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August 21, 1964 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-08-21

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Anti-Israel Pro-Arab Group, Council for
Judaism Rebuked at Dem Platform Hearings

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the majority party, reflecting
the present Administration."
In his testimony, Kenen said it
was necessary ot reaffirm and
strengthen the Democratic Party's
1960 platform because of the grow-
ing danger of Arab aggression. He
told the committee that President
Nasser of Egypt had recently
threatened war against Israel, and
is continuing ot receive Soviet
weapons. He praised the 1960
Democratic plank on the Near East
and said the Administration had
taken concrete measures to im-
plement it.
"The Administration," he said,
"has acted to deter aggression in
the Near East. It has stimulated
development to raise living stand-
ards; it has helped to maintain the
arms balance; it has worked to end
boycotts and blockades. The United
States has made gains in the
Near East in the effort to win
the friendship and understanding
of the various peoples of the reg-
ion. The relationship between the
United States and Israel has been
further consolidated and has reach-
ed a new level of understanding."
Kenen urged inclusion. in the
platform of these points: Support
for President Johnson's recent
commitment to oppose aggression
in the Near East; continuing eco-
nomic aid to Israel and the Arab
states to help raise living stand-
ards; steps to prevent an arms
race and to prevent a military im-
balance resulting from Soviet arms
shipments; support of American
businessmen in their resistance to
the Arab boycott; unrestricted use
for the Eric Johnston plan to div-
ide the waters of the Jordan-Yar-
muk water system; commendation
of President Johnson's plans for
the joint U.S.-Israel program for

5. Individuals who per mit
or ethnic grounds, were issued
the desalination of water; resettle- in the course of the hearing that
by the Community Relations
their names to be used by can-
"I am sure you will find the
ment of Arab refugees in lands
didates or campaign organiza-
Committee of the Jewish Fed-
where there is room and oppor- committee sympathetic to the
eration-Council of Los Angeles.
tions should insist that no men-
tunities for them; and encourage- protection of a free and inde-
tion should be made in election
Joseph Roos, executive director
ment of direct. Arab-Israel peace pendent Israel." The disorder
caused in the hearing room by
context of their past or present
of the Community Relations
supporters of the ACJ consider-
affiliations with Jewish organi-
Council, issued the following
A clash between an anti-Zion-
ed by observers to be unprece-
suggestions to all Jewish or-
ist witness and members of the
dented in the decorum which
ganizations here:
Democratic Platform Committee
6. Jewish organizations and
usually prevails.
highlighted testimony Tuesday
1. Endorsement of individual
individuals should make no as-
before the committee which in-
candidates by Jewish organiza-
sertions that a candidate's rec-
cluded discussion of proposals testified on behalf of the National tions should be avoided. •
ord implying antagonism toward
for an Israel-Arab plank, ratifi- Comumnity Relations Advisory
2. Presentation of awards and
Jews or to issues in which Jews
cation of the United Nations Council, his testimony pertaining citations by Jewish organiza-
have an interest, unless such
Convention on Genocide, the
tions to candidates or avowed
assertions have been substan-
situation of Soviet Jewry, and However, Shector noted the pre-
candidates should be avoided.
tiated by a responsible Jewish
other matters of Jewish interest. ceding heated exchange, and open-
3. If a Jewish organization
Leonard R. Sussman, testifying ed his testimony with support of wishes to conduct a discussion
for the anti-Zionist American the position of Celler and Pow- by candidates in the campaign,
Council for Judaism, alleged that ers, and voiced his own repudia- equal opportunity should be
the Johnson Administration had tion of the ACJ. He advocated "a given to all major candidates or
rejected "the Jewish people con- plank urging speedy ratification of their representatives.
cepeta" in domestic and foreign the Genocide Pact by the United
4. Individuals solicited for en-
,Piccerzak Cocktail's got it!
affairs. He cited a State Depart- States Senate."
of campaign adver-
Shector said it was difficult to
ment expression of last April 20
in this connection, and asked that understand why the Senate tising should ascertain in ad-
the platform include a plank re- Foreign Relations Committee did
affirming this alleged stand by not send the Genocide Pact to the
full Senate for a vote. He said
are government.
Rep. Emanuel Celler, New York that "after 13 years of inexcusable
Democrat, a member of the plat- delay, let us have action." He
form committee, attacked the Suss- added: "If there is one misery
man allegations. He cited a sub- that is gnawing at the conscience
sequent State Department ex- of all men of good will, it is that
pression on the same subject, the nations made it too easy and
addressed to Rabbi Philip S. Bern- too cheap for the Hitler murderers
stein, of Rochester, N. Y., endors- to annihilate innocent millions."
ing a statement by Rabbi Max
Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New
Nussbaum, president of the Zion- York Democrat, testified earlier
ist Organization of America. The that the platform should seek Arab.
State Department had termed Israel peace, limit American as-
Rabbi Nussbaum's assertion, that sistance only to peaceful nations,
the ACJ had put "a straw man," support Congressional backing of
as effectively resolving any possi- the Universal Declaration of Hu-
man Rights, and voice protest
ble misunderstanding.
The platform committee was against anti-Semitism.
Kashruth supervision by
also informed by Rep. Celler of
Los Angeles Group Issues
prominent Orthodox Rabbis:
the "exposure" and denuncia-
Guidelines for Jewish
Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz
tion of the ACJ by the three
Role In Election Campaign
Rabbi Ben Zion Rosenthal
major branches of the Jewish
faith, issued by the New York
Board of Rabbis. A heated situ-
Guidelines cautioning against
U. S. Gov't. Inspected
ation developed in the hearing
"J e w i s h involvement" in the
room. Spectators in the hearing
Presidential campaign of this
room became disorderly and
year, •in cases where appeals to
shouted demands to be heard by
voters may be made on religious
the committee. Acting Chairman
William Benton of Connecticut,
Distributed in Detroit and Michigan by:
called the hearing to order and
Tel.: UN 2-5824
JULIUS POLLAK, 7522 Fenkell, Detroit
refused to permit anyone to
participate who was not a mem-
Judaism as a theology stood
- ber of the committee or a wit-
or fell by its belief that man
can affect God. If, for instance,
Dr. Mohammed T. Mehdi,
prayer had no validity,-, then
secretary-general of the Action
Judaism • had no basis. Judaism
Committee on American-Arab Re-
did not distinguish between the
lations, later told the press that
objective and subjective efficacy
he attended the hearing to sup-
of prayer. The two went to-
port the ACJ position and to as-
gether. The acceptance of the
sist Sussman. He charged that
will of God and the inclining of
Rep. Celler spoke as an "Israeli
God's purpose to the desire of
agent," but asserted that Suss-
man were two sides of one fact.
man "speaks as an American."
The Rabbinic Judaism did not
(Action by the U.S. immigration
mechanically posit, however, the
authorities for deportation of Meh-
objective validity of prayer. On
di was sought recently when he
the contrary, the man who pray-
was interviewed previously on his
ed expecting an answer was re-
pre - election activity, involving
garded as arrogant and sinful.
the New York Senate race. He is a
A famous Talmudic prayer sums
citizen of Iraq and an agent of
up the submissive aspect of the
Arab interests.)
Jew in this brief petition (Bera-
John E. Powers, of Massachu-
choth, 29a): "Do Thy will in
setts, a member of the platform
heaven above, and grant con-
committee, told Sussman, that "I
tentment of spirit to those that
am not of your faith" but felt
fear Thee below; and that which
Israel m e r i t e d America's full
is good in Thine eyes do. Blessed
support, including military back-
art Thou, 0 Lord, who hearest
ing. Powers said he was not con-
prayer." This, be it remembered,
cerned with the ACJ's ideas on
was the prayer of a Pharisee. So,
Zionism because the pro-Israel
too, a very large portion of all
plank was in America's own in-
terests, and did not pertain to Jewish prayer is not petition but
praise. Still, Judaism believed,
Zionism. Powers charged that the
not that prayer would be an-
witness was anti-Israel which he
swered, but that it could be an-
refused to endorse a plank which
swered. In modern times the
Powers proposed.
chief cause of the weakening of
The Powers plank included a
religion all round, in and out of
statement that "as the only true
the Jewish communion, is the
democratic bastion in the Near
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have the continued financial, mili-
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tary and moral support of the
leader of the democratic world,
the United States. The Democratic circle that includes Ironwood
also includes Ottawa, Canada;
Party pledges that support."
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Benton expressed assurance
Richmond, Virginia; Knoxville,
Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri,
and parts of Iowa.
8 Friday, August 21, 1964


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