Israel Severs Economic Ties With Rhodesia
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Israel government formally denounced Rhodesia's
declaration of independence as an "illegal, unilateral act violating the elementary
rights of the overwhelming majority of the population." The official Israeli com-
munique said Israel would not recognize the Rhodesian regime, had already acted to
interrupt relations, including economic ties, and that it would support United Nations
actions on the declaration. The Foreign Ministry requested the Ministries of Finance
and Commerce and Industry to withhold approval of any further trade exchanges
With the British colony. Israel's exports to Rhodesia last year totaled some $600,000.
A foreign ministry spokesman expressed regrets Tuesday concerning the demon-
stration Monday by African students outside the British Embassy in protest against
the British stand on the unilateral declaration of independence by Rhodesia. The
spokesman also expressed regrets over the damage caused by the demonstrators. The
spokesman warned the students that no breach of law would be condoned by the Israel
government, noting that Israel's condemnation of the action by the British colony
officials had been made public.
Robert Mensah, charge d'affaires of Ghana, called on Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel's
foreign minister, to express the thanks of the African members of the diplomatic corps
in Israel for Israel's rebuke to the Rhodesian white leaders.
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ritain Accedes to UN Genocide
Convention; WiCongress Starts
Campaign for U. S. Ratification
IsraelJoinsWith U.S. in Vote
to Keep Red China Out of UN
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UNITED NATIONS—Israel voted with the United States at
a plenary session of the General Assembly Wednesday against a
resolution which would have given China's seat in the United Nations
to the Peking regime and would have at the same time expelled
the Taiwan regime from the UN.
The resolution favoring admission of Red China had been
presented by 12 members of the UN and received a ballot of 47 in
favor, 47 against and 20 abstentions. However, prior to the voting,
the Assembly supported another draft cosponsored by the United
States calling that issue an "important question," thus requiring
a two-thirds majority for the pro-Red China draft. The United
States stand calling that matter an "important question" was adopted
by a vote of 56 to 49 with 11 abstentions. Thus, when the pro-Red
China draft was voted, it failed for lack of a two-thirds supporting
Israel's support for the United States on the entire issue was
believed to have been motivated, among other reasons, by the fact
that the Peking regime is the only government in the world that
has officially recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization,
which is attempting to recruit an army to be composed mainly of
Arab refugees for a possible attack on Israel. (Related story page 3.)
LONDON (JTA) — The British government has decided to accede to the United
Nations Convention on Genocide, Minister of State George Thomson told the House of
Commons. He made that statement in reply to a question by Sir Barnett Janner, promi-
nent Labor Party member of Parliament.
Sir Barnett said that the decision by the government would be of considerable
interest to the entire civilized world and to the Jewish community in particular. In an-
nouncing the decision, Thomson said that the government was satisfied that the
traditional right of asylum for the genuine political fugitive, concern for which had
prevented British accession. to the convention, would not be prejudiced.
(At the United Nations, it was pointed out Monday that, since the adoption of the
Convention on Genocide, on Dec. 9, 1948, 67 member states had ratified or acceded to
the document, as of the end of last March. However, the United States government has
not yet ratified the convention. Action on such ratification has been bottled up in the U.S.
Senate in spite of many requests that it be ratified. The latest official request was voiced
by the late President Kennedy in the summer of 1963.)
WIC American Section Begins Drive
The American Section of the World Jewish Congress has embarked upon an inten-
sified campaign to secure United States ratification of the Genocide Convention and of
other human rights treaties. This action follows a meeting of the section in New York
dedicated to the observance of the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Europe and the
Ratification has been bottled up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for
16 years despite appeals by presidents and high governmental officials. The treaty is de-
signed to outlaw any attempt to massacre an entire people.
Aim to Make Youth Aware of Jewish Values 9
Government Involvement in Health, Welfare
tr ----Nmphasized at Council of Federations Parley
MONTREAL—Growing involvement by government in health and welfare services opens up
new opportunities for Jewish institutions to serve the community.
This was one of the central points that emerged at the 34th general assembly of the Council
of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds which ended here Sunday night, attended by more than
1,000 top North American Jewish leaders.
Some of the main themes that ran through the five-day convention, as Jewish leaders grappled
with fundamental issues in Jewish life, were:
It is crucial to make Jewish youngsters and young adults aware of how Jewish values are
relevant to their daily lives.
Jewish community Federations and institutions of Jewish education must find a way to work
together more effectively. Jewish leaders must give Jewish education a new emphasis. They must
scrutinize curricula, teacher recruitment and teacher training.
Jewish institutions providing health services must develop plans to meet new demands that will
face them after Medicare becomes law next July.
Medicare may make it possible for Jewish hospitals and other institutions providing health
care to the aged to raise the quality of their programs. The shortage of medical personnel, however,
may increase markedly.
The war on poverty offers the American Jewish community and its institutions unique
opportunities to help lead the way in community action programs through their special knowledge,
experience and professional skills.
Lewis H. Weinstein, Boston attorney and communal leader, was elected
president to succeed Louis Stern of Newark.
Max M. Fisher of Detroit was elected one of the vice presidents.
Other points that developed from the conference were:
The end of German reparations and Claims Conference funds will place
added burdens on American Jewish phalanthropic agencies assisting Israel and other
communities overseas in absorbing 200,000 newcomers.
American Jewry doesn't really know the extent of intermarriage in the
United States. In a workshop entitled, "Is the American Jew Vanishing?", panelists
warned that there is little danger that the Jew will disappear but some danger that
the character of Judaism may change. Intermarriage, it was pointed out, is only a
symptom, and not the real problem in Jewish life.
The problem is what is happening in the home, in Jewish education and in a
lack of conviction among young people about the relevance of their Jewish heritage,
panelists declared. There are no easy or pat answers in the task of attracting youth
to Jewish responsibility.
Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel, professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, who
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German/Embassy Pays Tribute
to W W 11 Envoy Killedby N azis
WASHINGTON—A plaque that reads "He gave his life for the
honor of the German people" was unveiled in the West German
Embassy here Monday in memory of a German diplomat who was
executed as a traitor by the Nazis 21 years ago.
Ambassador Heinrich Knappstein told 100 guests the story of
Otto Carl Kiep, German counsel and charge d'affaires in Washington
from 1927 to 1930 and consul general in New York from 1930 to
1933, when he resigned in protest over the growing brutality in
Among the notables present at the unveiling was the widow of
Kiep, who has been working in the embassy since 1950.
Knappstein, referring to notes written by Mr. Kiep, said the
envoy first heard stories of what the Nazis were doing in 1933, and
his troubles really began when he accepted an invitation to a dinner
honoring a distinguished Jewish refugee, Albert Einstein.
"My decision to accept the invitation for the dinner," Mr. Kiep
wrote, "later caused an unending sequence of difficulties and finally
brought about my retirement from the active service."
In 1939 he returned to Germany rather than face internment
in Britain and became a reserve officer in the foreign department
of the armed forces headquarters. According to the book, "Conscience
in Revolt," which cites the Kiep story, the foreign department
"became one of the key positions for resistance activities."
Four years later, Mr. Kiep was betrayed; he and his wife were
arrested in January, 1944. After an unsuccessful military coup against
Hitler July 20, 1944, a number of persons were executed, Kiep
among them. One of 11 former German foreign service officers to
meet death at the hands of the Nazis, he was tortured and then
hanged in a Berlin prison Aug. 26, 1944.
After his execution, Mrs. Kiep was released. She is now secretary
for women's affairs at the embassy.
Ambassador Knappstein pointed out "with special satisfaction"
that "in our old foreign service there were quite a few courageous
men who tenaciously and skillfully worked against the criminal
system under which they had to serve."