Moscow Synagogue Has 'Manager',
Fire Reportedly Destroyed Scrolls
FDR 's Conferences With Ibn Saud Get
Airing in Howarth's 'The DesertKing'
LONDON — A Moscow Jew
named Mikhailovich, whose first
name was not given, has been ap-
pointed chairman of the manage-
ment committee of the Central
Synagogue in Moscow, the Soviet
press reported Tuesday.
Soviet experts here say they
know the name as that of a man
"working closely with the author-
ities and doing their bidding."
Several weeks ago, Nahum Pa-
ler, chairman of the synagogue's
committee of three men was
named to conduct the syna-
looked on it "as a problem be-
Problems that face the Saudi dom, did not bequeath much of it
yond his own borders." He ac-
Arabians, t h e weaknesses that to many of his sons, and nobody
quiesced to the League's proposal
have set in since the passing of now would dare to predict the
to fight the Jews after Israel
Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud on Nov. 9, future of the kingdom he created."
was established as a Jewish
Since Howarth describes the late
1953, the intrigues and the inter-
State, and he was less surprised
national interest ibn Saud's "rough wisdom,' it is
than the other Arab states "to
in the oil - rich interesting to note how he handled
see the Arab campaign end in
country, are de- President Roosevelt and the Zion-
fiasco through inefficiency . . ."
scribed in an in- ist issue. The biographer states at
Howarth's "The Desert King" is
teresting volume, the outset that ibn Saud's trust
"The Desert King in Britain was undermined in part a revealing book. Some of the
Ibn Saud and by "the promise of Palestine to facts in it still need elaboration—
His Arabia," by the Jews." Describing the FDR-ibn for example, the reference to Tru-
'David Howarth, Saud visit, he states that Roose- man. But there is much of histor-
', published by Mc- velt's description of the horrors ical data in this book that will
that were suffered by Jews from serve the students of the Middle
This v o 1 u in e the Germans made no impression East situation very well.
tells of the emergence of ibn Saud, on the Arabian king, who, "with
who, at the age of 21, in 1901, Bedouin directness, proposed that
came to reclaim his father's king- the Jews should be given the choic-
est parts of Germany."
It was believed, when Roose-
This is a story that recapitulates
velt first reported that he had
the events that involved Great Bri-
learned more from ibn Saud
tain, that brought Aramco on the
about Palestine in a few minutes
scene, that resulted in wealth flow-
PARIS (JTA) — French police
than during his entire lifetime,
ing into the country that is among
uncovered a secret French neo-
the most backward but which oozes
Nazi organization of more than 100
easily to the Saudi king. But active members throughout the
with oil and therefore has made
Howarth maintains: "Roosevelt country. Nine adults and 13 minors
possible for the ruling house to
returned again and again to the have been arrested and charged
have a fleet of Cadillacs, to live in
point, until ibn Saud grew im- with plotting against "the security
luxury while the people were im-
patient and said he was only of the state.
proverished, while slavery was •
an ignorant Bedouin who could
Acting on orders from the State
not understand the President's Security Court, police officers
Howarth, who had permission
solicitude for Germans. Bedouin swooped down on cells of the
to visit Saudi Arabia to write
were kinder to their friends than movement in Paris, Marseilles,
his biography, who became in-
to their enemies. Palestine, he Lyons and other centers. They
timately acquainted with the
added, was one of the smallest seized anti-Jewish and anti-Negro
people who played major roles in
of the countries on the Allied propaganda material, as well as
the Arabian drama, who made
side, and one of the poorest in Nazi emblems, pictures of Hitler
a deep study of the slave prob-
land, and already had more than and explosives.
lem, who became well ac-
its share of refugees."
Police officials indicated that
quainted with Harry St. John
they believed that the French
Philby — the man who became
organization was part of the
a Moslem and an intimate friend give an inch," and Howarth writes
World Union of National Social-
of ibn Saud — presents an in- that FDR "promised that he as
ists, and that it was also in close
teresting contrast between the
contact with Colin Jordan's
successor to ibn Saud, his elder
British National Socialist Party.
Arabs, and that
son Saud, and the younger bro-
t h e government Police sources said that a num-
ther Feisal. He t ells about
ber of foreigners residing in
of the United
Saud's extravagance, his having
France, particularly of "Anglo-
gone $300,000,000 in debt in
Saxon origin," were believed im
make any basic
spite of having a larger income
plicated and would soon be ex-
change in its pol-
than his father "because the pro-
pelled from France.
icy for Palestine
duction of oil was always in-
French security agents have
creasing.' He views Feisal, the
been watching the neo-Nazis for
second son who became crown
more than six months. They ob-
and Jews before- tained their first definite lead in
prince, as opposite in character
and appearance, "who would
a riot provoked .earlier this year
Apparently Ho- by Nazi elements who stormed a
F. D. R.
have made a better king, ' but
"whose reticence gave him a rep- w a r t h disapproves of promises Paris cinema where Socialist stu-
that were made to Jews. His con- dents were holding a meeting.
utation for meanness."
After the riot, Patrick Lemaire,
Now, Howarth states, "Aramco tention is that FDR "stumbled in-
as head of a right-wing
sword above their heads: Aramco had laid for themselves in the pre- organization, was arrested. Docu-
beneath the sword of nationaliza- vious war: the trap of making ments found in his home led the
tion, and the King beneath the promises to Arabs," and he makes police to the 13 minors, all resi-
sword of revolution. It would be this startling assertion about sub- dents of Reims.
Among those arrested was Yves
madness if the Saudis tried to sequent events:
"Mr. Truman summoned his min- Janes, 41, believed to be the
nationalize the industry Aramco
"fuehrer" of the French neo-Nazis.
has created, but national pride in isters in the Arab countries to Police found in Janes' home Nazi
the Middle East had led to mad-
promises with the words, 'I'm uniforms, emblems, pictures and
sorry, gentlemen, but I have to secret documents.
"As for the threat of revolu- answer to hundreds of thousands
The confiscated files seemed
tion," Howarth writes, "the king- of people who are anxious for the
to indicate that the organiza-
dom is clearly one of the richest success of Zionism; I do not have
tion's only "political ideology"
and ripest prizes in the world for hundreds of thousands of Arabs
was rabid racism, anti-Jewish
and anti-Negro. The organiza-
a revolutionary. It is almost sur- among my constituents.' "
tion was planning a number
rounded now by Arab republics
In this disturbing account, Jews
which have already overthrown emerge as "arch-enemies of the of "intimidation operations"
against businesses owned by
hereditary rule; Jordan's is the Arabs," in the view of ibn Saud
Jews and Negroes in France.
only other considerable Arab mon- and his associates. Churchill is
Police said that Janes was a
archy. Since Saudi Arabia and referred to by the biographer as
Egypt quarreled over the revolu- having known only too well that former French volunteer in the
tion in the Yemen, Egypt has been there was no solution for Palestine wartime "Watten SS" of Nazi Ger-
pressing revolution against the that would be acceptable to both many, and a long-standing mem-
ber of Nazi secret organizations
Saudi royal family in vitriolic Jews and Arabs.
which operated in Algeria when
propaganda. King Saud is over 60,
Regarding the Arab League it was a French colony.
chronically ill and almost blind;
activities, Howarth confirms the
Another suspect was Claude
Crown Prince Feisal is only a few
view that was commonly held Carrier, 31, an engineer, who
years younger, and his health is
that the only wish that was visited Britain on a number of
also poor; beyond him, no succes-
shared by all the Arabs was that occasions to confer with Colin
sor has been proclaimed. With
the Jews be thrown out of Pale- Jordan, police said.
wisdom, the family may moderate
stine, but that while ibn Saud
its powers and survive; but ibn
He who complains but finds no
"adamant about the Arabs'
Saud, for all his own rough wis-
rights to Palestine, and had al- sympathy is the one who faring ill
ways been liable to rages when in one town does not venture to
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Palestine was discussed," he try another. — Baba Metzia '75.
Friday, August 7, 1964
Police in France
Arrest 22 in Raid
on Neo-Nazi Net
gogue's affairs. Now, the Moscow
report indicated, Mikhailovich
will succeed Paler.
In New York, Meanwhile, there
was a report that a fire in Mos-
cow's Central Synagogue two weeks
ago destroyed several of the holy
scrolls in the house of worship and
caused much other heavy damage.
The fire had reportedly been
started by a Molotov cocktail
tossed into the synagogue. The
Soviet press has to date failed to
report either the fire or any ar-
rests resulting from the Russian
police investigation of the action.
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