Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-09-30, page 01
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OHIOJEwE jpfeOMCLE ZiW// Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community lor Over 60 Years \JP§X LIBRARY, OHIO HISTORICAL, SO^iC/TV I 902 VELMa AVE. ^ ' COLd, Or 43211 EXGH VOL.60 NO.40 SEPTEMBER 30,1982-TISHREI13 Devofcd to American and Jewish ideals TERROR IN EUROPE SUKKOT On Friday evening, Oct. 1, the observance of Sukkot, a joyous eight-day festival of „ Thanksgiving, celebrating the reaping of summer fruits at the beginning of autumn, begins. Historically, Sukkot commemorates the time when our Israelite farmer ancestors dwelled in booths or huts during the harvest as well as during their perilous journey through the Sinai wilderness to the Promised Land. on In Paris, Attack In Brussels ar European Rosh Hashanah Holiday Louis Robins Named Chairman Of Heritage Manor Dedication Morris Skilken, president of Heritage Village, announces that Louis Robins will serve as chairman of the Louis Robins forthcoming Housewarming and Dedication of the A. Herbert and Lillian Kanter Residence—Heritage Manor and the presentation of the 1982 Eleanor and Jack Res ler "Life with Dignity" Award. The festivities, to which the community is cordially invited, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. . In announcing the appointment, Skilken noted that Robins currently serves as a vice president and is chairman of the Heritage Village Finance Committee. He has served on virtually every committee in the Heritage Village table of organica- tion. "Lou has been a part of the Heritage Village Family since its inception and has been a moving force working behind the scenes to assist the growth of Heritage Village in every way possible. I am delighted that he will be serving as chairman-of this milestone event in the life of our community," stated Skilken. PARIS (JTA)-Jews in west European countries prayed this year behind po: lice cordons with army smipers " ready to protect them after two terrorist attacks, one in Paris and the other in Brussels, marred Rosh Hashanah observances. . In Paris, close to 50 people, including 45 Hon-Jewish school students, were wounded by an explosion which blew up the car of an Israeli diplomat on New Year'seve. In Brussels, a man fired a submachinegun at worshippers leaving the city's main synagogue on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Saturday morning, seriously wounding four. In both cities, several of the injured are, still in critical condition. In most West European capitals, police took stringent security precautions. Police barriers were set up near places of worship and people entering the areas were searched by police officers and local community volunteers for possible hidden weapons and explosives. In spite of the Paris and Brussels attacks, synagogues were crowded in most large European cities. At Paris' liberal synagogue on the Ruel Copernic, where four people were killed by a bomb blast on Simhat Torah in 1980, hundreds of families filled the hall and hundreds more stood outside for lack of space. The same happened in most synagogues in Paris, Brussels, Zurich, Rome and Amsterdam. The Explosion In Paris The Paris explosion occurred Friday afternoon, at 3:30, as an official of the purchasing mission of the Israeli Defense Ministry, Amos Man-El, 61, turned the ignition key in his car. A powerful-blast shook the entire street in a central residential area, shattering windows for several hundred yards and wounding people a block away. The two other, passengers in the Israeli dip-, lomat's car, his; Venezuelan cousin, Zoltan Mandel, and his wife, Veronica, were seriously injured. Flying glass wounded 45 children in a nearby school and several passers-by. The purchasing mission had closed earlier than usual to allow loo staff members to return home to prepare for the Rosh Hashanah celebration. An Israeli Embassy spokesman said that had the staff left onetime, as.usual, dozens would have been wounded. Angry crowds rapidly gathered* on the site, and people started demonstrating, calling for stricter pov lice-protection and for the closure of the PLO bureau in Paris. Israel's Ambassador Meir Rosenhe blamed the attack on the Palestine Liberation Organization, quoting one of its leaders, Farotlk Kad- dumi, as having said that the Palestinians "will make life ■- uhlivable for any Israeli wherever he is." Rosenhe later met with Prime Minis^ ter Pierre Mauroy to protest against the attack. Israeli sources said R,osenne hinted that France's Mideast policy has been conducive to anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish murderous attacks. President Francois Mitterrand chaired a special anti- terror crisis group at the Elysee Palace, and later government spokesmen said that security precautions will be further tightened up. Hours after the attack, all Reactions Vary To Beirut Massacre by Judith Franklin Chronicle Staff Writer Action—reaction. A natural law like "What goes up must come down." Action by Israel—reaction by the world community. Md, just like in physics or chemistry, the reaction is predictable. ■ ■ i 1" I ■! in i i i ■ i ■■■■—mi ■■ ■ i ■ "Every step must be taken by every party involved, directly or indirectly, including Israel, to determins how this tragedy occurred and by whom these crimes were perpetrated..." Once again, deserved or undeserved, Israel, after the Sept. 17 massacre of Palestinian men, women and children in Beirut by Christian Phalangist militiamen, has been labeled the villain and censured—in the press and in the United Nations—and confusion about her motives has been raised in the minds of many. And once again the Jewish community has responded, but this time the response has not followed the predictable pattern. This time • many Jews are not unreservedly supporting Israel. The statement issued by the .American Jewish Committee, a human relations agency, on Sept. 20, for in- . stance, reflected a definite wait-and-see attitude. "Every step," it stated, must "be taken by every party involved, directly or - indirectly, including Israel,' to determine how this tragedy occurred and by whom these crimes were perpetrated. Responsibility must be fixed and appropriate action taken." "Israel must surely bear some blame..." The B'nai B'rith Anti- Defamation League's approach was somewhat unique. While they joined in the "sickness and revulsion at the Christian Phalangist outrage in Beirut," they acceded that "Israel must surely bear some blame" although "there are others who must also share that burden." Then they took a slightly different tack by taking to task those who "tin- 1 fairly malign Israel's motives and use this tragedy as a cynical justification of previous criticism of Israel's actions and policies." Local reaction followed much the same pattern, ranging from the opinion that Israel can do no wrong to the attitude that Israel should not have been in Beirut in the first place. "We reject the idea of any participation or involvement by Israeli Defense Forces in this terrible event" Somewhere in between was Rabbi Robert Levy, President of the: Columbus Board of Rabbis and Rabbi of Temple Israel, who found it "impossible to believe that , ' ' (CONTINUED ON PAGE i\S) Jewish community centers, synagogues and schools as well as many office buildings were cordoned off by police forces, with sharpshooters at the ready. In phone calls to news agencies in Paris, a group calling itself "The Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction" claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said, however, that the calls were (CONTINUED ON PAGE 15) ADL Head Reports Increase In Anti-Semitic Acts Locally By Judith Franklin Chronicle Staff Writer Anti-Semitism, usually lurking just below the surface, arising only in sporadic, short-lived episodes, lately seems to be becoming more; prevalent, more vicious. One has only to pick up a newspaper or turn on a radio to learn of yet another attack on innocent Jews, whether it be in a French restaurant or outside a Brussels synagogue. Closer to home, Dr. Michael C. Kotzin, Executive Director of the Ohio-_ Kentucky-Indiana. Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL), reports that, while there have been no overt IfeTfiA Dr. Michael C. Kotzin anti-Semitic acts here, there has been an increase in anti- Semitic phone calls, anonymous mail and letters tolhe editors of local newspapers. He links this to negative world reaction to Israel's military policies and actions in Lebanon. He is careful to point put, however, that not jail criticism of Israel has anti-Semitic overtones or motivations. "But some of it does use or echo traditional anti-Semitism," he states, citing as an example editorial cartoons, reminiscent of the Nazi era, in which stereotypical caracatures of Jews appear. And this, in turn, en courages those, who already have anti-Semitic attitudes, to display them openly, he states. They suddenly think it's all right to be anti-Semitic. In fact, some might even consider anti-Semitism "fashionable" right how, he says.'v ,',/' " ■•'' ... While*, speaking for himself as well as the ADL, Kotzin feels that the killings carried out by the Lebanese Christian militiamen in the Shatila and Sabra Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut last Friday were horrifying and shocking and that Israel must take some of the responsibility for them; he emphasizes that others also share the blame. Moreover, he "strongly deplores the way some people are now unfairly maligning Israel's motives—distorting the nature of Israel's involvement." He feels these people are exploiting the current Lebanese situation to air critical attitudes they have always held toward Israel. • What can the community do to combat the anti-Semitism resulting from inaccurate or deliberately distorted information about events in the Middle East? Kotzin suggests first being very careful not to jump to any hasty conclusions. Then, he feels it extremely important that individuals become as well-informed about the situation as possible through such sources as the iVeH> York Times, national public radio, the Jewish press, and Jewish agencies like the Federation and the ADL. Finally, once someone is convinced that he has at last learned the truth, Kotzin feels that he owes it to his community to share his knowledge through any public forum available to him, including letters to the editor and, radio call-in programs.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-09-30|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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