Federation to Build
Housing for Elderly
Vol. XLIX, No..19
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HE JEWISH NE
of Our People:
By CHARLOTTE HYAMS
Jewish Welfare Federation Committee on Housing for the Elderly Tuesday
night voted to ask Federation tti sponsor a residence project for senior citizens.
Intended as a pilot project for some 200 persons with modest incomes, the apart-
ment facility would partly answer a growing need that has cropped up throughout the
country for housing stable, elderly persons who do not require the services of a home
for the aged.
The blue-ribbon committee, established last year under the chairmanship of
Leonard N. Simons, asked that its recommendations be taken up immediately by the
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Vietnam Protest-Dissent Issue
Splits NCR C; 7 Groups Support
Resolution Vetoed by Veterans
The Glorious 4th
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
(Copyright, 1966, Jewish Telegraph Agency, Inc.)
The Jews numbered about 3,000 out of a total
population of some 3,000,000 at the time of the Dec-
laration of Independence. Dr. Rush, one of the sign-
ers, declared that all the Jews were Whigs or in favor
of independence as against the Tories who were pro-
British. This is not entirely so. The Revolutionary
War was in a sense a civil war; even some families
were divided. Benjamin Franklin was for independ-
ence, his son, against it. No less a man than John
Adams estimated that in some of the colonies, those
who were against independence equalled the number
for it. It is true, however, that the great majority of
the Jews were Whigs.
The First Continental Congress in 1775 decreed a
day of fasting and prayer. Rabbi Gershom Seixas of
the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation in New
"May it please Thee to put it in the head of our
Sovereign Lord, George the Third, and in the hearts
of his counsellors and princes to turn away their
fierce wrath from against North America and to de-
stroy the wild desires of our enemies, that there
may be no more bloodshed.
"0 Lord, our God, we beseech Thee to open the
gates of mercy, on this our solemn feast and that the
prayers of the people may come before The, that
Thou mayest send the Angel of Mercy to proclaim
peace to all America."
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WASHINGTON, (JTA) — The plenary session of the National Community Relations Advisory
Council, central advisory body of eight national Jewish organizations and 78 local Jewish councils,
split over a resolution concerning the Vietnam war and expressing fear that the right to protest and
dissent is threatened.
The resolution, presented at Sunday's meeting of of the four-day NCRAC session, attended by 250
delegates from all parts of the country, was vetoed by the Jewish War Veterans of America, one of the
eight national organizations affiliated with the NCRAC. Immediately, the seven other national organiza-
tions voted for it. Under policy procedure, any of the eight national constituent groups can exercise a
veto on a policy action, to prevent its issuance in the name of the NCRAC. Thus the resolution is not
an NCRAC measure but an expression of the seven groups which voted for it.
The seven groups were the American Jewish Congress, Bnai Brith and the Anti-Defamation League,
Jewish Labor Committee, United Synagogue of America, Union of American Hebrew Congregations,
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and the National Council of Jewish Women. Detroit's
is one of 31 affiliated Jewish community councils who endorsed the measure.
The resolution vetoed by the JWV said in part: "We deplore all action which threatens expression of
dissent in connection with U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the case of the Vietnam war; or to dis-
credit such expressions by propagandistic association of dissent with the most bizarre, disreputable, or un-
patriotic elements in society. Such action threatens to create the hysteria of the McCarthy period, which
happily we overcame."
In a statement of its position against the proposed NCRAC resolution, the Jewish War Veterans
said they "strongly disagree with any statement of Jewish organizations that alleges the existence of a so-
called spirit of McCarthyism is abroad in our land, allegedly inhibiting the exercise of the right of protest
and dissent. Our government, like any American, is entitled to the presumption of innocence until prov-
en guilty; critics of our Vietnam policy should debate the issue on its merits, and should not cry foul
when the debate becomes heated on both sides, so long as there are no acts of repression or retaliation."
The declaration by the seven national organizations took no position on the current Vietnam policy
and noted that "in this period of crisis opposing views on basic issues of war and peace are more freely
being expressed" than in comparable war-time periods.
But it expressed concern with "all action which threatens expression of dissent in connection with
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gappy Birthday, Uncle Sam
********** JULY 4, 1966 **********
DeGaulle Stresses Need for Keeping
D.E. Stable in Talks With Soviet Chiefs
JERUSALEM (JTA)—French President Charles de Gaulle stressed
the need for Big Power guarantee of the territorial integrity of the
states in the Middle East, in discussing the Near East region on his
current visit to Moscow with Leonid I. Brezhnev, general secretary
of the Soviet Communist Party, it was reported here.
The report, broadcast over Kol Israel, Israel's government-owned
radio network, came from the network's correspondent who is a mem-
ber of the news corps that accompanied President de Gaulle to Moscow.
During one of their talks in Moscow, the Kol Israel correspondent
reported, Brezhnev told President de Gaulle that the Soviet Union
maintains good relations with the countries in the Middle East, and
wants peace in the area. Gen. de Gaulle then said that France also
has good relations with the countries in the Middle East, mentioning
Israel specifically among the states in that region.
The French leader stressed the need for maintaining the
territorial status quo in the Middle East. France, along with the United
States and Britain, is a partner to the Tripartite Declaration for the
guarantee of the Middle East borders, issued by the three powers in
1950. Israel's Ambassador to Paris, Walter Eytan, was understood to
have requested in a visit to the French Foreign Minister, Maurice
Couve de Murville, a week ago, that President de Gaulle raise the
point of including the USSR in the 1950 Declaration.
Lamerhav, organ of Ahdut Avodah, the party that entered into a political
alignment last year with the dominant Mapai Party, reported Sunday that Prime
Minister Levi Eshkol will request a meeting with President de Gaulle in the
near future. The principal aim of that meeting would be to discuss France's atti-
tude toward Israel's desire to become an associate member of the European
Israel's Foreign Ministry sources were not prepared to discuss that report.
However, it was indicated that Israel will launch a strong political and diplomatic
offensive on that issue soon in the capitals of the six Euromart states — France,
West Germany, Valy, the Netherlands. Belgium and Luxembourg.