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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-08-31

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State Dept. Repudiates JFK Aide's Comments in Israel

WASHINGTON, (JTA)—The State Department this weekend stressed, both
publicly and through diplomatic channels to the Arab states, that the discussions
of Myer Feldman, deputy special counsel to President Kennedy, in Israel, did
not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Government.
State Department spokesman Joseph- Reap . announced that Feldman's visit
to Israel was private, "unofficial" and that "he was not there as a representative
of the United States Government."
The spokesman said Feldman paid calls on Israeli officials "but we do

The Jewish
Vote:
Airing
An Old
Issue

not know with whom he had appointments" because he was not there as a

U. S. official.

The Department's comments on the trip by a top-ranking White House
staff member and close aide to the President were considered unprecedented.
It was learned that the Department made the comments on Feldman after inquiries
had been made by Arab diplomats. Feldman assists President Kennedy on a
broad range of legislative and administrative matters.

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Jewish Spokesmen Denounce
Catholic Magazine's Threats

NEW YORK, (JTA)—National Jewish organizations were incensed over an editorial in the cur-
rent issue of the Jesuit weekly magazine "America" warning the Jews that their support of the Su-
preme Court ruling outlawing the New York Regents prayer from public schools might lead to an
outbreak of anti-Semitism in this country.
The American Jewish Congress and other Jewish groups mentioned by name in the editorial is-
sued statements assailing the editorial in the Jesuit organ. Other major Jewish organizations, including
the American Jewish Committee and the National Community Relations Advisory Council which speaks
in the name of a number of Jewish national and local bodies, were contemplating the issuance of simi-
lar severe statements against the article which they considered as a threat to Jews.
The editorial, which is expected to provoke protests also on the part of non-Jewish groups, as-
serted that there have been "disturbing hints of heightened anti-Semitic feelings" since the Supreme
Court's school prayer ruling of June 25. This, the article indicated, has come about because Jews were
among those petitioning the court to bar the prayer. Other religious observances in public schools, said
the magazine, may soon be declared unconstitutional "with the '. help of some important Jewish groups."
Declaring that the Jewish community was not unanimous in supporting the Supreme Court rul-
ing and in other efforts to remove religious observances from public schools, the Jesuit organ blamed
especially the American Jewish Congress and its general counsel Leo Pfeffer for activities to secure
the removal of religion from public schools, as well as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations
and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
"These Jewish agencies," the editorial said, "make no secret of their .view that 'a favorable cli-
mate of opinion' will help stop legislation providing grants or loans to church-related institutions of
higher learning. Such a 'climate' is also seen as favoring the passage of bills that would provide Fed-
eral aid to public but not to parochial schools. Conceivably, with help from some important Jewish
groups, the recitation of the 'Lord's Prayer,' as well as the reading of passages from the Bible in the
public schools, can and may, in the near future, be declared unconstitutional.
"We wonder, therefore, whether it is not time for provident leaders of American Judaism to
ask their more militant colleagues whether what is gained through the courts by such victories is worth
the breakdown of community relations which will inevitably follow them. What will have been accom-
plished if our Jewish friends win all the legal immunities they seek, but thereby paint themselves into
a corner of social and cultural alienation?
"The time has come for these fellow citizens of ours to decide among themselves precisely what
they conceive to be the final objective of the Jewish community in the United States — in a word, what
bargain they are willing to strike as one of the minorities in a pluralistic society. When court victories
produce only a harvest of fear and distrust, will it all have been worthwhile?" the Jesuit organ declared.
Dr. Joachim Prinz, president of the American Jewish Congress, replying to the Jesuit publication,
said: "It is a sorry day for -religious liberty in the United States when an effort to protect the guar-
antees of the First Amendment should evoke thinly veiled threats of anti-Semitism from so respectable
a journal of opinion as 'America.' (Continued on Page 6)

DAIA Reports New
Anti-Semitic Attacks

BUENOS AIRES, (JTA) — DAIA, the central
body of Argentine Jewry, reported there had been
a new anti-Semitic attack on Jewish students at the
Beigrano high school.
The DAIA reported the new incident in a tele-
gram to Interior Minister Carlos Adrogue, who issued
a public warning over Argentine radio and television
last month that he would take all necessary steps
to suppress a wave of such incidents during the spring
and summer. The DAIA telegram accused the Tacu-
ara, a Nazi-oriented youth group, with responsibility
for the latest attack which occurred last week when
the students were leaving Belgrano high school.
The anti-Jewish events in South America and
the reaction they provoked in public opinion on the
American continent were discussed at a two-day extra-
ordinary meeting of the South American executive
of the World Jewish Congress. Delegates from Argen-
tina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay are participating
in the parley.
Dr. Moises Goldman, who presided, reviewed the
events and stressed the wide-spread reaction against
Nazi infiltration in the countries of South America.

Bigots to Stand
Trial for Plans
to Murder Jews

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

LONDON — Colin Jordan,
leader of the British National
Socialist Movement, and three
other officers were ordered Tues-
day to stand trial on charges of
violation of the 1936 Public
Order Act.
They were released on bail of
100 pounds ($280). No date was
set for the trial.
Chief Magistrate Sir Robert
Blundell in Bow Street Court
ordered the trial after a two-day
hearing. The three other neo-
Nazis are John Tyndal, the na-
tional secretary, Ian Kerr-Rit-
chie, "research officer," Dennis
Pirie, assistant national secre-
tary.
They were arrested on charges
of violating a section of the Pub-
lic Order Act which bans the use
or display of physical force for
political purposes. They were
charged specifically with seeking
to build an organization known
as "Spearhead," for that pur-
pose.
Final evidence at the hearing
was given Tuesday morning by
(Continued on Page 5)

Cyprus Theater Showing Exodus . Is Bombed

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NICOSIA, Cyprus, (JTA) — The Minister of the Interior of Cyprus denounced the bombing of a theater
in which the film "Exodus" was showing and said that "no acts of lunacy" will be permitted to halt showing
of the film.
The blast occurred under the back door of Cinema Diana Two, where the film, which relates the Jew-
ish struggle to establish Israel, has been showing all this week.
The theater was shut down after the blast but showing of the film continued at other theaters
of the same company.
When news of the blast filtered into the other theaters, many viewers hastily left apparently fear-
ing similar blasts at the theaters in which they had been sitting. The explosion damaged the rear door of
the theater and left a crater in the ground nearby.
A spokesman for the theater firm said at first they would cancel all showings of "Exodus" for the
time being but later, the company announced they would continue the performances in Nicosia and would
show it in Limassol.
Interior Minister Polykarpos Georkratzis said in his statement that the blast was "undoubtedly a
criminal action which by no means will serve the intentions of the culprits. The film is approved by the
competent censorship. It will be shown and no acts of lunacy will stop its projection." He added that his
Ministry would "take all necessary measures in this direction."
Police officials said that they were actively inv estigating the explosion, concentrating their probe on
"some suspected quarters." The blast climaxed a week-long controversy over the first showing of the film in
Cyprus which began when theater officials said they had been threatened by gunmen, who warned them
not to show the film. It opened on schedule under police protection.
Arab diplomatic missions in Nicosia, which had exerted considerable pressure to prevent showing of
the film, issued a joint statement last Thursday calling the film a distortion of the events leading to the
establishment of Israel and making the usual charges that Israelis had "usurped" the "Arab homeland."
The Israel Embassy countered with a statement charging that the Arab criticism offended the policy

of Cyprus of maintaining friendship and cooperation with all nations.

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