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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-12-27

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1991

Demand For Fact Dominance
To Be Multilateral

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor Emeritus

Virith "bilateral"
Middle East ap-
proaches to peace
turning into "multilateral"
commitments, it is hoped
that the meetings will also
aim for fact dominance.
The new approach is in
large measure a commence-
ment of the realization of the
appeals by Israel and the
world Jewish communities
for direct Arab-Jewish
negotiations involving their
many conflicts. The experi-
ences thus far have been af-
fected by severe bitterness.
It is because most of that
sadness continues to be
caused by hatreds to be
dissolved that new duties
dominate the approaches to
the quest for amity.
Our concern is the
spreading of prejudice on a
world scale to deny basic
Jewish rights in the Land of
Israel and the advocacy of
the destruction of the State
of Israel. Biblical prophecies
are ridiculed and Israel as
Jewish state is defiled. The
very basis of Jewish con-
tinuity has been ignored.
Misrepresentation of
historical facts was condon-
ed most regrettably in the
media and in diplomacy. It,
therefore, became necessary
to plead for truth during this
century. On several occa-
sions during these decades, I
responded to the demand for
actual historical data. The
compulsion continues to in-
dicate how the Holy Land,
continuing as Israel, was
ruled during 2000 years.
The truth is that, in
recorded history, Palestine
was never ruled by an Arab
government; that the Arab
caliphates who ruled
Palestine were foreign
Moslem rulers who can
claim 432 years of domina-
tion as compared with 2000
years of Jewish rule.
Hebrew rule lasted for
664 years, from 1250 BCE
to 586 BCE.
The Babylonian con-
quest lasted only 48 years
— 586 to 538 BCE.
The autonomy of the
Hebrews was then renew-
ed for 205 years — 538 to
333 BCE.
Then _came a period of
270 years of Greek rule —
333 to 63 BCE — but it in-
cluded 83 of local Jewish
autonomy that began with
Judah the Maccabee until

the destruction of the Se-
cond Temple, 153 BCE to 70
CE.
Roman rule lasted for 458
years — 63 BCE to 395 CE
— and it included 12 years
of Jewish autonomy under
Bar Kochba, 130 to 142 CE.
Then came the period of
changing rulerships in the
present era, with the
limited domination under
Arabs:
Byzantine rule of 239
years, 395 to 634.
The 438-year rule of the
Arabs, 634 to 1072: Cali-
phates of Mecca, 636 to 661;
Damascus, 661 to 750; Ab-
basids, 750 to 870;

Our concern is the
spreading of
prejudice on a
world scale to
deny basic Jewish
rights in the Land
of Israel.

Fatimites, 969 to 1071.
Seldukes (Mongolians)
rules followed for 24 years,
1072 to 1096.
The Crusaders followed
for 192 years, 1099 to 1291,
with the Ayyubides in
domination from 1175 to
1291. .
For 225 years thereafter,
1291 to 1516, the
Mamelouks (Mongolians)
were in control of
Palestine.
The Ottomans (Turks)
dominated the Holy Land
for 402 years, 1516 to 1918,
and the British Mandate,
preceding the rebirth of
Israel, followed it for 30
years, from 1918 to 1948.
These are the facts — in-
dicating that Arabs ruled
Palestine for only 438
years, as compared with
the uninterrupted Jewish
rule of the land for 964
years.
"Foreign experts" have
been misleading the world
by referring to "Jewish in-
vaders," and to the Arab
propagandists who would
deny the State of Israel the
right to its existence.
Such are facts that de-
mand honest and just con-
sideration in diplomacy and
in the media. They certainly
must not be overlooked by
the Arab nations. They must
be emphasized in Jewish
treatment of the issues

whenever and wherever
they may arise. Therefore,
the demand upon all in the
multilateral discussions:
Keep these factual truths in
mind and let them help you
in leading to peace!

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Documentation
Benefits

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The interest created in the
recollection of a book in
Yiddish published by the
Jewish Welfare Federation
keeps glorifying the occur-
rence.
In addition to the news
from Sharon Alterman, Jew-
ish Federation archivist,
that the volume by Samuel
Weinberg is now a part of
our historiography, George
"Mike" Zeltzer, prominent
Federation leader, informs
me that the Weisberg book is
one of his cherished Yiddish
collections. He states that
his vast Yiddish library
always remains intact.
There are other inter-
esting comments. For exam-
ple, our admired bib-
liographer Leonard N.
Simons believes that the
1940 book should be provid-
ed in an English translation.
We both agree that "Mike"
Zeltzer, an acknowledged
Yiddishist, could be an
excelent translator. ❑

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Israeli Jets
Bomb Terrorists

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israel air
force jets bombed a Palestin-
ian terrorist base in eastern
Lebanon last week and
returned safely to their
bases, a military spokesman
announced.
It was the first Israeli air
raid over Lebanon in a mon-
th, and according to sources
in Lebanon, was carried out
by four Phantom jets firing
air-to-ground missiles.
Israeli sources identified
the target as a base used by
Ahmed Jabril's Popular
Front for the Liberation of
Palestine- General Com-
mand to launch incursions
against the Israel Defense
Force and its allied South
Lebanon Army in the
southern Lebanon security
zone.
It was located near Sultan
Yakub in the Syrian-
controlled Bekaa Valley.
Two terrorists were killed
and two Lebanese news pho-
tographers were wounded.

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