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July 28, 1967 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-07-28

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Catholic Writer Reveals Row Arabs
Aimed at Israel's Destruction, Tells
About Moving Reunion of Jew, Arab

The Pilot, official organ of the
Archdiocese of Boston, last week
commenced a series of articles on
the situation in the Middle East,
by Father Henry A. Atwell, news
editor of the Catholic Courier of
Rochester, N.Y. The Pilot intro-
duced the series with a front page
SHALOM—a two-column hope for
peace headed with the Shalom in
The first article by Fr. Atwell
in the July 22 issue of Pilot is
headed "Legacy of Fear, Bitter-
ness Bar Middle East Peace" and
is accompanied by a photograph
showing a deeply moving, warm
reunion in Maale HaHamisha near
Jerusalem of two friends who had
not seen other for 19 years — the
Israeli Jacob Virbue and the Arab
Ahmad Azu Aziz. In his article
Fr. Atwell stated:
"When the Isr a e li forces
fought their way across Mount
Scopus and the Mount of Olives,
historic hills overlooking ancient
Jerusalem, Jewish soldiers cap-
tured a hotel run by an Arab
Christian woman.
"They used the hotel as a bar-
racks while the frightened wom-
an hid in the cellar for two days.

"She was able to peek between
cracks out a boarded up cellar
window and noticed the young
Israelis weren't as frightening
as she expected them to be.
"Hunger finally forced her out
and when the soldiers asked her
why she had been so afraid, she
told them. 'I thought you would
do to us what we would have
done to you if we had won.'
"In the week we were in Israel,
I didn't meet anyone who didn't
believe that the Arabs meant
what they had been saying for
twenty years — that they were
going to push Israel into the
sea, that they would annihilate
every Jew."
Describing the runion of a Jew
and an Arab in a kibutz, Fr. At-
well wrote:
"The kibutz in Hebrew was
known as Maaleh HaHamisha-
the Hill of the Five—named for
five of the pioneer group who had
been killed by Arab gunfire and
in memory of others wounded by
sporadic shooting in later years.
"Yet, even as the president of
the kibutz, Jacob Virbue, was
showing us all this grim evidence
of the hazards of life there during
the past two decades, an Arab, his

white burnoos shielding his head
from the hot sun, came up to him.
"We then witnessed a very emo-
tional moment.
"The Jew and the Arab paused
briefly to look at each other and
then embraced and only with dif-
ficulty kept from weeping for joy.
"The two bad been friends 30
years ago, before diplomats di-
vided their land. For the past 20
years their nations raised an im-
passable barrier between them ...
a barrier which couldn't, however,
divide their hearts.
"We were invited to the kibutz
canteen to share the festive occa-
sion .. . with grapefruit juices.
"Later Louis Ouzer, my photog-
rapher companion, asked the kib-
utz president, "That Arab friend
of yours—he's been an "enemy"
for 20 years—can you really trust
him to come over here so freely?'
"'Look into his face,' the kib-
utz president said, 'what do you
"Fear in the heart of one per-
son, bitterness in another heart,
total trust in that of still another
—of such opposites must Jews and
Arabs ultimately forge some sensi-
ble solution to the agony and the
hopes of these people."

Michigan's Congressman Broomfield to Join
Rep. Farbstein on Mission to Middle East

House Foreign Affairs
Committeeman to Study
Israel Security Situation
House Committee on Foreign Af-
fairs announced that it is sending
a two-man, bipartisan delegation
to Israel to study the current situa-
tion and make recommendations
on policy.
The delegation will be com-
posed of Rep. Leonard Farbstein,
New York Democrat, and Rep.
William S. Broomfield, Michigan
Republican. The Congressmen

will meet with Prime Minister
Levi Eshkol, Defense Minister
Moshe Dayan, former Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion, and
other leaders.
They will study prospects of
Arab-Israel peace and make pro-
posals to advance regional stability
and security. The two Congress-
men said they would particularly
examine the new administration of
Jerusalem and the status of the
holy places. They will view the
Arab refugee situation, especially
on the West Bank of the Jordan
River. The Congressmen intend to
visit the cease-fire lines and evalu-
ate the truce supervision organiza-
Another member of the commit-
tee, Rep. Robert Taft, Jr., Ohio
Republican, said that he would
examine Israel's security situation
and relations with its neighbors
"in view of the unrelenting Arab
The Administration has embark-
ed on a "backdoor method" of re-
suming aid to the Arab nations that
severed diplomatic relations with
America, Rep. J. Herbert Burke,
Florida Republican, a member of
the House Agriculture Committee,
charged in a House speech.
Rep. Burke said the U.S. De-

partment of Agriculture has in- prominent Arab citizen to join
vited bids for $20,000,000 in grains
together in raising the Argen-
to be given to Sudan, a nation that
tine flag.
declared war on Israel and severed
The Arab communities' in Argen-
ties with the United States. He said tina have been subjected to a
that the aid deal was being made heavy anti-Jewish and anti-Israel
through Somaliland, which was propaganda barrage directed by the
acting as a "front" for Sudan.
Arab legations and consulates here.
A U.S. Commerce Department Members of the Argentine Arab
publication, "International Com- community were accused at vari-
merce," reported that while the ous times of collaborating with the
Middle East business situation re- anti-Semitic Argentine neo-Nazi
mained unsettled, "U.S. trade with organizations.
Israel seems to be about as usual,
with no special problems being re- Five Burmese Join UN Force
of Observers in Canal Area
Negotiations opened on a request
army officers arrived in
by the Israel government for large-
Monday to join the Unit-
scale U.S. food assistance, the
State Department made known. ed Nations team of observers in
area. They will take
The accord, when concluded, would
provide Israel with its first offi- up their posts after being briefed
Bull, the secre-
cial aid from America since the
tary-general's personal represen-
outbreak of hostilities.
tative, who is directing the cease-
Israel was said to be seeking fire observation operation.
agricultural commodities valued at
The Middle East crisis issue was
nearly $30,000,000 under the terms
of the Public Law 480 known as the formally returned to the Security
Council Monday when the secre-
"Food For Peace" program.
tary-general transmitted to that
Argentinians Protest Gomulka's
body the records of the emergency
Attack on Jews in Poland
special session of the general as-
BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — A sembly which had struggled with
special convention of Polish Jews the question from June 17 to July
living in Argentina adopted a reso- 21. No meeting of the council has
lution July 19 protesting against an been called to deal with the ques-
attack on Jews in Poland for hav- tion.
ing welcomed Israel's victory over
The Egyptian delegation com-
the Arabs last month.
plained to the secretary-general
The attack had been made by that Israel was attempting "to
Wladyslaw Gomulka, Communist escape its obligations under the
Party chief in Poland, who de- Hague Convention of 1954" on
nounced these Jews as "fifth the preservation of cultural prop-
erty in the areas occupied by
The convention was addressed by Israel.
Ambassador Moshe Alon of Israel
Israel, in another letter to the
and Chief Rabbi David Kahane. secretary-general, rejected Jordan's
Abraham Mitelberg, Buenos Aires charge that captured documents
publisher, presided at the meeting. published by Israel, establishing
Efforts to bring about a rap- that Jordanian forces had been or-
prochement between the Jewish dered to kill Israeli civilians, were
and Arab communities in Argen- forgeries. The Israelis offered the
tina have been meeting with an documents for inspection.
encouraging degree of success, it
was reported here.
In the city of Tacuman, leading
physicians of Arab and Jewish de-
scent signed a statement calling
Pot your meaty where your heart is
for peace and harmony in the Mid-
dle East between Israel and its
Arab neighbors. A similar state-
ment is now in preparation in
Buenos Aires, to be signed by
prominent Argentine Arab and
Jewish personalities.
In San Rafael, in Mendoza pro-
Invest In
vince, during a patriotic cere-
mony, the mayor asked a leader
of the Jewish community and a


Friday, July 28, 1967-11

Majority of Brazilians B ack Israel in Conflict

More than 98 per cent of the resi-
dents of Rio de Janeiro believe
that if Brazil had to choose sides
between Israel and the Arab states,
the choice should be to support
Israel, according to a public
opinion poll here by Jornal de
Brasil, the country's largest morn-
ing newspaper.
The poll showed that 75 per
cent of the respondents believed
that, even if Israel may have been
first to open fire in last month's
war with the Arabs, Israel was
right because the war had been
provoked by Egypt.
On the issue of returning Is-
raeli-occupied areas to the van-
quished Arab states, 58 per cent
said Israel should do so, 38 per

cent opposed return of the oc-
cupied areas, and the rest could
not make up their minds. A total
of 91 per cent endorsed the Brazil-
ian government's stand of neutral-
ity as between Israel and the

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