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September 14, 1962 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-09-14

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, September 14,

.
Ben-ururion Stirs
li Angry Protests
Over Aliyah Remarks to Dan'ish Jews

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

COPENHAGEN—Jewish lead-
ers in Copenhagen took strong
and public issue Tuesday with
an address by visiting Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion in
which he urged Scandinavian
Jewish youth to go to Israel
either for settlement or at least
for study because he was con-
cerned about the future of Jews
in countries "where assimilia-
tion was so marked.".
The Prime Miniser made his
appeal to a group of such youth
and the responses came quickly.
Otto Levysohn, chairman of the
"Mosaisk Troessamfund," said
he was disassociating himself
from the Prime Minister's
views.
He said "we Danish Jews
could never want a happier
place to live than Denmark. We
have no inferiority complex
but rather feel ourselves a
proper part of the Danish peo-
ple. We are first Danish and
then Jewish and this has never

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involved us in any conflicts."
Chief - Rabbi Phil Marcus
Melchior also rejected Ben-
Gurion's appeal. In a state-
ment given wide publicity in
the Danish press, the Chief
Rabbi said that "irrespective
of the fact that the concept
of Mr. Ben-Gurion on the
question is well known for its
radicalism, it is still possible
that the quotation of his re-
marks has to some degree
been misunderstood insofar
as it deals with half sentences
which were taken from their
context and which could be
understood fully only in their
proper context."
He added that "on the other
hand, it is unquestionable that
the. way in which the problem
has been touched on has at the
same time affected the essential
interests of Danish Jews. What
from the standpoint of Mr. Ben-
Gurion is of rather secondary
importance — namely, the fate
of a famous handful of Danish
Jews — is from our standpoint
primary and trival. When a man
of Mr. Ben-Gurion's stature
goes into 'this, he as a politician
must be aware that it might be
necessary that contradictory
views be expressed."
The Chief Rabbi continued
that "we Danish Jews don't us-
ually air our patriotism. Why
on earth should we shout 'hur-
rah' more loudly than all other
Danes? But we take an oppor-
tunity like this to state that no
one, however big he may be or
from wherever he may come,
has the right or is able to
change even one jot of what for
150 years has been the status
of Danish Jews under which
there has been established a re-
lationship in Denmark of which
we are all just as happy on the
Christian side as on the Jewish
side."
"There is one thing in par-
ticular which I want to point
out," the Chief Rabbi added
in his press statement. "If
Premier Ben-Gurion really
claimed that in order to be a
Jew every minute of one's
life, one has to live in Israel.
then according to my view,
two questions arise. The first
is whether to be a Jew every
minute is of imperative ne-
cessity and whether Jewish-
ness and being a general hu-
man being did not equate
each other so completely that
one at the same time could be
Jewish and a human being in
other places than in the few
Square kilometers which form
the territory of Israel."
The Chief Rabbi suggested
further that one of the conse-
quences of the Prime Minister's
viewpoint could be that "in the

conference Wednesday that
he believed that every Jew

same way as Jews should have
the right to be Jews every min-
ute of their lives, the Christians
should have the same right for
their part. According to this
a r g u m en t, Mr. Ben-Gurion
should recommend to the Chris-
tian part of mankind to emi-
grate to real Christian states
where they could be Christians
every minute."
He concluded with the state
ment that "the attitude of Dan-
ish Jews is and in the future
will be the same as in the past.
We do not change colors, we
do not alter our shields." The
statement was given widespread
publicity in Copenhagen daily
newspapers.
The Chief Rabbi was asked
by I s r a e l i journalists accom-
panying the visiting group why
he had chosen to argue with the
Prime Minister in the public
press. He replied that the
Prime Minister's address was
"understood here as an appeal
to all. Danish Jews to leave
Denmark and emigrate to
Israel. I was afraid about pos-
sible disquiet for Jews as a
result and it was my duty to
answer."
The Prime Minister later
visited the Copenhagen Syna-
gogue where he was received
by the congregation and Chief
Rabbi Melchoir with a spe-
cial prayer for peace in
Israel. In a short address, the
Chief Rabbi stressed what
Danish Jews had done for
Israel. In his reply. the Prime
Minister reiterated he hoped
that Danish Jews would re-
main faithful to Judaism,
"even if their situation here
is as good as it is."
The Prime Minister, Mrs.
Ben-Gurion and their daughter
had lunch Monday with King
Frederick and Queen Ingrid at
the Fredensburg summer resi-
dence of the royal family.
The highly formal luncheon
was attended by Premier Otto
Krag and Mrs. Krag, Foreign
Minister Haekerrup and other
Danish ministers.
Prior to the luncheon, the
Israeli premier spent an hour
at the Judaica Department of
the Royal Library where Dr.
Adelman, the director of
Judaica. explained to him old
Jewish and Hebrew manu-
scripts of the department. The
Prime Minister was particularly
interested in Danish research
into the problem of the number
of Hebrews who fled from
Egypt in the exodus but did
not find any affirmation of his
thesis that the total was 600.
An official Israeli reception was
held in the evening.
After declaring at the press

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expressed in this matter my
personal views," the Prime
Minister covered a variety of
topics in response to other
questions.
Following a farewell lunch-
eon with Premier Otto Krag
and Foreign Minister Haek-
kerup. the Prime Minister and
his party were scheduled to
leave for Iceland. the last stop
on the Prime Minister's five-
nation Scandinavian tour.

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