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June 17, 1966 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-06-17

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Jewish Agency, United Israel
Appeal Merge, Expand Base

NEW YORK (JTA)—Two major American Jewish agencies, the Jewish
Agency for Israel, Inc., and the United Israel Appeal, principal beneficiary of the
annual United Jewish Appeal Campaign, have sharply revised their structure to
oaden the base of American Jewish philanthropic efforts on behalf of Jewish
migration and rehabilitation programs in Israel.
Dewey D. Slone, newly elected chairman of the consolidated group, an-
nounced that the new body, which will be known as the United Israel Appeal, Inc.,
consists of a board of trustees of 200 prominent Jewish leaders. Half of this group
- were selected from names suggested by 64 Jewish communities throughout the
United States. The remainder were designated by Zionist groups who were the
• original founders of the United Israel Appeal in 1925.
Details of the merger were outlined by Dr. Stone at a meeting of the new board


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of trustees held June 9 at the New York Hilton Hotel. He recalled that the United
Israel Appeal was established over 40 years ago to help finance the immigration and
resettlement of Jewish pioneers in Palestine, and to support the efforts for the
upbuilding of a Jewish National Home. After this goal had been attained through
the establishment of Israel, on May 15, 1948, UIA funds—which, since 1939 were
obWned from the nationwide United Jewish Appeal in the U.S.—became the largest
single philanthropic source to help finance the reception and rehabilitation of more
than 1,250,000 Jewish immigrants who arrived in Israel during the past 18 years.
The second body involved in the consolidation, the Jewish Agency, Inc., was
established in 1960 for the purpose of allocating the funds made available by the
United Israel Appeal for specifically designated philanthropic activities in Israel.

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A Weekly Review

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Arabs to Aid

White House,
State Dept., Must
Explain Over-
Zealous Kindness
to Our Enemies
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of Jewish Events

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

Vol. XLIX, No. 17

June 17, 1966

17100 W. 7 Mile Rd.—Detroit 48235—VE 8-9364

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In ernational P.E.N . Congress Bans
I Action on USSR Jewry From Agenda




Teletype Wire to The Jewish News)

YORK JTA. — The presidium of the International P.E.N..
Congress, meeting in New York with more than 600 writers from all over
the world in attendance, has refused to put on its agenda a proposal by the
Yiddish P.E.N. Center which would have requested the Soviet Union
to permit full rights to Soviet Jews to practice, pursue and develop Jewish
culture in the USSR, it was revealed here Tuesday.
The International P.E.N., an organization of poets, playwrights,
essayists and novelists in all languages, is headed by Arthur Miller, the
noted American-Jewish playwright. President of the Yiddish P.E.N. Center
is Aaron Glanz-Leyeless, one of the world's leading Yiddish poets. The rejec-
tion of the Yiddish group's proposed resolution took place at a meeting of the
congress presidium, which included leading delegates from all over the
world, including members of the International P.E.N. executive
_ committee.
The resolution - dealing with Soviet practices regarding Jewish
culture was introduced by Glanz-Leyeless, Israel Knox, vice-president of
the Yiddish P.E.N. Center, who is associate professor of philosophy at
New York University , and Joseph Leftwich, of Great Britain, a well-
known writer. Its principal opponents , during a heated debate, were
Miller, Elmer Rice, another prominent American-Jewish playwright, and
David Carver of Britain, general-secretary of the International P.E.N.
. e resolution would have had the world organization demand that the
viet Union: "Give full rights to the practice, pursuit, development and
blication of Jewish literature in the USSR, open Jewish schools, publish
newspapers and books, permit the teaching and learning of the Hebrew
language, and grant to Jews in the USSR religious rights equal to those
- permitted to other minorities in the Soviet Union."
The chief arguments against placing the resolution on the agenda
were to the effect that insufficient proof had been adduced, showing the
suppression of Jewish culture in the USSR, and that the Soviet Union is
not the only country in the world where minorities
are denied full and equal rights.
An amendment proposed by the Belgian
P.E.N. Center requested that the entire . question
of suppression of minority rights in various coun-
tries, including Belgium and Spain, be probed by
the congress. The amendment and the original
resolution moved by the Yiddish group were



rejected by a small majority. It was noted, however, that many members
were absent and many others abstained in the voting on the issue.
In the debate, the proponents of the original resolution told the
presidium that they are not opposed to a consideration of the general
denial of equal cultural rights to minorities in any country, but insisted
on consideration of the specific suppression of Jewish cultural rights in
the USSR.
Dr. Knox pointed out the undeniable facts about the purges of
Jewish writers and other Jewish intellectuals in the USSR, and the des-
truction of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union. He spoke of the "tragedy"
of the liquidation of Jewish culture in the USSR which, he maintained,
has not been equaled anywhere else in the world. He noted *that, while
there are cultural suppressions for minorities in Belgium, the latter is a
democratic country, whereas the Soviet Union is a dictatorship.
Miller, conceding that Jewish cultural rights have been suppressed
in the USSR, noted that, in Spain, the Catalonian culture is also being sup-
pressed. Regarding the situation of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union,
he said, after the Yiddish group's draft resolution was defeated, he had
himself attempted to intervene on that issue with "significant personal-
ities," in an effort to improve the situation of Russian Jewry. The P.E.N.
Congress, he stated, has no authoritative powers, and there are no govern-
ment representatives in attendance at the congress.
Glanz-Leyeless stated after the session that he "regrets" that the
majority of the presidium members had not given sufficient moral sui,port
to the resolution proposed by the Yiddish Center.
Carver told several members of the Yiddish group that he would
make an effort to have the issue reconsidered at further sessions, of the
congress, which is continuing until Saturday. The proposal may come up for
discussion at the next session of the executive council of the organization,

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order's Announces Break
With 'Liberation Army'

Arabs Threaten Ford; Detroit
Firm Stresses 'Economtc Unity'

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News)

WASHINGTON—Word has been received here that
Mohammed Mahjoub, a high official of the Arab Boycott
Office in Beirut, has threatened an Arab ban against prod-
ucts Of the Ford Motor -Co.
The threat resulted from the announcement that Ford
will establish an assembly plant in Israel for tractors and
(Stating that the Ford Motor Co. had no other word
about an Arab "threat" than the one to which The Jewish
News called its attention, John Mayhew, of the company's
public information department, said on Tuesday: "Our
interests are in the economic area and are completely de-
void of political involvements. It is our hope that through
the opportunities provided by our plans to establish sub-
sidiary plants we can help peoples of different nations to
work together in amity.")

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News) •

JERUSALEM — King Hussein of Jordan called Tuesday night—in an address over Radio Amman, heard
here—for the dissolution of the Arab refugee camps maintained by the United Nations and the integration of
the camp residents in the countries of their refuge.
He also announced a total break with the Palestine Liberation Organization, of which Ahmed Shukairy is
chairman, calling it an "extremist" group and warning that stringent measures would be taken against the organi-
zation's supporters in Jordan.
Israeli political circles •welcomed King Hussein's statement as "a realistic approach that could contribute to
the stability of the Middle East."

Stressing that both points
made by King Hussein, "if 'im-
plemented," could make a major
contribution to peace and sta-
bility in this region, the Israeli
circles pointed out that Israel
has always asked that the Arab
refugees be integrated in the
countries of their refuge, and
that Israel has even asserted its
readiness to make a financial
contribution toward such an end.
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Slontrears !Population Shift Results
in Sale of Jewish - Library's Building

MONTREAL (JTA)—The Jewish Public Library building at Esplanade
and Mount Royal Avenues has been sold to the Province of Quebec, because
of the movement of Montreal's Jewish population out of the area, it was
announced by Hertz Kalles, president.
The main building will be relocated temporarily at the corner of Van
Horne and Decarie. The library, a beneficiary of Combined Jewish Appeal,
will continue to operate branches. at Beth Ora Synagogue in St. Laurent,
Young Israel Synagogue in Chomedey, and the Jewish Peretz School in
Cote St. Luc.

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