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Page 4, Frklw, Apdl 7, 1970. NERITAliE ])r3r b ,,| 'HOLOCAUST' (Continued from Page 1) the Nazi technician of death finds himself involved in the systematic annihilation of these -- and six million other -- innocent people.v' Rabbi Marc H. Tanen- baum, national inter- religious affairs director of the American Jewish Com- mittee, served as the American Jewish consultant to the docu-drama. "Recent efforts to whitewash the Nazi massacre of Jews make this program all the more necessary and compelling," he said. Church leaders from NCC and NCCB who helped in preparation of study materials for non-Jewish viewers, have called "Holocaust" a production of "truly epic scope, provid- ing church groups with an opportunity to "grapple more intensely with the cru- cial 20th-century question of why church opposition and resistance to the Holocaust was not greater." NBC's meticulous pro- duction has come under fire from a number of sources. The film has been accused of being a tool to strengthen sympathy for the Jew's posi- tion in Israel, of being used to keep the guilts of WWlI alive, and of, say some Jews, "preventing us from forget- ting the horror." A week ago, a group call- ing itself the Christian Defense League (CDL) has labeled the original drama, "Zionist propaganda" aimed at instilling "a guilt complex in American gen- tiles for the so-called 'poor persecuted Jews.'" In addition, several Mid- west stations affiliated with NBC have demanded that certain, scenes be deleted.The affiliates, which previewed the film, objected to one scene showing Jewish women being forced to dis- robe before being led to the gas chambers and another in which elderly women are led to their death. NBC has agreed to delete these scnes. The CDL issued a state- ment demanding that NBC drop the entire production. It said, "Over 300,000 gen- tiles died fighting for Jewish rights. The Americans sided with the Jews during World War II and certainly couldn't be considered enemies of the Jewish people. Yet American gentiles are sub- jeeted to a constant barrage of movies from Hollywood which have as their main aim propaganda to instill a guilt complex in American gentiles .... " Explains Basis For Seg- ment Rabbi  Tanenbaum, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the affiliates objected to a five-second segment of the disrobing -scene which shows frontal nudity with pubic hir visi- ble. They felt this went far beyond the boundaries of good taste acceptable to television networks and their affiliates. Tanenbaum said that, at a meeting of the network and affiliate officials, he exp- lained that in the context of the Nazi intention to degrade and debase Jews by violating their traditional concept of modesty, the scene was authentic. However, he said, given the fact that many viewers would not be aware of this, he thought the NBC deci- sion to omit the five seconds was appropriate. He expressed hope that the controversy over the dis- robing scene, which has been reported by several newspaper columnists, would not be allowed to detract from the overall impact of "Holocaust." Demands File Be Shown In Its Entirety Shifra Hoffman, a mem- ber of the board of directors of the Jewish Identity Center, responded to both attacks on the film in a state- ment demanding that "the forthcoming NBC produc- tion 'Holocaust' be carried by all affiliate stations in its entirety." Hoffman pointed out in her statement that although Hitler's persecution of the Jews began in 1933, the U.S. did not declare war against Germany until 1941. "The thousands of soldiers who died, fought to protect the United States of America and all of its citizens from becoming victims of Hitler's aggression and included in their ranks many Jews who paid the supreme sacrifice for this country and served with distinction just as Jewish soldiers have done since the days of Haym Solomon and the Revolu- tionary War." Hoffman said that American Nazis and others "seeking to preach genocide against Jews and other minorities" under the guise of free speech "undoubtedly • . . derive much aid and comfort when a television program whose purpose is to educate this generation against the vile atrocities is deleted and petitioned to be dropped by those who allegedly speak in the name of gentiles." HERITAGE will reprint the family viewing guide in its Apr. 14 editions, prior to the beginning of the series. 00£1Ol00mQ (Copyright 19770 Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc. ) By David Schwartz Passover Reflections Numbers and size do not count as much as some sup- pose. Take America for ins- tance in the year 1776. The entire American population was about three million. The leading city was Philadelphis with a population of about 30,000, yet in Philadelphia lived the man best known then throughout the world - Benjamin Franklin. How could such a small people produce so big a man? He was everything -- discoverer, scientist, writer, humanitarian, humorist. He reminds one of Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist leader, who was also a scien- tist, philosopher, humanitarian, humorist who could make wise quips like Franklin. For instance, it was Chaim Weizmann who said, "The impossible takes a little longer." The only other man, i think, who could have said a thing like that was Ben Franklin. I think Franklin must have been Jewish. If he wasn't, why did he keep Passover? If you say he didn't keep it, how is it he knew so much about it? He wanted the whole American nation to keep Passover. He arose at the Continental Congress after America had declared its independence and proposed that the official seal of the United States should have an engraving of the Israelites fleeing from Pharoah. To be sure, Passover was the great holiday to the "founding fathers" generally. The Pilgrams and Puritans saw themselves as fleeing from Pharoah and like the Israelites also cross- ing "the Red Sea" of the Atlantic, Their fate of course had not been as bad as the Israelites. They hadn't been exactly enslaved in England, but they had been driven out. And they looked on themselves as repeating the Passover story. On the Liberty Bell were inscribed the words of Moses: "Proc- laim liberty to all the land Saudi Arabia: and all the inhabitants thereof." The Passover story has inspired the fight for freedom everywhere. The Blacks in their Spirtuals sang: "Go down Moses Tell old Pharoah Let my people go." Wasn't it Macaulay who said. "The defenders of freedom always quote the Old Testament." The scientist always ask questions. Scientist are like Jews. Jews like to ask ques- tions. "Ask me a question," said a Jew. "I have got a good answer." At the Passover seder, we ask four questions. That is the true spirit of freedom. If you can ask questions 'ou are free. In a lot of countries even today if you ask questions, they put you away for life. The Zionist is satisfied to ask one question. Why shouldn't the Jews have the right to a little country of their own like other Israel occupies hardly more than cent of the total This also is a freedom. In the Haggadah we readl are not to think Lord freed our only. The fight seems to be an -- and not easy Moses took no had the Israelites the middle of the their exodus One couldn't be know. If he United Nations adopted a resoluti! demning the Americans also their battles for the same Remember the "r ride of Paul happened in month of April Passover occurs ' proper month for of freedom to bloom. By ZEV FURST Director of the Anti- Defamation. League of B'nai B'rith's Israel Office in Jerusalem (Copyright 1978) It is legitimate to charac- terize Saudi Arabia as a moderating force in the Middle Fast, but only in the superpower context of that nation's enmity towards Communism• On the regional level, the policies of Saudi Arabia, rather than contributing to moderation in the Arab world, con- tribute to the perpetuation and intensification of the Arab-Israel conflict. Saudi Arabia is one of the chief financial backers of the PLO. Saudi Arabia bankrolls vast arms purchases for various Arab states. Saudi Arabia is unyielding, ada- mant and obstinate on the issue of Jerusalem. Saudi Arabia, while not attacking Sadat for his trip to Jerusalem, has still not given him public backing• A close examination of Saudi Arabia's policies indicates that it may be in her interest to prefer a situation of no peace-no war in order to insure her continued central role in the Middle East con- flict. The massive buildup of the Saudi Arabian military infrastructure, together with the stockpiling of sophisti- cated American weapons systems -- both in quantity and quality -- is out of all proportion to the size of its army, its future potential or duties• Furthermore, to belittle, as Washington does, future transfers of military equipment by Saudi Arabia to other Arab coun- tries is to ignore the record of Saudi Arabian military participation in the 30-yeaz: war against Israel. As early as 1948, a batta- lion of Saudi troops fought under the Egyptian com- mand in the Arab invasion of Palestine. In the Yore Kippur War of 1973, the Saudis sent a brigade of approximately 3000 to Syria (several Saudi soldiers were actually taken prisoner by the lsraelis) and sent eight helicopters with Saudi pilots to Egypt to participate in logistic support missions. In 1974, following the Rabat summit, Saudi Arabia began to finance the military buildup of Syria, Egypt and Jordan. Irrterestingly, she refrained from supplying economic aid to these con- frontation Arab states bor- dering on Israel. Two years ago, there were joint Syrian- Saudi military maneuvers to "capture the Golan Heights," and U.S. techni- cians serving in Saudi Arabia were positioned in a Jordanian airfield. In the past, Saudi Arabia has transferred part of its French armaments to Egypt. Egyptian pilots have been permitted to train on Saudi Arabian F-SEs. These and other prece- dents relating to Saudi Ara- bian inter-Arab commit- ments suggest that the transfer of aircraft to other Arab states is a very real possibility. It is therefore no surprise that Israel is funda- mentally opposed to Saudi Arabia receiving American Fl5s. it has been argued that the U.S. must give Saudi Arabia F-15s to insure that Saudi Arabian oil reaches the West. What has been forgot- ten is that Saudi Arabia also has a profound interest in seeing that her oil reaches the West. She is prepared to increase oil production and be a moderating influence on oil price rises in order to protect her investments in the West and to deprive her oil competitors, Iran and Iraq, excess profits which could be utilized for further- ing their own military development. The source of U.S. inf- luence on Saudi Arabia is her exclusive dependence on American military aid to counter the Iranian and Soviet threat. I From the Israeli perspec- tive, her security is very much at stake and the American-Saudi military relationship raises serious questions for Israel's strategic doctrines. The so- called "equal" commitment to arms deals with the Arab w.orld and Israel is dangerous and fraught with grave consequences. Israel cannot ignore this. Nor can it ignore that King Khalid has not visited Jerusalem nor has he made any corn- mitment to live with Israel and legitimacy. The American merit to Israel is based on strafe it is also based on siderations. For States to choose maintaining Israel and viability be unfortunate. choice would global image of th superpower able its policies inde and could also escalation of The fort duct of Americar policy must t account the tive, and that crystal clear. A would lead to thing American Middle East is avoid. .VOL. 2, NO. 33 APRIL Published Every Friday of the Year With Orlando and Tampa Editions 2nd Class postage paid at AItamonte Springs, additional entry at Orlando, Fla. Gene Starn, Editor t Publisher Tinker Sale, Managing Editor CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Ada Greene, Judy Goodman, Judy Rosenkranz, win Wilensky. 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