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September 13, 1991 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-13

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Glemp Statement
Covered In Poland



New York (JTA) — A
statement made last month
by Cardinal Jozef Glemp of
Poland, expressing regret
over his "misunderstand-
ings" with Jews, has been
widely disseminated in Po-
land, according to informa-
tion from the Polish Episco-
pate made public by the
Polish Ministry of Foreign
Cardinal Glemp's state-
ment was published by the
Polish press agency PAP,
three daily newspapers,
Polish television and all
Catholic weekly magazines,
according to Hubert
Romanowski, Poland's con-
sul general in Chicago.
Mr. Romanowski notified
Rabbi A. James Rudin, na-
tional director of inter-
religious affairs at the
American Jewish Com-
mittee, of the Polish Foreign
Ministry's information.
Cardinal Glemp made his
statement in the form of an
Aug. 12 letter to Archbishop
Arthur Maida of Detroit, in
which he "restated" that
"anti-Semitism is evil_ and
contrary to the spirit of the
In that letter, he also said
that he understood that "the
seven members of the Jew-
ish community who disturb-
ed the peace of the Carmelite
Sisters in July 1989 ... did
not intend to kill the Sisters
or destroy the convent."
He was referring to a dem-
onstration at the Carmelite
convent at Auschwitz, led by
Rabbi Avi Weiss of New
In a homily Cardinal
Glemp made a month later,
on Aug. 26, 1989, he charged
that the demonstrators had
intended to kill the nuns and
destroy the convent.
Cardinal Glemp also said,
in that homily, that Jews
were "getting peasants
drunk," "spreading commu-
nism," and acting "from a
position of a people raised
above all others," statements
which he did not refer to in
his letter to Archbishop
It is for that reason that
Kalman Sultanik, president
of the Federation of Polish
Jews and vice president of
the World Jewish Congress,
has urged American Jewish
leaders and representatives
of American Jewish organ-
izations not to meet with
Glemp when he arrives in
the United States.
"The statement of Car-
dinal Glemp is reminiscent

of the notorious anti-Jewish
publication 'The Protocols of
the Elders of Zion,' " Mr.
Sultanik charged.
"A meeting between Jew-
ish leaders and the Cardinal
should take place only after
Cardinal Glemp clearly and
unequivocally repudiates his
anti-Semitic remarks of two
years ago," Mr. Sultanik
said Sept. 4.
He said he would urge
representatives of the
American Section of the
World Jewish Congress not
to meet with Cardinal
But no representatives of
the World Jewish Congress
have been invited to meet
with Cardinal Glemp, said
Dr. Eugene Fisher, director
of Catholic-Jewish relations
for the National Conference
of Catholic Bishops.
Invitations have been ex-
tended to those Jewish
leaders who are "our tradi-
tional dialogue partners in
the United States," Dr.
Fisher said, not organiza-
tions like the World Jewish
Congress, which deal
primarily in the interna-
tional arena.
The conference will be
hosting a meeting between
Cardinal Glemp and about a
dozen representatives of
American Jewish organiza-
tions on the morning of Sept.
20 at its offices in Washing-
ton. The meeting will be
moderated by Archbishop
William Keeler of
While Dr. Fisher was not
ready to divulge the names
on the invitation list, saying
he has not heard from all of
them, he did say that he has
gotten six responses, all of
them positive.

Jordan Fires

Tel Aviv (JTA) — An Israel
Defense Force unit patroll-
ing the border with Jordan
encountered light artillery
fire from the other side last
week near Kibbutz Sha'ar
Hagolan, in the northern
Jordan Valley.
No one was hurt, and the
patrol responded with heavy
fire, the Israel Defense Force
spokesman said.
Israel's border with Jordan
is normally quiet, but the
last year has seen several in-
filtration attempts, many
conducted by Moslem fun-
damentalists wearing Jor-
danian army uniforms.


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