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Arabs Reject Iolutio
Agreement'; Israel Repeats
Refugee Compensation Offer
Steel Strike Affects Israel
Assembly; Henault Consults
Arabs o nContract-Breaking
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TEL AVIV. — The Kaiser Frazer plant at Haifa laid off
400 workers and suspended operations for two weeks Tuesday
because of lack of parts. The steel workers' strike in the United
States was a factor in the shutdown.
Two reasons were given for the suspension. One was the
decision of Regie Renault, the French auto firm, to cancel its
contract for assembly of Renault small cars. under Arab boy-
_ cott pressure, and the delay in shipment of Willys Overland
parts from the United States caused by the steel walkout.
Plant officials said that when operations are resumed
with arrival of the American made parts the plant will operate
on a much smaller scale than previously because no replace-
ment has yet been found for the Renault assemblies.
Renault-Arab Contracts Revealed
PARIS, (JTA)—The Lebanese Embassy here revealed that
the Renault automobile company in France had first submitted
to the Arab League its letter suspending relationship with the
Kaiser-Frazer firm in Haifa Lefo . - .- e sending the letter to Israel.•
An Embassy official is reported to have stated that when
the Renault Company pledged to the boycott committee of the
Arab League that it will suspend its relationship with Kaiser-
Frazer, the Arab League was not satisfied with that pledge.
In order to certify to the Arabs the sincerity, of its undertaking
the management of Renault handed the letter to the Lebanese
embassy. The embassy requested a formal authentication to the
signatures of the two general managers of Renault. The letter
was then authenticated by the police and sent to the boycott
committee of the Arab League in Cairo.
The letter was returned from Cairo to Paris again through
the Lebanese diplomatic courier and mailed to Kaiser-Frazer in
Israel. This explains why the envelope carrying a letter dated
Sept. 10 had the Paris date of Oct. 6 and why the letter was
not sent from Biancourt where the Renault offices are, but
from the Victor Hugo post office next to the Lebanese Embassy.
See Smolar Column, Page 28
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y., (JTA)—The idea of solution of the Arab refugee
problem through Arab-Israel agreement—suggested by a number of delegations
at the United Nations General Assembly—was rejected Monday by Ahmad Shu-
kairy, Saudi Arabian Minister of State for United Nations Affairs. Speaking at
the General Assembly's Political Committee, which is now debating the Arab refu-
gee question, he said that "solution by agreement is a barren slogan."
"Those who speak of solution of the refugee problem by agreement deny
the right of the refugees to repatriation," he declared. He insisted on the "right"
of the Palestine refugees to return en masse to Israel.
"It is a problem of religious discrimination," he shouted. "It is discrimination
against Moslems and Christians. My home lies within 300 yards of the armistice
line, but I cannot go to it because I am a Christian. Being a Jew is the only visa.
My home is offered to any Jew in the world. Be he from Tokyo or Warsaw or any
western area. It is the question of Jew against Gentile or rather of Zionist against
Preceding Shukairy, Dr. Izzat Tannous, representative of the so-called Pales-
tine Refugee bCommittee, also made a plea for "complete repatriation" of all the
refugees, voicing his appeal in purely personal terms. In his speecii, Dr, Tannous
accused Israel of breaking pledges to the United Nations prior to its admission to
membership. As soon as he concluded, Michael Comay, Israel's representative at
the UN, took the floor and told the Committee that such allegations were " com-
Israel reiterated before the United Nations previous offers to pay compensa-
tion to the Arab refugees "even before the achievement of a final peace settle-
ment or the solution of other outstanding problems," providing international as-
sistance were available.
At the same time, Comay, addressing the General Assembly's Special Po-
litical Committee in the Arab refugee debate, repeated that Israel "is prepared
immediately to enter into negotiations with the Arab governments directly or in-
directly" not only regarding the refugee problem but also "for an overall and
final settlement of all outstanding differences.'
Comay's statement was the first formal enunciation of Israel's policy regard-
ing the. Arab refugees in the Committee debate which entered its fourth week .Mon-
day. After surveying the "historical perspective" of the Arab-Israel conflict which
resulted in the refugee problem, Comay told the committee that Israel has given
serious consideration to the insistence by the Arab states that the refugees be
given "free choice" between repatriation and compensation.
"In considering whether to permit any refugees to return," Comay stated,
situation as a whole,
"the government of Israel must obviously have regard to the Continued
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Foreign Ministry Portfolio
Retained by Golda
Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News
Meir has agreed to con-
tinue in the next coalition government as Israel's For-
eign Minister after repeated refusals, it was learned
Mrs. Meir's agreement followed assurances from
David Ben-Gurion that there would be no interference
in areas of her authority as Foreign Minister by any
other minister or top official. It was reported that Mrs.
Meir had repeatedly complained about activities of the
defense ministry as tantamount to usurpation of the
Foreign Ministry's authority. She was assured that no
cabinet ministers other than she and the Prime Minister
would be permitted to make foreign policy statements
and that no decisions in fields relating to foreign af-
fairs would be taken ,without her approval.
It was also reported that Abba Eban, former Israel
Ambassador to the United States, who had been sched-
uled to take the post if Mrs. Meir had remained
adamant in refusina it, will become minister without
portfolio. Eban had b been considered for the Ministry
of Education but Mapai sources indicated they believed
that Zalman Arrane also would change his mind and
continue as Minister of Education.
Kaddish Luz, Mapai leader, was elected Speaker
of the new Israel Knesset.
(Detailed Knesset opening story on Page 3).
An enthusiastic gathering of more
than 400 Detroit Jews, including many prominent local leaders, welcomed Avraham
Harman (third from left) , Israel's new Ambassador to the United States, at the
Israel Bond dinner at the Statler Hotel, Sunday evening. Purchases of $112,000
of Israel Bonds, announced at the dinner, boosted the Bond sales for the year
above the $1,000,000 mark for the current year. In the photo with Ambassador
Harman, from the left, are: David Safran, chairman of the steering committee of
the Detroit Israel Bond Committee; Irwin I. Cohn, who presided at the dinner,
and Tom Borman, chairman of the Detroit Israel Bond Committee.
(Detailed story on Page 5)