THE DETROIT JEWIS H NEWS — Friday, August 9, 1963 —
Pro-Israel Organizations Tested Under Registry Act
tee's study of non-diplomatic of the JTA, and the transfer of of image of the Jewish people
haustively questioned by Senator activities of representatives of stock is taking place, and has the Nazis and Communists have
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almost reached the final stages tried to project," according to
aware that the money came from Fulbright on the work and ac- foreign governments.
a foreign agent. A letter from tivities of the Jewish Agency
The Senator's "insinuations;
Columbia University to the Jew-
ish Agency acknowledging finan- ber of other organizations and Agency had become involved in demned by Abraham Krad- guilt-by technique, and lack of
cial assistance was offered by agencies. The witnesses cooper- the JTA situation. He referred to itor, chairman of the Foreign compassion for the humanitar-
the witness, and indicated that ate. fully with the Senate Com- the JTA's financial difficulties Affairs Committe of the Jew- ian orientation of those who
the university knew the source mittee and sought to portray the in 1960, and declared: ish War Veterans of the U.S. tried to provide a haven in Is-
full and complex role of the
of the funds.
"The Jewish Agency stepped A., at the organization's 68th rael for the survivors of the
The Senator posed a ques- Jewish Agency units and the into the picture in order to pre- annual national convention monstrous N a z i persecutions,
activities supported in this coun-
tion of a payment to the Syna- try. Their testimonies were made serve the existence of a news for investigation of pro-Israel does not speak well for a Sen-
ator who pontificates in the
gogue Council of America for
public by the Senate Committee. agency which specialized in the organizations.
Mr. Kraditor asked: "If Sen. name of international culture
educational work, and sought
of Jewish news of
In the course of his state- dissemination
to link that with the Council's
particular interest to communi. Fulbright's probe of Zionist org- and education," said Mr. Krad-
ment, Hamlin described the tie:: in the United States and anizations is actually designed itor. He expressed • confidence
testimony b e f ore. Congress
origin of the Jewish Agency, throughout the free world, wher- to obtain data to improve the that the American public would
favoring economic assistance
with special status accorded it
foreign agents registration laws, recognize Sen. Fulbright's "pet-
to Israel. He inquired into the
by the League of Nations as ever Jewish communities existed.
me was and is not a biased witch-hunt ty pre-occupation with a per-
Presidents' Conference, an ad
the agency to assist the Man-
time would aimed at supporters of Israel, sonal peeve for what it is, at
certain at that
hoc consultative body made up
datory Government in the es- be uninterrupted operation of why doesn't the Senator sub- a time when such vital matters
of presidents of 19 major
tablishment of the Jewish Na- the Jewish Telegraphic Agency poena the foreign agents of as the avoidance of nuclear
American Jewish organiza-
conflict are in the forefront."
tional Homeland in Palestine,
tions. He wanted to know how
the Arabs in this country?"
and outlined its major role in or JTA as it is commonly known,
Mr. Kraditor expressed hope
It was suggested by the JWV
many of these organizations
organizing immigration and and that at some point as soon foreign affairs chairman that that the Senator would aband-
the Jewish Agency supports
resettlement and development as we could arrange it, there Sen. Fulbright "consider the on his "narrow and unilateral
financially. The Agency re-
of the country. The Agency's would be a transfer of this prop- operations of the Arab Infor- inquiry" or broaden it to "really
sponded that it provides 50
political role, he pointed out, erty, not only transfer of the mation Office, major oil corn- implement the objectives he
per cent of the cost of the
ended in 1948 with the pro- share ownership, which is some- panies with interests in the has stated as its true goal."
Conference administrative ex-
clamation of the State of Is- thing that is not of great value Near East, and such pressure
penses. The Senator asked if
rael. In the 14 years since in view of the deficit position of groups as the so-called Amer-
such payments to the Confer-
then, he reported, the Jewish the JTA, but also the burden of ican Friends of the M i d d 1 e
ence expenses were itemized
Agency in Israel has spent financing it, to other people. East." The Senator was a 1 s o
in the Jewish Agency state-
$1,500,000,000 on rescue and
"In the middle 1950's," Mr. urged to "probe the attempts
ment to the Justice Depart-
resettlement work, of which Hammer continued, "I personally of the Arab Embassies to im-
about forty per cent repre-
The Senator charged that the sented American charitable do- undertook negotiations . with rep- port religious prejudice into
reports to the Justice Department nations through the United resentatives of the Council of America by insisting on black-
avoided disclosure of what was Jewish Appeal.
Funds, leading to their extend- ican citizens of Jewish faith."
actually done with the money
expended in the United States
an held that the Agency was picture into which Senator Ful- in a reorganized JTA, and these ed that Sen. Fulbright really
merely a "conduit." He thought bright delved deeply in execu- negotiations went on for several wanted to provide the public
that a drastic change in the law tive hearing, Hamlin described years. with a balanced picture of
was required to tighten up regu-
lations. He referred briefly to Section as the representative in ish Agency for Israel, Inc., pro- volving our policies in the
Near East. He charged that
the relationship of the Jewish the United States of the Jewish vided the budget or provided the "the
FORGET IT ! !
ator had already in-
Agency and the Jewish Tele- Agency for Israel, which he de- funds necessary to cover the
graphic Agency. In response to
questions, Hamlin said the JTA arm of the World Zionist Or- I understand that the process of Israel view by his open ex-
in recent years, in
was no longer receiving funds ganization. He pointed out that transfer to a reorganized board pressions
which he appointed himself
from the Jewish Agency, and the American Section of the
that arrangements were being Jewish Agency was registered Gov. Wallace Defies
completed for the transfer of under the Foreign Agents Regis-.
Sen. Fulbright's "fishing ex-
tl ation Act, and regularly filed Federal Court Order
ownership of JTA.
pedition into the activities of
periodical reports with the De-
Hamlin, appearing at the hear- partment of Justice.
on Bible Reading Ban groups supporting Israel, raised
ing, told the Senate Committee
the specter of some sort of an
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
that "r e c e n t developments in
to The Jewish News)
international Jewish conspiracy
Africa, Asia and other parts of
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — — a tragic and mean-spirited
the world, and quota restrictions Israel, were caring for Jewish The Alabama State Board of innuendo when we recall that
in many countries, forecast a refugees seeking a haven in Is- Education adopted unanimously this, in effect, is the same sort
continuation of mass migration rael, preparing them for immi- a resolution generally consid-
into Israel." He said that the gration, and transporting them. ered a specific act of defiance
Jews of the world "have reacted Within Israel, he outlined a of the United States Supreme
magnificently and responsibly to comprehensive program carried Court decision last June barring
Bible reading in public schools.
the need for help and will con-
newcomers, and integrate them
The resolution requires such
tinue to do so."
study in Alabama schools and
The executive director of the into the life of the country.
The American Section, he with it the board adopted a
Jewish Agency — American Sec-
tion said that the world had rec- said, had as its major functions statement of denunciation of
ognized the "unique achieve- to help provide incentives for the court decision was a "calcu-
ments" of the Jewish Agency in the realization of the second ob- lated effort to take God out of
helping to settle, 1,200,000 Jews jective of the Zionist heritage the public affairs of this na-
in Israel since World War II, — to preserve and extend the tion."
Gov. George Wallace, who
and stressed that these "free, Jewish cultural heritage and to
productive citizens" could "at- keep the American public in- temporarily blocked a federal
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