Incitement to Religious Hatred Ruled 'Punishable'
by UN Commission; Israel Calls Decision 'Weak'
GENEVA (JTA)—The United
Nations Commission on Human
Rights, .holding its 23rd session
here, adopted a clause in a pro-
posed UN Convention guarantee-
ing freedom of religion, making
"a punishable offense" all acts of
violence and incitement to religious
hatred "likely to lead to violence."
The _ draft Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Re-
ligious Intolerance has been pend-
ing before one UN body or another
for a number of years. Most moves
toward adoption of such a conven-
tion have been opposed or delayed
by the Soviet and Arab bloc.
However, in adopting one clause
on March 2—labeled Article 8 of
the draft—Israel, one of the prime
proponents of the Convention,
found itself forced to join the
Soviet Union, the Ukraine and
France in abstaining in the voting
on the article. The United States
and Britain voted for the clause,
which was adopted in the 32-
member Commission by a ballot of
26 in favor, two against, and four
abstentions. The two negative
votes were cast by Iraq and Egypt.
All of the abstainers said they
refrained from either a "yes" vote
or a "no" vote because the article,
as pressed mainly by the United
States, was too weak in one re-
spect or another.
Israeli Supreme Court Jus-
tice Haim Cohn, Israel's repre-
sentative on the commission, ex-
plained why his government had
taken an abstaining position de-
spite the fact that the U.S.A.,
supported by Britain, had sup-
ported the clause in question.
The U.S.A. and Britain, he said,
relied for their positions on the
principle of freedom of speech
"which, of course, is one of the
generally recognized human
rights and which might be un-
duly restricted if religious
hatred could be propagated."
"As even religious belief," de-
clared Justice Cohn, "implies a
conviction of the exclusivity of
its objective truth, the propaga-
tion of such belief involves some
deprecation of other religions or
atheism which might easily, but
unjustifiably, be classed by some
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, March 10, 1967-11
Try and Stop Me
-By BENNETT CERF
judge or other as hatred—but the I a hard fight, the deadline for the
Mrs. Tom Braden's definition of "Well madam, the first thing you
free propagation of all religious prosecution of war criminals had
beliefs, including irreligious be- been fixed at December 31, 1969. a miserable day: "An afternoon of have to do is begin about 600 years
If the UN should adopt the U.S. solid rain with five kids and dead ago."
liefs, ought in no way to be lim-
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amendement, the Germans said, no batteries in every toy."
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Israel, said Justice Cohn, had further parliamentary action would
After West Coast pundit Neil
appealed to the U.S.A. and Britain be needed in Bonn, and trials for
Veteran stage producer Max Morgan had interviewed the well-
to accept a proposal made to the war criminals could be legally held Gordon warns all aspiring play- endowed Miss Jayne Mansfield, he
commission by its Subcommission in West Germany for an "in- wrights, "The curtain goes up and was asked if he didn't agree that
on Prevention of Discrimination definite" time beyond the 1969 two people are out on the stage, she had a lot more upstairs than
and Protection of Minorities, at- deadline.
and somebody better say some- she generally was given credit for.
In Washington Senate ratifica- thing pretty darn fast!"
cording to which all promotions
"I definitely do," enthused Neil,
of hatred for religious reasons tion of the pending United Nations
"and what a stairway!"
should be made criminal offenses. conventions on genocide, slavery,
The Israeli jurist concluded his forced labor and the political rights month: the one who told her hus-
A strip-teaser was hauled into a
address on this issue—which made of women was urged Wednesday band,
"I could swear I saw Zsa
a sharp impact on the members by spokesmen for major national Zsa Gabor this afternoon in the Minneapolis court by a zealous cop
Jewish organizations and local Jew-
of the commission—by stating:
who averred that she had given
"If it were only for the purpose ish communal councils throughout laundromat!" * * *
an indecent performance. "Were
of requiring violence and the in- the nation.
covered by anything at all dur-
A society psychiatrist in the Park
In testimony before the ad hoc
citement to violence to be made
criminal offenses, we would need
of the Senate Foreign Relations kind of shock treatment. He sends the D.A. "I certainly was," shrilled
this Convention. There is no civil-
ized state in the world nowadays Committee, the spokesmen cited his bills in advance.
the indignant stripper. "What,
traditional United States con-
that has not criminal laws punish-
A young mother asked her butch- specifically?" pursued the D.A.
cerns for international human er to weigh her baby. He complied Triumphantly, the stripper replied,
ing acts of violence or incitements
rights and stressed that con- —and informed her without batting "By workmen's compensation."
thereto, irrespective of the under-
lying motives. It is in order to tinued United States failure to an eye, "Thirteen-an-a-half pounds
ratify the conventions, each of with the bones."
outlaw the fostering of hatred and
which has been signed by 50
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war criminals only — those respon-
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the convention acceptable to West
Germany and would automatically
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need for further legislation in the
Bonn Parliament, after Germany
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many, Abram said: "We hope that
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ticularly those who have the major
responsibility for the prosecution
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can be the means of insuring jus-
tice and removing a troublesome
and grave problem from the United
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