Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
What Jews see in Nixon 'a mystery' An Analysis By ANTHONY LEWIS New York Times Service NEW YORK One troubling aspect of tho 1972 campaign is the vulgar courting ol the "Jewish vote." President Nixon's strategists say happily that many more Jews will vote Republican this year and the pro- Nixon announcements o! some Jewish leaders support that claim. Senator McGovcrn, Tor his part, has count- ered by telling Jewish audiences that he will better de- fend their interests. No people should feel altogether comfortable with political appeals implying that they think and act as a bloc. Jews least of all. The idea has sinister anti-Semitic overtones in history. And in fact Jews are the least Bheeplike of people, the most stubbornly individualistic in religion and life. Still, there are themes in the Jewish consciousness that help to shape general political outlook. It would be surprising if people with such a tormented history were to forget its significance, and Jews on the whole certainly do not: indeed, remembrance is one not in the observance of the High Holy days now taking place. Affects voting Three themes in particular can be identified: A respect for scholarship and intellect, a concern for just- ice and compassion. The first not only from the long Jewish scholarly tradition but because of the contemp- orary lesson that anti-intellectualism accompanies tyr- anny. The second because those who have experienced Injustice and persecution will naturally fear what Felix Frankfurter called "the knock at the door." The last because those who have lived as a minority for generations have a reason for sympathy with all minor- ities, with the poor and the weak and the alien. Those beliefs have affected American Jewish voting patterns. Jews tend to vote Republican more often as they become more affluent but not so much as other groups. As the American Jewish committee's Institute of Human Relations said in a recent analysis, "Jews have yielded less than others to present economic stat- us." They have leaned toward Liberal candidates, those more likely to he indcnlificd with intellect, just- ice and compassion. But tliis year, we arc told, Jews are being moved from these general Instincts by two particular con- cerns: Israel and black-white relations in America. Pat Buchanan, a White House assistant, put it frankly, if crudely, that Jews are feeling more like other etlinics: "They're protective of their tiirf." No intellectuals There are reasons for those concerns. Most Jews understand now that their own survival is tied lo Israel's, and the Arab terror at Munich re-emphasizes the need for vigilance. And Jews living in cities do feel a llireal, economic and physical, from the growing mililance of the black community. The question is whether those immediate feelings should matter more than the deeper strains in Jewish thought. The answer for me is no. Consider Israel. Is it in her long-run interest to be regarded primarily in military terms, as one element in an American balance of world power? Israel was founded lo be a rock not only of Jewish strength but of Jewish idealism. It must not be jusl another small ttate, an American ally like the colonels' Greece or General Thieu's South Vietnam. Nor should excesses in the name of the black cause make Jews forgel that no society can be healthy whilo a substantial minority suffers and feels terrible griev- ances. Negroes in America start with psychological and social disabililies greater than other minorities. Least of all should Jews feel comfortable with Nixon's use Of busing and other racial Issues to arouse fear among whites for political purposes. But the notion of a large Jewish turn to Nixon this November becomes really astonishing when his admin- islralion is measured against the liistoric ideals of in- tellect, compassion and justice. 'Menace' seen The Lcthbridge Herald High Sunday 65 "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents Vol. LXV No. 228 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1972 FIVE SECTIONS 70 PAGES Five jets lost in air battle Three Syrian and two Israeli planes were shot down today in a dogfight over Golan Heights, Israeli and Syrian military spokesmen said. Syria acknowledged three losses but the Israelis said all their planes returned safely. A Syrian spokesman in Damascus said Syria's planes raided the Golan Heights in repiisal for Israeli air strikes Friday. The Friday raids were in retaliation for the Arab attack at the Olym- pics in Munich that killed 11 Israelis. Later a Syrian communique said several formations of Is- raeli jels violated Syria's air space 90 mimiles after the dog- fight. The day of action began when Syrian anti-aircraft gunners opened up on Israeli reconnais- New York Times Service sance planes over the Golan MUNICH Chancellor Willy Heights. Israeli ground, forces returned the fire. No casualties were reported. Then, when Syrian planes ap- peared over the heights, Israel sent up interceptors and a swirling aerial battle began. Chancellor wants inquiry' BOMBING AFTERMATH A Palestinian stands amid the wreckage of Nahr El Bar- ed training camp in northern tebanon after Israeli planes bombed this and nine other Arab camps Friday in retaliation for the killings in Munich earlier this week of 11 mem- bers Israeli Olympic team by Arab terrorists. Full-scale confrontation threatened by Protestants CONCEDES LOSS The Syrian spokesman hi a communique broadcast by Ra- dio Damascus conceded that Syria lost three planes in the dogfight, a Sukhoi SU-7 jet shot down and two other planes lost to Hawk anti-aircraft missilas. All three fell inside Syria. The Syrian spokesman said two Israeli French-built Mirage jets were shot down, landing in occupied territory. Syria agreed with Israel that 'Israeli planes intercepted, but the Israeli insisted no planes of Israel were shot dOWn. Tel Aviv also said the Syrian jets tried to attack the Golan Brandt said Friday that his gov- ernment wants a "frank" and "ruthless" inquiry into the 17 killings touched off last Tues- day by an Arab terrorist raid on the Israeli Olympic team here. "Only a frank presentation of all facts, even if they are pain- ful, will serve Germany's in- he said in a statement issued by his office in Bonn. Earlier, in an interview with a Munich newspaper, he said the investigation should be and he indicated that he wanted a board of in- quiry to be set up by the Bun- destag, or lower house of Par- liament. "It is my deep he said in the interview, to bs published today, "that we can- not a 11 o w the impression to arise anywhere that we havo not put all our cards on the table. The only thing that can lielt is to lay bare everything. cials of the West German gov- ernment from the Interior, and foreign ministries and the press and information office. Suggestions that an mteima- lional or otherwise independent commission be set up to inves- tigate the Munich killings were rejected by Brandt Friday. He said in the statement issued by his office that such a team "would have no authority to question witnesses." Speaking in the newspaper interview of the kind of inquiry he wanted, Brandt said: "Shortcomings and natur- ally there are shortcomings in such a context cannot be concealed." He was speaking of the failure of the five police sharpshooters assigned to ambush the terror- ists at Furslenfeldbruck to pre- vent the killing of the hostages. By mid-afternoon leading rep- resentatives of all of the par- ties involved had declared the controversy at an end. But some resentments re- Not since Harding has there been a government so devoid of intellectual content. The Wall Street Journal recently spoke of it as "by and large inhospitable to men of vision and intellect." In the world, America's name once stood for com- passion; this administration has made it increasingly synonymous with inhumanity. Nixon stood by while his Pakistani allies raped the women and slaughtered the intellectuals of Bengal. Nixon has bombed Indochina at a rate never before known in any war, for any cause, and there is no end in sight to that American mass destruction. At home, by far the most menacing aspect of the Nixon administration has been ils subversion of the Ideal of justice. It has brought a succession of political prosecutions; it has been caught out wiretapping again and again; it has tried to suppress newspapers and books; it is attempting to laugh off Ihe extremely grava action of spying against the opposition party. And tha president has made clear his intention to remake lha Supreme Court in his image of freedom, Many consider Louis Brandeis the outstanding in- tellect among all Supreme Court justices. He was also a great Jew, a man of burning idealism and a Zionist when not everyone was. It was no accident that Bran- deis was at his most passionate in warning against officials who twisted the law for their purposes, the "men of zeal" who followed the "pernicious doctrine" that the end justifies tho means. From AP-REUTER BELFAST (CP) Northern Ireland's militant Protestant Ulster Defence Association warned the British Army today lo curb "brutality" by para- troops or face a full-scale con- frontation. Senior officers of the para- military UDA met army and police spokesmen in Belfast to protesl the killing of two Prot- estants by paratioops in rioting in Belfast's Protestant heart- land Thursday night. Later, the UDA, which claims it can muster Protestant volunteers, said the security forces were told: "If the paratroops are allowed lo run amok again, the UDA will mass and defend lha people." The army said both dead men had been shooting at troops trying to quell Protes- tant street fighting. The UDA said the paratroops had "alienated themselves from the community" by their tough treatment .of Protestant demonstrators. REPORT WOMAN HIT During more Protestant dem- onstrations in Belfast Friday, a Refugee camp is attacked SAIGON (AP) A score of Viet Cong sappers attacking by night in a blinding rainstorm rampaged Ihrough South Viet- nam's biggest refugee camp on tlie northwestern edges of Da Nang today, taking a heavy toll In life and property. Associated Press photographer Dang Van Phuoc reported from the camp that 20 refugees were killed, 94 were wounded ard 200 families left homeless after un- dergoing a barrage of mortars, rocket-propelled grenadjs, rifle fire and satchel charges. One government militiaman also was killed. paratrooper was reported lo turbances, two leading Proles-have felled an elderly woman tant politicians, including for-with a blow in the face. mer prime minister Brian The Protestant Shankill Road Faulkner, were' attacked with area of Belfast was quiet today, stones as they tried to calm British troops Bid Protestants things down, clashed there Friday. The Protestants are demand-Both sides seamed to be ob- ing that the paralroops, who serving what local residents are responsible for security in claimed was a gentleman's the area, bs replaced. One said: the UDA said it "I am beginning lo sympathiM would stay off the street if the with the Calholics if they have paratroops kept out of sight. to live with Ihese animals in During Friday evening's dis- Iheir DOWN 31 The Israeli military spokesman said it was the first time Israeli planes had downed Sukhoi fighter-bombers of the Syrian air force since the 1967 war. This brought to 31 the number of Syrian jets claimed downed by Israel. The last major aerial clash over the Syrian heights was in June, 1970, when four MiGs were shot down, the spokesman said. -Associated Press Writer Marcel Castro reported from Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, that hundreds of Israelis watched the air action in obvious juhilialion. Castro said the Israelis had parked their cars and stood staring at the and laughing. Palestine sources in Beirut reported Israeli planes bombed and strafed the area of Kasime-yeh, two miles from Tyre on the Mediterranean coast in south Lebanon. The Palestine news agency Wafa later denied the report. GUERRILLA BOAT SUNK The Israelis announced that one of their missile boats had engaged and sunk an Arab guerrilla boat outside Lebanese territorial waters Friday. The Palestine news agency said a guerrilla boat sank an Israeli vessel off the Israeli coast in a 90-minute engagement Friday. Meanwhile, a Lebanese government spokesman reported Iwo more bodies were recovered from the debris in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr tl Bared in north Lebanon. DEATH TOLL 18 This brough the loll in Friday's Israeli air strikes in Lebanon to 18 killed and 31 wounded. Israeli planes ranged far up the Mediterranean coast Friday, pounding targets in Lebanon and Syria. Israel said the targets were bases for Palestinian guerrillas blamed for the massacre of 1! Israeli team members at the Olympics in Munich has already occurred to a mained particularly at the fed-arge extent, but if doubts re- eral level, because the Bavar-main they must be removed. ians, touchy about their stata Investigations into precisely sovereignty in police matters, ivhat happened on'Tuesday have apparently refused an offer of been under way since Wednes- federal police support last day by Munich and Bavarian Tuesday, insisting on doing state authorities and by offi- job themselves. Terrorists placed in three prisons MUNICH (AP) The three Kadir Dnawy, 21; Abdul ah Mo-survivors of an Arab terror hamed Somer, 22, and Ibrahim gang that invaded the Olympic Masoud Badran, 20. Village and made hostages of The three survivors admitted 11 Israeli Olympic team mem- takjng part Tuesday's reign bers, late- slam, have been o( fear and slaughter, police placed in three separale Bava- 6ald, bul claimed they did not rian ton-security prisons, West shoot. They said German police announced to- "guarded" the nine Israelis. day- The trio refused to admit how The locations were not dis- they got here, to reveal any inclosed, formation on local contacts, or The men, who police believe give their nationalities, police gave false names, had been said. They merely called them-held in solitary confinement in selves "Palestinians." the Munich-Stadelheim Prison. The three have admitted Barrett to take over next iveek VICTORIA (CP) Premier the premier later said "I W. A. C. Bennett indicated Fri- believe so" when asked wheth-day he will hand in Ills Social er he would submit his resigna-Credit government's resigna- tion next week, tion next week. Pressed further to announce Mr. Bennett lold reporlers he Ihe date of his resignation, Mr. had already raiie a protocol Bennelt would only say, "Talk visit lo Government House, and to me next week." he said he would be seeing Lt.- He said the cabinet would Gov. John Nicholson again. meet once more, but he Under repeated questioning, wouldn't say which day. NDP RECEIVED 40 PER CENT OF VOTE IN B.C. ELECTION VICTORIA (CP) Tabulation of the complete vote from the Aug. 30 B.C. general election showed Friday tliat the New Democratic Party polled 40 per cent ol the vote in defeating Hie Social Credit government. The NDP won 38 seats, Social Credit 10. Liberals 5 and Progressive Conservatives 2. The final count was made following late delivery of results from an outlying poll in Mackenzie constituency. Following is the Canadian press tabulation of. the vole from all polls by parties compared with the vote in the last two elections (percentages 1072 1S69 1965 NDP (40) (34) (34) SC to an Arab terrorist organization known as Black September. The three Arab survivors gave their names as Al and heard About town STUDENTS Jim Dnce and Arthur Anderson seen running around the Lethbridge Community College pretending to be bears Jake Milford bragging he knew how to pick hockey games after collecting on the Canadian team Monday, then going Into hiding so Alex Tokaritik can't find him to bet in any raore of the Canada Russia series Erwiu Adrierley leaving his going.- away party to watch the game and returning disgusted by the second-period score. 'not issue' OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Tnideau said Friday he doesn't want to make bilingual-ism a central issue in the Oct. 30 federal election campaign. But he told a cheering crowd of about 100 party workers in the Ottawa West federal riding that he wouldn't withdraw from discussing tha subject and that "if anybody tries to knock it down they'll find me fighting back." "I think its at the core of our LIB PC OTHERS TOTALS No contract talks breakthrough seen Vfl.1 'Quit worrying Bob find remember how many voters tead VANCOUVER (CP) Some progress was reported Friday during negotiations between waterfront employers and rep- resentatives of west coast long- shoremen, but a union official said only minor issues had been sellled. Don Garcia, Canadian area president of the International Longshoremen's and Ware- housemen's Union, said agree- ment was reached "on minor issues" and now both sides were "prepared to dig our heels in and go io work." lie wouldn't say what issues were settled, but added that a breakthrough on a new con- tract was not near. Ed Strang, president of lha British Columbia Maritime em- ployer's Association, said here was litlle to report on the stata of the negotiations. Major issues are a union pro- posal for a 50-cent-an-hour raise in one year on present rates cf to and changes in the way Ihe hiring hall in Van- couver is operaled. Meanwhile, in (he 10-month dispute between 600 grain hand- lers and five city elevator com- panies, a union spokesman said he wanted negotiations lo resume but the union would not accept a wage increase lower than that recommended in a federal conciliation report. Henry Kancs, vice president of the union's local 333, said the union accepted the report's main recommendation of 80 cents an hour over two years on rates ranging f'om to S4.93 because grain workers didn't want to disrupt the vital grain traffic. "We are not contemplating a slrike vote at present, hut tho membership is extremely mad about the he said, adding that Ihe union "accept- ed the report reluctantly be- cause of Ihe national situation and we didn't get what we wanted." Talks between the two sides In the grain dispute broke off Wednesday night when Mr. Kancs said the five companies involved refused to accept Ihe conciliation report. Mr. Kancs was pessimistic: Friday about the outcome and said it would be a long, hard struggle to get a new contract. The union will meet next week to discuss its situation, he said. In Winnipeg Friday, United. Grain Growers president A. M. Runciman said tha conciliation report's 80-cent increase was "unacceptable in light of other costs" in the Industry. Present fringe benefits totalled 70 cents an hour, and union proposals would add 15 cents to this fig- ure, he said.