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February 21, 1964 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-02-21

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Arab Deputy Mayor of Nazareth
Says 'Israel Is a Fact,' Expresses
Confidence in Eshkol's Policies

LONDON (JTA) — The posi-
tive and negative aspects of the
status of Israeli Arabs were de-
scribed by the deputy mayor
of Nazareth, who is a leading
Arab politician, to an audience
at a meeting held in the com-
mittee room of the House of
Commons.
Abdul Aziz Zubi, a leading
member also of the leftist
Mapam party, told the British
audience that the positive as-
pects could be summed up in
terms of better education,
healh services, national insur-
ance and a general improvement
of the living standards of the
250,000 Israeli Arabs.
He described the military
government in the Arab areas
as one of the negative aspects,
asserting it stemmed from the
philosophy that Israel is for
the Jew only and that the con-
venience and just demands of
the Arab Israelis could be ig-
nored. He said there was an in-
creased number of Israeli Jews
in all walks of life, including
members of the government and
Parliament and political leaders,
who declared that Israel's secur-
ity has not been served by the
military government.
The Arab leader said that
Premier Levi Eshkol had al-
ready shown that he was not
commited to follow the policy
of former Premier David Ben-
Gurion who strongly fought all
efforts to relax military gov-
ernment in Arab areas.
Zubi added that Premier Esh-
kol had promised further im-
provements in the condition of
the Israeli Arabs and that the
Arabs trusted him to implement
the promises.
Discussing the Israel-Arab
deadlock, he said: "Israel is a
fact and Arab leaders who
think it can be made to dis-
appear are politically blind
and are indulging in wishful
thinking. There is room for
an appeal to the Arab masses
above the heads of their lead-
ers to tell them that peace is
in the interest of Jews and
Arabs alike. The Arab mass-
es would grasp such an appeal
by instinct, as they often do
in political matters."
The Arab leaders said that
peace in the Middle East would
have to come some day and that
it could be brought nearer by
such Israeli actions as a decla-
ration of a policy now in regard
to the problem of the Arab
refugees. He said not all of the
refugees could return to Is-
rael or want to, but some could
and should, without affecting
immigration of Jews. He said
the "world at large" could con-
tribute to eventual peace by
giving up "the habit" of back-
ing two rival sides. He asserted
that the Middle East should be
excluded from the arms race
by an East-West agreement.
He also discussed the current
Arab-Israel controversy over
Israel's project to irrigate the
Negev by diversion of Jordan
River water. He said that the

Golda Meir Asks Ruling
on Divorces Granted by
U.S.Conservative Rabbis

Plans Told for Program Rabbis of 3 Branches Convey Rights Stand
to Spread Knowledge
In a letter released through of American Hebrew Congrega-
of the Old Testament the Jewish Community Council tions of America and the

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

late. Eric Johnston, as emissary
of then President Eisenhower,
worked out a plan 10 years ago
for regional use of the water,
with specific allocations to Jor-
dan, Syria and Israel. He added
that "Israel has never used
more than its allocation and
does not intend to."

New Chairman
of Zionist Council

Rabbi Irving Miller (right),
outgoing chairman of the
American Zionist Council,
extends greetings to his suc-
cessor, Dr. Max Nussbaum.
The council is coordinating
body of all Zionist organiza-
tions in the country.

.LONDON — A long - range
program to spread knowledge of
the Old Testament and to relate
it to modern Jewish experience
a in o n g Jews throughout the
world was disclosed here by Dr.
Chaim Gvaryahu, chairman of
the Society for the study of the
Bible in Israel.
Addressing a meeting of the
British branch of the World
Hebrew Union, Dr. Gvaryahu
said that he had come to Brit-
ain to help carry out plans of
the society to set up a Jewish
Bible society in Britain to be
affiliated with the society in
Israel.
Explaining that the basic ap-
proach was to create Bible study
groups he reported that this was
the method being used in Israel.
The next step, he said, would
be the creation of courses for
advanced Bible students and
the organization of scholars ;;.-);
higher studies of the Old Testa-
ment along the lines of the
study group organized by former
Premier David Ben-Gurion in
Jerusalem.
He also reported the Jewish
Bible societies had already been
established in a number of coun-
tries and that they were grow-
ing. He said that there was a
good response to the idea in the
United States and that a num-
ber of important Jewish organi-
zations including Hadassah were
implementing it with Bible
study groups in various cities.

and directed to rabbinic col-
leagues in the Detroit area,
Rabbis Morris Adler, Richard
Hertz and Isaac &oilman for-
warded the statements of the
national Jewish congregational
bodies with respect to civil
rights and racial justice.
Noting in their communica-
tion that the "entire front of
the civil rights struggle" is of
great importance, the rabbis
referred to the "new propor-
tions" of the problem of
equality of employment op-
portunity.
The statements consisted of
resolutions passed by the Union

United Synagogue of America.
These are the central national
congregational bodies of the
Reform, Orthodox and Conserva-
tive movements, respectively.

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Lake Superior is 1,020 feet
down, 418 feet lower than sea
level.

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(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM—Foreign Min-
ister Golda Meir demanded a
cabinet ruling over the issue
of nonrecognition by Israeli
rabbinical courts of divorces
granted by American Conserva-
tive rabbis.
The cabinet empowered Dr.
Zerach Warhaftig, minister for
religious affairs, to work out an
acceptable arrangement on the
issue. It is understood that only
two cases have occurred in
which the rabbinical courts
have failed to recognize such
divorces and one of the cases is
still pending.

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