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July 01, 1966 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-07-01

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Chile Tenders Warns Reception
to Shamus*: Israeli 'roars _Peace

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

SANTIAGO — Israel's President
Zalman Shazar assured a joint
zession of the Chilean Congress
here Tuesday that his government,
-always "a pursuer of peace, will
continue along that path, driving
toward "direct negotiations be-
tween countries as the surest road
toward the solution of all problems
and the welfare and progress of all
mankind."
Shazar voiced that pledge. ob-
viously aimed at a hope for direct
peace negotiations with the Arab
states — without mentioning any
country specifically—as he spoke
from the podium of the joint ses-
sion Tuesday morning, of the
Chilean Senate and Chamber of
Deputies.
Tuesday was the second day of
President Shazar's scheduled eight-
day visit to Chile, his second stop
on a six-week tour of four Latin
American states.
Shazar's party was maintain-
ing constant contact with the
foreign ministry in Jerusalem
over whether to continue with
the third leg of the South Ameri-
can tour, scheduled to begin
Monday in Buenos Aires, in spite
of the military coup in that
country.
If the Argentine visit is can-
celed or delayed, it is expected
that President Shazar's party will
extend its visit to Chile.
The Israel president arrived at
Santiago's international airport
4 1/z hours late Monday after a
stormy trip from Montevideo,
Uruguay. He received a very
hearty reception from the govern-
ment.
His official host on the state
visit is President Eduardo Frei. -
The Chilean president's welcom-
ing committee included the lead-
ers of the"cabinet and congress,
Catholic dignitaries and the
commanding generals and admi-
rals of Chile's armed forces. With
great fanfare, his cavalcade,
headed by one automobile carry-
ing the two presidents, and a
second car with the wives of the
presidents, was driven to the
government's official, palatial
residence for the most honored
foreign guests.
Cheering crowds greeted Presi-
dent and Mrs. Shazar, and military
bands played salutes and the
national anthems of both Israel
and Chile.
President Frei told President
Shazar "The Chilean people and
the government greet you and wel-
come you most heartily, wishing
you and your people peace and
health. We feel very close to Israel
despite the geographical distance
that separates us. Chile welcomes
you as the highest representative
of a great nation that has wielded
such great influence on all human
destiny. I hope that you will feel
at home, as if you were in your
own great country, because in the
heart of every Chilean men of good
will, from all over the earth, have
a permanent place."
President Frei then paid tribute
to the Chilean citizens of the Jew-
ish faith. He told President Shazar
"In Chile the Jewish people are
an active group. They have inte-
grated in our life and they are,
undoubtedly, an important factor
in the progress of our country.
They are active fruitfully in public
life, in teaching and in other pro-
fessions, and have contributed
significantly to our economic and
technical activities. We have great-
ly appreciated also the technical
assistance we have received from
Israel, and we hope that this co-
operation will become even more
important."
President Shazar, in turn,
thanked Chile for having given
refuge to Jews during the World
War era, noting that Chile was
one of the few countries in the
world that offered a haven to
Jews fleeing the holocaust in
Europe.
As President Shazar and his
party reached Cousino Palacia, the
official guest house, the mayor of

Santiago greeted Shazar and pre-
sented him with a medal and a
diploma proclaiming him as honor-
ary citizen of this city.
Tuesday morning, before he ap-
peared at the joint session of Con-
gress, highest military officers
presented a salute, and Israel's
blue-white flag was raised in the
plaza facing the monument. Thou-
sands of Chileans cheered when
the Israeli flag went up.
The newspaper La Tarde re-
ported that federal and city police
authorities had rounded up sus-
pected opponents of the honors
scheduled for the reception of the
Israelis president, requesting them
to leave the city for the period
Shazar was to spend here. La Tarde
hinted that Arabs living here might
be involved in plans against the
Israeli president. The mass circu-
/ation daily, Clarin, also reported
that police "are on the alert against
Nazi commandoes."
Anonymously-sponsored p a mph-
lets villifying the Israeli president
made their appearance in the
streets of this city Sunday. Police
authorities confiscated many of the
pamphlets and initiated an investi-
gation as to the authorship of the
material and the source of its dis-
tribution center.
The airport was out under guard
of both police and military units
as the plane carrying Shazar
touched down.
* * *
El Mercurio, the most import-
ant daily in this country,
printed a Page One editorial, de-
claring "Israel has the rank of
first importance in the modern
world. The friendship binding
our country with Israel gives the
presence of these distinguished
visitors a significance of unde-
niable value." Other newspapers
in Chile welcomed President
Shazar in the same vein.
The outstanding event Wednes-
day was the signing of an agree-
ment between Chile and Israel for
cooperation in the field of nuclear
science and research for peaceful
purposes.
Wednesday's agreement went be-
yond the nuclear field. It embrac-
ed Chilean-Israeli aims for the pro-
motion of social and economic de-
velopment as well as general
scientific knowledge "for the peace
and progress of mankind."
President Shazar and Frei held
their second, and lengthier con-
ference Tuesday night.
Chileans—not only in this city
but throughout the country—paid
homage to Shazar Tuesday night
by watching a documentary film
report of his visit on the country's
television network. The program
showed every detail of President
Shazar's activities here and the
various receptions and parades in
his honor.
Commentaries lauded the Israeli
president's simplicity, distinction
for humanity, and his basic quali-
ties which were compared to
those of the best of Chileans.
Among the television reports was
one showing Mrs. Rachel Shazar,
the president's wife, and Mrs. Frei
planting trees as a contribution to
Chile's program of afforestation.
Mrs. Shazar was guest of honor
Wednesday at a luncheon tendered
in her honor by 500 Jewish women
froth, all over Chile. She was greet-
ed in Yiddish and replied in He-
brew. The event had been spon-
sored by WIZO, the Women's In-
ternational Zionist Organization.
While Mrs. Shazar was being

honored, President Shazar re-
ceived Cardinal Silva, leader of
the Roman Catholic hierarchy in
this country. Cardinal Silva is an
outstanding Catholic liberal. Last
year, he delivered an address here
at a synagogue. His appearance
before a Jewish congregation had
been hailed as the opening of a
new era in the relations between
Catholics and Jews in this coun-
try.
In Uruguay, as in Chile. the
Israeli chief of state signed an
agreement for cooperation in the
field of the use of atomic energy
for peaceful purposes.
At a dinner tendered in his honor
by Uruguayan President Alberto
Heber, Shazar voiced a hope for
ultimate peace with Israel's neigh-
boring Arab states. He told the
brilliant gathering of 600 leaders of
the government, foremost notables
in the country's intellectual life
and leaders of local Jewry that
"We have not given up our hope
that the day will come when our
neighbors will be numbered among
our friends."
Perhaps the most dramatic of
the events last weekend was Presi-
dent Shazar's appearance before
the joint session of Uruguay's Con-
gress, with all members of the
Assembly and the Senate attend-
ing — except for the Communist
faction, which boycotted the gath-
ering.
Addressing the session, Dr. Mar-
tin R. Echegoyen, president of the
Assembly, delivered a half-hour
greeting during which he lauded
Israel and mentioned all of the
prominent leaders of Zionism from
Theodor Herzl and Chaim Weiz-
mann to David Ben-Gurion, Golda
Meir "and all the others who were
called fanatics of social justice and
labor agitators, but proved to the
world that they were prophets of
peaceful civilization."
A scene charged with emotion
took place when President Shazar
and his wife, Mrs. Rachel Shazar,
received at their temporary resi-
dence in the Presidential palace
leaders of the Uruguayan Jewish
community.
Shazar told Jaime Baiter, presi-
dent of the Montevidean Jewish
Community, that he hoped, in the
future, to maintain still closer con-
tacts with the Jews in this country.
President Shazar and Mrs. Shazar
visited Jewish schools, some of
them conducted by the government
on a nonsectarian basis, the Jew-
ish Home for the Aged here, and
other Jewish institutions.
The Uruguayan Ministry of
Posts rushed into print and dis-
tribution a second issue of
100,000 special postage stamps,
bearing the portrait of Shazar.
The first issue of that stamp, at
a value of seven pesos, was plac-
ed on sale June 22. By night-
fall, it developed that the entire
first issue of 100,000 had been
sold out.
The Israeli visitors were guests
of honor at a concert by the Uru-
guayan Philharmonic Orchestra.
The orchestra, conducted by its
Chinese guest conductor, Choo
Hoey, featured a symphony, en-
titled "Anne Frank," written by
the Uruguayan Jewish composer,
Leon Biriotti.

1st New Zealand Prime Minister
Sir Julius Vogel, a 19th century
New Zealand statesman, was the
first Jew to serve as Prime Min-
ister of his country when he was
elected to that post in 1873.

14—Friday, July 1, 1966

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Two World Conferences Scheduled in Geneva

GENEVA (JTA). — Two major
world Jewish conferences will take
place here this month at which
varoius Jewish problems will be
discussed. A three-day confer-
ence of Jewish educators opening
here Wednesday will be followed
by a two-day plenary meeting of
the World Conference of Jewish
Organizations, opening July ' 9.
Delegates representing Jewish
communities on five continents
will participate in the Conference
of Jewish Organizations. They will
review a series of major interna-
tional issues—problems of Soviet
Jewry and development in the
Middle East among them—and ex-
plore ways of intensifying joint
action on an international scale.

The delegates also will hear re-
ports on new developments in Jew-
ish-Catholic relations growing out
of the Vatican Council's declara-
tion on the Jews and on the cur-
rent state of organized anti-Semi-
tic manifestations in Europe, Unit-
ed States and Latin America.
The three-day meeting of Jewish
educators has been convened by
the World Council of Jewish Edu-
cation.

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