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July 28, 1967 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-07-28

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24—Friday, July 28, 1967


Jewish Communists Follow Anti-Israel Line,
Council forJesths issos Position While Polish UN Correspondent Rejects Bias
A Polish Jewish group and an dations and has not declared itself account about a Polish United Na-
Prores is Devastating Point East
Berlin Jewish element joined against Israel. although Chief tions correspondent, W i e s 1 a w

NEW YORK — That American
Jewry is almost 100 per cent be-
hind the present position of the
State of Israel in the Middle Ea.it
controversy was unwittingly proved
by the American Council for Juda-
ism, according to a statement by
Rabbi Israel Miller, of New York.
chairman of the American Zionist
Council, coordinating body for the
entire Zionist movement.
"In the Sunday Times of July

the American Council for Judaism the Communists in the anti-Israel Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin joined i Gornicki, who refused to swallow
is not only irresponsible but moral- campaign. Both groups made state- those charging Israel with aggres- j anti-Jewish and anti-Israel propa-
Banda, appeared to the Paris
ly bankrupt with their outworn ments condemning Israel as an sion.
attempts to frighten American aggressor.
1 But while the Polish Jewish Corn- Herald Tribune on July 15:
Jewry by raising the bogey _of dual
Russian Jewry from all indica- munists joined in an anti-Israel
"A Polish newsman has been
l oyalties."
tions still refused to yield to intimi- i campaign, the following important
reprimanded by C o m munist

De Gaulle's Stand Rejected by Liberal Frenchmen


(Copyright 1%7. JTA Inc.)

PARIS — French President ■
16." Rabbi Miller said. "the Amer- Charles de Gaulle continues the
ican Council for Judaism chal- embargo on arms replacements for
lenged the point of view that Amer- Israel, but France's 500,000 Jews
ican Jewry almost unanimously sup- will not falter in their "uncondi-
ports Israel's posture in the present ticinal'• support for the Jewish
Middle East controversy. Speaking State. no matter what position the
for the Council for Judaism, Rabbi government takes.
Elmer Berger. its executive vice
This is the opinion of Pierre
president, intimated that many
Jews are opposed to Israel's 'ag. Kauffmann. permanent secretary-
general of the Committee of Co. '
gression' in the Middle East. Then.
ordination of the Jewish Organi-
after giving the Times reporter
the names of six distinguished
members of the Council for Juda-
ism. Rabbi Berger said 'obviously
men like these are not wild radi-
cals, not the sort of people who
associate themselves with irrespon-

sible organizat ions.'

"There is no doubt," Rabbi
Miller said, "that the six mem-
bers whose names were given by
Elmer Berger as supporters for
the Council for Judaism's posi-
tion are not irresponsible. With
five of the six disavowing Rabbi
Berger's use of their names as
sponsors of the Council for Juda- '
ism's position, as reported in the
New York Times of July 19, it
is the Council for Judaism that
stands revealed as being irre-

"The disavowals published in the

Times." Rabbi Miller concluded,
"indicate what the great majority

of Jews have long known: that

Australian Jews Ask
Kosvgin to Halt Attacks'

cutive Council of Australian Jewry
has appealed to Soviet Premier
Alexci Kosygin to halt the con-
tinuing charges by the Soviet
Union that Israeli armed forces
were guilty of "Hitlerite atro-
The council noted that the Soviet
Union "has never published a
word of criticism about the Nazi
war criminals actively mobilized
in Cairo and Damascus in the war
against the Jews." It added that
"the Soviet government has given
unstinting support to the Arab
states disseminating the crude
anti-Semitism of the 'Protocols of
the Elders of Zion."
The Jewish representative body
pointed out that this was not the
first time in this century that a
major power had accused the Jews
of subhuman crimes and said that
"the world knows the terrible price
the Jewish people have paid for
such monstrous accusations."


Israel stand.
"But de Gaulle
doesn't pay attention to :Lis cabinet
in any case." he added.
The traditionally anti-Semitic far
right was "100 percent for Israel,"
Kauffmann said. As "diehard"
colonialists, he said, the far right
"automatically" applauded any set
back to the Arabs and cheered
Israeli military victories over them
but their profound anti-Jewish feel-
ings persist. "The new slogan of
the right," Kauffmann said, "is
'Long Live Israel — Down With
the Jews!' "
Kauffmann warned, however,
that Israeli victories were creat-
ing a "reversal of images" in
public opinion. "Israel is now
the Goliath, and the defeated
Arabs now David," he said.
T h e government - controlled
radio and television stations, with

an emphasis on the problems of
the Arab refugees, were "effect-
ing a certain shift" in popular

support for Israel," Kauffmann
The Roman Catholic Church in
Pe Gaulle
France has taken no official posi-
tion on the Arab-Israeli war, Kauff-
zations of France. a group newly mann said, although several lead-
formed to mobilize aid for Israel.
Kauffmann 'said the response of
French Jewry to the committee's
appeals for funds was "extraordin-
ary" and "surprising." The 170
affiliated organizations r a i s e d
$10,000,000 for Israel in the month
of June — as compared with an-
nual totals of $3,00,000 for both
Israel and French community
needs in previous years.

The Middle East crisis has
given the "essentially secular"
French Jewish community a self-
awareness it has not had since
the Dreyfus affair, he said. "To
be a Jew in France is a uniquely
individual choice," Kauffmann
added. "There have been no
social or religious pressures
since Dreyfus to heighten a sense

of identity."
Kauffmann, himself a member of
of the French Jewish underground
during World War II, said that the
"knowledge of Auschwitz" on the
one hand, and the massive immi-
gration to France of North African
Jews in the past decade, on the
other, had "roused somewhat" a
"hitherto dormant" Jewishness.
But it was only Arab threats to
Israel's survival that created a
feeling of unity and identy among
French Jews "for the first time."
Kauffmann described as "scan-
dalous" letters written by several
Jews to Le Monde, leading Paris
newspaper, which deplored Jewish
aid to Israel as "un-French." He
Connecticut Bars Primary said such views were held by a
"tiny minority" of French Jewry.
on Religious Holidays
He said there was no anti-Zionist
HARTFORD, CONN. (JTA)—A organization, comparable to the
bill barring the holding of primary American Council for Judaism, in
election in Connecticut on any day France. He said the "David and
that is a religious holiday has been Goliath" situation in the Middle
signed by Gov. Dempsey and was East — tiny Israel against the
enacted into law. The bill was enormous Arab world — had had
introduced in the State General a strong appeal to the majority
Assembly after observant Jews of French non-Jews. with support
were unable to participate in the ranging from the far left to the far
primaries last year because they right.
coincided with Sukkot.
Only the Communist Party of
The new legislation follows en-
all major political groups, took
actment of a constitutional amend-
an anti-Israel stand, he said; but
ment in 1965 giving Connecticut
he said that the party member-
voters the right to cast absentee
ship was "totally split" on the
ballots when a regular election
question. L'Hurnanite, the Com-
falls on a religious holiday.
munist daily newspaper, has
Gov. Dempsey pointed out that
taken whole pages in several
the new law provides that "no
issues, defending its policy to
primary elections shall be held
its readers, Kauffmann said,
on any day when secular activity
The Gaullist movement was sim-
is forbidden under the tenets of ilarly divided, he said. even among
any religion." He said that "this its parliamentary deputies. He said
legislation is needed to assure full it was "probably tree." as re-
and complete compliance with the ported in the press, that only three
constitutional guarantee of free- of the 28 members of de Gaulle's
dom of worship."
cabinet supported him in his anti-

ing orders within the church have
indicated strong pro-Israel sym-
pathies. Discussion on the crisis
continue "on the highest Church
levels." Kauffmann said.
The Committee of Coordination
was organized May 27 with Baron
Guy de Rothschild. director of
Rothschild Freres, as its president.
Other officers include Claude Kel-
man, president of the Conference
of European Jews; Victor Bene-
viste, president of the Federation
of Zionists: and Theodore Klein,
president of the Jewish Community
Centers of France.
The Committee plans to set up
a joint fund-raising campaign for
the first time, for both Israel
and French Jewish community
needs," Kauffmann said.
The committee has also spon-
sored a volunteers for Israel pro-
' gram. Five thousand applications
were processed, but Israel could
accept only 750 of them, he said.
Hundreds of Jewish and non-Jew-
ish doctors have signed up for
medical service in Israel, and
10,000 persons offered blood do-
' nations, but they were not needed,
Kauffmann said.

Party chief Wladyslaw Goumulka
and summoned home because of
his refusal to follow the govern-
ment line in the Middle East cri-
sis, it has been learned from non-
Polish sources.
"The reporter is Wieslaw Gor-
nicki, UN representative of the
Polish press agency and the War-
saw paper Zycie Warszawy, and
a vice-president of the UN Cor-
respondents' Association. His
writings recently won a journalis-
tic prize in Poland. Mr. Gornicki
is said by the sources here to
have suspended his weekly
column in "Zycie Warszaway"
rather than conform to the gov-
ernment's explanation of the Mid-
dle East crisis, He declined re-
quests of his editor that he re-
sume writing.
When Premier Jozef Cyran-
kiewicz and Foreign Minister
Adam Rapacki were at the UN
last month for the emergency
special session of the General As-
sembly, they reportedly pleaded
with Mr. Gornicki but he again

In a New Jersey factory owned
by a Pole, 600 Polish workers (all
non-Jews except for three), the
manager called a meeting and the
Poles collected $19,000 for Israel.


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