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September 23, 1966 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-09-23

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10—Friday, September 23, 1966

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

U Thant, Israel and UN

By SAUL CARSON

JTA Correspondent at the UN
(Copyright. 1966, JTA, Inc.)

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. —
As another General Assembly got
under way here, there were too
many similarities to issues on the
agenda that have
been there for
many years,
items that we
might call prob-
lems without
solutions or ques-
tions without an-
swers. One of
these is, of
course, the ques-
tion of the Arab Thant
refugees — which is no nearer
solution today than it was 17 years
ago. Human rights issues on this
year's agenda are also much too
familiar. And yet there was one
major difference — not on the
agenda but on the level of top
personnel. That was, of course,
the decision of Secretary-General
U Thant against entering his name
far another term in that post.
From the very beginning of his
tenure as Secretary-General, Mr.
Thant has had a special relation-
ship to Israel and its problems.
Now that he has announced his
long-awaited decision in regard to
the U.N. chief executive's job —
that relationship might bear re-
viewing.
Mr. Thant's relationship to Israel
started in 1955, when he was press
aide to U Nu, then the Prime
Minister of Burma. Mr. Nu visited
Israel that year, and Mr. Thant
was with him. Then they came to
the United States, specifically to
visit the United Nations.
This correspondent had the good
fortune to meet these two gentle-
men when they arrived at the
New York International Airport
after their visit to Israel. Prime
Minister Nu granted a lengthy
interview to the JTA correspond-
ent, and his praise of Israel was
enthusiastic. His press aide, young
Mr. Thant, stood by and smiled
agreement.
Later, Mr. Thant became
Burma's permanent representa-
tive to the United Nations, with
the rank of Ambassador. Mr. Thant
wrote a pamphlet about the visit
to Israel, and lauded -the Jewish
State.
* * *
By 1958, when the Jewish corn-
munity in the United States joined
in celebrating the 10th aniversary
of Israel's rebirth, Mr. Thant
spoke at a num-
ber of events
commented with
that celebration.
Among others,
he addressed the
annual conven-
tion of the Amer-
ican Jewish Con-
gress in Miami
Beach, and he
was the principal
speaker before
an Israel an-
niversary event
conducted by
the Jewish Com-
munity Center
of Springfield,
Hammarskjold Mass. In New
York, Ambassador Thant was the
principal speaker at a dinner con-
ducted by Americans for Progres-
sive Israel. There was no doubt
where this Burmese diplomat stood



of his friendship for and toward
Israel.
Then came the horrible news in
1961, when Dag Hammarskjold
lost his life in a plane crash in
Africa, while seeking world peace.
The Burmese diplomat, U Thant,
had been put forward by a num-
ber of delegations as a potential
acting Secretary-General. Israel
was among his most ardent en-
dorsers. However, U Thant might
have been shunted aside, if it was
not for a faux pas by a prominent
Arab here.
* * *

Mongi Slim, of Tunisia, had
just been elected president of
the General Assembly. Overly
ambitious, Slim wanted badly to
get the Ham-
marskjold job.

But he made an
egregious error.
During a recep-
tion here, Slim
snubbed Mrs.
Golda Meir, Is-
rael's Foreign
Minister. Some
diplomats were
Mrs. Meir horrified by
such a social gaff. Mrs. Meir,
much too secure in her own per-

B-G Birthday Oct. 1 Starts With Shazar Visit; Eshkol Aloof

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM—President Zalman
Shazar will personally open the
celebrations for former Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion's 80th
birthday on Oct. 1.
The president will go with his
wife and members of the official
celebration committee to Ben-
Gurion's residence at Sde Boker
in the Negev to convey the best
wishes of the nation to Ben-Gur-
ion. The president and the commit-
tee members will arrive at Sde
Boker on Wednesday, the eve of
Sukkot. They will attend an open-
air rally at Negev College at
which the former premier will be
one of the speakers.
Members of the Cabinet also

Rockwell Barred
From Jewish Areas
During Holidays

will travel to Sde Boker to con-
vey the greetings of the govern-
ment. However, because of the
strained relations between Ben-
Gurion and Premier Levi Eshkol,
the premier will not be a mem-
ber of the Cabinet delegation, nor
does he plan to send a personal
letter to Ben-Gurion.
The Cabinet Sunday extended
greetings to Ben-Gurion, declaring
"The government of Israel notes
with gratitude the historic service
of David Ben-Gurion to the state
of Israel, its establishment, its
security and ingathering of exiles
and wishes him health and many
more years."
Mass rallies will be held in
Haifa and Ramat Gan, but it was
not known whether Ben-Gurion
would attend either assembly.
Haifa Mayor Abba Khoushi said
the city would stage a large

candidacy. Thant was elected.
Since he has been in the post
of Secretary-General, no one could
have walked the Arab-Israel tight-
rope more carefully than has
U Thant. The fact is, however,
that the Arabs knew about his pre-
1961, pro-Israel attitude, as well
as anyone else here.
It can readily be seen that the
Secretary-Generalship was just
about the hottest issue here when
the Assembly opened. U Thant's
desires were central to that issue.
And U Thant's background was
relevant to what was going on
here.

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CHICAGO (JTA) — A federal
judge banned George Rockwell and
his American Nazi party from
staging planned demonstrations in
Jewish neighborhoods in Chicago

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during the High Holy Days.
District Judge Joseph Perry, hi
issuing the ban, called the party's
activities "an abuse of free
speech" which would "interfere
with the right of ethnic group
sonality—and her country's worth members to follow their religion."
—to care about a social snub, did
He issued a temporary re-
indeed show concern for a dif-
straining order banning Nazi
ferent reason. She agreed with party demonstrations in 26 coun-
diplomats who said that a man who ties of the Chicago area effective
discriminates against a member
the first day of the High Holy
state could not be trusted to treat Days, for one week. The order
such a state with fairness, once also banned Nazi party members
he got into the job of Secretary-
from mailing or distributing
General. That argument swept anti-Jewish hate materials in

the corridors here. It made much
sense. Slim had undercut his own

municipal celebration and that
he would meet with the former
premier and invite him to attend.
Mayor Avraham Krinitzi
of
Ramat Gan said he was organiz-
ing a "Ben-Gurion evening" in the
city's national park. He said he
expected a turnout of about 10,-
000 for that rally. Beersheba has
offered Ben-Gurion an honorary
citizenship on the occasion of his
birthday.

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Rockwell Tuesday pleaded guilty
and was fined $400 for unlawfully
soliciting funds and conducting a
meeting on park property without
a permit.
Earlier in the week, Municipal
Magistrate Maurice Lee fined
Ralph Forbes, a Rockwell lieuten-
ant, $300 on charges of disorderly
conduct arising from a Nazi march
on Sept. 10 in a Southside Chicago
Negro district. Forbes, who waived
a jury trial, also was found guilty
of interfering with police officers
when they arrested Rockwell, who
led the march despite refusal of
Chicago officials to give him a
parade permit.

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and the entire staff

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TEL AVIV — Three Americans
from Dallas have contributed
$490,000 for the construction of
a vocational school at Lydda, to
be named the Zale Vocational
School. It was announced Tues-
day by Joseph Meyerhoff, chair-
man of the Israel Education Fund
of the United Jewish Appeal.
Meyerhoff made the announce-
ment at ceremonies at Lydda for
the start of the school's construc-
tion, attended by Mr. and Mrs.
William Zale of Dallas, who rep-
resented the Zale Foundation
which contributed $390,000 for
this purpose. Morris B. Zale of
Dallas is president of the founda-
tion.
An additional $100,000 was
given for the building of -this
school by another Jewish leader
from Dallas, Jacob Feldman, who
also made his gift through the
Israel Education Fund, Meyerhoff
regarding Israel; he made no secret said.

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