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November 19, 1965 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-11-19

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U. S. Armed Forces Employe in Libya
Fired for Christian Act Toward Israel •
Rehired After Protest by Congressman

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The
United States Army-Air Force Ex-
change Service fired an American
assigned to manage food facilities
1 at Wheelus Air Force Base in
Libya, because he refused to sign
1
an anti-Israel visa declaration re-
quested by the Libyan govern-
ment, Rep. Richard S. Schweiker,
Pennsylvania Republican, disclos-
ed.
Edward P. Hunt, a non-Jew, of
Bala, Pa., was reinstated with full
sack pay after Rep. Schweiker pro-
tested the firing to Secretary of
Defense Robert S. McNamara. But
the Defense and State depart-
ments refused to protest to the
Libyan authorities and indicated
that the United States would con-
tinue requiring employes assigned
to Libya to obey Libyan require-
ments.

Rep. Schweiker said: "It is ab-
solutely outrageous for any agency
of the United States government
to fire an employe because he re-
fuses to sign a declaration which
he feels is anti-Semitic."
Hunt, a 31-year-old food Super-
visor for the Defense Depart-
ment, was transferred last April
from Fort Belvoir, Va., to man-
age facilities at Wheelus Air
Force Base in Libya.
When he arrived at the Europ-
ean Exchange Service headquart-
ers in Nuremberg, Germany, en
route to his Libyan assignment,
Hunt was ordered, for the first
time, to sign a Libyan visa ap-
plication containing a discrimina-
tory clause.
The application included a state-
ment that "I know that, in case of
obtaining any Israeli visa, my visa

More Funds for Jewish Education,
Renewed Values in Home Urged

KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y. (JTA)
— The United Synagogue of Amer-
ica, the congregational organization
of the Conservative movement,
called on the nation's Jewish
federations and welfare funds this
week to increase their allocations
for Jewish education.
In a resolution adopted at the
closing session of the organization's
biennial convention, the delegates
said that some federation alloca-
tions for Jewish education were
"totally inadequate." The resolution
said that the responsibility for
maintaining Jewish education
"must be . shared by the total Jew-
ish community."
In another resolution, the
convention called on constituent
congregations to work for the
establishment of procedures to
further observance of the dietary
laws by the congregations, their
affiliated organizations and their
memberships. The r e s o l u t i o n
noted what it described as "wide-
spread violations of kashrut"
under existing methods of super-
vision.
In an address, Dr. Louis Finkel-
stein, chancellor of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America,
warned of repetition in other
cities of the recent riots which
took place in the Watts section of
Los Angeles "unless there is a
change in the spiritual outlook of

1,000 Latin Americans
Learn in Israel, 2nd Only
to U.S. as Aid Source

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire

to The Jewish News)
JERUSALEM — About 1,000
students from Latin American
countries have received technical
training in Israel, according to
figures released here Tuesday on
the eve of the start of negotiations
with the Organization of American
States for the third renewal of the
agreement on technical aid to be
held in Washington, D.C. soon.
The number of OAS students
trained in Israel is second only to
the total trained in the United
States. The major attractions for
such students in Israel is the
availability of Spanish-speaking
teachers and the similarity of many
development problems in Israel
and Latin American nations.
- A seminar on cooperation spon-
sored by the OAS opened here
Tuesday with participation of top
leaders in the field from 20 Latin
American states. The participants
were welcomed by Labor Minister
Yigal Allon.

the whole nation along the lines of
prophetic Judaism."
At a session on intermarriage,
Rabbi Saul I. Teplitz of Wood-
mere, L. I., declared that while
he could offer no "effective cure
to this alarming phenomenon," he
advised the delegates not to seek
it primarily among the youth them-
selves but in the home, the syna-
gogue and the religious school.
Rabbi Teplitz declared that it is
in the home that we are "scoring
our greatest failures."
It is in the home where the
Jewish child can come either to
appreciate Judaism as a living
faith or suspect it as a "message
without meaning." Children who
are dropped off at Sabbath serv-
ices while the parents go else-
where will -inevitably drop out
of synagogue attendance in
maturity, he said. Interfaith dat-
ing "should be firmly discour-
aged even in the young teen
years," he advised.
Rabbi Teplitz recommended that
in the matter of picking a proper
college for their children, they
should not "abdicate to the wis-
dom of the high school counselor"
but consideration should be given
to the number of Jewish students
on the campus, the presence of a
Hillel chapter or branch of Atid,
the organization of United Syna-
gogue college youth, the availability
of a course in Jewish studies and
the proximity to a Jewish commu-
nity and synagogue.

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Joseph M. Hochstein is the son
of Philip Hochstein, senior editor
of the Newhouse newspapers and
president of National Publications,
Inc., a family-held corporation that
publishes the new newspaper.
The younger Hochstein resigned
in October as managing editor of
the Newhouse National News Ser-
vice to devote full time to estab-
lishing the Jewish Week.

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"Men often mistake notoriety

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, November 19, 1965-7

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish
community leaders here welcomed
appearance of the first issue of the
nation's newest English - Jewish
weekly, Jewish Week.
President Louis C. Grossberg
and Executive Director Isaac
Franck of the Jewish Community
Council greeted Jewish Week as a
"highly promising successor to the
National Jewish Ledger."
They wrote Joseph M. Hoch-
stein, editor and publisher, that
"on the basis of your own, and
of Philip Hochstein's experience
and distinguished record in the
newspaper field, we have every
reason to be confident that you
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to Libya will be considered in-
valid."
Hunt, a Roman Catholic, inform-
ed his superiors that he could not
conscientiously sign an anti-Israeli
declaration.
He felt that an
American citizen should be able to
work at an American base any-
where in the world without com-
mitting himself not to visit the
state of Israel.
"Due to my deep religious con-
victions concerning the Hebrew
faith and its people, I cannot in
conscience sign any statement con-
trary to my beliefs," he told the
Defense Department.
When he persisted in refusing
to sign the Libyan oath, Hunt was
notified by Brig. Gen. John D.
Hines, commanding general of the
European U.S. Exchange System,
that he was fired. Hunt had to
pay his own return transportation
from Germany to the United
States. The U.S. Exchange Serv-
ice deducted from his final pay
the cost of transporting him to
Germany en route to Libya.
Rep. Schweiker, a Protestant,
learned of the case and protested
to Secretary McNamara. The De-
fense Department then acted to
reinstate Hunt with reimburse-.
ment of back pay and travel ex-
penses, but sent someone else to
the job at Wheelus Air Force
Base.
State Department sources said
no protest was made to Libya be-
cause of Moslem sensitivity on
matters pertaining to Israel. The
Army-Air Force Exchange Service
will continue to accede to Libyan
requirements, it was indicated.

. for fame, and would rather be

remarked for their vices and follies
than not to be noticed at all." —
Harry S. Truman.

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