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June 30, 1967 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-06-30

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Thant Still Explaining UNEF's Withdrawal;
Puts Blame on Both Israel, UAR

quo pending the fullest and broad- ,
nternational consultation."
Thant then noted that, while en
tary General U Thant conceded to
the General Assembly here Tues- route to Cairo, during a stop in
day that more than a month since Paris, he had learned that "Presi-
he had ordered the United Nations dent Nasser had announced his
Emergency Force to withdraw intention to reinstitute the block-
from the Gaza Strip and Sharm ade against Israel in the Strait of
el Sheikh, his action on this issue Tiran."
In other portions of the report,
was still being widely questioned.
"Despite the explanations al- Thant noted that as far back as
ready given in the several reports the assembly's emergency special
on the subject which have been session in 1957, Mrs. Golda Meir,
submitted to the General Assembly at the time Israel's foreign minis-
and to the Security Council," he ter, expressed publicly her govern-
stated, "misunderstandings and ment's concern over freedom of
what, I fear, are misrepresenta- I passage through the Strait of Tiran
tions, persist in official as well as in case Egypt should demand
unofficial circles publicly and be- UNEF's withdrawal from Sharm
hind the scenes." el Sheikh.
Thant reported that the effec-
That statement was part of his
tiveness at Sharm el Sheikh "had
introduction to a lengthy report on
vanished" before Egypt's
the withdrawal of UNEF submit-
request for UNEF's withdrawal
ted to the emergency special ses-
was received here. He denied,
sion of the assembly.
however, that the decision to
Ile noted that a week ago he had
withdraw UNEF had "precipi-
promised a full report on the issue.
tated other consequences such
That promise was made in the
as the reinstitution of the block-
secretary general's sharp answer
ade against Israel in the Strait
to some brief remarks about the
of Tiran."
UNEF withdrawal made by Is-
rael's foreign minister, Abba Eban.
In his report, Thant dealt with
Asserting that his report was
the consultations he had held with
only factual and was not an
members of the UNEF advisory
effort "to explain why there has
committee regarding withdrawal
been so much and such persist-
of the force. He declared that not
ent and grossly mistaken judg-
one of the members of the advisory
ment about the withdrawal of
committee had requested that the
UNEF," Thant stated: "When
issue of withdrawal should be
however, this tactic involves im-
taken either to the Security Coun-
puting responsibility for the un-
cil or the assembly. The advisory
leashing of major hostilities, it
committee consisted of representa-
is, and must be, a cause for
tives of the seven countries that
sober concern. The objective of
had contributed military personnel
this report is to establish an
to UNEF—Brazil, Canada, India,
authentic, factual record of ac-
Yugoslavia, Denmark, Norway and
tions and their causes.
"The report is intended to be
"As a practical matter," and
neither a polemic nor an apologia. because the situation demanded
Its sole purpose is to present a urgent action, the secretary gen-
factually accurate picture of what eral maintained, neither the coun-
happened and why. It will serve cil nor the assembly could have
well the interests of the United acted promptly and decisively on
Nations, as well as of historical the UNEF withdrawal issue.
integrity, if this presentation of
The secretary general stated
facts can help to dissipate some of several times in his report that an
the distortions of the record which, important issue regarding UNEF's
in some places, apparently have status throughout the 10 years of
emanated from panic, emotion and its existence was the fact that
political bias."
Israel had persistently refused the
In giving the chronology of the stationing of UNEF troops on its
events that led up to his decision side of the armistice demarcation
to order UNEF to withdraw, Thant line.
reported that Israel's permanent
representative here, Ambassador
Gideon Rafael, had conferred with Jewish Colonization Assn.
him twice during the days just Issues Emergency Loans
preceding the withdrawal order to Settlements in Israel
and before his departure for a con-
LONDON (JTA) — The Jewish
ference with Egypt's President Colonization Association announced
Nasser in Cairo.
Monday that it was issuing emer-
In one of those conferences, gency loans to the settlements it
Thant reported, Ambassador Ra- supports in Israel which are in
fael "gave his government's views financial straits due to the recent
on the situation, emphasizing that war situation and some of which
the UNEF withdrawal should not suffered damage and casualties in
he achieved by a unilateral United the fighting.
Arab Republic request alone and
In a report to the association,
asserting Israel's right to a voice Sir Henry d'Avigdor Goldsmid,
in the matter."
who just returned from a brief
Making no mention of his an-
visit to Israel to survey the condi-
swer to that request by Rafael,
tion of the settlements, said that
Thant added only that, at the
the damage was not particularly
same conference, "the question
heavy but that there were several
of stationing UNEF on the Is-
casualties in some of the settle-
rael side of the line was raised
by the secretary general and
He reported, however, that all
this was declared by the perma-
the settlements were feeling the
nent representative of Israel to
effects of a lack of manpower for
be entirely unacceptable to his
the summer harvests and the JCA
loans would enable them to lay in
Prior to his departure for Cairo, stocks of food and other items
Thant reported, "The secretary which were in short supply because
general again received the perma- of distribution problems.
ment representative of Israel who
gave him a statement from his
government concerning the with- Indian Soldiers Joined
drawal of UNEF, strongly urging in Fighting Israeli Forces
TEL AVIV (ZINS)—Indian mem-
the secretary general to avoid con-
doning any changes in the status bers of the UNEF stationed in the

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

Gaza Strip joined the Arabs in
fighting against Israeli troops dur-
ing the war operations, according
to a report in "Haaretz." When
the Israeli troops entered the town
they found many armed Indian
soldiers deployed in military posi-
tions. The fact that 14 Indian
soldiers and one Brazilian fell on
the battlefield confirms the active
participation of the Indian troops
in the battle in contrast to the
neutral stand of the soldiers of
the other countries. The same
sources also revealed that in the
Sinai desert Israelis captured three
Polish engineers who declared that
they are employed in mines. They
were delivered over to the Polish
mission in Tel Aviv. The same
sources denied reports about the
capture of Soviet experts.

Philadelphia Hospitals Dedicated at Ceremonies

cation ceremonies were held here
last week for a nine-story 460-bed
hospital building at the Northern
Division of the Albert Einstein
Medical Center. The building was
given to the center by Dr. and Mrs.
Leon Levy in memory of Dr. Levy's
mother, the late Mrs. Fannie Levy.
The Levy Building houses most of
the division's private beds, many
of its semi-private beds and all
beds for children.
Meanwhile, the Moss Rehabilita-
tion Hospital, a constituent of the
Philadelphia Federation of Jewish
Agencies, last week dedicated its
124-bed main facility in honor of
Morris W. Satinsky, the hospital's

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

First Jewish Mayor
of Amsterdam Picked

Samkalden, former Dutch jus-
tice minister, was nominated to
become mayor of Amsterdam,
starting Aug. 1. He will be the
first Jewish mayor of Amster-







In recent days our brothers and sisters in Israel were
threatened with total destruction. They pleaded for
peace but their Arab neighbors became more belli-
gerent. The results are now history. With God's help
the Israelis have established some semblance of peace
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this peace is staggering. Please continue to help —
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MADRID—For the first time in
modern Spanish history, Spanish
Jews, Protestants and Moslems
were legally free Tuesday to wor-
ship publicly, mark their places of
worship and announce religious
The right to open worship for
non-Catholic religious groups was
approved overwhelmingly by the
Spanish parliament in passing the
law of the exercise of the civil
right to religious freedom. Ap-
proval ended the religious dis-
crimination which has been in
effect since Ferdinand and Isabella
proclaimed Catholicism as Spain's
only religion 475 years ago.
Nine deputies voted against the
measure despite assurances from
Minister of Justice Antonio Marie
de Oriol to the Cortes, in present.
ing the bill, that it did not affect
the Catholic church or "presuppose
the destruction of Catholic unity"
in Spain. The remainder of the 150
to 200 deputies believed present
voted for it. Affirmative votes are
not usually recorded in plenary
Cortes sessions. The beneficiaries
are 35,000 Protestants, 6,000 Jews
and a few Moslems.

"respect for the Catholic religion,"
the requirements of "public mor-
als and order" and a ban ion
"coercion" in any form. The jus-
tice minister indicated that the
government would apply the new
law strictly to assure that the
new right of worship would not
lead to "twisted interpretations
that may seek—in shameless, dis-
guised, cowardly or ignorant ways
—to weaken or destroy our Cath-
olic unity."

first president.
In dedicating the Morris W. Sa-
tinsky Building of the hospital,
the directors cited Satinsky for
"his influential and decisive lead-
ership" under which the hospital,
now a $4,000,000 complex of 160
beds and a biomedical engineering
research center under construction,
has achieved national stature.


Spanish Jews
Can 'Worship in
Public Legally

Protestant and Jewish leaders
remained concerned about two
elements of the new law. One
involves "limitations" on free-
dom of non-Catholic religions
and the other is the omission
from an earlier draft of a clause
permitting non-Catholic charita-
ble, educational and other asso-
Freedom of worship is limited by


8 Friday, June 30, 1967





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