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December 15, 1967 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-12-15

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De Gaulle Words, Action Cause Dismay
Among French Jews; Von Thadden Happy

While 44 per cent of the French approval of the UN Security
(Continued from Page 1)
by your words which may well People agree with Gen. de Gaulle's Council resolution, while the Free
revive the prejudices from which characterization of the Jewish peo- Center asked for immediate an-
we have suffered." Among the ple and 30 per cent agree with his nexation and the settlement of
signers were Professors Raymond contention that Israel is an expan- occupied territories.
Aaron, Henri Baruk, Rene Cassin sionist state, according to the poll Neo-Nazi Backs de Gaulle;
and Francois Jacob. Grand Rabbi by L'Express, 35 per cent dis- Von madden Assails Israel
Jacob Kaplan reported meanwhile agree with the French leader. The
BONN (JTA)—The first expres-
that he had received many letters poll, however, apparently did not sion of support for Gen. de Gaulle's
from "prominent and ordinary reflect the feelings preponderant views on Israel and the Middle
Frenchmen, Jews and non-Jews," in French political, academic and East to emerge from any Western
supporting his reply to Gen. de intellectual circles where de political source was voiced here
Gaulle. Rabbi Kaplan's statement Gaulle's statements on the Jews by the leaders of the neo-Nazi Na-
charged de Gaulle with giving "the and Israel drew storms of protest tional Democratic Party, Adolf von
highest possible sanction" to anti- and expressions of revulsion. Two Thadden. He told a press confer-
Semitic discrimination and with prominent Gaullists took issue with
having defamed the Jewish people the French leader, one of them ex- ence
Israel
was endangering
world that
peace
by trying
to "impose
to shore up his attack on Israel pressing regret over what he its will" on occupied Arab terri-
as an aggressor. Dr. Kaplan told called the birth of French anti- tories.
the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Zionism which follows the Soviet
Von Thadden also asserted that
that he had replied in greater de- anti-Zionist
line.
Jacques Baumel,
former secre- the NPD has 27,000 members, in-
tail to de Gaulle's attack at a
meeting in Meudon on Dec. 5 at- tary of the UNR Party, declared eluding
soldiers
presently
in
West 1,500
Germany's
armed
forces,
tended by 1,000 persons. He said' that "every Frenchman must fight that it intended to enter candidates
he had quoted Napoleon, who con- against anti-Semitism," adding that
sidered the Jews as "heirs de jure," "each nation has a right to exist, in in the
every
district
in the
country
1969
elections
and
would
especially the smallest ones which spend six to seven times as much
or the legitimate heirs, to Israel.
De Gaulle was assailed at a are the most threatened." Jean in the next campaign as in the
meeting here of the Interna• i Lecanuet, president of the Centre previous one. This would indicate
tional League Against Anti-Semi- Democratic, accused the de Gaulle an expenditure of 9 to 10,000,000
government of renewing the Middle marks (between $2,250,000 and
tism addressed by Sen. Andre
East conflict. $2,500,000). The expected result,
Monteil, who said most French-
according to von Thadden, would
men supported Israel. He called
Eban Tells Cabinet That Iraq
be at least 10 per cent of the
a "scandal" the embargo on
vote which would send 50 or more
shipment of spare parts for Is a Combatant and Is Unfit
to JERUSALEM
Get Jets from (JTA)
France — Foreign NPD deputies to the Bundestag,
Israel's air force planes which
are mainly -ranch-made.
Minister Abba Eban told the Israel West Germany's lower house.
(One Frenchman who was more Cabinet that Iraq, which will re- Von Thadden, who put his party
calm about the problem was Baron ceive jet fighter-bombers from on record in support of Gen. de
ranee, was indeed a combatant Gaulle's Middle East position, also
Alain de Rothschild, president of France,
the Consistoire Central Israelite in last June's Six-Day War, disput- declared that he favored the 1939
de France and d'Algerie. Speaking ing France's contention that only Munich pact which he contended
at a press conference at the of- non-combatant nations will get was still legal. The Munich agree-
fices of the Union of Ort hodox French arms, now that her em- ment gave Hitler the Sudeten re-
Jewish Congregations in New bargo on the shipment of arms to gion of Czechoslovakia, leading to
York, of which he is currently a the Middle East has been lifted. the try
dismemberment
that
coun-
by the Nazis and of the
outbreak
guest, Baron Rothschild said he
Speaking at a closed session,
did not consider the general an Eban said that, on the first day of World War • IL • s
anti-Semite and said it was "un- of the war, an Iraqi plane bombed
and Boycott Proposed in NYC-
thinkable" that the French govern- the coastal town of Natanya
further but Clothiers Cautious
ment would ever adopt an anti- was shot down, and that
NEW YORK (JTA)—Sources in
Semitic position. The French Iraqi air incursions over Israel
Manhattan's garment district con-
banker called the general's Nov. ceased only when an Iraqi airfield
firmed that a number of ready-
27 pr es s conference remarks near the Iraq-Jordan border was to-wear manufacturers planned to
"naughty but not
bombed by Israeli planes.
organize a committee to deter-
meaning that the remarks were Eban noted that units of the mine whether a boycott should. be
not a surprise to anyone aware Iraqi army moved into Jordan on established against French fabrics
of the general's penchant for such the eve of the war, were on their in protest against President de
public statements.) way to the West Bank, and were Gaulle's recent anti-Israel, anti-
Raymond Heymann, of Strass- deployed for action when Jordan Jewish and anti-American attacks,
Bourg, prominent in the resistance accepted the United Nations cease
Eight heads of such firms held
movement during World War II, fire, thus ending military action a secret meeting which was also
sent back to Gen. de Gaulle the on that front. He pointed out fur- attended by representatives of
medal he had received for his ther that Iraq was one of the com- other garment district firms. Ac-
heroic war work. A well-known batant nations approached by UN cording to the sources, there was
writer, Edoyard Brumont, com- Secretary-General U Thant with a sharp division of opinion over
pared de Gaulle's present stance the UN cease-fire proposals, and whether such a boycott should be
to the utterances of notorious had agreed. to comply with any launched by the garment industry
French anti-Semites and fascists. agreement accepted by Jordan.
and, if such a decision was ap-
Former Premier Edgar Faure,
Israel's ambassador to France, proved, how the boycott should be
presently minister of agriculture, Walter Eytan, arrived here at the organized. Many of the Jewish
implicity criticized President de request of Foreign Minister Eban businessmen expressed concern
Gaulle's one-sided lifting of for consultations. Eytan had been over the known State Department
France's Middle East arms em-
received, at his request, by French opposition to such boycotts as well
bargo in favor of the Arabs when Foreign Minister Maurice Couve as over the possibility that such an
de Murville for a discussion of action might cut both ways.
he declared in an interview with
Franco-Israeli- r e l a t i o ns and
the weekly magazine Paris
Among the industry's top de-
French plans to sell Mirage jets signers and manufacturers attend-
Match Monday that "it seems
desirable that the embargo
to Iraq.
ing the secret meeting were Jerry
There is no reason to believe Silverman, Adolph Klein, president
should apply to all parties or to

none."
Faure, who has apparently been
under pressure to renounce de

Gaulle's anti-Israel policies, said,
however, that while the Egyptian
blockade of the Gulf of Aqaba

which sparked the war last June
was "regrettable," that act "could
have been solved by a juridical
procedure and France's position

at the UN follows the logic of
such a policy." He declared that
"even for the friend of Israel that
I am, there is no reason why I
should have resigned."
Emir Bedhir Khan, foreign rep-
resentative of the Kurdish people,
a separatist minority in Iraq, ad-
dressed an open letter to de Gaulle
protesting reports that France will
ship Mirage jet fighter planes to
Iraq.

Pierre Vianson Ponte, political
editor of Le Monde, warned that
"de Gaulle's declaration on
Israel and the Jews may well
leave a deep and lasting scar on
France." He said that numer-
ous leaders of the Gaullist move-
ment were prepared to join the

opposition as a result of the
general's remarks.

war will resume in the next few
months, Eh= told the Knesset,
summing up during a foreign
policy debate. When the transi-
tion to peace is achieved, this
will mean process and not with-
drawal, he stated. Holding on to
the new territories may be a

necessity, but it is not Israel's
ultimate goal, he asserted, point-
ing out that the problem is not

the territories, but their popula-
tion.
Eban stressed that the dialogue
with France is continuing, but he

of the New York Couture Busi-
ness Council, Shannon Rodgers,
Chester Weinberg, Nat Rubin, Paul-
ine Trigere and others. Klein
said after the meeting that "noth-
ing definite has been decided. The
gathering was just a meeting be-
tween friends." Weinberg said
that the meeting constituted "a
useful exchange of ideas which

provided us with what the other
man was thinking." He added that
"definite steps will emerge once
the committee has been formed."
None of the participants would
say when a meeting would be held
to form the committee.
New York importers in the ac-
cessories business were reported
to be thinking about stopping im-
ports of such items as handbags
but avoided talk about a boycott.
While many retailers said that
women customers were avoiding
such imports with "Made in
France" labels, some of the ma-
jor New York specialty stores in-
dicated a cautious attitude to-
ward the boycott idea. William
Hanson, president of Julius Gar-
finckel, said that his stores, which

said that whoever sends arms to
Iraq bolsters the strength of the
forces aligned against Israel.
Iraq has 20,000 soldiers near the
ceasefire line inside Jordan, he
said, and Iraqi officers train sabo-
teurs who are infiltrating Israel.
The foreign minister also said that
a fruitful relationship with the
United States is continuing.
All parties except the Commun-
ists and two splinter groups voted
approval of Eban's statement.
Four Communists voted against
the government and the right-wing
Free Center abstained. The Com-
munists demanded inclusion and include Brooks Brothers, would

not join in any boycott although be viewed also against the back-
"we are hearing more and more ground of the age-old relationship
customers saying they won't buy between Christians and Jews. If
genocide has been a disaster for
anything French."
the Jews, my people, it has also
The noted French author,
been the greatest moral catas-
Manes Sperber, who came to
in the history of Christian-
this country to accept an inter- trophe
ity. The Holocaust taught millions
national literary award, Sun- of people a most destructive les-
day night attacked Charles de
son. They learned that Jews
Gaulle for giving "a new pres-
be murdered, desecrated and
tige and appearance of decency could
robbed under an open sky without
to anti-Semitism" and thereby
harm
to themselves. This is a
"once again opening the gates
destruction of the fundamental
to anti-Semitism."
rules of human relations. This atti-
Sperber spoke at the dinner of tude has had far reaching conse-
the World Federation of Bergen quences for humanity. And human-
Belsen Associations where he ac- ity is still terribly ill as a conse-

cepted the 1967 Remembrance quence of the Hitler years."
Award for "excellence and dis-
tinction in literature." The presen- 14—Friday, December 15, 1967
tation was made to him by the
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
French-American novelist Elie Wie-
sel, the first winner of the award.
Declaring that de Gaulle "may
MUST SELL
or may not be an anti-Semite,"
Sperber called de Gaulle's state-
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