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October 22, 1965 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-10-22

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Israel Demands That UN Will Reject Threats
From 'Liberation' Group; Scheduled Moroccan
Luncheon Canceled Due to Anti-Israel Stand

Israel requested the United Na-
tions to deny relief to Arab refu-
gees who enlist in the Palestine
Liberation Organization and to
cleanse its relief rolls of ineligibles,
instead of expanding aid to others
not on those rolls now.
The requests were voiced by Am-
bassador Michael S. Comay, Israel's
permanent representative here, as
the first speaker in the annual
Arab refugee debate, opened by
the General Assembly's Special
Political Committee. Discussing
specifically the annual report of
the operations of the United Na-
tions Relief and Works Agency for
Palestine Refugees, filed by that
body's Commissioner-General, Laur-
ence Michelmore, Comay said:
1) Mr. Michelmore seems to be
willing now to open the UNRWA
relief rolls to many more Arabs,
including some who had not
lived in Mandate Palestine dur-
ing the period 1946-48. Under the
existing rules, only an Arab who
lived in that area during the two
years prior to 1948 is eligible to
UNRWA relief, if he is destitute.
2) The UNRWA rolls are still
swelled by ration claimants who
are ineligible for relief, many
of them being self-supporting.
3) Mr. Michelmore seems will-
ing to bow to the Arab demands
to extend relief to the third and
subsequent generations, expand-
ing UNRWA's burden "into the
indefinite future."
The basic problems, Comay said,
involve resettlement of the Arab
refugees in Arab lands and politi-
cal negotiations between Israel and
Arab states. As to compensation
for property left by the refugees
in Israel, he said, Israel has al-
ready released $10,000,000 f r o m
frozen bank accounts and is will-
ing to participate in an overall
solution of the problems, taking
into account Jewish properties



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confiscated in the areas of Man-
date Palestine on in other lands
from which Jewish refugees had
come into Israel.
Comay stressed that the UN must
recognize that, actually, there had
been a two-way movement of refu-
gees in the area. He referred to
the fact that "the bulk of the Jew-
ish residents of the Arab states
moving into Israel" at the very
time the Arab refugees swarmed
out of Israel into Arab lands. In
connection with that point, he said
that, from Iraq alone, 135,000 Jews
had come into Israel.
The Israeli representative told
the committee that "the solution
of the Arab refugee problem lies
not in Israel but in the Arab
world." He cited the fact that the
latest Michelmore report' took cog-
nizance of the formation of the
Palestine Liberation Organization,
and of the declaration by Arab
summit conference calling for "a
collective Arab struggle for the
liberation of Palestine." Noting
that the aim is "the forcible dis-
solution of Israel," Mr. Comay
pointed out: "This commitment to
a renewed struggle is already fac-
ing UNRWA with the paradox of
refugees recruited for armed action
against a United Nations member-
state, while they are being sup-
ported by United Nations funds."
Comay was answered by Hazen
Musseibeh, Foreign Minister of Jor-
dan, and Adnan Pachachi, Ambas-
sador of Iraq, both of whom voiced
the customary anti-Israeli attacks
expected here from the Arab dele-
A luncheon scheduled in hon-
or of a Moroccan delegate here
was canceled specifically because
the Moroccan had shown ani-
mosity to an Israeli delegate.
The luncheon had been or-
ganized by delegates assigned to
the 117-member Social, Humani-
tarian and Cultural Committee of
the General Assembly, to honor
Mrs. Halima Warzazi, of Morocco,
who has been elected vice-chair-
man of the group. The organizers
of the event extended an invita-
tion to the luncheon to Israel's rep-
resentative on the committee,
Judge Hadassah Ben-Ito, who said
she would attend if her presence
at the luncheon were acceptable to
the proposed guest of honor.
When the organizers asked MiTi
Warzazi whether she would agree
to have Judge Ben-Ito attend, the
Moroccan delegate replied very
sharply in the negative. At that
point, Lady Gaitskell, Britain's rep-
resentative on the committee, said
she would refuse to attend if Judge
Ben-Ito were not invited. (Lady
Gaitskell is Jewish.) The organiz-
ers of the luncheon then called
the whole thing off, notifying Mrs.
Warzazi in writing that the event
was being cancelled because of
Mrs. Warzazi's attitude toward the
Israel delegate.
Palestine Liberation Organization
LoSes Right to Represent—for now
states tentatively lost a fierce
battle Monday to have the Pale-
stine Liberation Organization men-
tioned by name as the represent-
ative of the Arab refugees in the
debate of that issue by UN General
Assembly Special Political Com-
The committee met for its first
scheduled full-scale debate on the
Arab refugee issue, with the first
order of business a promised state-
ment by the group's - chairman,
Carlet R. Auguste of Haiti, regard-
ing an Arab League letter which
asked a hearing for Ahmed Shu-
kairy and Dr. Izzat Tannous, as
respectively, chairman and deputy
chairman of the PLO. All 13 mem-
bers of the Arab League signed
the request and Auguste had prom-
ised to recognize, the Arab League
letter today.

Auguste told the I17-member
committee that a hearing would be
given "to any member of the group
referred to in the letter in his in-
dividual capacity as a Palestine
refugee." He pointed out that for
a number of years the committee
had heard Palestine refugees "as
individuals and members of the
Palestine refugee family." He re-
ferred to the fact that a so-called
Arab Palestine delegation had
been, for the last few years, per-
mitted to send its representatives
to address the committee but that
they had always been recognized
only as individuals.
Adnan M. Pachachi of Iraq im-
mediately took issue with the chair-
man, arguing that there were
many precedents in the United Na-
tions for recognition of Shukairy
and Tannous as representatives of
the PLO. He insisted that there
was "a difference between the
present request and requests for
hearings made by Palestinians in
the past." While those Palestin-
ians had come here previously as
individuals, he said, "now they be-
long to an established organiza-
Comay replied that Iraq was
"pressing so hard for the repre-
sentatives of an organization set
up to attack a United Nations
member state to be heard here
and not as individual refugees but
as representatives of a political
and military organization."
From that point on, and last-
ing for more than four hours,
the fight raged with every mem-
ber of the Arab League support-
ing the Iraq representative, the
Soviet Unon and several African
states also favoring the specific
use of the name "Palestine Lib-
eration Organization", while the
United States, Britain, France,
Liberia, Costa Rica, Nigeria and

The United States reportedly broke
off negotiations to prevent regional
escalation. But, when Jordan con-
sidered purchasing Soviet MIG21
supersonic jets, "unimpeachable
Jordanian sources" revealed that
the United States secretly agreed
to underwrite the purchasing of
jets by Jordan from Western
Jordan is expected to contract
for 24 to 28 of the ultra-modern
French fighter-bombers, said the
report. The total cost is about
$42,000,000. The United States con.
firmed supplying Jordan with tanks
and other American weapons. But
a spokesman said the United States
had made no arrangement to "sell
more modern fighters to Jordan."
He added that "we have no agree.
ment to finance French aircraft
for Jordan."
(Informed sources in Paris re-
ported that France's reluctance to
extend easy credit terms was the
main factor holding up the sale
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
of 24 French Mirage jet fighter
to The Jewish News)
JERUSALEM—Mrs. Golda Meir, planes to Jordan, a transaction
has caused considerable COD-
Israel's foreign minister, sum- which
cern in Israel.)
moned Wednesday, the Soviet and
Polish charges d'affairs to express THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
to them Israel's "shock" at the So-
viet proposal to bracket Zionist 14—Friday, October 22, 1965
with anti-Semitism and Nazism at
the UN.
Arye Levavi, director general of
For Some
the foreign ministry, held a series
of the
of meetings with representatives
of Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria,
best buys
Czechoslovakia and Yukoslavia to
on new
voice the same Israeli reaction.
State Dept. Denies
It Agreed to Help
Jordan Pay For Bombers
State Department denied reports
that the United States secretly
agreed to help Jordan pay for a
large portion of the cost of two
squadrons of French Mirage-3-E
fighter bombers, supersonic jets
that fly at twice the speed of
A report from Amman said
Jordan had sought the Lockheed
I block South of 7
F-104 Starfighter from the United
UN 3-9300
States to modernize her air force.

several other members support-
ed the chairman's suggestion.
After hours of debate, Auguste
formulated his suggestion, which
was that "the committee decides
to authorize the persons men-
tioned in the document (the Arab
League letter) to make statements
on behalf of the Arab refugees of
Palestine without this decision im-
plying the committee's recognition
of the political organization they
The debate grew so heated that
Auguste interrupted Comay twice
on the grounds that the Israeli
ambassador was entering into a
discussion of substantive rather
than procedural matters and also
interrupted Pachachi as well as
Jamal Barroody of Saudi Arabia.
Auguste pleaded repeatedly with
Pachachi, who acted as chief
spokesman for the Arab League in
the debate, to accept the chair's
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