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September 27, 1963 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-09-27

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LONDON, (JTA) — Ahmed
Shukairy, the discredited former
Saudi Arabian representative to
the United Nations who was
fired from his post by King
Saud last year, will show up at
the UN General Assembly again
this year, leading a so-called
"Palestine Arab Delegation," ac-
cording to a decision reached
by the political committee of
the Arab League. The commit-
tee,- meeting in Cairo, has given
Shukairy carte blanche to or-
ganize his own "delegation,"
dispatches from Cairo reported
In a statement in Cairo, after
he had been selected by the
committee, Shukairy said that
the "Palestine Arabs" have de-
cided "to take direct action to
liberate Palestine." The League's
political committee authorized
him to start organizing a "Pal-
estinian entity," sort of a gov-
ernment in exile, to fight for
the ousting of the Israelis from
Palestine. However, both Jordan
and Saudi Arabia opposed that
move, fearing that such a set-up
would jeopardize Jordanian
rule. About half of Jordan's
population consists of Arabs
who claim to be refugees from
Israeli Palestine.
During the last two sessions
of the General Assembly, a
group calling itself the "Pales-
tine Arab Delegation" has ap-
peared at the United Nations.
Members of the group have been
permitted to address the As-
sembly's committee dealing with
the Arab refugee problem, but
were recognized only as indi-
Richard Crossman, Laborite
member of the British Parlia-
ment, reporting on a recent
visit to the Soviet Union,
charged that "the sufferings
of the Jews of Kiev" during
the Nazi occupation "have
been expunged from Russian
history as a topic which causes
too much discomfort a n d
arouses too much suppressed
In a broadcast over the BBC,
the member of the House of
Commons said that he had want-
ed to visit Babi Yar, the gully
outside of Kiev where the Nazis
slaughtered more than 75,000
Jewish men, women and chil-
dren in one of the worst massa-

cres of Russian Jews. He said
that when he talked to his Rus-
sian hosts in Kiev, he had asked
whether the Jews of Kiev had
not suffered particularly at the
hands of the Nazis. He said they
replied with anger that the Jews
of Russia were no different
from anyone else.
His temper rising, Crossman
reported, he asked "then why
are they the only people who
have to put their religion on
their identity papers?" The re-
ply was that "this does not make
them any different. They have
their own republic in Siberia
and are represented on the So-
viet Council of Ministers, so
they are not different from the
Georgians or anyone else."
Crossman said he retorted
that there was a difference,
since the Georgia province was
"the homeland of the Georgians
while the Jews do not want to
live in that confounded repub-
lic." His hosts commented, "well,
that's their own fault." By then,
said the MP, he realized that the
sufferings of the Russian Jews
had been expunged from Rus-
sian history.

Former Mufti Objects to
Shukairy's Appointment

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

ex-Mufti declared in a cable to
the League that Shukairy's ap-
pointment was "a gross viola-
tion" of previous League deci-
sion regarding Palestine.

Rabbis Devote Yom Kippur
Sermons to Soviet Jewry

NEW YORK, (JTA) — In a
special pastoral letter addressed
to all members of the Rabbinical
Assembly, the international as-
sociation of Conservative rabbis,
Rabbi The o d or e Friedman,
president of the organization,
called on his colleagues to de-
vote their Yom Kippur sermons
to the situation and problems
that confront the Jewish com-
munity in Russia.
A sharp protest against the
death sentence imposed by a
Soviet court against Rabbi B.
Gavrilov, of Pyatigorsk, was
sent to the Soviet Ambassador
in Washington by Rabbi Abra-
ham N. AvRutick, president of
the Rabbinical Council of Amer-
ica, an Orthodox group. The let-
ter, voicing the sentiments of
the several hundred rabbis who
are members of the Council, re-
quested the Soviet envoy, Ana-
toly F. Dobrynin, to ask his
Government to remit the death
sentence and to stop persecut-
ing the Jewish people in the
An officer of the Council de-
clared that, unless a positive
answer were received from Am-
bassador Dobrynin "in a few
days," the U.S. Government will
be asked to intervene on the
issue with the Soviet delegation
at the United Nations.

JERUSALEM. — An A r a b
League plan to send to the UN
General Assembly a unified
"Palestine A r a b delegation"
headed by former Saudi Arabian
delegate Ahmed Shukairy has
evoked the bit-
ter opposition
of the former
Mufti of Jeru-
Terming the treatment of
salem, it was Jews in the Soviet Union as
reported here "cultural and spiritual geno-
cide," Dr. Israel Goldstein re-
The former ported to the American sec-
Mufti, a col- I tion of the World Jewish Con-
laborator with I ' gress his impressions of his
the Hitler re- visit to the Soviet Union,
gime during Hungary, Poland and Ru-
the war who mania. He said that he had
heads the Arab found that the Jews in the
Higher Com- Soviet Union did not share in
mittee, an- the incipient relaxation in the
nounced in general atmosphere stemming
Beirut he op_ from "the liberalization policy
Ex-Mufti posed S h u- initiated by Khrushchev."
kairy's appointment to speak on
"While the Soviet leader had
behalf of the "Palestine Arabs." repudiated other phases of the
The ex-Mufti added that the Stalin terror, he had not as yet
"Arab Higher Committee" would repudiated the anti - Semitic
appoint its own delegation which phase, and the policies of the
would proceed to the UN. The present regime give cause for

misgivings," Dr. Goldstein re-
ported. He urged the USSR to
carry out a five-point program
to equalize the treatment of

1. Jewish religious congregations
be permitted to establish a central
Jewish religious address, organize
on a federal basis, choose the reli-
gious and lay heads, and that these
be permitted to attend Jewish reli-
gious conferences abroad, and that
Jewish religious representatives
from abroad be permitted to attend
conferences in the USSR.
2. The training school in Moscow
for rabbis and other religious offi-
cials be permitted to invite and
accommodate additional students.
3. Permission be given for the
Jewish prayerbook printed in 1957,
in a limited quantity, to be re-
printed now in a larger number of
4. Facilities for the baking of
matzoth before last Passover to be
discontinued, and those who have
been imprisoned to be released.
5. Where new cemeteries are re-
quired, the right of Jews to have
separate burial grounds, as in the
old cemeteries, to be respected and
provided for.

Dr. Goldstein expressed the
hope that the Khrushchev re-
gime would be remembered for
a "full restoration to the status
quo ante in the encouragement
of Yiddish culture and in full
equality for Jews with other re-
ligious denominations in the
exercise of their religious tradi-
In his visits to the smaller
Jewish communities in Poland,
Romania and Hungary, Dr. Gold-
stein found that their future "as
Jews is dim. While synagogue

worship is permitted, the reli-
gious education of the children
is at best under a severe handi-
cap as a result of the atheistic
character of Communist govern-
ments and of the government
schools," he reported. "Mar-
riages outside the Jewish faith
are widespread. Because of the
meager numbers and the diffi-
cult conditions of Jewish life,
few Jews whom I met were
willing to say that it is unlikely
to continue as a group entity for
more than another generation."


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7 -- THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS -- Friday, Sept. 27, 1963

Arab Rulers Split on Cairo Decision for 'Palestine Entity'

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