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December 29, 1967 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-12-29

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French Press Carries Reports
of Jewish Suffering in Syria

(Continued from Page 1)
that, of all the grave International
problems, "French public oninion is
most sensitive to the fate of Israel."
Prime Minister Georges Pom-
pidou conceded that France's
policy in the Middle East "coin-
cides only partially with French
public opinion, but said that it
is inspired by French self-inter-
est. In an interview in France
Soir, evening daily, M. Pompidou
said he believed that President
de Gaulle's widely- criticized
press conference remarks on
Israel and the Middle East. on
November 27, were "misinter-
preted." But, he stated, this will
"correct itself" and does not need
to be explained by the govern-
ment.
The Gaullist daily, La Nation,
blamed the French press for the
negative reaction to de Gaulle's
remarks, and said that it was being
used by opposition parties for in-
ternal politics.
The remarks in question were
made in the course of a lengthy
statement on the Middle East by
Gen. de Gaulle before an audience
of 1,000 journalists, diplomats and
political figures who packed the
Elysee Palace on November 27 for
one of the French leader's rare
press conferences. In the course
of his statement, de Gaulle not
only launched a political attack on
Israel, which he called "a war-
blce state bent on expansion." but
impugned the Jews "through the
ages" as "an elite people, sure of
itself and dominating" who pro-
voked "ill will in certain countries
at certain times."
First-hand reports of the des-
perate plight of Jews in Syria
who are afraid to leave their
homes, and of daily beatings, tor-
ture and sexual degradation of
Jews imprisoned in Egypt. were
published here. The conditions
that Jews endure in Syria,
whence they are forbidden to
emigrate, were described in a
letter published in Le Monde,
which detailed official repres-
sions and persecutions reminis-
cent of those suffered by the
Jews in Nazi Germany in the
1930's. Syrian Jews, the writer

said, are forbidden to travel
more than three miles from their
homes and must carry special
identity cards stamped with the
word "Jew." They have been
summarily dismissed from jobs,
cannot dispose of their assets,
and are confronted by a Govern-
ment-imposed boycott of Jewish
shops by state employees and
military personnel.
Their situation is aggravated by
the fact that Syrian Jews general-

ly live in the same neighborhoods
as Arab refugees. The worst con-
ditions, the letter said, are in the
border town of Kamechli, where
Jews are afraid to leave their
homes. Assets belonging to Jews
abroad have been confiscated.
A tale of horrors suffered by the
Jewish inmates of Axouzaabel
Prison, in Egypt, was told in a
nine-page article in the weekly
Express. by a former inmate who
remains anonymous so as not to
further jeopardize the prisoners
who remain. The Chief Rabbi of
Alexandria, he wrot e, received
especially severe treatment, being
trussed up on cell bars in the man-
ner of a crucifixion. As many as
70 prisoners are packed into cells
meant to hold no more than 30, he
reported. Jews are subjected to
almost daily beatings and there
were several cases of torture and
forced sodomy, he claimed. There
Were 350 Jews imprisoned last
lime, the article stated, and 200
stns remain. The others were ex-
pelled from the country after being
forced to renounce their Egyptian
nationality and leave all of their

Property and assets behind.
Times Reports French Jews
Fear de Gaulle Awakened
'Monster of Anti-Semitism'
NEW YORK (JTA) — French
Jewish leaders are fearful that
"the monster of anti-Semitism,"

dormant in France for many years,
may have been awakened by Pres-
.

ident de Gaulle's remarks at his
press conference of November 27.
when he imnugned the entire Jew-
ish people through the aces. in
the course of a political diatribe

School Restores Christmas Arts After an Earlier Ban



against ISr a e 1, the New York
Times Paris correspondent, Lloyd

Garrison. reported here.
Contributing to their concern is
the result of a poll taken by the

popular weekly, L'Express, which '
showed that nearly half of all
Frenchmen agree with de Gaulle's
characteri'ation of the Jews as an

EAST PATERSON, N. J. (JTA) I Gothic arches, as in many cathe-
—The board of education restored dral windows. Vito A. Farese, prin-
a Christmas display pf paintings cipal of the school, had the paint-
of a religious nature which it had ings removed on orders of the
ordered removed from the doors Board of Education.
of Memorial High School earlier
Their removal, however, drew
on the complaint of a parent.
Dr. Edward C. Fandt, superin- "vehement complaints" from par-
tendent of schools, told the Jewish ents and students. according to Dr.
Telegraphic Agency that the board Fandt. The school superintendent
reversed its removal order after said that, as !"Lar as he knows, Mrs.
determining that the display "did
not violate any legal statutes or

"elite" and "domineering" people
who have created "ill will in cer-

tain countries at certain times,"
Mr. Garrison reported. He added
that French Jewish leaders "pri-
vately express a sense of shock ,
and sorrow over the fact that,
while most elements of the press
rose to Jewry's d e f ens e, most I
prominent politicians and civic

groups did not.

Bnai Brith Read Charges
de Gaulle Stand is 'Mischievous'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Presi-
dent Charles de Gaulle of France
has been asked by Dr. William A.

Wexler, International President of ,
Bnai Brith. to "seize an early
occasion to right the wrong you
have done — to the Jews — and
to de Gaulle." The Bnai Brith let-
ter to Gen. de Gaulle stated the
organization's response to the
French President's recent expres-
sions.
Gen. de Gaulle was told: "You
have given renewed currency to
vulgar and mischievous stereo-

local regulations" concerning reli-
gious observances in public
schools. Dr. Fandt said that state
educational authorities who were
consulted ruled that the matter
was one for decision by the local
Board of Education.
Mrs. Shirley Friedman. an East
Paterson housewife, objected to
the display at a board of educa-
tion meeting. She complained that
the paintings, which depict the
Madonna and Child and the Visit
of the Magi, "create a parochial im-
pression on our entrance," and
suggested that they "be given a
showcase in our art department."
The school doors on which the
paintings were mounted were par-
tially blacked out to give the im-
pression of stained glass on French

Friedman was the only person to
register an objection to the dis-
play. He said he had no idea of
the number of non-Christian chit

I dren attending Memorial High.

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thanks to the growing ecumenical

spirit promulgated by Vatican
were falling into desuetude. Now,
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nards will seek to dignify them-
selves through the invocation of
your name, despite what may be

your personal sentiments. Thus
you have brought needless hurt to
a people to whom France brought
liberty, equality, and fraternity,
and who have served her loyally."

Ben-Gurion Sends Protest
Letter to de Gaulle, Recalls
Franco-Israel Relations
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Former
Premier David Ben-Gurion was
disclosed to have sent a lengthy
letter to French President Charles
de Gaulle. in which he expressed
astonishment at the General's No-
vember statements assailing the
Jewish people and IsraeL
According to the evening daily,
Maariv, the former Premier out-
lined his view of Israeli-French
relations since Israel's statehood,
and particularly since 1954. He re-
called his long talks with the
French President, particularly his
conversation with Gen. de Gaulle
at the funeral services for former
West German Chancellor Konrad
Adenauer. Ben-Gurion also touch-
ed on the anti-Israel attitude of
the French Government on arms
supplies. It was indicated that Ben-
Gurion anticipated a reply from

Gen. de Gaulle.

`Passion Floe" to Have

Anti-Semitic Text
in 91 Performances

Old

OBERAMNIERGALT, G e r m a n y
(JTA)The Passion Play, which is
staged in this Bavarian town every
10 years, will be preformed 91
0, using intact the anti-
times in i97
Semitic text of 1850, despite world-
wide protests, it was learned here
today.
The protests in 1966 and early
1967 reached such a pitch that Dr.
Alfons Goppel, minister president
of Bavaria, promised to seek to
rammergau sponsors
induce the Obe

to use a different text. His efforts
failed.
Hans Schwaigerhof, who was to
have directed the 1970 perform-
ances, resigned in protest against
the anti-Semitic text.
The text portrays the Jews as a
fiendish bloodthirsty people.
Ten leading American intellect-
uals joined in November 1966, in
a call for a worldwide boycott of
the Passion Play. However, the vil-
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