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September 07, 1962 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-09-07

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JOHANNESBURG, (JTA)

A resolution calling on the gov-

ernment of the Republic of South
Africa to ban racial or religious
incitement against any section
of the country's population was
adopted unanimously here at the
biennial congress of the South
African Jewish Board of
Deputies.
The congress, first gathering of
its kind since South Africa left
the British Conimonwealth, also
reaffirmed" the Jewish cominun- -
ity's loyalty to the republic, ex-
pressing a "prayer for. lasting
peace, prosperity and progress
for South Africa and all its
inhabitants."
Prior to adoption of the resolu-
tion, Dr. Teddy Schneider, chair-
man of the board, told the dele-
gates from all over the country,
in his keynote address, that while
the position of the Jews in South
Africa was "generally satisfac-
tory„?' recent incidents had. shown.
there were "individuals and
organizations, •heie as well as
overseas, that are advancing the
hateful doctrines of Nazism."
In Schneider's address, as.
well as in the resolution
against racism, emphasis was
laid on the fact that both the
government and leaders of non-
JeWish public opinion here,
had denounced anti-Semitism.
The resolution noted the fad.
that the "great majority of
South Africans have agreed
with the Prime Minister's
appeal of last November to
keep the country free from
anti-Semitism."
The resolution noted there had
been "an explosion" of con-
demnations of such incidents as
the • increasing • distribution of .
anti-Jewish - propaganda and the
recent blasting of a bomb at the
Monument to Martyred European
Jewry in the Johannesburg Jew-
ish : :cemetery. Nevertheless,
Schneider stressed, "the govern-
ment should take a serious view
of such prppaganda,, and intro.
duce _legislation to protect all
sections of the population against
racial incitement."
Another resolution declared
: unanimously that the BOard "de-
:;: plores: any attempts from within
or outside the Jewish
ity to introduce Jewish issues
: into political controversies in
South Africa.'?... -The resolution
reiterated the Jewish commun-
ity's insistence that "there is no
collective Jewish attitude on
political i s s.0 e s," emphasizing
that: "Jewish citizens exercise
the same rights as do other cit-
izens to hold personal, political
opinions and to exercise civic
responsibilities through political
parties and individual free
choice."
At the same time, the con-
gess urged Jewish citizens' to

make their contributions in
accordance with the teachings
of Judaism "toward promotion
of understanding, good will
and cooperation between all
races, and toward a peaceful
and secure future for all
inhabitants on the principles of
justice and the dignity of the
individual."
The congress heard South
African Jewry's contributions to
civil life extolled by Johannes-
burg Mayor Keith Fleming, who
formally greeted the delegates.
Other speakers were Jacob
Dorom, Israeli Consul-General
here, and Sir Barnett' Janner,
president of the British Board
of Jewish Deputies. The growth
of the organization during the
last half century was reviewed
in another address, by Namie
Phillips, president of the Board.
Sir ,Barnett, paying his first
visit to this country, delivered an
address in which he summarized
the position of world Jewry. He
emphasized the difficulties suf-
fered by the Jews in the Soviet
Union, the situation of the Jews,
in Argentina, the- "perilous"
position of the Algerian Jews,
and the achievements recorded
by Israel. - •

SPECIAL

Hope that the South African
government would soon restore
a special concession for the
transfer of gift funds to Israel
was expressed in the final reso-
lution adopted at the closing
session of the conference.
In another resolution, the dele-
gates affirmed South African
Jewry's religious and cultural
ties with Israel, expressed appre-
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This was a reference to the
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can government over Israel's
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vote against South Africa in
the UN General Assembly last
year on the issue of apartheid.
The South African government
withdrew concessions on gift
transfers after the UN vote.
The delegates re-elected Namie
Phillips as president and chose
Max Greenstein as treasurer.
* * *
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2 Youths Arrested
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Shooting on Theater

BUENOS AIRES, "(JTA) —
Two youths are under arrest on
charges of shooting at a theater
featuring a Jewish play in the
first such police action since a
wave of anti-Semitic incidents
broke out in Argentina this
spring.
Police had seized three sus-
pects but the third youth was
released, the police apparently
accepting his defense that his
participation was an "anti-Com-
munist," and not an anti-Semitic
action. The three are 19 and

under.

- They denied they had any
part in the wave of anti-Semitic
incidents in Buenos Aires or
that they were members of the
neo - Nazi youth organization
Tacuara. Harrigue Castex was
the youth who was released.
Luis Noettinger and Julio
crotto were those held. They
were arrested in a stationwagon
as they were firing a machine-
g'tin at a Jewish-owned tourist
agency.

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— THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, September 7, 1962

South African Jews Call on Government
to Ban Racial. and Religious Incitements

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