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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-01-21

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Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit 48235 Mich.,

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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 1st day of Shevat, 5726, the following scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion: Exod. 6:2-9:35, Num. 28:9-15; Prophetical portion: Isaiah

Licht benshen, Friday, Jan. 21, 5:13 p.


Jan. 21, 1966

Page 4

An Appeal for Basic Peace and Justice

The appeal that was addressed last week,
in behalf of the 21. major American Jewish
organizations, to President Lyndon B. John-
son, urging him to act against the Arab
governments' "unspeakable buildup for war,"
is reminiscent of the days when unwise
statesmanship in the United Nations, in-
different American representation in the
world organization and the combined forces
of prejudice on the one hand and Arab an-
tagonism on the other threatened the fulfill-
ment of the UN's decision for the partition
of Palestine to provide for the establishment
of an autonomous Jewish State.
Then, as now, an unholy alliance emerged
in an effort to destroy the historic hopes
of the Jewish people and to interfere with
the only means that became available for
the rescue of survivors from Nazism — the
rebirth of Israel.
At that time. as now, it became necessary,
on March 5, 1948, to appeal to the then
President of the United States, Harry S.
Truman, "to stand firm for a policy of fair
play and justice and to reject the pressure
that comes from elements that are guided
principally by profits • from oil"; pleading
with him "to insist upon the immediate im-
plementation of the UN decision, to lift the
embargo so that the Jewish defenders may
have weapons for self-protection, to re-
pudiate aggression and tyranny."
Under our leadership, the accompanying
appeal was addressed to President Truman,
and all Jewish newspapers in the land fol-
lowed our example. The result of that effort
is an established fact. Two months later,
Israel's independence was proclaimed, and
President Truman, who by then had reject-
ed the efforts of Israel's antagonists, was
the first to give it recognition. The state
emerged, it struggled for existence, over-
came many obstacles, and nearly a million and
a half dispossed and expatriated Jews —
among them more than 600,000 from Moslem
countries — were rescued.
Now Israel again is faced with dangers,
with threats from neighboring countries that
are being supplied- with • arms not only by
Communist countries but also by our own
government, and the threats to Israel's ex-
istence again are multiplying.
Admittedly, the situation is not as grave
as it was in 1948. Israel is able to defend
its people and its borders. But the over-
whelming arms supplies that are pouring
into Arab countries are compelling. Israel
to place major emphasis on war potentials,
and the small country's desire to strive
primarily for the raising of the standards of
its own people and to encourage similar pro-
gress in neighboring countries is thereby
being reduced.
The world's great powers, by acceding to
demands for arms, become partners in the
negation of the baSic needs of the peoples
of the Arab countries — the urgent obliga-
tions to provide health and education to
impoverished and illiterate populations.
Serious responsibilities devolve both
upon the United States and the United
Nations not to yield to those who insist
upon destroying Israel. The moment there
develops a danger to Israel, it will strike
at every element of justice related to the
newly-developing nations. The appeal to
justice today is akin to the one in 1948,
to those of ages past. Either we adhere to
justice or the entire world will be on the
brink of destruction.
The appeal to President Johnson is a
humanitarian declaration. It is basic in the
duties of the more advanced countries to
assist the underdeveloped nations — but not
by means of military supplies but with food,
with expert technical guidance, with means
necessary to uplift rather than degrade the
peoples of the world. We join in this op-

peal and we pray that our own government,
and the responsible • leaders in Great Britain
and the Soviet Union, may speedily recog-
nize the error of their encouragement to
warmongers. We pray for a speedy end to
the war scares and for wiser steps in the di-
rection of peace among nations and amity
among the peoples who are today living in
constant fear of another war conflagration.

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An Appeal for Justice to
President Harry S. Truman

To the President of
The United States

Re: The Honor of the United States
On the Palestine Question

Dear Mr. President:

In the name of the traditional American policy of defending
the politically persecuted and of protecting the right of homeless
people to homes and security, we make this urgent appeal to you
to act promptly in accordance with the established policy of the
United States to assure speedy implementation of the United
Nations decision on Palestine and to instruct our representatives
to the UN to insist upon the immediate reconstitution of the Jew-
ish State.

There are grave dangers for the 700,000 Jews in Palestine.
They are like the early American Frontiersmen. They already
have created the foundation for the Jewish;state. But unlike the
early American pioneers they are without guns, without means
of defense, their meager weapons constantly being threatened
with confiscation by an unfriendly mandatory power whose.offi-
eials are giving encouragement to invading mercenary armies
which are becoming a serious menace to life and property in the
Land of Israel.

The issue is one of morality. While enemies within the con-
fines of Palestine are openly trading in war materials, Jews in
Palestine are at the mercy of the invading hordes from neighbor-
ing countries whose attacks are in defiance of decisions of the
United Nations. They also are pawns in the bands
of the mandatory's police and military who refuse
to defend them while taking their last weapons
from them.


We appeal to you, Mr. President, and through
you to the responsible officials in our State .De-
partment, to stand firm for a policy of fair play and
justice and to reject the pressure that comes from
"elements which are guided principally by profits
from oil. The oil which stands in the path of justice
for the Jewish people already is mixed with Jewish
blood, and we plead with you to return to your
humanitarian policy of supporting the decision of
the United Nations and to help enforce peace. Any
other stand can only mean a victory for the fascist
idealogy of force and brutality, the destruction of
the United Nations and another world war.

The UN decision of Nov. 29, 1947, means a
?ninimurn of justice. Only s. fraction of the original

territory which was to form the Jewish state has been allocated
for Jewish nationhood. Only 6,000 square miles of the original
40,000-square-mile territory of Palestine has been allocated for
the Jewish State. We accepted the decision in the interest of
peace. But even this mite is begrudged the Jewish survivors
from Nazism. And now the Mufti-inspired Nazi-dominated ele-
ments are declaring war on the Jewish community of Palestine
to prevent the enactment of this minimum of justice.

We ask you, Mr. President, to study the fear that is
written in the eyes of the Jews, who are shown in the accom.
panying picture, (below), carrying small children out of the
Jerusalem shopping district where 54 people were killed and
300 wounded as a result of a bombing for which we hold
responsible not only the Arab aggressors, but also the British


We ask you in the name of jUstice and decency to exert
your influence so that there should be an end to aggression
which.must lead to even more severe outrages and to help restore
peace by demanding the immediate recognition of the right to
statehood of the 700,000 Jews in Palestine and the 1,000,00
survivors from Nazism in Europe.

The fate of these people, Mr. President, is in YOUR hands!
The security of another 800,000 Jews in Arabic countries also is
in YOUR hands. By acting firmly you can assure the end of
tyranny and aggression. Delay will lead to destruction. Firm.
ness and insistence on justice will help restore peace.

In the name of humanity and justice, Mr. President, we ask
you to act—to insist upon the immediate implementation of the
UN decison, to lift the embargo so that the Jewish defenders may
have weapons for self-protection, to repudiate aggression and,
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