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January 20, 1961 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-01-20

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A Weekly Review

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Michigan's Only English -J ewish Newspaper—Incorporating The Detroit Jewish 'Chronicle

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Vol. XXXVI II, No. 21 loolZiniinZsialori 17100.W. 7 Mile -Rd.—yE 8-9364—Detroit 35, January 20, 1961--$5.00 Per Year; Single Copy

Morocco's . Jewish Cominunity
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Kidfiapped,_- Leaders Apprehensive


Salute and
Blessing to
.Our. President

We join in blessings
to the President of the
United States on his as-
. sumption of his great
responsibilities as o u r
Chief Executive today.
We pray that John
Fitzgerald Kennedy
should be granted the
strength to fulfill his as-
pirations to lead our
nation along paths of
justice, towards peace
and tranquility, with so-
cial fairness and econ-
omic security for all

Bnai Brith President Katz
Repudiates Prinz Proposal
for Zionists' Liquidation

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News)

WASHINGTON. — Label A. Katz, international president
of Bnai Brith, said Monday that "the various Zionist organiza
tions have made and are still making an important contribution
to Jewish - life everywhere."
• • He said he thought it "ill-conceived, ill-considered and
ill-timed. for anyone to advocate the dissolution of such organiza-
tions is—to name a few—the Zionist Organization of America,
Hadassah or Mizrachi, each of which plays a constructive
role - today."
Katz pointed out that "in view of the tremendous challenges
that face the Jewish people in _many spheres, these organizations
have a meaning and a reason for their continued existence."
He added that "perhaps what is called for is a re-examina-
tion and reassessment of the prograin and function of the
Zionist movement in an ever-changing world. This is a judg-
ment of reappraisal- which rests with the Zionist movement
(Katz's statement was aimed at Dr. Joachim Prinz, pres-
ident of the American Jewish Congress, who, in an address
at the meeting of the national governing council of his organi-
zation, Sunday, in Philadelphia, called for the dissolution of
the Zionist movement and its merger into a world body
dedicated to the unity of the Jewish people. The theme of Dr.
Prinz's address was "Zionism is dead—long live the Jewish
people ! " Dr. Prinz's statement also was condemned Monday
evening by Philip Slomovitz, in his report on the World Zionist
Congress, at a meeting of the Zionist Council and Jewish *Com-
munity Council of Detroit, at the Jewish Center.)


Probe Synagogue Bombing
in Chicago, Johannesburg

Text of Dr. Nelson Glueck's Bene-
diction at. Today's Inauguration on
Page 2. of This. Issue.

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News)

Bombings of synagogues in cities as widely separated as
Chicago and Joharinesberg, South Africa, have aroused appre-
hension as to whether another rash - of anti-Semitic actions,
paralleling the swastika smearings of late 1959 and early 1960,
is breaking out. The evidence however, is as yet too scattered
for definite conclusions.
In Chicago the Federal Bureau of Investigation joined
local police in a full-scale hunt for vandals who planted a bomb
which exploded in the Anshe Emet synagogue, the largest
Conservative synagogue in the city.
The bomb went off just before midnight about 90 Minutes
after participants in a meeting in the basement had left. The
blast ripped a hole in the ground, smashed open two doors and
cracked walls. Damage was estimated at about $2,000. Hundreds
of windows in surrounding houses were shattered. Mayor Daley -
called the bombing a "shocking thing to occur in our city."
James H. Gale, head of the FBI Chicago office, said his
agents Would seek evidence of violation of Federal law, such
as transportation of the explosives on a common carrier. The
penalty for unlawkl interstate transportation of explosives is
one year's imprisontnent and up to $1,000 fine or both. If
personal injury is'inflVtbd b6mbing,
sentenced to as much a$.,.10 years and fines up to 110500 or
given both penalties.
The vandals, if they are apprehended, will also face action
under a new Chicago - regulation which imposes stiff penalties
for desecration of houses of worship. The regulation was
passed by the City Council last January after swastikas appeared
on Chicago synagogues.
The dynamiting of the main synagogue of Johannesburg,
South Africa, was the fourth bombing of a religious building
in the city in three days. There were no injuries, but the
synagogue's office was thoroughly wrecked, and the house of
worship badly damaged. The incident followed damage during
robbery attempts at a Methodist church and a Dutch Reformed
church here. There was no evidence of robbery at the syna-
Church leaders in Johannesburg expressed their con-
demnation of the synagogue bombing and extended their
sympathy to the Jewish community. Neither synagogue leaders
nor the police were prepared to express an opinion on whether
the explosion had any anti-Semitic motive or was common
vandalism. Dr. Percy Yutar, acting president of the synagogue,
termed the bombing "wanton destruction."


Dispatches from Morocco and a number of for-
eign capitals report tragic mistreatment of Moroccan
Jews in the period since an African "summit con-
ference" met in Casablanca, early this month, with
the participation of President- Nasser of the United
Arab Republic.-The course of events was symbolized
by the sinking of the small boat, Price, in which 43
Jews fleeing Morocco were drowned in the high
Mediterranean seas. -
Reports from Rabat state that Crown Prince
Moulay. Hassan, liberal Foreign Minister of Morocco,
told a delegation of Jewish leaders who conferred
with him that persons responsible for anti-JeWish
acts in Iltoroccb would be "severely punished."
Pledging that measures would be taken "to restore
the situation to normality," with regard to treatment
of Moroccan Jews, the Crown Prince told the Jewish
leaders that he "regretted" the various anti-Jewish
incidents that occurred recently.
The Jewish delegation was headed by Meyer
Obadia, president of the Moroccan Jewish Commu-
nity, and included Grand Rabbi Danan as well as
Dr. Leon Benzaquen, formerly a member of the
Moroccan Cabinet. The Crown Prince had with him,
during the conference, Minister of the Interior
Mbarek Bekkai.
The Jewish delegation had protested- to the
Crown Prince against a number of incidents, which
took place particularly during the recent visit to
Morocco of United Arab Republic President- Gamal
Abdel Nasser. 'Also a few days ago, Casablanca police
cordoned off a sector of the city inhabited almost
exclusively by Jews, arresting about 100 Jews. Tho'se
arrested were released after being detained by the
police for about 24 hours.
Previous dispatches to Paris had noted that the
Crown Prince, known personally for his relatively
friendly attitude toward the Jews, had been given a
dossier showing Moroccan police maltreatnient of at
least 2,000 Jews, who were arrested, some of them
being detained and interrogated for as long as 48
The Jewish leaders also complained about the
recent rise in kidnapings of young Jewish girls who
are abducted by agents for rich. Moslems. Despite
repeated complaints, the Jews told the Crown Prince,
Jewish girls, some of them only 13 and 14 years old,
are being kidnaped, forcibly converted to Moham-
medanism, then installed in the harems owned by
wealthy Moroccan Moslems. Police authorities have
refused to take any action toward tracing the where-
abouts of these Jewish girls, the leaders complained.
The leaders meeting with the Crown Prince are
understood to have avoided mentioning the incident
of the ship, the Price, which capsized in the Medi-
terranean with the loss of 43 Jewish men, women
and children en route from Melilla, Spanish Morocco,
to Gibraltar. Of the 22 bodies recovered after that
(Continued on Page 3)

Related Story on Page 9

Inauguration Open House at.
Israeli Washington Embassy

WASHINGTON. — The 1961 Presidential' Inaugural Com-
mittee designated the Embassy of Israel as one of the eight
embassies invited to- hold open house for the thousands of
visitors to Washington for the inauguration.
The Israeli Embassy accepted the invitation and agreed
to welcome guests • of all faiths, in keeping with the Israeli
tradition of hospitality. The inaugural committee expreSsed
appreciation for Israeli cooperation. -
Additional Presidential Inauguration.
Reports on Page 2

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