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December 10, 1965 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-12-10

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'Resistance Movement' Arising Exhaustion Cause of Eshkol Illness; Long Rest Ordered
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister possibility was considered of Sapir plan which would have the effect
Among Younger Soviet Jews,
Levi Eshkol, who has been hos- and Foreign Minister Golda Meir
for rest and observation acting in the Premier's place to of raising consumer prices of Is-
Dr. Moshe Decter Says Here pitalized
since last Saturday, may have to form a new government. The Pre- raeli oranges exported to the six

A Soviet Jewry on the verge of 1 you pray for us, and we pray for
disappearance is "buying time" you. If the Orthodox Church of
while its coreligionists abroad Russia receives its freedom and
drum up public opinion against you do not . . . then nothing has
Moscow's anti-Semitic policy, an been accomplished. Freedom must
expert on Soviet affairs told an be something for all."
interfaith meeting Monday evening
Others who spoke briefly, sup-
porting Fr. Ruffin's call for public
at the Jewish Center.
Hopefully, Dr. Moshe Decter protest, were Dr. G. Merrill Lenox,
said, there will be enough public executive director of the Detroit
outrage voiced abroad so as to Council of Churches; Rev. James
embarrass the Soviet Union into Sheehan of the Catholic Arch-
making concessions to its 3,000,000 diocese of Detroit; and Rep. Joseph
Kowalski, speaker for the Michigan
Jews.
The meeting was attended by House of Representatives.
Kowalski referred to a resolu-
some 175 persons, only half filling
tion passed by the House last June
Shiffman Hall.
The courage of Soviet Jewry, which memorialized Congress to
protest the persecution against
Dr. Decter said, is "putting off
the day of Soviet achievement" Russian Jewry. "We can only hope
that some good will be done if
when all 100 nationality groups
would be eliminated. Although the Jews of Russia know that the
Jews are considered a national. hearts of all free men go with
them," Kowalski said.
ity group, they are not allowed

the network of cultural institu-
tions that other such groups cur-
rently enjoy.

Seeking to "pulverize religious
consciousness," the Soviet Union
has nevertheless failed in many
respects among the Jews, Dr. Dec-
ter said.
"A new generation is arising
which, while ignorant of Jewish
tradition, is aware of the quandary
of (being part of) a special
nationality group yet being kept
from living out their lives as part
of that group._
"If the Soviet Union had ignored
its Jews, they would have disap-
peared more quickly . . . So Soviet
discrimination has given rise to
a resistance group, from middle
age on down, who are resisting
Soviet policy." This new genera-
tion, Dr. Decter said, "is looking
for new answers . . . an unorgan-
ized but very real resistance that
buys time for us."
Director of Jewish Minorities

Research, Dr. Decter traces
Soviet anti-Semitism back to a
"primordial prejudice" and dis-
tinguishes it from government
opposition to other religious
groups. Earlier, Fr. Thomas Ruf-
fin, spiritual leader of the Greek
Orthodox St. George Church,
among the Christian leaders
who extended greetings at the
meeting, had said the Orthodox
faith suffers a problem similar
to that of the Jews.
"The most massive form of per-

Rabbi A. Irving Schnipper of
Cong. Beth Moses said a prayer
on behalf of Soviet Jewry, and
Dr. Samuel Krohn, president of
the Jewish Community Council,
introduced the speakers.

In a flier distributed among the
members of the audience, the
Council urged that letters "'voic-
ing your moral protest" be sent to
the ambassador of the USSR in
Washington, to congressmen, State
Department and friends and rela-
tives in other countries outside
the USSR asking them to take
similar action.
The Council also recommended
that groups arrange programs on
Soviet anti-Semitism, for which
Council can provide speakers ar a
film.

rest in the hospital for several
weeks rather than the 10 days
originally announced, it was indi-
cated here Wednesday.
"General exhaustion" was the
diagnosis of Prime Minister Levi
Eshkol's illness by physicians here
at the Hadassah Hospital.
(See story on Page 1)
Rumors that he suffered from
pneumonia were dispelled.
In addition to working hard on
his efforts to form a new coalition
government, Eshkol had stayed
up all night Dec. 1, watching Is-
raeli army maneuvers. His physi-
cians said they ordered complete
rest for their patient, who is 70,
and had requested that he shun
all visitors during the next few
days. -
Mapai Party leaders acted to
prepare a program for avoiding
delay in formation of the new
government on which Eshkol was
working before he was hospital.
ized. One proposal was postpone-
ment of Finance Minister Pinhas
Sapir's scheduled trip this week-
end to the United States. The

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TEL-AVIV — Shmuel Mikunis
and Moshe Sneh, leaders of the
"moderate" faction of Israel's tiny
Communist Party, told a meeting
of the central committee of the
faction that there was "every
prospect for improved relations
between Israel and Moscow." They
made the prediction in a report
on their recent talks with Com-
munist leaders in Moscow.
The party formally split last
August, and the Soviet Communist
leadership gave its blessing to the
Mikunis-Sneh faction.

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* * *

The Premier also touched on Is-
rael's futile efforts to induce the
European Economic Community to
rescind a minimum price reference

LONDON (JTA) — Georgi Lieb,
chairman of the Synagogue of Ma-

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Euromart nations by 20 to 25 per
cent. The Premier said there was
"logic" in suggestions that Israel,
a heavy importer of Euromart
products, take retaliatory action
"but first of all we must take other
actions and exert pressure" on
the Euromart nations.

Eshkol indicated concern over
Israel's inflation when he told
the annual luncheon of Israel
Journalists in Tel Aviv on Fri-
day that one of the new govern.
ment's aims would be to slow
down the rise in Israel's living
standards. He stressed that there
would be no devaluation of Is-
rael's currency.

Georgi Lieb, Synagogue
Leader in Moscow Dead

secution the Soviet Union could
think of has not killed religion,"
said Fr. Ruffin. "I only ask that

TEL-AVIV — Gen. Zvi Tsur, who
was elected to parliament last Nov.
2 on former Premier David Ben-
Gurion's dissident Israel Workers
Party (Rafi) slate, resigned Mon-
day. He had been number eight
on the Rafi election slate.
He told the Rafi political com-
mittee that he preferred to con-
centrate on his duties as chairman
of the Israel desalination commit-
tee and general manager of the
Mekorot Water Co. He reiterated
his intention to remain an active
member of the political committee.

mier's mandate will expire Dec.
26, but President Shazar can re-
new it though only for two weeks.
Assuming that a cabinet can be
formed under these conditions, its
presentaiton to parliament with-
out the premier's presence is con-
stitutionally feasible, and plans
were being made with that in
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