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September 27, 1991 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-27

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SEPTEMBER 27, 1991 / 19 TISHREI 5752

UN Resolution
Tests The Arabs


Assistant Editor


ocal Jewish leaders
this week welcomed
George Bush's call for
the United Nations to repeal
the "Zionism is racism"
resolution, but said the real
significance of the Presi-
dent's comments lie in how
Arab nations react.
"Most Jews feel the rever-
sal of this resolution is long
overdue," said Jewish
Community Council Ex-
ecutive Director David Gad-
Harf. "Now we have to look
to the Arab countries to see
their response. If they're in-
terested in peace, they'll
vote for reversal."
"This move tests the seri-
ousness of the Arab world,"
added Rabbi Daniel Polish of
Temple Beth El. "The word
`racism' really translates to

`illegitimate.' If the Arabs
are sufficiently serious
about peace, they will begin
by being receptive to the
President's move."
The U.N. adopted the
"Zionism is racism" resolu-
tion in November 1975 by a
vote of 70-29. Though the
President's public statement
opposing the resolution
"represents a change in
thrust," in does not reflect a
change in U.S. policy, noted
Marvin Feuerwerger, senior
strategic fellow at the Wash-
ington Institute for Near
East Policy. The United
States never supported the
resolution, and American
presidents, senators and
statesmen have been
outspoken in their condem-
nation of the U.N. vote.
"I can't think of anything
in the last 30 years as odi-

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Is Bush All Talk?


Washington Correspondent

resident George Bush
used unusually strong
language in urging
the United Nations to repeal
its 1975 resolution labeling
Zionism as a form of racism
in his Monday speech to the
international body.
But it was unclear
whether the administra-
tion's renewed interest in
repealing the controversial
resolution would result in
speedy action in the General
Mr. Bush's U.N. speech
was a calculated attempt to
ease tensions between pro-
Israel forces and the ad-
ministration resulting from
the White House's
resistance to Jerusalem's
request for $10 billion in
loan guarantees. The
dispute flared dramatically
after the president's Sept. 12
news conference.
At that news conference,
Mr. Bush repeated his call
for a 120-day delay in the
loan guarantee legislation —
a call congressional leaders
appear to have heeded —


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and criticized pro-Israel
forces that were pushing
hard for the guarantees.
It was the resulting
downward spiral in
U.S.-Israeli relations that
was the target of Mr. Bush's
comments on the Zionism-is-
Racism resolution.
"Zionism is not a policy,"
Mr. Bush told the U.N. dele-
gates. "It is the idea that led
to the creation of a home for
the Jewish people, to the
State of Israel. And to
equate Zionism with the in-
tolerable sin of racism is to


twist history and forget the
terrible plight of Jews in
World War II and indeed
throughout history."
The international body
cannot serve as a peacemaker,
Mr. Bush said, "and at the
same time challenge Israel's
right to exist."
Jewish activists applauded
the president's comments,
but warned that the U.N.
speech in itself would not

Continued on Page 21

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