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July 23, 1965 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-07-23

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Lebanon Warned
by Israel on Water
Diversion Work

American Bar Association Cancels 2 Functions
originally Stated at Miami Club That Bars Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Ameri-
can Bar Association, which is hold-
ing its annual convention in
Beach in August, has canceled its
arrangements for two sessions
scheduled to be held at a private
club that bars Jews and other min-
orities from membership.

Israel foreign ministry warned
that Israel "views with full grav-
ity" any water diversion work
being done in Lebanon.
Lebanon and Syria have stepped
up their water diversion projects,
according to information received
here by highly reliable sources.
Israeli sources have rejected an
argument advanced by Lebanon
which has indicated that its re-
sumption of work on a water diver-
sion project was intended to "mis-
lead" Arab water diversion experts
scheduled to meet at Damascus
next week to hear progress reports.
An editorial Tuesday in

Morris B. Abraham, president of
the American Jewish Committee,
praised the Bar Association's de-
cision as a "significant step" which
could serve as a "lesson that dis-
criminatory membership practices
represent a luxury which few
groups can long afford."

Notable Gellhorn 'Guide to Mid East'

_McKay guides to various world
areas are becoming musts for tray-
elors. Published by David McKay
Co. (750 3rd, NY 17), they are
the results of keen observation and
an understanding of the countries
in which the tourists are guided
by these volumes.
The latest in the series, "Guide --
to the Middle East," was prepared
by an expert — Mrs. Eleanor
Cowles Gellhorn — whose earlier
McKay Guide to Bermuda and
Caribbean has won deserved ac-

Maariv, Israel's largest evening
newspaper, called upon the Is-
rael government "to act" now
in order to forestall Lebanon's
completion of its water diversion
At the same time, Maj. Gen.

Yitzhak Rabin, chief of staff of
Israel's defense forces, warned
Lebanon that its government
would "bear the responsibility for
the consequences" if it persisted
in water diversion work.
The foreign ministry's statement
on the issue came from the minis-
try's spokesman who commented
on reports that Lebanon has re-
sumed work on diverting a stream
which feeds a tributary of the
Jordan River, and that Lebanon
has explained that the work is
only of a "token nature."
The spokesman also noted that
the Israel government has "ex-
changed views" on this subject
with various "friendly countries."
Gen. Rabin's statement came in
an address to a new graduating

Mrs. Gellhorn's new guide
directs visitors on their tours
to Israel, Egypt, the Arabian

Peninsula, Jordan, Iraq, Leb-
anon and Syria.

It is a factual, impartial guide,

and while the gates of all coun-
tries except Israel are closed to
Jews, the information offered on

The move by the Bar Association dance of its Section of Taxation
to cancel arrangements for two of elsewhere. Both of these events are
its sessions at the Bath Club of part of the annual convention pro-

Miami Beach, was disclosed in a
letter from Lewis F. Powell, Jr.,
of Richmond, Va., president of the
American Bar Association, to
Abram, who is also the U.S. Rep-
resentative on the United Nations
Human Rights Commission.
On June 29, Abram, an attorney,
had written to Powell, pointing out
that Jews have been "systematical-
ly excluded from the Bath Club
except when invited as a guest by

gram from Aug. 9 through Aug. 19,
and were slated for the Bath Club.
The headquarters of the convention
where most of the sessions will be
held is at the Fontainebleu Hotel
in Miami Beach.
The Bar Association president
said that despite the "difficult
problem" posed by the need to
change arrangements "made over
a year ago" with the Bath Club,
he could not "leave the association

On this score, the warning is not
complete: all Arab countries ex-
clude all Jews, while resorting to
the excuse that they are after the
a member." Abram had written: in a position where some might
The longest section in the "It is rather late, I believe for an misinterpret its action."
Gellhorn guide is devoted to organization like the American Bar
Israel-40 pages. Egypt is next, Association not to be fully aware
with 33 pages. Jordan's section of the reactions of minority group
members of that organization to
numbers 28 pages.
discriminatory practices which bar
All of the material is informa-
them from access to places where
tive. The historical backgrounds
only their Christian brethren are
of the major Israeli centers are welcome."
In reply, Powell asserted that the
A chapter, "Introduction to the American Bar Association "does
Middle East," is most explanatory not practice or tolerate racial or
in the approach to the entire sub- religious discrimination in any
ject of the Holy Land as an area form," and therefore has made ar-
to be visited and studied for an rangements to hold its Distinguish-
understanding of mandkind's earli- ed Guests Dinner and the dinner


est history.

`Fiddler' Star is Shining

Tanya Everett, 20-year-old New
Israel's neighbors is of interest York beauty currently on Broad-
and importance.
way in "Fiddler On The Roof,"
Mrs. Gellhorn, whose tours are has been signed to a long term
supplemented by maps that were movie contract with producer Hal
prepared by James MacDonald, Wallis at Paramount.
commences her description of the
Middle East countries by provid-
ing the necessary travel tips, in-
cluding the pre-trip document re-
quirements for U.S. citizens, and
the descriptive charts will serve
to prevent errors that might
class of freshly commissioned blight planned trips.
In her foreword, Mrs. Gell-
Israel army officers. He noted
horn prepares the reader for
that Syrian water diversion
schemes have not yet been shelved moving experiences in visiting
the various countries she deals
despite the fact the Israeli army
had scored two direct hits on with, and she makes this ref-
erence to the Jewish State: "To
Syrian equipment used for such
see, in Israel, the achievement
work. "A second country," he
said, "is also proceeding with di- of a dream of centuries by a
dedicated people is an exciting
Version operations." That refer-
ence was obviously to Lebanon.
She sounds a necessary warning:
Reports that Prime Minister
"If you plan to visit an Arab
Levi Eshkol has met recently
country first, be sure there are no
with ambassadors of the United
valid or expired Israeli visa or
States, Britain, France and the
Israeli stamp or notations in your
Soviet Union to warn them
against consequences which may passport—have them on a separate
result from work to divert the piece of paper or obtain them at
waters, were neither confirmed
at the border on entry into Israel.
Most Arab countries exclude only
nor denied by the foreign office
Jews who are citizens of Israel,
Israeli officials would only say and/or, some of them, Zionists
that, in the last few months, Is- and Jehovah's Witnesses."
raeli diplomatic representatives in
various capitals have expressed FOREST PROJECTS IN ISRAEL
concern over the water diversion'
Israeli's reforestation projects
plans in the Arab states, and that
have resulted in wooded areas
about 90,000 acres, most
It was learned that the water totaling
of which were planted since the
diversion work reported to have
been started now by Lebanon was establishment of the state. There
discussed at Sunday's meeting of are, in addition, some 150,000 acres
of natural forest and forest, re-


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the Israel cabinet.
A foreign office spokesman re- serves.

fused to comment on reports from
Beirut that the ambassadors there
from the United States, Britain,
France and the Soviet Union made
representations to the Lebanese
government concerning Lebanon's
resumption of the project. The
Beirut reports stated that the rep-
resentations followed "a move by

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Belgian Catholic College
Acquires Jewish Chaplain

BRUSSELS (JTA)—Rabbi Hillel
Medalie, spiritual leader of the
has been appointed chaplain for
Jewish students at the Catholic
University of Louvain. There are
150 students at the university,
practically all of them American.
This is the first time that con-
tact has been established between
Jewish students at the university
and the local Jewish communities.
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opening of a kosher restaurant I
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