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May 08, 1964 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-05-08

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Israel Protests German Scientists' Work; Lobbyists Blamed New York Welcomes the SS Shalom

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM, Israel's Parla-
ment adopted Monday a unanim-
ous resolution demanding that the
West German government take
urgent measures for the immediate
halting of the "Criminal Activity"
of West German scientists working
in Egypt on "weapons of destruc-
tion endangering Israel's security
and the region's peace,"
The Knesset reiterated its reso-
lution of March 20, 1963, which
denounced these activities and ex-
pressed displeasure that no effec-
tive measures had been taken on
the problem since by West Ger-
many. The resolution also called
on world public opinion to exert
its influence to bring about an end
to the work in Egypt of the scien-
The debate was opened by Mrs.
Golda Meir, Israel's Foreign Min-
ster. She declared that the West
German government could not re-
rain indifferent to the fact that 19
years after the fall of the Hitler
regime, which had caused the de-
struction of millions of Jews, mem-
bers of the same people were again
engaged in actions aimed at helping
President Nasser of Egypt to
attack Israel where the survivors
of the Nazi holocaust lived. Her
statement followed motions on the
issue by Herut and Mapam.
Mrs. Meir recalled the 1963
Knesset resolution and asserted
that the expanations for continued
delay in Bonn in adopting appro-
priate legislation were unaccept-
able to Israel. She said: "We can-
not accept the view that the choice
facing the West German govern-
ment is one between assuring the
freedom of the individual and re-
fraining from action to prevent its
citizens in Egypt from aiding in
preparations for Israel's liquida-

tion. In a democratic regime, free-
dom of the individual also does
not mean freedom to commit
"We expect the German govern-
ment to undertake without delay
measures necessary to stop the sci-
entists' work in Egypt.
"Any other course will not be
understood or accepted by the
people of Israel and of the world."
After Mrs. Meir's statement,
speakers of various parties voiced
indignation over the inaction of the
West German government.
Moshe Kol of the Liberal Party
said that the portion of Israeli
public opinion which believed it
possible to develop new relations
with Germany was now "shaken
to the core."
Arieh Ben Eliezer of Herut
asked whether the West German
government had not sent the sci-
entists to Egypt.
David Hacohen of Mapai de-
clared that if the work of the
scientists was not halted, the entire
German people would bear the re-
sponsibility. Speaking in similar
vein, other speakers also urged the
government to act to arouse world
opinion on the issue.
* *
BONN—Informed sources here
on Tuesday attributed West Ger-
many's hesitancy in drafting legis-
lation to discourage German scien-
tists from working in Egypt as due
at least partly to a powerful Arab
lobby in Bonn and elsewhere in
West Germany.
A large section of Chancellor
Ludwig Erhard's Christian Demo-
cratic Party also is a factor, it was
indicated, because it opposes any
action which might harm Bonn's
relations with the Arab world.
Another reported source listed was
pro-Arab pressure provided by the
West German heavy industry, in-

eluding Krupp and Klockner,
which have already carried out
major undertakings for the Egyp-
tian government.
A West German government
spokesman dismissed reports that
Nasser had achieved a weapons
breakthrough with the help of the
scientists. He said that investiga-
tions by both Germany and its al-
lies have produced not the slight-
est grounds to indicate that the
scientists were engaged in the
development of nuclear weapons in
Egypt. It was also stated there was
no cause to believe that radio-
active materials have been trans-
ported from West Germany to

Canadian Jews Object
to Term 'Race' Used by
Bilingualism Commission

Canadian Jewish Congress decided
at an executive meeting here to
present a brief to the Royal Com-
mission on Bilingualism and Bi-
culturalism asking that its terms
of reference be altered.
Representatives from Winnipeg,
Toronto, Ottawa and Fredericton
did not argue with the historical
verity of the two-founding races
concept, nor the wish to see
Canada recognize both English and
French as official and equal lan-
Saul Hayes, Congress executive
vice president, pointed out the
"danger" of English and French-
Canadians becoming thought of as
`first-class' citizens' to the exclu-
sion of minority groups.
The Congress further objected
to the use of the word "race" in
the commission's terms of refer-

Friday, May 8, 1964

on Her Maiden Voyage From Haifa

NEW YORK (JTA) — Israel's
new luxury liner, the 25,000-ton SS
Shalom, leaves on the return trip
to Haifa today after a tumultuous
welcome was tendered by the City
of New York upon completion of
the ship's maiden voyage.
The traditional gala harbor wel-
come was the first given a major
passenger ship in more than two
years. The $20-million flagship of
the Zim-Israel Navigation Co. com-
pleted the voyage from Haifa in
14 days.
Passing liners and tugs sa-
luted the flag-bedecked Shalom
as planes and helicopters circled
overhead and New York City
fireboats, spouting geysers of
water, accompanied the vessel
into port.
On hand to welcome the new
liner were a large party of civic
personalities and Israeli officials
who boarded the ship from pilot
boats. They included Ambassador
Katriel Katz, consul general of
Israel; Leo Brown, New York City


commissioner of marine and avia-
tion; and Bottlieb Hammer, presi-
dent of the American Israeli Ship-
ping Company.
In an official greeting on behalf
of the mayor and the City of New
York, Brown said that "we are
looking upon this ship not so much
as a vessel but as a bridge between
the United States and Israel for
the passage of all amenities that
create a world of peace, which is
what "Shalom" symbolizes."
Captain Avner Freudenberg, 53-
year-old master of the liner, re-
plied that the ship represented
"not merely one of the finest trans-
atlantic liners ever built, but
epitomizes the spirit of peace
which we in the Israel merchant
fleet regard as our prime motiva-
tions. We carry this message to
the people of the world—Shalom."


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