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May 13, 1966 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-05-13

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Max Fisher Honored by Hias

Max M. Fisher, national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal,
was honored by United Hias Service last week, at a dinner in New
York. Murray I. Gurfein, president of Hias (left), presented Fisher
with a silver carafe carrying the inscription: "Pesented to Max M.
Fisher for his leading role in assuring the survival of the Jewish

S. African Rabbi's Sermon Attacking

Nazism Creates Community Rift

U Thant Rejects Jordan's Request Aimed at Israel

— Secretary-General U Thant re-
jected a request by Jordan for
early submission to the Security
Council of a full report about the
implementation of the four armis-
tice agreements in existence since
1949. between Israel, on the one
hand, and the four Arab signator-
ies to those agreements — Jordan,
Syria, Lebanon and Egypt—on the
Such a comprehensive report,
Thant informed Jordan, would be
"huge, totaling many thousands of
pages, and, to my mind, would be
unreadable and could serve no
useful purpose." Furthermore, the
Secretary - General state d, the
United Nations does not have the
staff or the budget for the under-
Jordan, now a member of the
Security Council, made its re-
quest last week for "a report
describing in detail how far the
armistice agreements are being
applied along the demarcation
lines and in all the demilitarized
zones, and how far the armistices
had been observed by the parties
Muhammad H. El-Farra, the
Jordanian Ambassador here, re-
minded Thant that he had prom-
ised the Security Council in Sep-
tember of 1963 to furnish such a
report, to have been compiled by
Maj. Gen. Odd Bull, chief of staff
of the United Nations Truce Super-
vision Organization. UNTSO mili-
tary officers serve as chairmen of

JOHANNESBURG (JTA) — The Rabbi Poupko, denying that he had
South African Jewish Board of invited the press to listen to his
Deputies issued a statement here sermon, or that he was aware that
deploring remarks made by Rabbi a tape-recording was being made.
Solomon Poupko, spiritual leader "Had I been aware of this, I most
of Johannesburg's Sydenham-High- certainly would have objected," he
lands North Hebrew Congregation, said. He stated that his sermon
in the course of a sermon which had to be assessed in the light of
dealt with the daubing by an un- the done to the synagogue,
known miscreant of a swastika on and the hateful memories asso-
the wall of his synageigue.
ciated with the swastika. "If I
A leading Johannesburg news- spoke strongly, my words were di-
paper, Die Transvaler, reported rected not against those who have
that it —had received a telephone felt and shown signs of penitence
call to send a reporter with a tape- and made reparations, but against
recorder to the synagogue to re- the spirit of German Nazism as it
port the sermon and that, after regrettably manifested in neo-Nazi
the service, it had received an- circles," he declared.
other call, asking that the tape-
recording be handed over to the
rabbi. In both cases, the caller
would not give his name.
Die Transvaler reported that, in
his sermon, Rabbi Poupko said he
knew it was a "German hand"
which had done the swastika daub-
(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)
ing; that the atom bomb should
have been dropped on Berlin; that Jewish athletes:from the United
a "monster Germany" had been States will compete in Sao Paulo,
built from the ashes of the Second Brazil, this summer in the sixth
World War, with weaponS again Pan-American Maccabiah Games.
being placed in the "bloody claws" The United States Committee
of Germans; and that Nazis were Sports for Israel will send a team
able to come into South Africa as of 30 or 40 athletes to participate
a result of the country's "liberal in the eight sport program: The
attitude towards immigration." Games will commence on Aug. 23
The Transvaler report evoked and close on Aug. 28.
expressions of horror that a spiri-
This will be the first time that
tual leader should talk in such the United States will be represent-
terms. Schalk Botha, chairman ed at the Pan-Am Maccabiah
of the Afrikaans-German Cul- Ganes.. Haskell Cohen, president of
- tural Union, said that present- the United States committee has
day Germany had disowned Naz- announced that 11 nations will be
ism and made anti-Semitism a present. AlOng with the United
crime; that it had paid heavy States and Brazil they are: Argen-
reparations to Israel; and that tina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Mexi-
there was no evidence the swas- co, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and
tika dauber—not yet tracked— Venezuela. Columbia, Guatemala
was a German.
and Panama may come.
Maurice Porter, chairman of the
The eighth Hapoel Games which
S. A. Jewish Board of Deputies, in were contested the first week in
a statement to Die Transvaler, said May, are, unlike the Maccabiah
that while "despicable acts" like Games, open to both Jewish znd
the swastika daubing "must nat- non-Jewish athletes. The competi-
urally arouse deep emotions of tions in various sports were held
revulsion, bearing in mind all that throughout Israel. Teams from be- If
the swastika connotes, it is to be hind the Iron Curtain, including
regretted that the rabbi concerned, Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia
in his indignation at these acts, accepted invitations to participate.
should have made certain of the The Georgetown, Ky. basketball
statements attributed to him, in team was the U.S. representative.
particular that the offender be- That's Georgetown of Kentucky,
longed to a specific ethnic group not Georgetown of Washington,
or nationality. Even if this were
the case, it would be a serious in- D.C. The Hapoel Games are held
justice on that ground to condemn every five years.
Yvonne Tovis, a swimmer, and
the group as a whole for the mis-
deeds of one of its individual Tanhum Cohen-Mintz, star basket-
members. We have always strongly ball player, have been named co-
deprecated generalizations of this winners of Israel's "Sports Per-
character." The board statement sonality of the Year" award for
also pointed out that Rabbi Poupko 1965. Miss Tovis recently arrived
was speaking "to his own congre- in Israel from Czechoslovakia. She
gation, and not on behalf of the has established many new swim-
ming records and won a gold medal
community as a whole."
The same issue of Die Trans- for her country in the 1965 Mac-
valer carried a statement from cabiah Games. Cohen-Mintz is prob-
ably the greatest athlete Israel has
developed. He has won this award
on three previous occasions.
I.- fray May 13, 1966

four Mixed Armistice Commissions I tion to the best of our ability and
on which Israel and each of the I resources."
four Arab states that signed the
Jordan pursued the issue of a
original armistice agreements are comprehensive report from UNTSO
because it has threatened to call
In his reply to El-Farra, Thant for a Security Council meeting as a
pointed out that in only one of result of Israeli army raids into
these four MAC units, that involv- two Jordanian villages 10 days ago,
ing Jordan and Israel, there were when Israeli soldiers blew - up a
outstanding, as of July 17, 1964, a number of Jordanian homes that
total of 679 Israeli complaints and had ben used as bases by members
4,569 Jordan grievances. Other of El Fatah. The latter is an Arab
United Nations sources, enlarging League
terrorist group conducting
on the Secretary-General's figures, sabotage raids into Israel. Israel
said today that more than 100,000 had stated officially that El Fatah
complaints and counter-complaints operations are conducted out of
were included by the middle of headquarters in Syria but most
1964 in the files of all four MAC often carried out from bases in
agendas. Jordan.

Reports on all of the UNTSO
and MAC investigations and de-
cisions since 1949, Thant inform-
ed the Jordanian envoy, would
be "voluminous and often in-
clude many photographs, sketch-
es and maps, and all of the de-
cisions of the four Mixed Armis-
tice Commissioners run into
many hundreds." If the reports
of each issue were to be reduced
to mere, single-page summaries,
the task would still be forbidding,
the Secretary-General told the

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Alcoholics Anonymous."
Atop the cold cuts in a delica-
tessen: "Our tongue speaks for
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bookshop: "Improve your spelling.
Special price on dickshunairys."


*I T ' S * 1 1


"In the circumstances," Thant
stressed, "I am sure that you will
readily understand my inability at
present to be very precise about a
completion deadline for this re-
port. I may only assure you that
we will proceed with its prepara-

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