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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-02-15

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THE JEWISH NEWS

Our JTA
Correspondent
and State
Department

Viscount
Samuel

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A Weekly Review

Youth
Conference

Commentary
Page 2

of Jewish

Events

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper—Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

Vol. XLI I, No. 25

Printed in a
100% Union Shop

17100 W. 7 Mile Rd.

VE 8-9364 — Detroit 35, Feb. 15, 1963

Brotherhood
Week
Feb. 17-24

$6.00 Per Year; Single Copy 20c

Israel Is on Guard Over Iraq
Crisis; Jordan Status in Danger

Bulletin

Scholars From All
Media Acclaim !IPS
Bible Translation

By PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

YORK—Admiration for the
new style in Bible translation effected
in the revisions made by a committee
of scholars representing the Jewish
Publication Society of America is
.emanating from all sources, and the
.growing acclaim for the "finished
product," resulting from six years of
ardent labors was in evidence here
Sunday evening, at the Bible presen-
tation dinner held at the Waldorf
Astoria Hotel.
Representative groups of rabbis,
•many of them from the Orthodox wing
-and including Conservative and Re,
form as well, and leaders in authori-
tative positions as Bible scholars, at-
tended the dinner and joined in the
enthusiastic endorsements of the re-
vised translation, and it was evident at
this impressive event, which was at-
tended by more than 700 . people, in-
.cluding members of the JPS board
from all over the country, including
Detroit, that criticisms of the trans-
lation are now approaching the van-
ishing point.
Sunday's event, at which the mem-
bers of the committee of translators
were presented with Specially in-
scribed Bibles, was the first national
gathering held for the introduction
of the new revised translation. Ac-
tually, the initial presentations were
made when the first sponsors of the
Bible translation fund. 135 Detroiters,

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Israel is reported cautiously on guard over the newly erupted crisis in the Middle
East. While the Israeli government is watching the situation with great concern, it is
generally believed that the real dangers involve the inner struggles among the Arab
states and that if there are any dangers at all to any element in the Middle East, they
presumably are over the fate of Jordan. While there has been nearly complete silence
over the newly developing situation in Israel, it is recognized that the Iraqi revolution
may have a serious impact on Israel's position, especially in view of a growing
internal opposition to King Hussein in Jordan. This may be due to a growing pro-
Nasser sentiment. Col. Mohammed Aref, _who heads the new Iraq government, after
the assassination of Abdul Karim Kassem, is known to be pro-Nazi and the pro-Nasser
trend magnifies existing dangers. The Times of London said that there will be
"the usual anxiety in Israel over anything that could give Nasser a foothold north
and east as well as south" of the country. The paper pointed out . that, while there is
jubilation in Cairo over the revolution in Iraq, this is not the case in Syria and Jordan.

NEW YORK, (JTA)—The Wall Street Journal reported from Washington that what U.S. policy
makers, in the aftermath of the Iraqi coup, "may be confronted with now, they know, is anarchy or
explosion" in the Middle East.
The paper said Administration officials; scanning the Near 'East horizon were considering the
possibility that "the Iraqi upheaval could encourage similar moves by the substantial revolutionary
elements—Syria and Jordan to the west, Saudi Arabia to the south, Iran to the east.
The paper noted that while the Kassem regime was probably the most friendly to the Soviet
Union of any in the region, and the most hostile to the United States, "nevertheless it also had
opposed Egypt's ambitious Gamal Abdel Nasser, had served as an effective counterpoise to
Egyptian expansionism. Its replacement by pro-Nasser military men could easily, in this volatile
part of the world, touch off far-reaching reactions."
It said that "still smarting from Syria's breakaway from his United Arab Republic last year,
Egypt's Nasser may try to erect a new Arab super-state of Egypt,. Syria and Iraq." It pointed out that
"Cairo Radio is . trumpeting the Iraq revolt as a vital step toward Arab unity." The Wall Street
Journal warned, however, that a Nasser move would "meet fierce resistance from Syria and possibly
even from Iraq whose new leaders may prove more. nationalist-minded than Nasser-minded."
It predicted that "Nasser, frustrated by failure to entrench the revolutionary regime in Yemen
and encouraged by the apparent friendship of the new Iraq government, might instead step up
subversive activities in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, or even take direct •military action against them."
The paper also asserted that "general Arab versus Arab. battling might encourage Israel to
attempt to straighten out its borders with a little extra territory or even to undertake 'a preventive
war' against Nasser himself."
According to the Wall Street Journal's correspondent, the Iraqi developments "will almost
certainly refuel a behind-the-scenes debate. Long waged within the Kennedy Administration, a
minority of officials argue that Nasser remains an untrustworthy conspirator who will, at every
chance, waste scarce Egyptian resources in foreign adventures. This minority argues that attempts
to restrain him will never work for long and that U.S. aid should be curtailed or ended.

JTA Protests Barring of Its Correspondent
M. Friedman from Briefing on Near East

Brotherhood Week's 'Design for Democracy,' symbol-
izing the hopes and ideals of the National Conference
of Christians and Jews and its local branch, Detroit
Round Table of Christians and Jews, for the observance
of the annual amity-inspiring period. Brotherhood Week
will be observed Feb. 17-24.

See Editorial, Page 4

Special JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News
WASHINGTON—The Jewish Telegraphic Agency formally protested Tuesday to Secretary of
State Dean Rusk against the exclusion of its Washington correspondent from a State Department
briefing on the Arab refugee question, and asked that measures be taken to ensure against a
recurrence of the discrimination.
The JTA correspondent Milton Friedman was denied admission to a press conference on Jan. 28
by Robert C. Strong, director of the State Department's office of Near Eastern Affairs. Strong said
he took objection to JTA reporting of news involving State Department policies and complained that
Israeli diplomats had used JTA news reportS as the basis for queries of his department.
The protest, made in the name of the JTA's board of directors and signed by Philip Slomovitz,
vice president of the Agency, pointed out that the act of discrimination against JTA by an official
of the Department of State "served to deprive large segments of the American Jewish community of •
information made public by the Department in which they were specially concerned and in which it
was in the best interests of American uolicy that they be fully informed."
The letter also stressed concern that "such acts of discrimination not be repeated and that
representatives of this Agency should not be barred from access to news being made available to other
information media.
"We are likewise deeply concerned," it added, "over what certainly appears in this case to be an
attempt to control the news by denying access to newsmen whose dispatches may not please officials
involved."
The JTA protest to the Secretary of State also stressed that "we believe that it is not only a
discrimination against the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that is involved here but also a limitation on
the freedom of the press. We consider it a disservice . to American interests on the whole that they
suffer interference with the free and untrammeled flow of information. In this case an element of the
American citizenry which has a special interest in the problem considered at the press conference was
arbitrarily denied an expression of the State Department's views. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
directly serves some 70 newspapers in the United .States and several thousand Jewish organizations
and individuals.
"In addition it is a major source of information on developments in this country concerning
them to Jewish communities in almost every country of the free world."
The letter noted that the JTA had enjoyed "the consistently friendly and helpful relationship
Continued on Page 3

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