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June 09, 1967 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-06-09

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World Efforts Yield Millions in Cash
for Israelis in This Time of Crisis

Jewish organizations throughout
the United States carried Israel's
banner to Washington Thursday
for a massive rally in Lafayette
Pork. In an attempt to mobilize
public support for vigorous U.S.
action "to support Israel in its
struggle to survive and to protect
America's own vital interests in
the Middle East," the Conference
of Major American Jewish Orga-
nizations also sponsored visits to
members of the Senate and House.
The rally climaxed a two-day
"National Leadership Emergency
Conference for Israel" under the
auspices of the Conference.
The Conference of Presidents
called on President Johnson Tues-
day to provide Israel with "ma-
terial assistance and political sup-
port" to end for all time the Arab
threat to destroy Israel.
Dr. Joachim Prinz, chairman of
the group, said in outlining the
organization's position, that Israel's
cause in seeking to end Arab ag-
gression and maintain the freedom
of the seas was "identical" with
American interests in the Middle
He said that American action in
the current crisis, "whether in
concert with other peace-loving
nations or unilaterally," must seek
"to halt Arab aggression permana-
nently, to terminate Arab threats
against freedom of the seas, to end
Arab refusal to live as neighbors
with the people of Israel."
The Conference spokesman de-
clared that only when the Arab
states accepted the permanent
presence of Israel in the Middle
East "can a beginning be made to
the constructive tasks of justice
and harmony among all the peoples
of the region."
Morris B. Abram, president of
the American Jewish Committee,
urged the United States to bring
about "the conclusion of binding
treaties to guarantee permanent
peace" in the Middle East where
Israel is battling the armies of four
Arab countries. Abram was the
principal speaker at the rally in
support of Israel Thursday near
the White House.
The major Jewish rabbinic agen-
cies called on their respective con-
stituencies throughout the country
to observe Thursday, June 8, as a
national day of prayer for the
peace and safety of Israel.
In messages to their constitu-
encies, the heads of the Central
Conference of American Rabbis.
the Rabbinical Assembly and the
Rabbinical Council of America.
urged Jews throughout the coun-
try to attend special synagogue
services on Thursday and to ob-
serve the day as "a day of
prayer for Divine help for the
safety of Israel and the pres-
ervation of peace in the world."
Rabbi Seymour J. Cohen of Chi-
cago, president of the Synagogue
Council of America, welcomed
statements of leading Christian
clergymen who have publicly
urged. as an act of conscience, that
the United States support the in-
tegrity and freedom of Israel and
the freedom of passage through the
Strait of Tiran. t See Conyers State-
ment. Page 6).
Lawrence Cardinal Shehan.
Archbishop of Baltimore, said that
"Israel has the right to live and
to govern unharassed from with-
out." Ile warned that "to deny this
is to invite chaos.•' The prelate
called on Catholics everywhere to
pray that the United States gov-
ernment would be guided to do all
in its power to bring understand.
ing and peace, and he expressed

the hope that the United Nations
will leave no step untaken to
avert the catastrophe of open
conflict between Israel and the
nations of the Arab world."
A group of leading Protestants
and Roman Catholics in Toronto,
all engaged in various fields of
religion and education, sent tele-
grams to the leaders of the major
world powers, as well as to re-
ligious leaders, urging them "not
to stand idly by" while the state
of Israel was threatened with
A joint statement issued by 15
Jewish and non-Jewish national
organizations announced adop-
tion of principles for a peaceful
settlement of the Mideast crisis.
The three main points agreed on
were "international guarantees
for the territorial integrity of
all states in the area, free ac-
cess to the waters of the Gulf
of Aqaba and restoration of a
United Nations presence in the
Among the signatories were
Americans for Democratic Action,
American Veterans Committee.
Catholic Association for Interna-
tional Peace, Friends (Quakers)
Committee on National Legislation,
Industrial Union Department, AFL-
CIO, National Committee for a
Sane Nuclear Policy, National
Council of Negro Women, Unitar-
ian Universalist Association, Wom-
en's International League for
Peace and Freedom and Young
Women's Christian Association.
President Walter P. Reuther of
the United Automobile Workers
Union wired President Johnson
urging a strong United States po-
sition against the Egyptian block-
ade of the Strait of Tiran. Reuther
said Egypt's action was "an ag-
gression committed against the
interest of all maritime nations."
A total of 3,742 faculty members
from 128 universities around the
United States signed a call ad-
dressed to Congress and the Wash-
ington administration to "restore
the freedom of passage through
the Gulf of Aqaba." Under the
aegis of an Ad Hoc Committee of
American Professors for Freedom
of Navigation in the Gulf of Aqaba.
the call was signed by university
and college presidents, deans and
professors from 23 states. repre-
senting a cross-section of the
American academic world.
Throughout the country—and
the world—this week, financial
aid for the beleaguered Israelis
was sought and immediately
The board of directors of the
Council of Jewish Federations and
Welfare Funds. which represents
221 Jewish community organiza-
tions, called on its members to
give "unprecedented. extraordin-
ary support to the Israel Emer-
gency Fund of the United Jewish
Appeal." A resolution by the board
urged its member agencies and all
other Jewish organizations to post-
pone other fund-raising efforts
where feasible.
Federations and welfare funds
throughout the country were urged
by the board to "mount a massive
collection effort to turn all past
and current commitments to the
UJA into cash." The board reso-
lution and appeal followed four
days of meetings in New York at-
tended by more than 400 presi-
dents and executives of commu-
nity organizations affiliated with
In each city responsibility for

raising the funds for the Israel
Emergency Fund is being carried
by the local federation or welfare

Nahum Shamir, economic min-
ister of Israel in this country,
announced here that Prime Minis-
ter Eshkol had asked Israeli social
and educational institutions to
urge their American supporters to
stop special fund-raising efforts "to
give complete and unlimited sup-
port to the Israel Emergency ,
Fund." Beyond maximum gifts to
the fund, he said, Israel asked its
friends to invest in Israel Bonds.
Bnai Brith initiated Tuesday
an emergency campaign with an
appeal to its 2,100 local units for
"an outpouring of funds to meet

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First response to the appeal,
made by president William A.
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