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August 25, 1967 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-08-25

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Black and White Opponents to Repeal of Ban on N.Y• State Aid
By

NATHAN ZIPRIN
(A Seven Arts Feature)

Shortly after the story broke of
SNCC's foray into the dung of anti-
Semitism, anti-Zionism and anti-
Israelism, I discussed the disturb-
ing development with Jack Siegel,
whose book "Squeegee," published
two years ago, dealth with black-
white relationships and Jewish at-
titudes toward Negroes.
Since his reaction was close to
mine and his semantics quite uni-
que, I am seizing on the oppor-
tunity of giving his formulations
as I jotted them down rapidly:
Enough has already been said on
both sides of the SNCC attack on
Jews. Probably nothing in the way
of further substantive arguments
will reveal any deeper meanings.
It is clear cut. Who knows anti-
Semitism better than we? What is
more likely is that the SNCC ac-
tivists, whether or not they repre-
sent a majority or a minority, have
blown their mind with something
they think will work like magic,
They did not have to become acid-
heads to cop out from the nitty-
gritty of their own struggle. Some-
body on their executive thought
this attack on Jews would be like
out of sight, that it would turn
their people on and give them an
easier rumble. Probably, they
figured that's where it's at, and
that to attack the Jews would
bring them support from some of
their white counterparts, racists of
the extreme right, and perhaps di-
vert reaction from them towards
another minority. We do not know
in what pad or crib this tactic was
so ill-conceived or whether it was
done for like Arab bread. In any
event, it doesn't matter. What
does, is that it was done. We could
say it was the result of Acapulco
gold which made them freak out
like this and that, sooner or later,
they would be taking off a high.
But that would be useless specu-
lation. The fact is, we Jews are
faced with the problem.
We cannot cop out on this. The
Negroes are here and came along
before we did. The fact that we
did not bring them here is irre-
levant. So we must shove past the
up-tight blast SNCC released and
ourselves get to the nitty-gritty of
the problem. Which is, somehow,
not to condone what is wrong and
what is evil in their statement, but
the contrary, to seek a bridge to
the Negro people as a whole. We
must not forget that Hitler was
mocked at first, and held in con-
tempt. Neither response was ef-
fective. If we fail to find the
bridge, it is quite possible the
SNCC leadership will take most
of the Negro people with them on
this odd and wicked freak-out.

to Religious Schools Vow Fight; Deal Sought

ALBANY, N.Y. (JTA) —Stren-
uous efforts were being made here
to work out a comprom ise
which could result in canceling
threats by Jewish and Protestant
organizations
which announced
that they will campaign for the
nullification of the work of the

Israeli Designs

Child's Gas Mask
Israeli Designs

I HAIFA—A new type of gas mask
for children, completely different
from all existing gas masks, has
been invented by Ferdynand Za-
wistowski, senior lecturer in the
faculty of aeronautical engineering
at the Technion, Israel Institute of
Technology.
In the face of an imminent threat
of the use of poison gases by
authorities
ap-
Egypt, Israel
proached the Technion with a re-
quest to design a new type of gas
mask for children. Zawistowski
was asked to tackle the problem
on an emergency basis, and after
a continuous effort of 50 hours he
came up with the required solution.
Zawistowski told the press that
he had three objects in mind when
he started work on the project.
The first was that the mask be
simple so that mothers without
any training could put it on their
children even in the dark. Second,
that the mask be made of locally
available materials and third that
it could be produced immediately
in large quantities without any
special tools, as time was pressing.

The new mask is extremely
simple. It is made of a plastic
bucket to which a plastic bag is
attached. The bucket is placed
on the child's head while the
plastic bag covers the upper
half of its body. After the mask
is put on, the bag is tightly
closed at the lower end with a
string. To enable the child to
look out, a window has been as-
sembled on the bucket. Air is
supplied by a simple rubber hand
pump which can be operated
either by the mother or the child.
The air passes through a filter
which is bpilt into two empty
instant coffee cans. These cans
enable easy changing of the filt-
ers by even untrained parents.
The air exhaled by the child
leaves the mask through a sim-
ple rubber one-way valve.

Zawistowski tested the gas mask
on his 3-year-old daughter Maya.
He also chose a number of moth-
ers, of various strata of education,
and had them try out the masks
on their children. All of them suc-
Life is but a walking shadow, ceeded in putting the masks on
a poor player that struts and frets their children without any diffi-
his hour upon the stage and then culty and without prior training.
is heard no more. It is a tale told The children even succeeded in
by an idiot, full of sound and fury, putting the masks on each other
signifying nothing.
—Shakespeare without difficulty.
Zawistowski was born in Poland
and was 13 years old when the Sec-
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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, August 25, 1967-17

Outside the Milky Way galaxy
which revolves once every
225,000,000,000,000 years, there
exists 1,000,000,000,000 other gal-
axies. These range in size up to
200,000 light-years in diameter.
the nearest heavenly body outside
our galaxy is the Lesser Magel-
lanic Cloud, near the Southern
Cross, at 185,000 light-years away.

entire State Constitutional Conven-
tion here because they consider the
state-church issue of "paramount"
importance. The entire conven-
tion's plan for a new constitution
is to be put to the voters next
November.
The convention voted down Aug.
16 a series of amendments to the
state laws which forbid the use of
public funds for aid to religous
schools. After two days of sharp
debate, the convention decided by
a vote of 132-49—to repeal the 73-
year-old law which bans state fi-
nancial aid to denominational
schools, "directly or indirectly."
An effort to get the conven-
tion to put the educational issue
before the voters as a separate
referendum failed when the pro-
ponent of that move, Minority
Leader Earl J. Brydges, a
Niagara Falls Republican, said
he would not press his plan to a
vote because, he conceded, he
knew the plan would not be
adopted. A third idea, to in-
corporate in the new law, a plan
whereby the new constitution
would permit the legislature to
authorize a "shared time," was
defeated.
Under a "shared time" program,
parochial school pupils would be
permitted to study certain sub-
jects—like chemistry and other
strictly nonsectarian courses—in
public schools. Under a ruling at
present by the State Board of
Education, "shared time" is not
allowed in New York State because
it is considered unconstitutional.
The effort at working out a
compromise revolves around the
"shared time" plan. Leaders of
the convention felt that, if they re-
versed their stand against "shared
time" authorization, the Jewish and
Protestant groups, opposing the
lifting of the 73-year-old law.
might be willing to support the
entire new constitution when it
comes before the voters next No-
vember.
Leading the campaign against
the entire constitution on this
issue, are the American Jewish
Congress, New York Federation of
Reform Synagogues, United Syna-
gogue of America (Conservative),
the National Council of Jewish
Women, and the Protestant Coun-
cil. On the other hand, Orthodox
Jewry and the representatives of
the Roman Catholic Church here
have endorsed the revocation of
the old law.
Agudath Israel will now

voting for this new constitutional
amendent in the November elec-
tions.
The New York Times, in an
editorial Aug. 18, condemned the

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aid to parochial schools as a
"serious blow to the principle of
church-state separation."

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