Rep. Halpern Urges Free U.S. Arms
to Israel -to Offset China Aid to PLO
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The
House of Representatives heard
Tuesday a proposal that the United
States furnish free arms to Israel,
instead of the present dollar sales
arrangement, in view of Commu-
nist Chinese weapons shipments to
the so-caned Palestine Liberation
The recommendation for legis-
lative and executive initiatives to
provide Israel with cost-free mili-
tary equipment was made by Rep.
Seymour Halpern, New York Re-
publican. He said in a speech on
the House floor: "American sol-
diers are dying in Vietnam, partly
as a result of calculated designs of
Peking. It seems to me absurd
that we do not immediately au-
thorize the granting of all neces-
sary arms to Israel to deter Pe-
king's Near Eastern plot."
A State Department spokes-
man said Monday that the de-
partment has received reports •
that Communist China is supply-
ing the Palestine Liberation
Army with military equipment,
but that these reports were not
Robert J. McClosky, State De-
partment spokesman, said: "We
have had reports to the effect that
the Chinese Communists are sup-
plying arms and otherwise em-
broidering relations with the Pal-
estine Liberation Army but we
have no documented evidence."
(Israeli concern over the de-
velopment stems from the prospect
that Communist Chinese assistance
may increase the effectiveness of
sabotage incursions into Israel.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
has reported a number of times
in the last year that Ahmed Shu-
kairy, chairman of the Palestine
Liberation Organization, has been
in close contact with Peking, re- of the United States. The Israeli
ceiving not only arms but also defense bill is proportionately high-
training facilities for his "army" er. Thousands of workers in Israel
from Communist China.")
have recently lost their jobs when
Experts here noted the total development projects have been
value of the Communist-Chinese- deferred."
supplied arms was trifling com-
He stressed that "the Israeli
pared with the hundreds of mil-
soldier would be as valuable to
lions of dollars worth of arms
the national security interests of
given or sold by the United
the United States, in his new situ-
States and the Soviet Union to
ation, as our military deployments
in the Far East." He said Ameri-
various Arab countries.
ca depends on Israel to defend
The significance attached here
its territorial integrity against
to the report of the arms sales
stems from a belief that it reflects
a new Chinese Communist move
into the Middle East to establish
Rep. Halpern told Congress that
a foothold among the Arab "revolu- "the time has come to invite Israeli
soldiers to Fort Benning and other
The Chinese weapons, it is be- installations in the United States
lieved here, are relatively obsolete for training in the counter-guerrila
small arms, such as rifles and techniques we learned, at such
light machine guns, that were ori- great cost, in Vietnam."
ginally manufactured in the Soviet
He noted that Syria and Egypt
Union and found their way into backed Hanoi and the Viet Cong,
Arab hands either through Commu- while Palestinian "liberation" ex-
nist China or from the semi-clan- tremists were training in China and
destine arms market that flourishes Vietnam "to gain experience for
in the Middle East with money the unleashing of a similar gueril-
supplied by the Chinese.
la war in the Near East." He said:
(In Paris, informed French "We should make every effort to
sources said Tuesday it had been assist a free state such as Israel
known for some time here that against the threatened onslaught
Communist China was sending of Communist-backed subversion."
weapons to the Palestine Libera- He termed Israel "the new target
tion Organization army. They said of Red China's fanaticism." In the
that the shipments included rifles, opinion of the Congressman: "Pe-
bazookas and machine guns, but king would like to foment a Chi-
that the quantity of such shipments nese-style 'war of liberation' by the
Arabs against Israel as a diversion
Rep. Halpern stated: "Israel, in the Near East from the United
menaced simultaneously by Soviet States efforts in Vietnam and
and Chinese weapons, in the midst Southeast Asia. Peking extremists
of pro-Communist neighbors, is also see this as a means of under-
forced to devote enormous amounts mining Soviet influence in the
of her own strained resources to Near East and penetrating that
pay for defensive arms. The Israe- volatile region in the chaos that
lis are paying more for defense an Arab 'liberation' war would
per capita than even the citizens create."
Cardinal Bea Offers Illuminating
Facts on 'Declaration on Jews'
Augustin Cardinal Bea, who led
in the efforts for the adoption of
the Declaration on the Jews by the
Vatican Council, reviews the events
as they occurred when the debate
was in progress.
In "The Church and the Jewish
People," published by Harper &
Row, Cardinal Bea declares that
the document as adopted could not
have been more appropriate. Pre-
senting the full text of the Declara-
tion on the Relations of the Church
Sanhedrins, one a political which
was not responsible for Jewish tra-
ditional acts and which was a tool
of the Romans.
He is in error in referring to the
case of Simon of Trent, the cult of
which has now been forbidden. He
speaks of the case of a man where-
as Simon was an infant whose
death was blamed on Jews in an
atrocious ritual murder charge.
Cardinal Bea's work is in the
main constructive and makes a
to Non-Christian Religions, the serious effort to cement friend-
ship with Jewry.
eminent Catholic scholar declares:
There is emphasis in his asser-
"The doctrine that mankind is
truly a single family of which God tion that "we have good reason to
is the Father and in which all men maintain that the teaching in the
are united without distinction as Declaration on God's choice of
brothers, throws light in a new and Israel and all that the Church has
clinching way on the purpose of the received from God through the
Declaration and on the unity of the Jewish people, perfectly accords
human race which it desires to with the spirit of the first section
serve and promote. . . . This doc- of the document. . . . All that the
trine also sheds light on the true declaration does is to acknowledge
and ultimate purpose of the elec- honestly and clearly what God has
tion of Israel and demonstrates accomplished in the Jewish people
how great and marvelous are the and through them for the whole
`blessings' which all peoples of all human race, and hence all that she
times receive in Abraham, and herself in common with all man-
above all in him who is the de- kind has received through Israel."
The charge that Israel was re-
scendant of Abraham par excel-
jected, as made by some antagon-
lence, namely Christ our Lord.
Thus, it is in the ultimate re-ad- ists at Rome, is rejected in Cardi-
Bea's evaluative work. Their
option of the church view that the nal
and challenge, he asserts,
theme is handled, while the emi- "is put wrongly."
nent churchman grants "the elec-
Cardinal Bea's work is impres-
tion of Israel" as a basic part of sive. Naturally
it is the statement
of a Catholic in the Catholic spirit.
It is in the numerous footnotes Numerous emendations are con-
that much light is thrown on structive, and his explanations are
what had transpired during the most illuminating.
debates in Rome.
He emphasizes: "The Jewish Mother of Israel UN Aide
people cannot be said to be guilty
NEW YORK (JTA) — Mrs. Dora
of deicide." Yet there is a footnote Tukachinsky, mother of Ambassa-
in which he reiterates the usual dor Yosef Tekoah, assistant direc-
charge that "the apostles blamed tor-general of Israel's ministry of
only the Sanhedrin and the inhabi- foreign affairs and now a member
tants of Jerusalem for the cruci- of the Israel delegation to the Unit-
fixion of Jesus; they never extend- ed Nations General Assembly, died
ed the blame to the Jews in other here Sept. 24. She was 65, and
cities, unless they too showed the lived in Queens.
same spirit of violence and oppo-
Mrs. Tukachinsky was the wife
sition to God and to his works." of Saul Tukachinsky, former pres-
But Prof. Solomon Zeitlin among ident of the Jewish community in
others has shown there were two Shanghai, China.
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, September 30, 1966-9
New Szold Center Grants Announced
NEW YORK (JTA) — The first
eight grants for applied science
projects at the Hebrew University
through the newly established
Robert Szold Center of Applied
Science were announced Tuesday
at a dinner in honor of Robert
Szold, New York attorney and
philanthropist. The dinner, which
was attended by more than 300,
was held under the auspices of the
American Friends of the Hebrew
The grants are all concerned
with the development of new prod-
ucts. Five of them deal with phar-
maceutical items ranging from a
new aspiri-type compound to cer-
tain steroid esters which, it is
hoped, will have a significant
effect in the treatment of arterio-
sclerosis. Grants were also an
nounced for work on the produc-
tion of artificial gem stones, spe-
cifically blue and white star sap-
phires; the development of a new
catalyst for polyurethane, a syn-
thetic sponge material with indus-
trial application; and the study of
a new process for the production
of bromine, one of Israel's major
The announcement of these ini-
tial grants was made by Sidney
Musher, a New York industrialist
chemist, who was chairman of the
dinner. DfIusher also revealed that
$560,000 of the Center's $1,000,000
goal has been collected.
Nathaniel L. Goldstein, presi-
dent of the American Friends of
the Hebrew University, presented
a plaque to Mr. and Mrs. Szold
"in warm appreciation of their
pioneering and visionary contribu_
tions in the creation and develop-
ment of the State of Israel and
with gratitude for their leadership
and generosity in the establish-
ment of the Robert Szold Center of
Applied Science." Goldstein also
presented Szold with a check for
$1,000, provided by the Solomon
Bublick Award which had been
granted to Szold in Jerusalem ear-
lier this year.
Israeli's Deputy Defense
Chief Meets With French
PARIS (JTA)—Zvi Dinstein, Is-
rael's deputy defense minister, met
with Admiral M. Limon, the di-
rector of the French National De-
fense Tuesday, during a brief visit
to Paris. He also conferred with
Walter Eytan, the Israel ambassa-
dor to France. Col. Shlomo Harel,
a commander of Israel's Navy, also
came to Paris Tuesday on an of-
ficial visit as a guest of the French
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