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May 05, 1961 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-05-05

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Blaustein, who went to Is-
rael at the invitation of Ben-
Gurion, reported that he gained
a "strong official reaffirmation"
from the Prime Minister of
their 1950 understanding. He
said that he spent hours in
frank and full conversation
with the Prime Minister. on all
aspects of the problem as he
had in 1950.
A salient_ point of the Prime
Minister's 1950 statement
stressed that "Israel represents
and speaks only in behalf of its
own citizens and in no way
presumes to represent or speak
in the name of Jews in any
other country. We the people
of Israel have no desire and no
intention to interfere in any
way in the internal affairs of
Jewish communities abroad."

An equally important point
of the 1950 understanding was
that "nothing should be said
or done which could in the
slightest degree undermine
the sense of security and
stability of Amer'
Jewry.
The decision
eth they
(Jews) wi •
co e (
Is-
rael) p
ently or to
o-
rarily r s with the
disc for of the Amer
Je himself."

.

or-

austein r
his
ersatio
ith
B -Gurion
t
ad-
m ed th
under-
st
ing

hav arisen."
Th
rther unders ding now
reac
is th
"everything
on both sides in
order to obviate misunderstand-

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new, unclear phrases as . a
reply to obscure phrases," the
Premier declared, adding that
his reply is: change the Zion-
ist Organization and hoist the
Jewish flag, which has i great
past and deeper roots than
Zionism, the. latter having

been created only 70 years
ago.
A change of name would not
only release members of the
Zionist Organization" from the
burden of "living with a lie,"
Ben-Gurion wrote, but would
raise the value of the old name
which binds all our generations
and sections—the word "Jew."
Sharett, in his capacity as new
chairman of the Jewish Agency,
took issue with Ben-Gurion con-
cerning the latter's renewed at-
tack against the world Zionist
movement.
Delivering his first address to
the closing session of the Zion-,
ist Actions Committee, which
had just formally-elected him to
the Agency chairmanship, Shar-
ett said he was surprised that
Ben-Gurion, "a man of such
creative powers, is wasting his
time and strength on such a
barren word-battle."
"I am sorry to see the Pre-
mier renewing his attempts to
deprive the Zionist Organization
of the right to be called Zion-
ist," said Sharett. He recalled
that, under a 1952 Israeli law
on the status of the World Zion-
ist Organization — as well as
under an agreement made in
1954 between the WZO and the
Israeli Government — close, mu-
tual, Zionist - Government rela-
tions were established.
"As far as I know," con-

tinued Sharett, "the 1954 reso-
lution _by the Government,
approving the covenant with
the World Zionist Organiza-•
tion, was adopted with the
Premier's approval. But, at
any rate, it is binding on the
Government. The activities of
the Zionist Organization, in
collaboration with the -Israel
Government, will continue on
the basis of the joint stand
expressed in the 1952 and
1954 documents. If the Pre-
mier's article on the question
is intended to reyeal to the

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at
meeting last M
and
added that '
e that the
Israe
ment showed
rn - that the principal of
the government's collective
responsibility should also be
applied to the Prime Minis-
ter."

He said that the" Prime Min-
ister violated the spirit of the
charter recognizing the Jewish
Agency as the organ linking the
Jewish state with other Jewish
communities. He did so, Gold-
mann said, by not seeing fit to
consult with either the Ameri-
can Zionist leaders then in
Jerusalem, nor with the Jewish
Agency concerning the useful-
ness of the declaration.

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"in particular, Prime Minister
Ben-Gurion undertook to do
everything within his power
to see to it that the under-
standing in the future is kept
in spirit and in letter." The
Prime Minister also undertook
to advise the members of his
cabinet and other responsible
members of the Government,
of his desire "that the spirit -
and content of the under-
standing be fully respected."

ings in the future so that it
will be entirely clear to every-
body concerned that the 1950
agreement had lost none of its
force and validity."
* * *
TEL AVIV, (JTA) — Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion this
weekend resumed his attacks on
the Zionist Organization, Dr.
Nahum" Goldmann and former
Premier Moshe Sharett.
In an article published in
Davar, the' Histadfut daily, un-
der the headline "Be Jews,"
Ben-Gurion said that the Zion-
ist organization should be called
the "Jewish Organization," so
as to eliminate the difference
between Zionists and non-Zion-
ists in the Diaspora since such
difference actually does not
exist.
Explaining this, Ben-Gurion
wrote that since the fulfillment
of the Zionist goal-settling in
Israel—is not binding, there is
no need to use the word Zion-
ism, which became devoid o
meaning.
Referring to Goldma , Ben-
Gurion declared that t "Presi-
dent" left the conclu v e session
of the last World e dnist -Con-
gress before it ende : Referring
to former Premier S ett, Ben-
Gurion stressed that e open-
5 ,
ing session, Sharett s
Israel should be interested t
the Zionist consciousness should
deepen among Diaspora Jews,
but he, Sharett, did not attempt
to explain what the "Zionist
consciousness" was, that dif-
fered from the Jewish conscious-
ness which. also regards Israel
as a precious Jewish value.
"It is impossible • to give

BONN, (JTA)—The Federal correspondents to Israel, who
Youth Ring, the overall West are reporting the Adolf Eich-
German organization of youth mann trial for the various pub-
organizations, announced it will lications issued by the Ring's
intensify its educational pro- constituent youth groups. The
outside world disunity within gram aimed at instructing the announcement stated that two
the Government, that is a youth of present-day Germany more youth representatives will
matter for the Government to about the Nazi program for the be sent soon to Israel to help
deal with, and not for the annihilation of Jews.
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World Zionist Organization."
With the help of the Gov- drive to appraise modern Ger-
Meanwhile, Goldmann told a ernment's Federal Press Bu- man youth of the facts of the
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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS -- Friday, May 5, 1961

NEW YORK, (JTA) — The
relationship between Israel and
Jews in other free democracies,
which provoked strong contro-
versy earlier this year, has been
clarified by a firm understand-
ing in the form of the joint
statement by Israel Prime Min-
ister David Ben-Gurion a n d
Jacob Blaustein, honorary presi-
• dent of the American Jewish
Committee.
The announcement of the un-
derstanding was made simul-
taneously in Jerusalem and New
York.
An important point in the un-
derstanding, as stated by Ben-
Gurion, is that "we, the people
of Israel, have no desire and
no intention to interfere in any
way in the internal affairs of
Jewish communities abroad."
Underscored in the understand-
ing is the fact that the emigra-
tion of Jews to Israel is at their
own "free discretion" and that
nothing should be done by the
Israel Government which would
"undermine the sense of secur-
ity and stability of American
Jewry."
Blaustein returned to this
country after extensive discus-
sions on this issue in Israel with
Ben-Gurion and members of his
eabinet. He reported on his un-
derstanding with the Prime
Minister at a plenary session of
the American Jewish Commit-
tee's 54th annual meeting here.
Blaustein asserted here that

German Youth to Hear More of Nazi Crimes

--

Jacob Blaustein, American Jewish Committee Head,
and Israel's Prime Minister Clarify Position on
Diaspora; Ben-Gurion Raps World Zionist Movement

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