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July 01, 1966 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-07-01

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Editorial Attacking Soviet Anti-Semitism
Greets Russian Delegation in Canada

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TORONTO — A Soviet parlia-1
mentary delegation visiting Can-
ada under the chairmanship of
Dimitry S. Polyansky, vice chair-
man of the Moscow government.
has received a plea from the
Toronto Telegram, one of the
leading newspapers in the Domin-
ion, for lifting restrictions against
Russian Jews.
Under the heading "Let the Rus-
'as Head This Call," the Tele-
iltt
a four-column editorial
Monday stating "one obstacle to
understanding between Canada and
the USSR is anti-Semitism, the
only area of Soviet life that ap-
pears to have escaped the liberal-
izing effects of the loosening of
the Stalinist straight jacket. This
is perplexing not only to Cana-
dians but also to progressive So-
viet citizens."
The editorial was addressed to
the 11-man Soviet delegation which
arrived for its official visit to
Ottawa just as the newspaper here
issued its call. The Soviet group
came to Ottawa to repay a visit
made to Moscow last year by a
parliamentary delegation f r o in
Canada.
Noting that Russian Jews
must carry passports identify-
ing them as Jews, the editorial
protested the fact that Soviet
citizens of the Jewish nationality

Rockwell Freed
by N.Y. Court

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

NEW YORK — George Rockwell,
leader of the American Nazi Party,
was free Tuesday of disorderly
conduct charges after the New
York district attorney, the Nazi's
defense counsel and a three-man
panel of criminal court judges
agreed that there was no possi-
bility of obtaining a conviction of
the man, due to several questions
of constitutional law.
The charge against Rockwell
dated hack to 1960 when, in the
rotunda of the Supreme Court
building here, he made anti-
Semitic remarks and allegedly
threatened a vice chairman of the
Jewish War Veterans, Lester Fah n,
now an assistant district attorney
in Brooklyn.
Judges Simon Silver, Thomas G.
Weaver and Daniel Hoffman, of
criminal court, ruled in a 19-page
memorandum that Rockwell's case
be dismissed. All parties con-
cerned, including the court, the
office of the New York district at-
torney and the defense counsel,
representing the American Civil
Liberties Union, agreed that they
hhor Rockwell's principles." But
were unanimous in the feeling
— if brought to trial, he could
not be convicted. Judge Silver said
that a trial for Rockwell - would
serve no useful purposes.

Envoy Says Sharett Quit
as Foreign Minister Due
to Arabs' Refusal to Talk

NEW YORK (JTA) — Arab in-
transigence and "indifference" of
the great powers to peace in the
Middle East drove the late Moshe
Sharett to resign as Foreign min-
ister of Israel in 1956, it was as-
serted by Walter Eytan, Israel am-
bassador to France, who had been
a close friend and associate of Mr.
Sharett.
Eytan said that history may
show that failure to achieve peace
in the Middle East at that time
"was the loss of the Arabs, too,
not to speak of the rest of the
world."
The ambassador delivered the
first Moshe Sharett Memorial Lec-
ture, under the auspices of Hadas-
sah, The lecture marked the first
anniversary of the death of Mr.
Sharett, who also had served Is-
rael as prime minister and was—
at the time of his death on July
7, 1965—chairman of the executive
of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

do not receive rights equal with
those given to other nationalities
such as the Georgians, Ukran-
ians and Armenians, existing as
"an ethnic and cultural group
only in form, not in content."

The newspaper mentioned the
denial to the Russian Jews of the
rights to perpetuate and teach to
their children the Jewish "lan-
guages, literature and value pat-
terns." It complained against the
"systematic dispossession" suf-
fered by Russian Jewry in regard
to cultural institutions and agen-
cies. It called also for "compas-
sionate" action to permit Soviet
Jews separated from their families
through the Nazi holocaust to re-
join their relatives abroad.
On Monday, 32 of the leading
intellectuals in Britain sent a
protest which appeared in a let-
ter to the editor of The Times of
London, objecting to the Soviet
Embassy's rejection of a peti-
tion on behalf of greater religious
and cultural freedoms for Rus-
sian Jewry. The petition, pre-

sented to the USSR Embassy in
London a month ago by 5,000
'British university students, had
been rejected on the grounds
that "there is no Jewish prob-
lem" in Russia.
At the same time, 127 members
of Parliament, representing all
political parties, filed a motion in
the House of Commons Monday,
calling upon the British govern-
ment to secure for the Jews in the
Soviet Union "the basic human
rights afforded to all other citizens
of the USSR." The motion deplored
"the continuing difficulties con-
fronting the Jews in the USSR."

Monday's joint letter to The
Times was signed by some of the
country's leading authors, play-
wrights, critics, university pro-
fessors and political personalities,
including Kingsley Amis, David
Astor, Lord Boothby, Brigid Bro-
phy, Lawrence Durrell, Max Hay-
ward, Iris Murdoch, Herbert Read,
Leonard Schapiro, Sybil Thorn-
dike, Kenneth Tynan and Angus
Wilson.

-

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July 1, 1966-7

Four Manitoba Jews Are Elected to Legislature

WINNIPEG (JTA) — Four Jews
were elected to the provincial
legislature of Manitoba, according
to the final tabulations Tuesday
of the province-wide elections.
They are Saul Cherniack, Saul
Miller, Sydney Green and Sydney
Spivack.
All but Spivack are members
of the New Democratic Party.
Spivack, a member of the ruling
Progressive Conservative Party,
succeeds Maitland Steinkopf, also
a Jew, who announced recently
that he is retiring from political
life and from the Manitoba Cab-
inet.
The previous Manitoba Legis-
lature had three Jews. One of
them was Cherniack, who has now
been chosen again. The two others
were Steinkopf, and Mr. Morris
Gray, who died while in office.
Prior to the elections, the
Canadian Jewish Congress had is-
sued a statement dissociating itself
from proposals that had been
made advocating the formation of
a political, civic action body corn-
prised of ethnic groups. The CJC

reiterated its traditional attitude
regarding elections in the coun-
try, noting that Canadian Jews
voted as citizens and not as mem-
bers of an ethnic or religious
group.

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