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Israel High Court
Rejects Beer's Appeal
on Espionage Sentence
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JERUSALEM — The Israel
Supreme Court rejected Tues-
day the appeal of Dr. Israel
Beer, former member of the
Israel army general staff, from
a 10-year sentence for espio-
nage, and increased the sen-
tence to 15 years.
Beer, who held the rank of
colonel, was a lecturer on mili-
tary history in Tel Aviv Uni-
versity when he was arrested
in January, 1961. The case at-
tracted widespread notice be-
cause of his association with
NATO as a military expert and
his purported friendship with
Prime Minister David Ben-
(The office of the Israel Chief
of Staff was reported Wednes-
day to be considering revoking
the rank of lieutenant colonel
of Dr. Beer.)
The Tel Aviv District Court
found him guilty on three
counts of maintaining contact
foreign agents. Proceed-
ings were held behind closed
doors, but the judgment , made
it evident the espionage was on
behalf of an East European
The appeal heard by a three-
Man tribunal headed by Chief
Justice Yitzchak Olshan was a
two-fold action. One was Dr.
Beer's appeal against the con-
Lefton, Charles Gershenson, Israel Davidson, Jack 0. Lefton, viction and sentence. The other
Philip Slomovitz, .Dr. Samuel Levin, Mrs. Philip Slomovitz and. was a prosecution motion for a
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Holtzman.
longer sentence on contention
the 10-year term was too lenient.
$5 Million Goal
NEW YORK, (JTA)—A reso-
lution voting a $5,000,000- goal
for the 1963 Israel Histadrut
Campaign was adopted here at
WASHINGTON—Presidential aide Myer Feldman reported the closing session of the 39th
personally to President Kennedy at the White House on his re- annual convention of the Na-
cent visit to Israel and discussions with Israeli leaders . .. For- tional Committee for Labor Is-
eign Minister of Israel Mrs. Golda Meir met with Secretary of rael which was attended by
State Dean Rusk for .a discussion of matters of mutual interest 2,000 delegates from all parts
of the country.
to the two nations.
The 1963 goal, according to
NEW YORK—A new repertory theater has been created by
the Jewish Drama Society in cooperation with the United Syna- Dr. Sol Stein, national director
gogue of America to specialize in plays of Jewish interest at the Of the organization, compares
Maiden Playhouse here . . . The cornerstone for .a $3,000,000 with $3,293,000 raised in 1962.
Dr. Stein also announced that
religious school and auditorium for Temple Emanu-El, largest
Reform congregation in the United States, was laid last week next year's plans envisage the
adjacent to the Temple building . . . The 92nd Street Young establishment of a series of cul-
Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association center is building tural and medical institutions in
an automatic cafeteria-restaurant in which all foods served will Israel, honoring the memories
be kosher . . . President Kennedy's executive order banning of American labor leaders and
racial and religious discrimination in housing financed by the organizations that "have made
federal government was lauded in official statements by the major contributions to Hista-
Jewish War Veterans of the United States and the American drut's welfare program." These
Jewish Committee . . . Jacob H. Cohen, president of Pride of will include, he said, the Sid-
Judea Children's Services and a leading philanthropist and Jew- ney Hillman Medical Center in
ish communal leader, was honored at a gathering of more than Tel Aviv; the Max Zaritsky
1,000 persons to mark his 90th birthday at the Waldorf-Astoria Youth Center, at Beth She'An,
• • . Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, noted American Zionist leader, said honoring the late president of
the "industrialization of Israel is required for national defense" the United Hatters, Cap and
at an Israel bond dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at which Millinery Workers Union; and
the Isidore Nagler Youth Cen-
$100,000 in pledges was made.
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.—An appeal to the United Nations ter, near Haifa, commemorating,
to adopt a "Declaration on the Right of Asylum," providing for the name of the late vice-presi-
freedom from persecution by any government against any person dent of the International Ladies
seeking refuge, was voiced here by Felix Schnyder of Switzer- Garment Workers Union.
The concluding session re-
land, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
PHILADELPHIA—The Research Laboratories of the Ein- elected Rabbi Jacob J. Wein-
stein Medical Center has received two federal grants totaling stein of Chicago as national
$31,000 for studies of some aspects of bacteria being conducted chairman, and installed Wil-
liam H. Sylk of Philadelphia as
by Dr. Robert Rabin, assistant director.
BOSTON—A gift of $25,000 by the Sonnabend Foundation national president of the Ameri-
was announced here by Harry Marks, president of the Hebrew can Histadrut Development
Foundation; with Louis Segal
Home for Aged building fund campaign.
ST. LOUIS—A development fund campaign to raise $3,112,- and Ralph Wechsler as associ-
500 for the Jewish Hospital was launched here under the auspices ate chairmen; Charles Gutwirth
as treasurer; a n d Maurice
of the Jewish Federation.
Guirisberg as associate treasurer.
Announcements were made
TORONTO—Samuel Bronfman, president of Canada-Israel also that Isaac H. Taylor of
Development Limited, jointly with D. Lou Harris, chairman of Baltimore has contributed per-
the Mortgage Loan Fund Committee of the Zionist Organization sonally the sum of $250,000 for
of Canada, announced the establishment of a $500,000 Loan Fund a youth center in Jerusalein to
to `provide long-term, low rate mortgages on homes in Israel for bear his name. Taylor and a
Canadians settled there and for those who are planning their group of Baltimore friends had
previously given $100,000 for
this project. Stein reported that
JERUSALEM—Mrs. Rachel Ben-Zvi, the wife of Israel's more than $100,000 has been
president, paid tribute to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt'S humanitarian- raised for the establishment of
ism and deep interest in Israel at a memorial meeting here for the Sholeni Aleichem Museum
the late former First Lady of the United States . . . The cabinet and Library at Tel Aviv.
Mrs. Meir charged that the
has approved a draft bill to be submitted to the parliament
comprising new regulations governing the election of Israel's "brothers and sisters" of the
president, providing that any Israeli citizen and resident over 40 Soviet bombers supplied to Cuba
years of age would be eligible as a candidate for election to the are now "on the doorstep of
presidency by the Knesset with an endorsement of candidacy by Israel, among . the Arab na-
20 Knesset members.
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MISSION TO POLAND:
Anyone who visited Poland in the pre-war years would not
recognize the country now, not only because there are practically
no Jews seen today in the cities where they were previously
active in large numbers, but because Poland has undergone a
tremendous physical change . . . Warsaw, for example, was
completely devastated first by the Nazi armies and later by
Soviet shelling of the capital prior to its liberation from the
Nazis . .. It is now being rebuilt, but it is not the same city
. . . of the elegent Marshalkowska Street—Warsaw's Fifth Avenue
—only the name remained; the street itself changed in appear-
ance and is very dilapidated . . . So are most of the streets .. .
The city gives the impression that the population is not op-
pressed by the Communist regime, but that it is depressed
by the gloom of daily life . . . In fact, whether you visit Warsaw,
or Cracow, or any other of the larger cities in Poland you feel
that Communism in Poland is far from Communism as in Russia
. . . The Poles have always hated Russia and maintain—though
not openly—the same feeling now toward the Soviet Union . .
They are ultra-nationalists and will never forget that the Red
Army shelled Warsaw before aiding the population to drive the
Nazis out . . . Nor can they stand the fact that the building
which dominates the landscape of Warsaw today is the Red
skyscraper built by Moscow as a "gift" to the Polish people_.. .
This "gift" is just as unwelcome to Polish nationalism as had
been for decades a luxurious Russian church built by the
Czarist regime on one of the main squares of the city in the
years when Poland was a part of Russia . . . The average person
in Poland is deeply nationalistic, and this includes also a good
many Communists . . . The average person also is deeply
religious, and this explains why the Catholic Church in Poland
dares to show resistance to the Communist administration . . .
This also explains in part why Jewish religion is tolerated, and
even assisted, by the present Communist regime in Poland for
those of the 30,000 Jews in the country who wish to continue
TREATMENT OF JEWS:
Unlike in the Soviet Union, Jewish religion is carried on in
Poland by organized Jewish religious communities which have
their central representative body recognized fully by the gov-
ernment . . . They have their religious institutions functioning
openly and are even permitted to maintain- religious schools
. True, these schools have a small attendance—by far not as
large as the Jewish schools maintained by Communist-dominated
Jewish cultural groups—but the fact that they are permitted
to exist underlines the difference between the regimes in
Moscow and in Warsaw . The Jewish religious leaders in
various cities meet no obstacle on the part of the authorities
when they seek permission to hold conferences on religious
matters . . . There was no difficulty whatsoever for these leaders
to arrange a banquet for the delegation of the United Jewish
Appeal which visited Warsaw and Cracow a few weeks ago .. .
Nothing at the banquet indicated any fear that any Communist
informer might be watching its proceedings . . . The food at the
banquet was strictly kosher, prepared in the most Orthodox