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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-08-25

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How the Soviets
Tried to Suppress
Jewish Nationalism
Within Its Borders

Second installment of seri-
alized expose of Jewish
tragedy in Russia from
"Between Hammer and
Sickle" by Ben Ami, pub-
lished by Jewish Publica-
tion Society of America.

BY BEN AMI
Soviet law and usage require everyone living in the Soviet Union to be
recognized as a member of a nationality. No person is merely a "citizen of the
Soviet Union" without his nationality being known generally, or at least to the Soviet
authorities. Every member of the Union is registered in his identity card as belonging
to a specific nationality. We shall not discuss here the problem, interesting in itself,
why of all people it is the Soviets who, though opposed from the start to every form
of discrimination, have introduced a system which requires the registration of national-
ities within their own country. It is a fact, however, that citizen Ivanov, registered
in his identity card as Russian (russkii), and citizeness Ivanova, registered as Russian,
(Continued on Page 40)

HE JEWISH NEWS

The Bigots Who
Pose as
Libertarians
Under Guise of
Nonviolence

A Weekly Review

Editorial
Page 4

Tragic Death
of JDC's
Top Official
Mourned by
World Jewry

MICHIGA N

of Jewish Events

Commentary
Page 2

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

VOLUME LI — No. 23

27

$6.00 Per Year; This Issue 20c

17100 W. 7 Mile Rd., Detroit —VE 8-9364—August 25, 1967

Charles H. Jordan's Death
Mourned by World Jewry;
Investigations Demanded

Czechs Accused of Siding the Truth ,

A Farewell to SNCC

Direct JTA Teletype Wires to The Jewish News

BY THEODORE B I KEL

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Dean Rusk was asked Tuesday to

consider whether to continue validating American passports for tourist travel in
Czechoslovakia in view of the conduct of Czech authorities in connection with
the death of Charles H. Jordan, executive vice chairman of the American Joint
Distribution Committee.
The request came from Rep. William S. Broomfield, Michigan Republican,
a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Actor-folk singer Theodore Bikel, long
active in the civU rights movement and a veteran sup-
porter of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee), has written the following open letter to the
leadership of SNCC explaining why he can no longer be
put of that organization. Bikel is a national vice presi-
dent of the American Jewish Congress. Although his letter
Is a personal one and does not speak for the Congress,
We are publishing it because it is an eloquent, a passionate,
statement by an American and a Jew deeply committed to
the unity of the Jewish people and the brotherhood of
all men.

You know me well—or ought to. I am the fellow
who, long before it was fashionable or safe, followed
SNCC's call for help and advice. I am the man who
helped organize money and
"bodies" at the bidding of
Jim Forman, Robert Moses,
Chuck McDew and John
Lewis; who went to Ala-
bama and Mississippi because
SNCC needed his presence;
who slept in a different loft
each night because he would
not sleep or eat where his
Negro brother could not and
because the sheriff resented
his presence. I am the man
who was called "kike nigger-
lover" both to his face and
in print.
You owe me nothing.
I did what I did as a corn-
. S l mitment of conscience, a corn-
mitment that is as real to me
Theodore Bikel
now as it was then and one which will continue
as long as I breathe.
But you do owe yourselves a reappraisal of
recent actions and recent pronouncements. You who
spoke of a "philosophical concept" behind your
position on "Jewish oppressors" owe both friend
and foe a clearer definition of such "philosophy."
It appears from your statement that you have ar-
rived at your position after exhaustive research
which took you as far afield as the Arab embassies
and the Atlantic Public Library; the latter pre-
sumably because no Jewish, Israeli or Zionist posi-
tion was available to be explored. Since you speak
of the establishment of the "illegal" State of Israel
in 1948, of population figures and movements, of
conquest and of oppression, one must presume you
are guided by historical, political, socio-economic
and demographic considerations. One must also hope
that as a matter of principle you are engaged in
an earnest search for truth—and justice.
Unfortunately, such hope comes to grief when
confronted with your stated position.
Let us briefly consider the "illegal" State of
Israel. Palestine was, from 1922 until 1948, a British
Mandate. The Mandate gave the Jewish people the
political right to re-establish Palestine as a Jewish
State. It was neither a gift of land to the Jews nor
did it take land from the Arabs. Lands were pur-
chased—often at excessive prices—from their
holders. Never in all history had Palestine been an
Arab state. Turkish yes, British yes, and certainly
from time immemorial Jewish. When in 1948 the
UN voted to accept Israel as a sovereign state, was
that an "illegal" act? Surely the Rothschild who

(Continued on Page 5)

The body of Mr. Jordan, who disappeared last Wednesday evening in Prague
after he left his hotel room to buy a newspaper, was discovered Sunday in the
Zoltava River in Prague, the State Department reported.
The body was found at 1:30 p.m. local time by a civilian in a rowboat. It was
floating at a water barrier downstream from the May 1 Bridge. The civilian
notified the police, who informed the American Embassy. U.S. Consul Norbert
J. Krieg viewed the body on the river bank and identified the clothing, jewelry
and the general features as those of Jordan.
In a letter to Rusk, Congressman Broomfield said that "In view of the

Charles H. Jordan

callous and arrogant disregard for the United States displayed in the Czecho-
slovakian official attitude, I feel that our government should make immediate
and firm representations."
Rep. Broomfield said the U.S. Embassy's request to have a representative
at the autopsy was dealt with in such a manner as to indicate that the Czechs

UN's Fact-Finding Envoy
Met With Israeli Demands
Defending Jerusalem Status

Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News

JERUSALEM—Ambassador Ernesto Thalmann, the Swiss
diplomat appointed by United Nations Secretary-General U
Thant to a fact-finding mission regarding Jerusalem, held his
first conference here Tuesday with Foreign Minister Abba Eban.
Thalmann arrived Sunday night. In greeeting him, Eban
said: "I welcome you in Israel's capital, the City of Eternal
Peace." The ambassador is here officially for a two-week visit,
the aim of which is "to provide information for the secretary-
general's report to the United Nations General Assembly and
Security Council on the situation in Jerusalem."
In his greeting, Eban stressed the importance of the
unification of the city of Jerusalem and "the liberty accorded
to all its inhabitants." He also stressed Israel's protection of all
places of worship in the city and free access to these places
of worship.
Ambassador Thalmann declared upon his arrival at Lydda
Airport that he intends to perform his mission with complete
objectivity, stating that his visit was "entirely fact-finding in
characer." He expressed his "sincere gratitude to the Israeli
authorities who received me so kindly and offered their assist-
ance."
(Continued on Page 30)

might have something to hide in connection
with Mr. Jordan's mysterious death. He told
Risk can see no other reason why Czech
authorities did not convey a timely and proper
notice of the autopsy to American authorities
in response to their prior request."
He said that "if this is to be the attitude
of Czechoslovakia toward the United States
in this case involving the death of a distin-
guished American citizen, the time has come
to review validation of passports for travel
by our citizens to that country. The least we
can expect is a strong apology and convincing
explanation of the suspicious and evasive
conduct of Czechoslovakian authorities."
It was learned here that the American

Embassy refused to comment on charges that
Czechoslovakia was guilty of "covering up a
vile crime" by refusing to delay the autopsy.

JDC Chairman Louis Broido had stated in

New York City that the conduct of Czecho-
slovakia was improper. A U.S. Embassy

(Continued on Page 10)

War Heroes Return Medals to Communist Countries

Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News

TEL AVIV—In protest against the pro-Arab, anti-Israel actions of all the East European, Communist countries,
except Romania, 2,500 Israelis who were formerly residents of those countries Tuesday returned their medals, decorations
and other honors accorded to them for bravery and gallantry during their service as soldiers in the armies of the lands

concerned in World War II.
The medals and decorations were handed here Tuesday to the charge d'affaires of Finland. who represents the
interest of the Soviet Union, which broke diplomatic relations with Israel as a result of the USSR's charges that Israel
was the "aggressor" in the June war. The Swiss diplomat was asked to return the decorations to the governments of the
Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Many of the honors were the highest military awards in
the respective countries.
One man, formerly a high-ranking officer in the Soviet army, told the diplomat: "We don't need decorations from
governments which actively endorsed the policy of destroying Israel and supporting the Arabs."

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