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September 18, 1959 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-09-18

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JWV, ADL Split on Issue

of Apology by Gen. Grant


An apology over publication
of an anti-Semitic statement has
been made by Gen. U. S. Grant
III and accepted by the Jewish
War Veterans of America. How-
ever the Anti - Defamation
League of Bnai Brith has criti-
cized the retraction as half-
hearted" and the issue "far from.

ting the falsity of the article
and urged that the incident be
It appeared, however, that the
issue would not be closed that
quickly, when this week, Her-
man Edelsberg, Washington di-
rector of ADL, noted that "this
is no academic controversy that
could be settled on the basis
Gen. Grant, who is chairman of a cagey, half-hearted, so-
of the Civil War Centennial called apology.
Commission, last week acknowl-
"The 'sad fact," he continued,
edged to the JWV the falsity "is that a notorious antFSemi-
of statements made in an ar- tic canard, which until recently
ticle, "Lincoln and the Roths- was circulated anonymously in
childs," which was published the gutter, is now being circu-
last June in the bulletin of the lated by professional anti-
Military Order of the Loyal Le- Semites on thte authority of
gion (MOLL).
Gen. Grant.
In a letter to Joseph F. Barr,
Edelsberg added that "the
JWV national executive direc- most primitive sense of decency
tor, Gen. Grant wrote that he and honor requires that an in-
had, since publication of the dividual who put such a coun-
article, "learned that it had terfeit article into circulation
been contradicted-." The ac- should withdraw and repudiate
count, at the time of its is- it without qualification."
suance, was given complete cre-
He added the hope that schol-
dence by the general.
ars of the Centennial Commmis-
"Intent as I am upon ascer- sion would obtain the publica-
taining the truth," he wrote to tion in the official newsletter
Barr, "I have made such re- of a real repudiation that would
search as has been possible into destroy the effect of the fabri-
the .statements contained in the cation once and for all."
article and find that it contains
He said that Sen. Joseph
several allegations and implica-
tions that are unsupported by Clark of Pennsylvania had al-
sound historical authorities, and ready asked colleagues on the
Centennial Commission to do
so are probably false."
"just that."
In assuring the JWV leader
The ADL official said that
that "had I suspected this I
would not have distributed cop- Gen. Grant was persuaded to
ies of the article to our mem- accept the defamatory article
bership." Gen. Grant pledged by Philip M. Allen, editor of
that he will refer to the falsity the Loyal Legion Bulletin. Ed-
of the article when he makes elsberg identified Allen as "a
his report as commander in man whose open anti-Semitic
chief of the MOLL at its annual career extends over 20 years."
Edelsberg said American
meeting on Oct. 8.
Distribution of "Lincoln and Jews could not be "complacent"
the Rothschilds" caused a furor as long as Gen. Grant "con-
in the American Jewish com- tinues to protect Allen and
munity, especially angering-his- maintains him as editor of this
torians on the subject who Jiad official publication."
The article purported to show
dismissed it as an anti-Semitic
canard when it was first. pub- that Lionel and James de Roths-
lished in Father Coughlin's So- child conspired with Disraeli
in London to split the United
cial Justice in the 1940's.
States and that the assassina-
In announcing General tion of Abraham Lincoln was
Grant's statement, Barr praised inspired by Jewish "internation-
the General's courage in admit- al bankers."

Charlie Chaplin, 'Citizen of World'
Used as Egyptian Propaganda Tool

NEW YORK. — Egyptian the type of anti-Jewish material
"humor" appears as warped and being used in the Egyptian
unrealistic as Cairo's politics press—was revealed by a source
vis-a-vis Israel, judging by a close to Middle Eastern affairs.
rather strange story about
The ridiculousness of this
Charlie Chaplin which was pub-
lished recently in the UAR Egyptian yarn lies in the fact
that Chaplin himself—some
periodical Ruz el Yussef.
years ago when he was asked
The story—which, as the pa- about his Jewish background—
per claims, is based on revela- had denied any Jewish relation-
tions made by one of Chaplin's ship by proudly proclaiming
lovers — pictures the famous himself to be "a citizen of the
comedian as a chauvinistic Jew world."
who refuses to recognize any-
one who is not a Jew.
"If anyone wants to see Chap- 62 Jews Are Seeking
" lin—whose name is mentioned
as "Charlot"—all one has to do Election to Commons
LONDON, (JTA)—Sixty-two
is to go to his Geneva home,"
the paper claims, "and an- Jewish candidates appear on
nounce himself or herself as a the Conservative, Labor and
Jew and the door will open Liberal Party lists in Britain's
wide and Chaplin himself will general elections scheduled for
Oct. 8, a survey disclosed.
embrace the visitor."
Twenty-two of the candidates
The story goes on to say that
Chaplin is capable of recogniz- —20 Laborites and two Conser-
ing a Jew from a non-Jew. To iiatives—are seeking re-election
all non-Jews, "Chaplin is not at in the constituencies they rep-
home." To Jews, however, resented in the last House.
"Chariot offers a hearty dinner,
Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of
gives presents and money."
British fascist movement for
The Egyptian story concludes a quarter of a century is again
thus: "I pray God, may Chaplin a candidate for Parliament and
live long so that he may see is campaigning nightly in the
Israel erased from off the map Notting Hill area, scene of re-
of the world. Then I will go and cent racial disturbances.
see him, caring little whether
Mosley's party is seeking to
I am told that 'Chaplin is not capitalize on resentment in the
at home.' All I want to do is area against immigration from
to make a face at him."
the West Indies by blaming the
This UAR story—appearing Jews for the situation, and there
as a factual report and present- is a certain amount of anti-
ing an interesting example of Semitism in its campaigning.

Air Negev Plait to Aid Growth to 100,000 by 1964'

five-year plan for the Negev,
which envisages a population
of 100,000 by 1964, was unfolded
at the fourth session of the
Government Technological Ad-
visory board.
The plan would require an
investment of 900,000,000
pounds ($500,000,000), of
which 500,000,000 pounds would
come from government and
Jewish Agency sources and the
remainder coming from amorti-
zation funds and profits already
accumulating from development
enterprises in which the Gov-
ernment has 200,000,000 pounds
The director general of the
Ministry of Development. Mena-

hem Bader, who disclosed the already accounted f or t WO-
details of the plan, called for thirds of the country's crude
top priority to be given the oil imports, Bader declared.
development of the Negev,
Development Minister Morde-
which he called the "treasure chai Bentov told the session
house" of the State's resources. that Israel was no longer an
He said that last year's gross underdeveloped country but
profits from development enter- had the highest per capita in-
prises neared 30,000,000 pounds. come in Asia — over $800 an-
This year's profits were ex- nually as compared to $120 an-
pected to reach 40,000,000 nually in Japan.
pounds, the director general
Belgian Loan to Israel
High dividends were ex-
pected from the Electric Cor- group of Belgian banks has
poration and Fertilizers and granted a $5,000,000 loan to
Chemicals of Haifa. The potash
works, which until two years the Israel Ministry of Finance.
ago was in the red, has realized The loan, for five years at six
a 2,000,000 pound profit since percent, is reportedly intended
then. The southern port of Eilat for development investment.


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