10—THE BULLETIN—Friday, September 14, 1973
University anfi-Zionism course stirs controversy
BOSTON —The rarest kind of a course in American colleges
— one which teaches anti-Zionism
— is the subject of a fracas between the local Jewish community and Tufts university.
Tufts officials, while listening to the Jewish position have scheduled the course, called, "Zionism Reconsidered," for a second year.
Arrayed against each other were Noam Chomsky and Rabbi Everett Gendler, who supported the course, which is not part of the university proper but its Experimental School, and the Boston Jewish Community Council.
Prof. Gerald W. Wohlberg, of Boston university, was appointed by the Council to head a subcommittee to look into the situation.
An ancillary issue became the use of the name Hillel by two Jewish students, who claimed they founded the Tufts-Hillel Non-Zionist Caucus.
Hillel sought to protect its name, and when the Jewish students stood their ground, expelled them.
The case went to the Tufts Committee on Student Life which found for Hillel, but instructed it to reinstate the two students.
Teaching the controversial course last year was Uri Davis, who was involved in a cause celebre at Brandeis university which had awarded the Israeli a fellowship and later withdrew it when his anti-Zionism was discovered.
This year the course is being taught by Martin Blatt, a student
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of Mr. Davis.
Prof. Benjamin Halpern of Harvard and Prof. Richard Koret, of Brandeis stated in a letter to Prof. Wohlberg that "noeducational, but only agitational purposes could be served by presenting innocent students with this noaterial as an academically approved introduction to the study of Zionism.
"One might as well give a course on Catholicism solely based on the literature of the Know Nothing movement; Negro history based on the literature of the Ku Klux Klan and certain erudite antebellum Southern polemicists; or generalJewish history based solely on the writings of Houston Stewart Chamberlain and Edouard Drumont and a few other anti-Semites."
Protestations to President Burton C. Hallowell at a meeting did not move the administration.
Prof. Wohlberg's committee has suggested a separate course which would present a broader view of Zionism.
In his article vyhich occupied a full page in the Advocate, and which went into precise detail on Blatt's anti-Zionist activities. Prof. Wohlberg called on parents of Jewish students at Tufts to inform the presidentand the board of trustees and alumni of their concerns.
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TEL AVIV — Tho Tel Aviv district court has ordered the psychiatric examination of Mohammed Ahmed al-Toumi, the Libyan who recently hijacked a Lebanese airliner from Benghazi to Led. The court ordered the examination in order to be able to determine from the psychiatrists' report whether al-Toumi is fit to stand trial for the hijacking. His request for bail was refused. During the proceedings there was a sut-prise intervention from the public gallery by a Jew of Libyan origin now living in Israel, Eliahu Saadoun. He told the court that he was prepared to vouch for al-Toumi, put up bail for him and put al-Toumi up in his home until his trial Saadoun displayed a copy of a letter written to al-Toumi expressing^j the admiration "of thousands of Israelis for his courage in risking his life to demonstrate that there are Arabs who love the Israeli people." The court declined an offer by Saadoun to provide counsel for al-Toumi and appointed Itzhakj Aderet, a Tel Aviv lawyer, to defend him. At his first meet-1 ing with Aderet, al-Toumi reportedly said that he had been bitterly disappointed at his reception in Israel, where he had expected to be greeted with open arms, JCNS.
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JERUSALEM — Mahmoud Harun, editor of the Hebrew news program on Jprdanian television, visited Israeli television newsmen recently in Jerusalem.
Harun was here visiting his family as part of his vacation.
Israeli, spectators, who are used to seeing him on Jordanian television, usually offering propaganda pieces, were surprised to see him on the local news program meeting with the Israeli director of television, Arnon Zuckerman.
Harun was born in the village of Urn el Fahem, in the Israeli territory. He left the country, "infiltrated to Jordan," in his ' words, in 1965, after finishing high school in Israel.
"Our aim is to counter Israeli propaganda," he told his Israeli colleagues. While the Israeli establishment t,alking(^^ lot about peace we
are ready to do something suk stantial about it, which will secur our rights in this country," Harij said.
. He asked the Israeli televisic director to visit Amman, "bl not in an Israeli raid."
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JNF seeks to acquire land in administered territories
JERUSALEM — Yaacov Tsur, chairman of the Jewish National Fund, said here that the JNF's policy was to acquire as much land as possible, wherever it was possible, including the territories. But Tsur, in a radio interview, would not go into details, saying it was better to talk less about these matters. He did say that land is being acquired in the Gush Etzion area for the development of existing settlements. Tsur said land was bought from anyone willing to sell it, including companies and religious in.stitutions. But he said it was governmental policy that tho land be bought only by public bodies.
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USSR SAILOR JUMPS SHIP TO ESCAPE TO ISRAEL
JERUSALEM — A Soviet Jewish sailor who jumped overboard from his trawler in order to escape to Israel and was picked up by Japanese fishermen, arrived here from Tokyo recently.
The sailor, Leonid Fredmino-vich, 26, said that he had been planning his escape for five years.
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cation for an exit-permit because he had been afraid that his would be rejected and that he would then be stopped from going to sea iagain.
After he had been interviewed by Israeli security officials, it was announced that he would be given new immigrant status in the normal way.
He described to newsmen later how he had spent five hours in the water in darkness before being picked up by fishermen and taken to Tokyo.
While there, he had had a meeting with Israel's envoy and had also been taken to see a Soviet diplomat, who had tried to persuade him to return to the Soviet Union.
Fredminovich said that his aged father and two married sisters were still in the Soviet Union.
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