Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 48, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 17, 1994 Page: 4 of 60
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TEXAS JEWISH POST, THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1994-IN 0UR4STH YEAR I
JESS JA WIN: The Season of Our Freedom
Passover, often lovingly called The Season of Our
Freedom,* will soon be here. This year, 5754, Pass-
over will begin on the 14th of Nisan with the first seder
taking place following sundown Saturday evening,
Jewish values and ethics are based on an intense
love and dedication for freedom. We realize how we,
as a people, were enslaved by the Egyptians. The days
of Exodus are indelibly seared into our memory creat-
ing the burning desire to be free and also to rebel
against slavery of any kind.
The shibboleth that Jews were among the most
prolific and leading slave-traders during colonial days
Is outrageous. Minister Louis Farrakhan and his top
spokesmen agitate and advertise this message to
obfuscate and gain exposure.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jews have constantly been in the forefront of provid-
ing not only justice but mercy in dispensing the law.
William Shakespeare’s Shylock was a caricature of the
Jew by blandishing all evil financial shenanigans and
portraying it symbolically. Through the ages others
have expanded on this falsehood. Hitler, Goebels &
Co. half a century ago. Minister Farrakhan & Co. today.
We live in a free society. If talk-show hosts, such as
Arsenio Hall, extend a platform to Farrakhan it is their
right. One must also remember that Jews for Justice
were not only parading with deprived blacks to expati-
ate their complaints but they were marching in tandem
' with them during the forays into the South. Jews were
killed for this pronouncement of justice. It is not the first
time it has happened through the millenia. We do not
think it will be the last. There will, it seems, always be
a despot, willing to chastise, lie, cheat and harangue to
gain personal identification.
We have been haunted and hunted in the diaspora.
We never asked for this. It was another section of the
If any people know the meaning and treasure of
Freedom, with a capital “F*—who can understand and
cherish it more than Jews?
The wanderings in the barren desert, hoping and
searching for the Promised Land was a forerunner of
several thousands of years of continuance. Chased
from pillar to post. All Wanderings. All climes and
countries with their own Galut, an exile that sears the
mind and scorches the heart.
This has almost been inbred. The beauty, the love,
the tradition is that we are a caring people. The story
of Passover is not only recited by injunction by and for
Jews. It is a litany of justice and resolve for all people
Mah Nistanah Halila Hazeh?
Why is this night (or time) different?
We were slaves in Egypt.
Even from those early days of slavery we were a
people of builders. We built the pyramids and other
great remnants of early civilization.
We did more than that.
We built and encoded a system of justice that has
been proclaimed to the world.
Love it Treasure it. Rejoice in It.
We are free.
Slaves no more!
By James David Besser
TJP Washington Correspondent
Electric Undercurrents at
On the surface, this year’s policy
conference of the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
represented the usual, well-orga-
nized effort to recharge the batter-
ies of the troops on the pro-Israel
But the debate over a United
Nations resolution that seemed to
challenge the status of Jerusalem
as the indivisible capital of Israel
provided an electric undercurrent
to the proceedings—a tension that
underscored the difficulties Ameri-
can Jewish groups continue to face
in adjusting to fluid new realities of
the Middle East, and to a govern-
ment in Jerusalem that has changed
some of the baseline tenets of pro-
Late last week, news of the pro-
posed resolution, which con-
demned the Hebron massacre and
called for protection for Palestin-
ians in all occupied territories —
including Jerusalem — first sur-
faced at a congressional reception
for AIPAC’s new executive direc-
tor, Neal Sher. Immediately
several Jewish legislators,
by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-
N.Y.) scrambled for phones and
began expressing their concerns to
Many AIPAC members were
likewise concerned about an ap-
parent American decision to ab-
stain from the paragraph about
Jerusalem while approving the re-
mainder of the resolution as part of
a package deal intended to bring
the Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion back to the bargaining table.
But Jewish leaders, including the
AIPAC leadership, were taking
their cues from an Israeli govern-
ment that had decided not to ac-
tively press for an American veto,
as long as the package produced a
new round of negotiations, along
with a U.S. declaration that their
oft-stated position on Jerusalem had
not, in fact, changed.
That decision was hard for many
AIPACers to swallow.
House minority whip Rep. Newt
Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Sen. Alfonse
D Amato (R-N. Y.) produced rous-
ing ovations during their speeches
when they demanded that the ad-
ministration veto the proposed reso-
Man dell Ganchrow, an Ortho-
dox activist and a longtime AIPAC
leader, pressed the group’s execu-
tive committee to call for a U.S.
veto. That proposal sparked in-
tense debate on Sunday; in the end.
but by a smaller
cials had ex-
of the conference because he was at
the White House. In that meeting,
Grossman and AIPAC director
Neal Sher reminded the president
about the community ’ s strong feel-
ings about Jerusalem — and about
Bill Clinton’s own promises on the
But he also signaled that the
group would not confront the ad-
ministration if it decided that ab-
staining on the Jerusalem portion
of the resolution was needed to get
the peace talks back on track—the
same message that was coming
That position produced some
boos when Grossman took ques-
tions from the AIPAC audience on
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