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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-03-10

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$30,150,000 Israel Bond Purchases
Honor 80th Birthday of Ben-Gurion

MIAMI—David Ben-Gurion, was
hailed by 3,000 Jewish leaders
from the United States and Cana-
da, who filled the grand ballroom
of the Fontainbleau Hotel to over-
flowing at a celebration of his 80th
birthday.
In honor of the illustrious founder
of the State of Israel the dinner
guests at the closing session of the
three-day International Inaugural
Conference of Israel Bonds each
purchased $1,000 or more in Israel
Bonds. In Miami and in scores of
communities throughout North
America local Bond-selling drives
were geared to the Ben-Gurion
birthday in the first phase of the
1967 campaign for Israel Bonds,
resulting in a total initial sale of
S30,150,000. This was described by
Samuel Rothberg, national cam-
paign chairman, as the largest
amount ever realized at any inau-
gural conference in the 16-year
history of the Israel Bond Organi-
zation. The goal for this year is
$115,000,000.
The overflow audience was
deeply moved as Dr. Joseph J.
Schwartz, vice president of the
Israel Bond Organization, hailed
Ben-Gurion as "the man who
erased the word 'homelessness'
from the vocabulary of Jewish
experience."
Ben-Gurion called on American
Jews to preserve their Jewishness
through wider study of the Bible
and to advance Israel's economic
growth through increased invest-
ment in Israel Bonds for the ex-
pansion of its industry and export
trade.
He stressed the importance of
the settlement and development of
the Negev.
The white-haired octogenarian
father of the Israel Bond program,
declared that the "Negev must not
remain a desert." Israel will not
achieve its fullest potential of eco-
nomic growth unless the Negev is
made a center of new industry, he
said.
Former President Truman sent
a congratulatory message to the
dinner in which he said that Ben-
Gurion's "historic role in leading
and guiding the gallant people of
Israel to their independence and
security will live in the memories
of generations to come." He ex-
pressed the hope that "the estab-
lishment of the Center for the Ad-
vancement of Peace in the city
of Jerusalem will help to direct
mankind to the ways of peace
and free the world from the hor-
rors of war."
In Philadelphia, a speech at the
inaugural dinner of the Federation
of Jewish Agencies 1967 Allied
Jewish Appeal climaxed Ben-Gur-
ion's visit to Philadelphia. The
appeal dinner raised $2,876,580,
the second largest amount raised
in 20 years. Earlier in the day,
Ben-Gurion took time out from
his busy schedule to lay a wreath
at the Monument to the 6,000,000
Jewish Martyrs on Benjamin
Franklin Parkway as a huge
crowd looked on.
Later he was tendered a recep-
tion by the city of Philadelphia in
the mayor's reception room to
which leaders of the Jewish com-
munity and members of the city
council were invited.
At the appeal meeting, he spoke
of Israel's position in the world
and referred particularly to Red
China as "a threat." He indicated
that it was regrettable because
China "is a great nation with high
culture." He deplored the fact that
China was an enemy of Israel. "Of
course," he said, "it is obviously
because of China's desire to win
over the Arab states . . ." This, he
said, is not only a political danger

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but a military one since there is
always the possibility that China
might give the atomic bomb to the
Arabs.
During Ben-Gurion's address, a
small group of Arabs picketed the
Warwick Hotel, carrying anti-Israel
placards. The picketing lasted one
hour and attracted no attention.
Pledges made in response to the
former Prime Minister's plea for
maximum support of UJA's immi-
grant absorption programs in Is-
rael were called the most impres-
sive in a decade by Philadelphia
leaders. Effective absorption, es-
pecially through improvement of
social and economic conditions and
expansion of educational oppor-
tunities in development towns, is
the key to the future, Ben-Gurion
asserted.
He called on American Jews
throughout the country, in mak-
ing their 1967 UJA gifts, to
match the spirit and level of giv-
ing for education which he had
encountered in New York and
Miami where close to $1,000,000
was pledged to the UJA's Israel
Education Fund for construction
of a high school and for teacher
training scholarships in Sde
Boker.
(In New York, it was announced
at a dinner tendered in his honor
by the Israel Education Fund of
the United Jewish Appeal that the
fund will build a high school at the
regional educational center in the
Negev founded by Ben-Gurion.
(The planned high school will
provide a continuing regional stu-
dent base for the Negev institu-
tions of special study and higher
education, which include a teacher's
seminary, an archaeological survey
unit, a school of Negev field
studies, a museum devoted to flora
and fauna and a library. It will
be a dormitory school, housing
children from towns, villages and
settlements scattered over the en-
tire region. most of them from
immigrant families originating in
the Moslem countries of North
Africa and Asia.
(Earlier in the day, Ben-Gurion
was honored at a reception on the
occasion of the appearance here of
"Days of David Ben-Gurion," a 160-
page pictorial biography published
by Grossman Publishers, Inc.)
Ben-Gurion was presented with
a replica of the Liberty Bell by
Philadelphia Mayor James Tate,
who said that the inscrip-
tion on the bell "Proclaim Liber-
ty throughout the land to all the
inhabitants thereof" came from
the Book of Leviticus in the
Bible. He said the bell was a
symbol of the friendship of the

people of Philadelphia for the

people of Israel and expressed
the hope that Israel would be
able to live in peace with its
Arab neighbors.
In an address in Hebrew at
Gratz College Sunday night, Ben-
Gurion linked past and future by
pointing to the great achievements
of Jewish history, based on unity
and moral strength, as a model for
Israel's efforts in the coming de-
cades. "Israel needs diaspora and
diaspora needs Israel," he said. "If
only 5 per cent of idealistic Ameri-
can Jewish youth would come, it
would be tremendous encourage-
ment to others. This is a question
of life and death for the future of
Jews in Israel and America."
Ben-Gurion refused firmly to
deviate from the pledge he made
prior to leaving Israel to avoid any
discussion about Israel's present
government or policies. In Miami,
he appeared on a coast-to-coast
National Broadcasting Co. televi-
sion program, "Meet the Press."
Lawrence Spivak, who conducts
that program, tried in a half-dozen
different ways to get Ben-Gurion
to discuss "Israel today." But Is-
rael's eldest statesman refused
even to tell the reasons why he
would not enter into such a discus-
sion.
Three local newspapermen who
made up the panel of questioners
on the program met the same fate
when they attempted to involve
Ben-Gurion in answering questions
concerning Israel's current econo-
mic or internal political situation.
Ben-Gurion discussed other mat-
ters, however. He said he believes
the world has nothing to fear from
signs of a resurgence of Nazism in
Germany. Election gains by neo-
Nazi elements there are no cause
for concern, he said, adding "Ger-
many cannot again succeed" as a
Nazi party.
He admitted that Israel is be-
ginning to feel the effects of emi-
gration but said that if Russia were
to open her doors and allow the
Jews to leave, it would provide a
source of new immigrants. The loss
of skilled Israelis is "most severe
in the Negev," he said.
A full day in Chicago devoted to
Bible study is on Ben-Gurion's
schedule Sunday. The founding
conference of the American section
of the World Jewish Bible Society
Foundation will be held at the
Palmer House.
A large delegation of Detroiters
will meet with Ben-Gurion in Chi-
cago Sunday at a national leader-
ship luncheon of the American
Technion Society, at the Palmer
House.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

12—Friday, March 10, 1967

Anti-Semitism Inquiry

to Start in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — A Los
Angeles City Council inquiry into
the extent of anti-Semitic activity
in the predominantly Jewish Fair-
fax neighborhood will begin here
March 22.
The council's police, fire and
civil defense committee asked for
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the investigation after testimony
by witnesses to an egg-throwing
and swastika-painting demonstra-
tion staged in the Fairfax area last
Nov: 22 by members of the Misfits
of New York, a gang of Nazi-uni-
formed motorcyclists. The Pico
Democratic Club also demanded a
probe.
Four members of the "Misfits"
California Survey Shows
were arrested after the near-riot
Country Club Prejudice
and served 82-day jail terms. For-
LOS ANGELES (JTA) — A mer Police Chief Thad Brown has
charge that "virtually every private denied that the incident was part
country and city club" in Southern of any anti-Semitic "conspiracy."
California bars membership to per-
sons on religious or racial grounds
For Some
was made by Bruce I. Nochman,
regional executive commit t e e
of the
chairman of the Antl-Defamation
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reporting that a survey has shown
Pontiacs
that 2,6 country and city clubs
and
have a quota system for the ad-
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the total of 59 clubs examined in
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that they have no religious bars
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