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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-11-08

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Friday, November 8, 1963—THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS-3.

'Immigration to Israel
from North America,
and bitter attack which, appar- or compensation and assurance Britain Increases

Arabs renew Attacks on Israel at UN

(Continued from Page 1)
conflict in the Middle East is
not the refugee problem but
the Arab refusal to recognize
Israel's existence and the Arab
determination that Israel must
not continue to exist as a state.
That statement was made to
the Assembly's Special Political
Committee by Dr. John H.
Davis, Commissioner-General of
the United Nations Relief and
Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees. Dr. Davis opened the
committee's consideration of his
annual report, submitted three
weeks ago, with a 5,000-word
evaluation of the refugee prob-
lem which, he said, reflected
his "considered judgment"
based on his total experience
after five years as UNRWA
chief.
Telling the committee that he
disagrees with those who think
the way to solve "the total Pal-
estine problem is to solve the
refugee problems," he stated:

"In fact, the fundamental factor
and the controlling one regarding
the Palestine issue is not the refugee
problem per se. Rather, it is the
fact that two bodies of people are
pursuing divergent ends, which 15
years of negotiating effort has not
reconciled or even given promise
of reconciling. The refugee problem
per se, is but one facet of the
broader complex of problems which
have emerged out of the very crea-
tion and the presence of Israel
as a state in the Middle East.
"On the one hand, the citizens
of Israel are totally dedicated and
committed to the preservation and
continued existence of their coun-
try and will, I am sure, strive to
preserve it with everything they
haVe ,including their very lives.
Offsetting this is the Arab feeling
which is equally strong. The crux
of the Arab feeling is that they
do not recognize the legitimacy of
Israel as a state, and they do not
want her to continue to exist as
a state.
"In my opinion, this feeling is a
product of the complex history of
the Arab peoples which extends
back over not just recent decades
but even centuries. This feeling
exists not only ih the hearts and
minds of a million Palestine refu-
gees or in the hearts and minds
of a group of Arab politicans, but
also among the Arab people and
the Arab nations as a whole, and
is being transmitted in full force
to the new generation which is now
growing up. Thus as far as I can
tell, this feeling is virtually uni-
versal within Arab countries. More-
over, Arab politicans do not con-
trol this feeding but, on the con-
trary, are, themselves, governed
by it.
"Hence, it is that on both sides
the- power of decision is anchored
with the people. In my opinion, this
fact largely explains why all past
efforts to settle the Palestine issue
or the refugee problem through
negotiations or special projects I
have failed.
"If these observations are cor-
rect, then one is forced to conclude
that no solution to the Palestine
issue is yet in sight and that even
a satisfactory solution of the refu-
gee problem per se, would not in
and out of itself dissolve the more
basic and fundamental problem
whibh emerges from the conflict
of viewpoints, purposes and feel-
ings as between the people of
Israel, on the one hand, and the
people of the Arab countries, on
the other.

Dr. Davis told the Assem-
bly that there is "one bright
spot in this rather bleak pic-
ture." This, he said, "is the
fact that the peoples who
comprise the nations that find
themselves at opposite poles
with respect to the Palestine
issue are basically quite tol-
•erant with regard to one- an-
other as human beings. From
all I know, I believe that the
Jew does not basically- hate

the Arab as an individual,
nor does the Arab basically
hate the Jew as a person. This
fact, it seems to me, at least
holds out an element of hope
for the _fu t ur e for those
charged with the responsibil-
ity to find a solution to the
problem."
While the long-range picture
was "ominous," Dr. Davis con-
tinued, there are certain "short
run" steps that might be taken
by the United Nations. These,
he said, included 1) "efforts
to continue preserving peace
in the Middle East and finding
a means for carrying out" pro-
visions of a 1948 Assembly
resolution which called for re-
patriation of the. Arabs or their
compensation by Israel; 2) con-
tinuation of relief activities, in-
cluding education and job train-
ing.
In this connection, he also
mentioned the need for rectify-
ing UNRWA's relief rolls. Ear-
her, he pointed out that the
UNRWA relief rolls are inac-
curate, due to the facts that
dead ration card holders are
not removed and that UNRWA
is prevented by the Arab "host"
governments from ascertaining
when refugees had become self-
supporting and therefore in-
eligible for further relief.
Dr. Davis' long address Mon-
day was his swan song. He had
already submitted his resigna-
tion, to take effect at the end
of 1963. Until this year, his
oral statement to the Special
Political Committee had always
consisted of a mere, formal
summary of his previously sub-
mitted annual report. This year,
however. he summarized what
he called his "total thinking"
in regard to the refugee situa-
tion and the general Middle
East situation as he sees it.
Dr. Davis also told the com-
mittee "that, in his opinion,
some type of activity for aid
to the refugees will have to
continue for a long time after
the expiration of UNRWA's
current mandate, due to ex-
like June 30, 1965.
Michael S. Comay, Israel's
permanent representative, ad-
dressed the committee briefly,
reiterating Israel's oft-repeated
request for Arab-Israeli peace
negotiations. Addressing the
Arab delegations, he said: "Let
us give up the polemics that
have dragged on for 15 years.
Let us sit down together, in
the spirit of the United Nations,
and negotiate peace."
The expected Arab barrage
against Israel got under way
here Tuesday with full force
before the U.N. General As-
sembly's Sp e c i a l Political
Committee, as the group went
into its second day. of debate
on the Arab refugee ques-
tions.
Lead-off man for the Arabs
Tuesday was the most -vitriolic
of the Arab spokesmen, Ahmad
Shukairy, head• of the so-called
"A r a b Palestine Delegation,"
who voiced his usual volatile

ently, in a wildly swinging
lengthy speech ,called for the
utter destruction of Israel.
He - was followed to the ros-
trum by Ma h m o u d Riad of
Egypt, who voiced similar senti-
ments. He was preceded by the
chief diplomatic spokesmen for
Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria
—all hitting the same general
theme, calling for the admis-
sion of all the Arab refugees
into Israel withbut any pre-con-
ditions, all rejecting the call
for Arab-Israel peace negotia-
tions voiced in the debate's
opening s e s s i o n Monday by
Michael S. Comay, Israel's per-
manent representative here.
Shukairy had been allowed to
speak for his 18-member group
after Mihail Haseganu of Ro-
mania, chairman of the com-
mittee, r u l e d that Shukairy
would be given the floor "in
accordance wit h precedent."
That meant that the spokesman
for the "Palestine Arab Dele-
gation," as decided by the same
committee in the last two years,
was speaking as an individual
and not as the head of a fully
accredited delegation.
Thirteen Arab states had
presented a request calling
for the recognition of the so-
called delegation.
Like the representatives of
four Arab states who had
spoken Monday afternoon, Shuk-
airy also attacked the latest
report of the Palestine Con-
ciliation Commission which had
stated that on behalf of the com-
mission the United States was
carrying on high level talks
with Israel and four Arab states
towards solution of the Arab
refugee problem" without pre-
conditions."
That report, Shuairy shouted,
was "a travesty of justice, a
travesty of truth." The "right"
of the refugees to return en
masse to Israel is "not nego-
tiable," he maintained.
Abdul Monem Rifai of Jor-
dan had already denounced the
PCC report along the same lines
and indicated the demands ap-
parently to be - made in the
committee this year by the Arab
bloc. In summary, Rifai said:
"I sr a el must recognize the
rights of the refugees. Jewish_
immigration to Israel must be
stopped. The refugees must be
given the choice of repatriation

that their wishes would be car-
ried out and a United Nations
custodian should be appointed
to protect and maintain Arab
refugee property in Israel, with
the revenues to go to the refu-
gees pending their repatriation.

Report Council For Judaism
Propaganda Aiding Arabs

WASHINGTON, (JTA) — In-
dications that the anti-Zionist
American Council for Judaism
may be collaborating with the
Palestinian Arab delegation to
the United Nations have been
received here. The indications
came from Arab press reports.
On the basis of these reports,
inquiries have been made with
the United States Department
of Justice on whether the anti-
Zionist group was registered as
a foreign agent.
The Jordanian newspaper
"Falastin" reported from Cairo
that "the American anti-Zion-
ist Council has announced it
will work towards expanding
all possible assistance to the
Palestinian (Arab) delegation in
the United Nations General As-
sembly, and that it will also
be active to bring to the at-
tention of American public
opinion the latest developments
concerning the Palestine prob-
lem and the efforts of the
Palestinians to achieve the re-
turn of the fatherland that was
robbed from them—these mat-
ters appeared in a letter from
the head of the American
Council (of Judaism) received
by Ahmed Shukairy."

Soviet Tells Iraq,
Syria It Won't Let
Jews Go to Israel

LONDON, (JTA)—The Soviet
Union has informed the gov-
ernments of Syria and Iraq that
it will not permit Russian Jews
to emigrate to Israel, according
to Arab League reports from
Damascus.

Argentine University
Plans Israel Week'

BUENOS AIRES, (JTA)—The
National University of Men-
doza opened its international
courses of political and social
studies with an Israel Week
featuring lectures, photographic
displays, films and special
broadcasts.

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire to
The Jewish News)

marked in-
crease in immigration to Israel
from North America and -Brit-
ain is expected to be recorded
during 1963, S. Z. Shragai, head
of the Jewish Agency Immigra-
tion Department, told the clos-
ing session of the Jewish
Agency executive plenary here
Wednesday. He said 2,000 im-
migrants were expected from
North America and 800 from
Britain.
He reported that immigration
from Argentina this year would
reach a total of 5,300 persons,
compared with 1,160 in 1962
and 550 in 1961. Seven hun-
dred immigrants were expected
this year from Uruguay and

TEL AVIV.—A

more than 300 from Chile. He
said most of these immigrants
were young people and that 27

per cent had expressed a de-
sire to settle in a kibbutz. He
also reported that 80 per cent
of the Argentine immigrants
were native born.
Aaron Zisling, the Agency's
Absorption Department h e a d,
told the plenary that while im-
migration was continuing at
about the same high rate as
that of last year, a relatively
larger number of housing units
was needed because the cur-
rent immigration comprised
more and smaller families.
The next meeting of the
executive will be held in Feb-
ruary and it will be followed
by a meeting of the World
Zionist Actions Committee, rul-
ing body of World Zionism be-
tween Zionist Congresses.

New York University
Honors Samuel Rubin

NEW YORK, (JTA)—Samuel
Rubin, prominent Jewish phil-
anthropist and president of the
American Israel Cultural Founda-
tion, was awarded a New York
York University presidential
citation by Dr. James M. Hester,
president' of the university.
A founder of the University's
Medical Center and of the Post-
graduate Center for Psychother-
apy, Rubin's gifts for scholar-
ship assistance have enabled 138
medical students and 71 law stu-
dents to carry on their studies at
the university.

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Julius Kabatsky Dies;. Was Chief U. S. Court Clerk

Julius Kabatsky, prominent De-
troit Attorney, who was recently
named Chief Clerk of the U.S.
Court, died Thursday morning.
He was 56.
Mr. Kabatsky made his home
with his sister, Minnie, at 2452
Clifford.
Born in New York in 1907, he
was graduated from Northern
High School. He was recom-
mended for a scholarship to Har-
vard by his principal. He gradu-
ated from Harvard in 1928 and
from its law school in 1933.

The deceased was named the
U.S. Court's chief clerk by unan-
imous vote of all judges, a move
that was roundly applauded by
the bar association.
In commenting on the death
of Mr. Kabatsky, Judge Theodore
Levin, Chief Judge of the U.S.
District Court, Eastern Division,
said: "He was one of the kindest
men we ever knew. He was out-
standing in the field of civil
rights long before it became
fashionable. He will be sadly
missed by the court and the en-

tire bar."
U.S. Judge Thornton stated:
"He was one of the most effici-
ent and valuable members of the
Department of Justice in this
area. He was loved by all who
knew him."
Mr. Kabatsky was active in
the local community, playing im-
portant roles in the Allied Jew-
ish Campaigns. In his youth,. he
was among the most a c t i v e
Young Judaeans.
Services will be held at Ira
Kaufman Chapel at 1 p.m. today.

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