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January 27, 1995 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-01-27

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irrational actions in the future,
the primary cause of the im-
pending debacle must be iden-
tified.
The source of all Israeli mis-
fortune is not the BBC, interna-
tional opinion or Arab
intransigence, the trinity Israelis
use to deny responsibility for
their institutional problems.
Rather it is their anachronistic
and paternalistic political sys-
tem.
Neither Likud, Labor nor any
other MK believes in individual
responsibility on the part of the
voter or themselves, hence their
opposition to primaries which
done properly would break the
"party" stranglehold in the coun-
try. As it stands, MKs who sur-
render the hinterland have
nothing to fear from voter wrath
because their primary allegiance
is to their party which shields
them from accountability.
Only a political system that
ties the politician directly to the
voter by eliminating party disci-
pline (a la U.S. congressional dis-
tricts) will prevent Israel's
self-inflicted suicide. Just ask
soon-to-be ex-President Clinton
how well a republic responds
when political elites, like the
Clintons, pursue abstractions at
the expense of reality.
Certainly, the covenantal ba-
sis of Judaism mandates that a
Jewish government be built on
the premise of individual re-
sponsibility which is necessarily
absent in any collectivist or so-
cialist system. Fortunately, Oslo
forces every Jew to re-examine
his basic premises and ask what
is primary in Judaism, the al-
truistic concern with the needs
of the Palestinians or the self-in-
terested security needs of the
state?
Marc Baker
Birmingham

No One Should
Die Alone

For the past several weeks, you
have had articles on the death of
Marilyn Cohn who apparently
died alone, and how sad it is
when a person dies with no one
to remember or say Kaddish.
When my mother died in 1989,
as the funeral party was leaving
her grave site, one of my sons no-
ticed a hearse coming with no one
accompanying the deceased. He
went over and asked why there
wasn't a single person accompa-
nying the deceased. It turns out
that this woman had died and
there were no survivors except for
one relative residing in a nursing
home and one relative who was
too sick to attend. The minyan
that had been there for my moth-
er's funeral quickly went back into
service and saw that this woman
was buried properly and that
Kaddish was said for her. Even
the grave diggers mentioned what
a kindness it was for the woman
to be buried this way.
Because of this incident, a
group was formed that attempts
to gather together a minyan so
that no person in the Detroit
Jewish community needs to be
buried alone. This group is still
in existence and the contact per-
son is Meyer Segal. Any male
over the age of bar mitzvah who
would like to participate in this
important mitzvah is urged to
contact him at 967-3129.
Edith S. Terebelo
Oak Park

Letters Policy

Letters must be typewritten,
double-spaced, and include the
name, home address, daytime
phone number and signature
of the writer.

Nazi Resistance
Myth Is Broken

Bonn (JTA) — Fifty years after
Holland was liberated from the
Nazi occupation, Queen Beatrix
broke the myth of a nation unit-
ed in its resistance against the
enemy.
In her address, the queen stat-
ed that resistance was not as
widespread as some believed.
"The majority (of Dutch citi-
zens) preferred to live on with the
hope to survive," she said.
But in an effort to balance her
criticism, Queen Beatrix recalled
the reign of terror that the Ger-
man dictatorship employed to
control the Dutch population,

"making it difficult to distinguish
between good and evil."
She used the opportunity of
her address to take a stand in an
ongoing national debate, telling
her 15 million subjects that it was
time for reconciliation with the
Germans.
"After oppression comes liber-
ation, but after liberation comes
appeasement," she said.
The Dutch government re-
cently decided not to invite Ger-
man officials to ceremonies next
May marking the 50th anniver-
sary of the end of World War H.

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