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June 17, 1966 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-06-17

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Arab Refugee Threat to Fight for Vietcong Brings U.S. 32—Friday,
June 17, 1966
Demand for UN Investigation; Syrian Anti-Israel Charges Kotsuji Relates
Surveyed by UNTSO; Report Being Studied by U Thant His Accepting
(Continued from Page
massing troops on the Syrian bor-
Integration of the refugees into
ders. A spokesman for UNTSO,
Commander Waldor said the an- which has its headquarters in the of Role as Jew
the countries where the United

try to rectify the
relief rolls.
Abrams said he spoke to leaders
Nations maintain them—Jordan, of the three Arab governments
Syria, Lebanon and the Egyp- about the reports that Arab refu-
tian-held Gaza Strip—is seen by gees have been recruited for serv-
Israel as a first step toward po- ice in the Palestine Liberation
tential settlement of the Arab- Army. While refusing to - discuss
that phase of his probe, Abrams
Israeli conflict.
As for the PLO, Israel views said that members of the Jordan-
that organization's activities as be- ian cabinet had assured him they
ing directed not only against would try to have the UNRWA
Israel but also against the more rolls rectified so that fraudulent
holders of UNRWA ration cards
stable Arab regional forces.
would be eliminated.


Israeli circles believe that with-
out the Shukairy group's partisan
and sabotage activities, relations
between Israel and the neighbor-
ing Arab states would be less
tense, thus ensuring regional peace
and stability. The Israelis also
pointed out that Hussein's anti-
Shukairy attack is the sharpest and
most bitter yet made publicly by
any Arab leader.

* * *

Department spokesman said Mon-
day that the United States govern-
ment has urged the United Nations
to remove from the relief rolls of
the United Nations Relief and
Works Agency for Palestine Refu-
gees all Arab refugees receiving
military training.
T h e department's expression
was seen here as a response to the
announcement by the Palestine
Liberation Organization that Arab
refugees would fight in Viet Nam
against United States forces. Most
of the refugees concerned are in
Jordan and the Egyptian-held Gaza
Strip. They receive U. S. surplus
food through UNRWA. The United
States has contributed about 70
per -cent of the UNRWA budget
since it -was established in 1950.
(Israeli political circles ex-
pressed considerable - satisfaction
here Tuesday over the Unit e d
States decision.
(The officials here recalled
that, for a long time, . Israel has
:been requesting the United Na-
tions to check the lists of the UN
.Relief and Works Agency for Pale-
stine Refugees and to bar assis-
tance to members of the El Fatah
and other terrorist groups. The of-
.ficials welcomed the fact that the
United States has become the first
government to take what is con-
sidered here as a "just" step.)
It was learned meanwhile that
Washington has requested detail-
ed reports on the activities of the
Palestine Liberation Organization
in the wake of PLO leader Ah-
med Shukairy's announcement that
PLO members will fight in Viet-
nam against United States forces.
The Senate Subcommittee on
_Refugees may hold hearings on is-
- sues arising from American sup-
port of Palestine Arab refugees,
_the subcommittee's chairman, Sen.
Edward M. Kennedy, Massachu-
. setts Democrat, disclosed Monday.
Sen. Kennedy confirmed that his
subcommittee has just completed
. ,an inspection of United Nations
relief activities in Egypt, Lebanon
and Jordan. Among the problems
'. considered was the question of UN
; relief and utilization of supplies
and funds by members of the Pale-
- stine Liberation Organization. The
subcommittee is mindful of "the
need for rectification of -refugee
relief rolls and questions relating
, to utilization of United Nations Re-
.-lief and Works Agency funds for
education and other rehabilitation
The Senator made known that
the subcommittee has been investi-
. gating the Arab refugee problem
for several months. He disclosed
• that George S. Abrams; general
counsel and staff director of his
subcommittee, and -Dale Deahan,
a staff member, returned to Wash-
. ington Monday from afield investi-
. gtaion that covered UNRWA acti-
vities in Egypt, Lebanon and Jor-
Abrams said Tuesday that Jor-
dan has assured him that it

The latest UNRWA registra-
tion figures, compiled as of the

end of June, 1965, showed that,
in Jordan, 688,327 refugees were
registered by the UN agency.
It is estimated here that at least
200,000 UNRWA ration cards
issued in Jordan have been
"passed on" to merchants and
others who use the UNRWA
cards improperly.
"In Jordan, where the prob-
lem is especially serious,"
Abrams said, "clear representa-
tions were made that steps
would be undertaken to begin
correcting abuses." The United
States government is concerned

because the U.S. pay 70_ per
cent of the UNRWA costs an-
nually, having contributed a

total of $364,468,069 to UNRWA
since the agency was established
in 1950.

The House Foreign Affairs
Committee voted June 9 to cut
the United States allocation for
the aid of the Arab refugees be-
ing helped by the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency for
Palestine Refugees by $700,000

during the next year.

The proposal to cut the UNRWA
allocation was made by Rep. Leon-
ard Farbstein, New York Demo-
crat, who criticized the failure of
the Arab govermnents, where
UNRWA operates its refugee
camps, to aid the rectification of
the UNRWA ration rolls. The rolls,
he 'said, are swollen with false
claimants and claims on behalf of
refugees who died.
Farbstein also called the com-
mittee's attention to the fact that
the Palestine Liberation Organi-
zation has been sending some of
its members for training in Com-

munist China on behalf of a 'lib-
eration war" against Israel. Shu-

kairy said that troops would, by
serving with North Vietnam, be
able "to study in actual surround-
ings the methods of guerilla war-
fare which will be used in the in-
evitable war to liberate Palestine."
The news about PLO's decision
was announced in the House of
Representatives, as soon as it was
received by Rep. Seymour Hal-
pern, New York Republican. He
demanded that the U. S. sever all
aid to countries like Egypt and
Syria that. permit their territories
to be used by military forces "in-
tended for commitment on the

Communist side in Vietnam." The
main PLO forces are being trained

in Egypt and Syria.
Rep. William Fitts Ryan, Ne•
York Democrat, then proposed that
a ban on aid to Egypt under the
"Food for Freedom" bill previous-
ly voted then secretly removed at
the request of the -administration,
be restored. By. voice vote, the
House passed Ryan's proposal.
Severance of all forms of
American aid and loans to all
Arab League states supporting
the. Palestine Liberation Organ-

ization was asked by National
Commander Milton A. Waldor of
the Jewish. War Veterans of the
USA, "in view of the announce-
ment by the Palestine Liberation

Organization that its members
will be sent to Vietnam to aid
the Vietcong against the United
States. This aid means that

American dollars are given to
the Arabs only to turn up in
Asia in the form of soldiers and

bullets killing our American

nouncement by Shukairy that Arab
soldiers will "fight alongside the
Vietcong in their struggle against
American imperialism" requires

an immediate American response.
He said that such Arab involve-
ment "would end the phony pose
of neutralism by a number of Arab
He also called•attention to the fact

that the PLO openly proclaiming
plans for a . "war of national lib-
eration" against Israel, has receiv-
ed bazookas, grenades, and fire-
arms from the Peking regime.
Survey on Israel-Syria Border •
A chemical warfare course that
envisages Use of chemical, biologi-
cal, and radioactive measures
against Israel is now in progress
at Ar-Rashid camp, Baghdad, Iraq,
for chemical warfare officers of all
Arab armies in the unified Arab

command. The special course com-
menced June 11 and will continue
for 10 days.
Shukairy Raps Humphrey
for Speech to Editors
President Hubert H. Humphrey's
comments at the convention of
the American Jewish Press Asso-
ciation have been denounced in a
Cairo "Voice of Palestine" broad-
cast to the Near East by chairman
Ahmed Shukairy of the "Palestine
Liberation Organization," who also
confirmed military collaboration of
his organization with Communist
The text of Shukairy's remarks,
delivered at a Palestine Liberation
Army camp in Syria, was received
here Tuesday. He commented on
Vice President Humphrey's de-
scription of the PLO as a threat to
Israel and to peace, and said that
he wanted to confirm Humphrey's
statement because "we and our

army are a threat to Israel."
"The Liberation Army and the
PLO are proceeding with determ-
ination," he boasted. "We receive
arms from the Chinese People's
Republic. The PLO has military
officers- being trained in the arms
of liberation and the experience. of
the Chinese. Your brothers are
there (in Communist China) and
we greet them."
Reports received by the U.S.
government stated that Shukairy
has met in Cairo with the ambas-
sador of North Vietnam to con-
tinue "consultations on the war-
fare in Vietnam." The Shukairy
meeting with the representatives
of the Hanoi regime was June 11.
Report on Israel Borders
Completed by Truce Supervisors
JERUSALEM — Maj. Gen. Odd
Bull, chief of staff of the United
Nations Truce Supervision Organi-
zation, will make a special report
to UN Secretary-General U Thant
on the results of a minute survey
of the Israeli side of the Israel-_
Syrian borders, designed • to probe
Syrian charges that Israel has been

7,000 Hasidim See
Wedding Uniting
2 Unfriendly Sects

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A century
of discord between the Hasidic
courts of Satmar and Vizhnitz was
temporarily forgotten at the re-
splendent wedding of two descend-
ants — Aharon Teitelbaum and
Shoshana Hager in Bnei Brak,
June 11.
The bridegroom is the son of
the Admor of Siget and is the
most likely successor to . his great
uncle, the Admor of Satmar, who
has no sons. The bride is • the
youngest granddaughter of the Ad-
mor of Vizhnitz.
Seven thousand followers of all
courts streamed to Bnei Brak to
celebrate the marriage ceremony,
which was held outdoors. The
couple will stay with the Vizhnit-
zers for three months then take
up residence- in the United States.

Jerusalem-Jordan No-Man's Land,
said Tuesday that the 14 teams
that conducted that survey have
completed - their assignments.
The survey, made at the request
of the Syrian government, was
made by military observers from
the UNTSO staff and Israeli army
officers who, together, inspected
every border point from Tel Dan
to Tel Katsir, as well as the de-
militarized zones and all defense
areas. Syria had assured UNTSO
that it will permit a similar, de-
tailed inspection of the border
areas on its side of the frontier
In reply to a question as to whether
U Thant will make Gen. Bull's re-
port public, the UNTSO spokesman
said: "The decision on that point
rests with U Thant."
Shimon Peres Warns
of New Pro-Soviet
Block In Middle East
NEW YORK (JTA) — Shimon
Peres, Israel's former deputy min-
ister of defense, warned of the im-
pending establishment of a new
pro-Soviet bloc in the Middle East,
as a "new phase in
i the cold war."
As a result of the recent visit
of Soviet Prime Minister Kosygin
to Cairo, and the visit to Moscow
by Syria's Prime Miinster Zayyen,
he said, .the new Soviet-Arab rela-
tionships are "bound to bring about
a build-up of arms and tension in
the Middle East in the near fu-
On the other hand, he declared,
there seemed little prospect at
present of extending the 1950 Tri-
partite Declaration, guaranteeing
the territorial integrity of all states
in the Middle East, into a four-
power move that would include
the USSR as one of the guarantors.
The 1950 Declaration had been is-
sued by the United States, Britain
and France, and is still in effect.
Peres, now general secretary of
Israel's latest political party, Rafi,
founded by former Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion, held a news
conference under auspices of the
Zionist Organization of America.
Jacques Torczyner. ZOA president,
explained that, while the ZOA "is
not identifeid with any political
party in Israel," Peres was invited
as part of a ZOA program to ac-
quaint American Zionists "with the
varied political trends in the Jew-
ish State."
Washington Official
Urges Aid to Israel
at Bnai Zion Parley
has convinced the world, during its
18 years of existence, "of its capa-
city, determination and will" to de-
fend its borders and its skies and
"this is the great political reality
of 1966 in terms of Israel's survi-
val," John F. Henning, undersec-
retary of labor, declared on June
9, addressing the 57th annual con-
vention of Bnai Zion.
Henning denounced the "mad-
ness" of President Nasser' of
Egypt and stressed that Israel was
"in no way a. threat" to the se-
curity of its Arab neighbors. He
contrasted Israel's 8,000 square
miles and 2,500,000 people with
the 4,400,000 square ,miles and
101,000,000 people of the 13 Arab.
countries and called "incredible",
any assertion --that "Israel jeopar-
dizes the security of the Arab na-
tions of the Middle East."
He - also told the 500 delegates
that "as Americans, we must give
Israel the sinews of life." He
urged that American Jews "never
forget" that they "must stand
watch over the survival of Israel."
He also called for educational and
study facilities for children of
Oriental Jews who have settled in
Israel. He said the children were
from "deprived cultures" who had
come into a "progressive and dyna-
mic" society where they must be
educated to the demands of a 20th
Century society.

"From Tokyo to Jerusalem" by
Abraham Kotsuji, published by
Bernard Geis Associates (130 E.
56th, NY22), already reviewed in
these columns, continues to draw
wide attention.
It is the story of the 60-year-old
Japanese who underwent circum-
cision, studied under noted schol-
ars, was in Israel to pursue his
studies and is a dedicated and
conforming Jew.
He now occupies an important
place in his native land as a He-
brew scholar, as a teacher of Jew-
ish ideals.
His personal account given in
his book tells of tribulations be-
fore he triumphed over obstacles,
of heroism during the last war,
of rescue work during the war and
threats on his life by the Man-
churian Gestapo.
As the only recorded story of a
Japanese convert to Judaism,
"From Tokyo to Jerusalem" sheds
new light on the Oriental -back-
ground and gives a fresh insight
into the meaning of ancient He-
braic' traditions. But "From Tokyo
to Jerusalem" goes far beyond
the account of one man's conver-
sion. Dr. Kotsuji's long and event-
ful life has spanned many decades
of Japanese life in war and in
peace, and his identification with
the Jewish people has thrown him
time and again into situations of
conflict and peril. His account of
a Japanese childhood is particular-
ly appealing, and the story of his
conversion is a richly rewarding
human document of the triumph
of religious faith.


Sorbonne Buys
Hebrew U. Music
Analyzing Device.

PARIS — A melograph, an in-
strument for analysis of ethnic
music, designed and constructed
by scientists of the Hebrew Uni-
versity, Jerusalem, has been
acquired by the Sorbonne Univer-
It is a more developed version
of the model that has been in use
at the Hebrew University since
1958. Only a few such instruments
exist in the world. There is one
in use at the University of Cali-
fornia and another at the Uni-
versity of Oslo.
The Israelis were not aware
of the existence of the two others
when they built their own eight
years ago; all three were pro-
duced ahnost simultaneously, but
quite independently.
The Hebrew University model is
used for studying the music and
tonal structure of the many ethnic
groups in Israel such as Moslem
and Christian Arabs and Jews from
North Africa, Yemen, Iran, Syria
and Iraq. -
The instrument is based on the
transformation of sound waves into
electric currents. The intensity of
these currents is proportional to
the fundamental frequency. Since
the melograph yields a continu-
ous graphic recording of the
melody, it enables the researcher
to- obtain a recording of absolute
Pitch, its changes in time inter-
vals and so on.
Prof. Jacques Chailley, professor
of music history and director of
the Institute of Musicology at the
Sorbonne, first became aware of
the melograph at the conference of
the International Folk Music
Council in • Israel in 1963. He ex-
pressed his interest in acquiring
the instrument, and it was ordered
at the Hebrew University. Interest
in acquiring the device is also being
shown in other parts of the world,
including India, Germany and the
United States.


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