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June 25, 1965 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-06-25

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Elimination of Word 'Jews'
From Resolution on Russia Mt

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The
House Foreign Affairs Committee
was criticized here Tuesday for
eliminating reference to Jews in
its resolution on Soviet discrimi-
nation against religion.
Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New
York Democrat and member of
the Foreign Affairs Committee,
said he felt that the committee's
wording of its resolution was "de-
ficient in the most crucial aspect
of the resolution's intent — the
spotlighting of the Jewish situa-
tion as worse than the situation
of the other minorities in the
Soviet Union."
Rep. Farbstein said he w a s
studying possible measures to bring
\ the House phrasing into conform-
ity with the Senate concurrent
`---olution which would voiec con-
ssional condemnation of Soviet
\`anti-religious discrimination, ask-
ing the Soviet Union "to permit
fully the free exercise of religion
and the pursuit of culture by Jews
and all others within its borders."
National Commander Ralph
Plofsky of the Jewish War Vet-
erans of the U.S.A. similarly
urged the House of Representa-
tives to restore specific refer-
ence to Jews in its version of
Senate concurrent resolution
which would voice congressional
condemnation of Soviet anti-
religious discrimination.
"To do less than retain the
meaningful Senate language would
undermine the original purpose of
the resolution, designed to allevi-
ate the specific plight of Jews
which differs from the situation
of other minorities," the JWV
leader said in a communication to
the House Foreign Affairs Com-
mittee.
The resolution was envisaged
to counter the distinct harrassment
of Jews by the Soviet Union and
their being singled out through
denial of the same limited rights
afforded other Soviet minorities,
said Plofsky. In his view, "it is
essential to pinpoint the Jewish
situation in the operative portion
of the resolution like the Senate
has wisely and correctly done."
Goldmann Says He Backs
Demonstrations Against
Soviet Anti-Jewish Policy
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Dr. Nahum
Goldmann reiterated that he had
consistently supported demonstra-
tions and protests over the Soviet
suppression of Russian Jewry's re-
ligion and culture but that he also
insisted that such actions be based
on facts.
His comments on his arrival
here were the latest development
in an international dispute touched
off by a press conference he held
in New York on June 10 in which
he cautioned against "distortions"
in Jewish-sponsored protests on
behalf of Soviet Jewry. He de-
clared at the airport on his arrival
Monday morning that the Israeli
press denunciations of him were
based on reports which were in-
adequate and which did not give
a true picture of what he said on
June 10.
Insisting that his remarks con-
cerned the form of treating the
ic. Qie and not the issue of protests
) se, he said he had always
r ---‘–iiported explanatory campaigns
c
on the situation of Soviet Jewry
vis-a-vis other minorities in the
Soviet Union. He said that the
word "genocide" had been used
in some protests and asserted that
this was untrue as a description
of what was happening to Russian
Jewry. He said that the explana-
tion that this referred to "intel-
lectual genocide" failed to meet
his criticism because people took
that word for its usual meaning

----

and that he had therefore spoken
out on the matter.
Indicating he was angry over the
Israeli reaction, he asserted that
it was he who had started the
campaign of public protests on the
issue. He said also that no one
could forbid the head of an organi-
zation like the World Jewish Con-
gress, of which he is president,
from expressing his views. He
added that he could not consult or
receive instructions on such ques-
tions from the Israel Government
and that he knows that both Pre-
mier Levi Eshkol and Mrs. Golda
Meir, Israel's foreign minister,
shared his view on the appropriate
form of activity on behalf of
Soviet Jewry.
Jewish Agency Executive
Satisfied With Explanation
JERUSALEM — The Jewish
Agency Executive, after hearing
Tuesday from Dr. Goldmann on
his views on protesting against
Soviet suppression of Jewish re-
ligion and culture, issued a com-
munique stating: "The executive
heard with satisfaction Dr. Gold-
mann's explanation of his position
on the issue."
Tuesday's Jewish Agency meet-
ing was devoted almost entirely to
the recent statement made by Dr.
Goldmann against "distortions" in
Jewish protests on behalf of Soviet
Jewry. Dr. Goldmann, president of
the Jewish Agency, said there was
no change in his basic position
with regard to the discriminations
against Jews in the Soviet Union.
The differences, he said, may con-
cern only the tactics of fighting
these discriminations. He added
that his opinion on the matter
coincides with the opinion of the
Israel government and of major
Jewish organizations.
Delegates Urge UN to Call
on Soviet Union to Stop Bias
KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y. — The
United Nations and democratic
leaders were called on by dele-
gates to the 78th annual conven-
tion of Brith Abraham to urge the
Soviet Union to "eradicate its anti-
Semitic manifestations."
That stanthwas taken in a reso-
lution adopted by the 750 delegates
of the Jewish fraternal order. Pre-
viously they heard an appeal by
Grand Master Irving L. Hodes of
Newark to Attorney General Nich-
olas Katzenbach to act to outlaw
the Ku Klux Klan "as the nation's
gravest cancer which is soul sear-
ing and designed to destroy Amer-
ican unity."
Sen. Wayne Morse was presented
with the Brith Abraham Humani-
tarian Award for "outstanding
service in the Senate in helping
underprivileged nations of the
world and his support of Israel."
Hodes denounced anti - Semitic
publications which, he said, were
"flooding America, libeling and
villifying Jews with impunity." He
called for congressional action to
amend mailing laws to "bar vicious
hate sheets from use of the U.S.
mails."

UN Chief Odd Bull to Talk
to Syria on Jailed Israelis

German Vandalism Marks New Nazi Actions

BAMBERG—In spite of stepped-
up efforts to apprehend the van-
dals who have been daubling swas-
tikas on Jewish buildings and
memorials and have desecrated
graves, there was a fourth inci-
dent in this German city. Yellow
paint was smeared on the name-
plate of the Bamberg Jewish Cen-
ter. A "young man" was chased by
members of the German civilian
force of 4,000 that was mobilized to
stop the outrages, but he escaped.
Security measures are reportedly
increased after the daubing of

anti-Semitic slogans on the statue
of Dr. Johann Lukas Schoenlein,
the Roman Catholic Bamberg
physician who died in 1964.
The Bamberg City Council in-
creased the offered reward for the
capture of the neo-Nazis to 20,000
deutchemarks — $5,000 — but
thus far there have been no ar-
rests.
Bamberg's mayor Theodor

Mathieu said the comunity is out-
raged by the Nazi acts.
On June 16, 4,000 Bamberg resi-
dents met in a heavy rainstorm
to protest the desecration of 32
tombstones.
Bamberg citizens raised $3,250
towards the reward for the appre-
hension of the vandals and the
Bamberg newspaper Frankischer
Tag offered an additional $750.00
NEW YORK (JTA) — The para- reward.
dox of a highly organized, thriv-
Some of the signs painted by the
ing South African Jewish commun- Nazis were: "Long Live the Fuehr-

S. African Jews
'Indifferent to
Jewish Problems

attend a political rally Sunday. It
is believed that he will appeal for
an end to anti-Semitism in his ad-
dress before the Catholic German
Men which will hold a state politi-
cal meeting.
The publishers of the two news-
papers of Bamberg said they would
hereafter report any new anti-
Semitic acts with maximum brevity.
They said they believed that the
lengthy reports on the daubings of
tombstones and the smearing of a
monument to the synagogue razed
in 1938 by the Nazis prompted
Bamberg youngsters to emulate
such acts.

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cline because of the complacency
of its members and a lack of
young leadership willing to devote

er," "Jews Go to Hell," "Long Live
the SS," and Hitler's picture was
painted on one of the tombstones
in the Jewish cemetery.
themselves to specfically Jewish
Other incidents were reported
affairs, was stressed by Leon Feld- in the Rhine region.
berg, editor of the Southern Afri-
Chancellor Ludwig Erhard will

can Jewish Times, who is current-
ly visiting this country.
In an interview with the Jewish

Telegraphic Agency, Feldberg

said that, in spite of their loca-
tion in a part of the world subject
to periodic waves of tension, South

African Jews "are becoming indif-
ferent to matters specifically Jew-

ish, simply because they do not
have the problems that plagued

world Jewry in earlier genera-
tions."
Currently numbering about
110,000, the South African Jew-

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bassador in Washington, H. L. T.
Taswell, a copy of "South African
Jewry, 1965." The volume, the
first biographical work on Soubh
African Jewry published in nearly
four decades, was edited by Feld-

berg.

Jew Gets 60 Year Term
as Spy Against Israel

HAIFA (JTA)
A military
court in Haifa sentenced Meyir
Amazalag to 60 years' imprison-
ment on conviction on charges of
desertion and espionage. Accord-
ing to the indictment, Amazalag
deserted his unit 10 years ago and
crossed into Jordan, where he was
captured by the Syrians.
In Syria, after two years in jail,
he was released and sent to North



JERUSALEM (JTA) — Gen. Odd
Bull, chief of staff of the United
Nations Supervisory Organization,
will again take up, at Israel's re-
quest, the matter of Israelis still
held in Syria. Israeli foreign min-
istry officials discussed the prob-
lem with Gen. Bull.
Five Israeli Jews and two Israeli Africa. From there he returned to
Arabs are known to be held by Israel under an assumed name to
the Syrians despite a statement by spy.
Syrian authorities, a year ago in
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
an exchange of prisoners, that all
Israelis had been released.
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ish comunity is among the best
organized in the world in the
fields of education, congrega-
tional activity, Zionist affairs
and welfare programs, Feldberg
said, adding that communal har-
mony was generally the rule
among a Jewry largely of tradi-
tional learning with only a mod-
erate Reform movement.

He cited as another difficulty
to the thriving community the
fact that a high level of Jewish
education had created widespread
demand for improvement far be-
yond their present resources.
The community supports an elab-
orate Hebrew education network
with the largest center of Jewish
population in Johannesburg, pro-
viding some form of Hebrew edu-
cation to 8,000 youngsters out of a
total population of 55,000. Al-
though currently training their
own Hebrew teachers, religious
leaders are largely brought in
from abroad.
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presented to South Africa's am-

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