
The composition of the
government of Israel has a
vital global interest, therefore
the emphasis provided here on
the parties represented in the
Knesset and also in the
presidency.
The presidents from Chaim
Weizmann to Chaim Herzog
always arouse recollections
about pioneering govern-
ments. The personality of the
current President Herzog is of
particular concern because of
his numerous roles before he
attained his highest goal.
While this is not a controver-

G

uaranteeing a nation-
al home for the tens
of thousands of Rus-
sian Jews is the collective
task of Israel and world
Jewry's functioning
movements.
All factions in Zionism are
continuing the traditional
means of assuring the
homeland planned for
escapees from humiliations.
Israel's universities are
planning proper integration
of new settlers into academia.
Israel's multiple social ser-
vice agencies plan fulfillment
of accumulating duties.
Magen David Adorn of
Israel hopes to provide
assistance to medical experts.
The Keren Kayemet
Lelsrael — the Jewish na-
tional Fund — is an especial-
ly well-prepared movement
that is strengthening the ef-
forts for new tasks to provide

Moshe Rivlin

employment and to protect
home planning. JNF learns
from precedents of the
earliest chalutzim when
there was the trend toward
agriculture and the kibutzim
were the welcoming havens
for the Jewish pioneers.
The New Exodus calls for

new actions and JNF
evidences pioneering
revivalism.
Revolutionary steps for new
programming are announced
by Moshe Rivlin, the world
chairman of the Keren
Kayemet. Mr. Rivlin an-
nounces mobilization of man-
power and machinery to con-
front the Israeli housing
crisis. While about 30 percent
of the actual machinery and
the operators reportedly
belong to private contractors,
JNF planners, engineers and
enlisted experts in construc-
tion are directing the works.
Such are the commitments
that evidence meeting the
new demands. JNF is among
the leaders in these efforts.
The support given these
tasks in Jewish communities
everywhere glorifies the
generosity that is Jewish in
essence.



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