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December 14, 1962 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-12-14

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UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.,
(JTA) — Israel hit back this
week at its Arab caluminators
who, in 15 speeches in six days,
have tried to batter Israel with
charges of aggression against
Arabs and with Hitlerian at-
tacks which equated Jews, Is-
rael and Zionism with Nazism
and Fascism.
The Israeli answer came in
an address by Ambassador
Michael S. Comay, Israel's per-
manent representative, before
the General Assembly's 110-
member Special Political Com-
mittee which is debating the
Arab refugee problem. The
committee had suspended a
scheduled session to give Co-
may the opportunity of prepar-
ing a full answer to the anti-
Semitic attacks by the Arabs.
Comay asserted that the
"central theme" of the Arab
attacks was that Israel "a
member of this Organization
for 14 years, has no right to
exist and should be destroyed.
The central demand is that
the United Nations should
cooperate in this enterprise.
If such doctrines can be
preached with 'impunity from
the very rostrum of the
United Nations, then the
Charter of the United Na-
tions has become meaning-
less."
He then recalled the various
Arab aggressions, committed
openly, at times boastingly,
with "notice" to the United Na-
tions that the Arabs intended
to destroy Israel, contrary to
warnings by the UN itself.
"With this record," he con-
tinued, "can there be any ques-
tion in anyone's mind as to
who were the aggressors in
Palestine — who deliberately
tried to destroy the United Na-
tions resolution by force of
arms — who set in motion the
exodus of the Arab refugees —
who sent their armies marching
across their own borders into
another country — who it was
that refused to stop the fight-
ing, until they were actually
defeated on the field of battle?"

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He touched on the Arab
chargeS of "expansionism" by
telling the committee that
there was one way' to guard
against such an eventuality —
the drafting of a peace treaty
between the Arab states and
Israel.
"Let them," he challenged,
"solemnly enter into a non-
aggression pact renouncing
the use of force. Let them
enter into disarmament ar-
rangemnts, with mutual in-
spection and control. Let
them obtain United Nations
guarantees or Great Power
guarantees for their terri-
torial integrity. Israel is will-
ing to consider any or all of
these measures, and in fact
has proposed them. It is the
Arab States • who reject
them!'
He then came to the anti-
Semitic barrage which has been
led here by Hussein Zulfacar
Sabri, Egypt's Deputy Foreign
Minister, and Ahmed Shukairy,
Saudi Arabian delegation chair-
man backed by a half-dozen
other Arab spokesmen. He re-
ferred also to Shukairy's en-
dorsement of the anti-Semitic
Tacuara movement in Argen-
tina and his call for "adoption"
of Tacuara by the United Na-
tions. He told the committee:
What surprises one is that the
cry of Nazism is raised by those
whose associations with it
makes them so vulnerable."
Comay alluded to the fact
that Egypt has given "key"
positions to former SS officers,
especially in its propaganda
apparatus against Israel and
against Jews. He charged by
implication that the Arab dele-
gations were part of a new neo-
Nazi-neo Fascist international,
saying:
"We have known for some
time that certain Arab repre-
sentatives and propagandists in
the United States, Latin Amer-
ica and elsewhere, have been
maintaining contacts with neo-
Nazi and Fascist groups, and
seeking cooperation with them
in order to exploit anti-Semit-
ism as a political weapon.
"We would hope that Mr.
Shukairy's blessing bestowed
upon the Tacuara group will
serve to focus attention on
this phenomenon, and pro-
duce a backwash of public
sentiment inside and outside
the United Nations, Not
everyone, however, makes
statements as revealing as
that of the representative of
Saudi Arabia.
"The technique of Mr. Sabri
is a little less clumsy. It con-
sists in trying to pin the Nazi
label onto Israel and Zionism,
in the hope that the public
mind may be confused as be-
tween Hitlerism and those to
whom it has caused such untold
suffering. The public mind will
draw its own conclusions."
After Comay had noted "this
man's hatred in his reply to
Shukairy, in which he asked his
fellow-delegates whether they
would be willing to admit into
their countries persons with
that much open hostility to
their governments, the Saudi
Arabian spokesman backed
down on his enthusiastic sup-
port of Argentine's Nazi Ta-
cuara movement. He said Latin
American delegations had told
him his information on Tacuara
was "incomplete."
He accepted the statement of
the Argentine delegate that the
Tacuara organization was "in-
significant" and he accepted the
Chilean representative's state-
ment that Tacuara actions were
"not quite humanitarian." He
asserted he "detested Nazism
and Fascism" and again ac-
cused Israel as "a whole state
of Tacuara, a Nazi state in our
midst." He quoted Arnold Toyn-
bee as describing Israel as
"Nazi."
Shukairy's slight modifica-
tion of his earlier warm en-
dorsement of the Tacuara

movement was noted here as
an effort by the Saudi Arab-
ian representative to lessen
charges that he was anti-
Semitic. However, competent
observers here remarked on
the fact that not a single
member of the United Na-
tions, except Israel, voiced
anger at the "pogrom atmos-
phere" created by the Arabs
this year. It was noted here
that, while Latin Americans,
led by Argentina and Chile,
did take issue with Shukairy's
endorsement of Tacuara, no
one but Israel took the
trouble to denounce anti-
Semitism in general.
* *
NEW YORK, (JTA)—Rabbi
Irving Miller, chairman of the
Conference of Presidents of 18
major American Jewish or-
ganizations, called this week
upon "Americans of every faith
to - protest the current revival
of Adolf Hitler's philosophy by
Arab nations' spokesmen at the
United Nations."
"The American people tra-
ditionally have attached great
importance to the need to pro-
vide relief for the needy and
to hold high the dignity of the
individual. They can only be
shocked," said Rabbi Miller,
"when Arab representatives in
a UN examination of how such
relief should be furnished, en-
gage in unspeakable attacks
upon other religious groups in-
cluding American citizens. - One

can only surmise that Arab
spokesmen substitute name-call-
ing and vituperative slanders
for substance and logic because
their cause lacks justice even
in their own eyes."
Another protest against the
Arabs' anti-Semitic drive at the
UN, pointing specifically to the
"gross and vicious defamation
of the Jewish people" by
Egypt's Deputy Foreign Minis-
ter Sabri, was sent to Adlai
Stevenson, chairman of the
American delegation to the UN,
by Will Maslow, executive di-
rector of the American Jewish
Congress. "The United Na-

tions," Maslow told Stevenson,
"cannot allow itself to be ex-
ploited for the purpose of
spreading the scatology of in-
ternational anti-Semitism."
Bnai Brith also urged the
U.S. to protest "false accusa-
tions and bitter expressions of
hostility" against American
Jews made by Arabs at the
UN.

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17 -- THE DETRO IT JEWISH NEWS -- Friday, December 14, 1962

Israel Retorts to Dm
' tribes Exposes Arab Tactics at United Nations

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