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October 14, 1966 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-10-14

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Rabbi Clears Up
Issue of Melee
Near Synagogue

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

NEW YORK — A Hasidic rabbi
said Wednesday that he believed
that the various ethnic groups liv-
ing in the Williamsburg section of
Brooklyn were satisfied that a
Saturday night incident involving
Jews and Puerto Ricans did not
represent a racial clash.
Following the incident, Capt.
Gerald Corin, 90th Police Precinct
commander, invited representatives
of the various groups to meet with
him to discuss the melee. The
rabbi, Hertz Frankel, said he un-
derstood the meeting was amicable.
Rabbi Frankel is principal of the
United Talmudical Academy of
Cong. Yetev Lev, center of the
Satmar Hasidic movement in Wil-
liamsburg, headed by the Satmar
Rebbe, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum.

The incident occurred after
sundown Saturday when about
2,000 Satmar followers left the
synagogue to escort Rabbi Tietel-
baum home, as is their custom
after Simhat Tora. A car driven
by Servino Lugo, 40, of Man-
hattan tried to drive through the
crowd. Rabbi Frankel said that
Lugo tried to drive through the
right lane of the one-way street,
where the Hasidic Jews were
congregated, although the left
lane was free.
The Jews, some annoyed and
some concerned over the possi-
bility that some of them might be
injured, pushed at the car and
broke one of its lights. Lugo finally
drove away but later returned, ac-
cording to Rabbi Frankel, declar-
ing he was after "the guy who
broke my light." The crowd then
battered the car again.
It was at this point that a 16-
year-old Satmar follower allegedly
kicked a detective and was arrest-
ed. He was released for a Juvenile
Court hearing. Rabbi Frankel said
the boy did not know that the man
he kicked was a police officer. The
rabbi said the plainclothes detec-
tive was accompanying Lugo and
two friends and did not identify
himself as a police officer.
Rabbi Frankel said that Lugo
did not file any charges and that
the only aftermath of the incident
was the 16-year-old youth's arrest.

'Frisco Drive Reaches Peak

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — The
1966 Jewish Welfare Federation
campaign, which has not yet been
completed, reached the highest
total in its history, exceeding $2,-
080,000, which was the total raised
during the entire 1965 drive.

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Ben-Gurion and Ho Chi Minh...
13-C's Father and Theodor Herzl

In a syndicated article in which
he describes the rumpus in Israel
over David Ben-Gurion's 80th
birthday celebrations, Eliahu Sal-
peter, JTA's correspondent in Is-
rael, states that when difficulties
were encountered in selecting the
committee of 120 Israel's Presi-
dent Zalman Shazar came to the
government's rescue by accepting
the committee chairmanship.
Salpeter relates in his article
that many details about B-G are
revealed in numerous newspaper
articles. He states in his special
feature:

Amidst the welter of details that
came to light in those articles, there
were some that even his most intimate
friends did not know. It came to light,
for example, that this hard-boiled
statesman, who by all accounts does
not have much appreciation for the
fine arts, actually wrote poems—in-
cluding love poems—in his younger
years. One enterprising journalist dis-
covered in some dust-covered archive
even a play by young Ben-Gurion, writ-
ten under the pen-name of "Dreamer."
Another newspaperman discovered
some theater reviews penned by David
Green (his original name), reviews
that, in the best tradition of blood-
thirsty theater critics, tore to pieces
the shows reviewed.
Also discovered was the fact that
Ben-Gurion's late father, one of the
leading figures of the Plonsk Jewish
community, corresponded (in cali-
graphically written letters) with Theo-
dor Herzl, founder of political Zionism.
And to one of the many newsmen who
interviewed him on the eve of his
birthday, Ben-Gurion admitted that in
1914 he learned Turkish and went to
Istanbul University, because he ex-
pected the Turkish Empire to survive
World War I and retain rule over
Palestine. He hoped to become a mem-
ber of the Turkish Parliament and sec-
retly dreamed of the possibility of
becoming a Cabinet member in the
government of the Ottoman Empire and
in that capacity he would protect and
foster the Jewish settlement of
Palestine.
In recent days it has become a
favorite subject of conversation in
Israel to try and analyze the reasons
for this sudden outburst of love and
admiration for the Old Man — even
among some of his until now fierce
opponents. Many believe that there
is a hidden guilt complex among
Israelis who feel that they have some-
how "betrayed" Ben-Gurion by reject-
ing him when they so massively voted
for Eshkol instead of for Ben-Gurion's
new Rafi Party in the last election.

Friday, October 14, 1966-13

Shanghai Jewry Shrinks

a base for imperialist aggression in the
Middle East.
When the two leaders met, Mr. Ben-
Gurion was chairman of the World
Zionist Executive in Jerusalem and
a fugitive in Paris. His colleagues in
the executive had been detained by the
British authorities and he was wanted
as a "subversive."
Ho Chi Minh had been a leader of
the Vietnamese under-ground that had
fought the Japanese. After the Allied
victory over the Japanese he went to
Paris to discuss independence.
Mr. Ben-Gurion told Mr. Segev that
each day for two weeks Ho Chi Minh
would come down to his room or he
would climb a flight of stairs to the
Vietnamese leader's quarters.
"He didn't use Communist slogans,"
Mr. Ben-Gurion said, adding that "he
clearly wanted to give the impression"
that he was a "nationalist leader."
Mr. Ben-Gurion told the book's
author that he had been able to judge
how Ho Chi Minh's negotiations were
proceeding by the length of the red
carpet in the Vietnamese leader's hotel.
At first, the red carpet extended from
the street to Ho Chi Minh's door. In
stages, it was removed from the pave-
ment outside, the lobby and the stair-
case.
"When the carpet outside his door
was removed," Mr. Ben-Gurion told the
book's author, "I knew the talks had
failed and sure enough, a few hours
later, he came to my room to say
good-by.
"He was tired, worn out and dis-
appointed, and he told me nothing re-
mained but to fight. A few weeks later,
the Indo-China war started."
When Vietnam was partitioned in
1954 at a conference in Geneva, Israel
supported the agreement and thus ex-
tended de facto recognition to the
Hanoi and Saigon regimes.
Ho Chi Minh did not establish re-
lations with Israel; North Vietnam
cultivated the Arab nations.
The then President of South Vietnam,
Ngo Dinh Diem, accepted Israeli tech-
nical aid but did not establish diplo-
matic ties.
Earlier this year the government of
Premier Nguyen Cao Ky proposed an
exchange of diplomats. Ministers in
Premier Levi Eshkol's Government
have been divided on the subject and
no decision has been made.

by the World Jewish Congress.
NEW YORK (ZINS) — Out of a The tiny community, however,
total of 25,000 Jews in Shanghai keeps up contacts with Jewish
before World War II, only 20 have organizations throughout the
remained, according to a report world.

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A cabled report to the New
York Times from its Tel Aviv cor-
respondent also reveals that Ben-
Gurion had talks in Paris in 1946
with Ho Chi Minh. This report
reveals:

When Ho Chi Minh and David Ben-
Gurion were revolutionaries plotting
their respective people's independence
in the same hotel in Paris 20 years ago,
the Vietnamese leade rinvited the
Zionist to set up a Jewish government
in exile on Vietnamese soil.
This was disclosed by Mr. Ben-
Gurion in an interview published in
a new Hebrew book "Vietnam—Between
Peace and War" by Shmuel Segev, an
Israeli newspaperman. Mr. Ben-Gurion
said he had thanked Ho Chi Minh and
had said the suggestion would be con-
sidered at the appropriate time.
Ho Chi Minh, who had hoped to
achieve his country's independence in
1946 Paris negotiations, had to wait
until 1954, Mr. Ben-Gurion became the
Premier of the State of Israel in 1948.
There are no diplomatic ties be-
tween the governments today. Ho Chi
Minh has recently denounced Israel as

W. German Insists Gift
to Israel Had No Strings

BONN (JTA) — Axel Springer,
the West German publishing mag-
nate, reiterated at a meeting here
with Israeli officials that there
were no conditions attached to his
offer of a gift of $1,000,000 to the
Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
He also insisted that he had

never asked that his name be com-
memorated in connection with the
gift.
He met on the issue with Asher
Ben-Nathan, the Israeli ambassa-
dor to West Germany, M. Chou-
raid, Jerusalem deputy mayor, and
Daniel Gelmod, the museum's ad-
ministrative director. The money
was offered for a new archives
structure for the museum. After

the museum board agreed to ac-
cept the gift, following a heated

debate, the Israel government sus-
pended the acceptance, pending a
cabinet review of the matter.
During the meeting, the publish-
er gave Gelmond a letter of intent
on his proposed gift. A public an-
nouncement regarding the dona-
tion was made Thursday when
Herr Springer's new editorial office
building was opened in West Ber-
lin. The deputy mayor presented
the publisher with a 2,000-year-old
urn, as a gift for the new Springer
building.

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