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February 16, 1968 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-02-16

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New York Department Store Boycotts
Goods From E. Europe, Arab Lands

NEW YORK (JTA) — The presi-
dent of J. W. Mays, a department
store chain in the metropolitan
area which has imposed a ban on
imports from Arab countries, told
the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
that the public has expressed co-
operation with the firm's boycott
of goods imported from countries
that are "unfriendly and arbi-
trary" toward Israel.
Max Shulman, president of
Mays, said that all products from
Poland, Yugoslavia and Czechoslo-
vakia as well as from Arab coun -
tries have been barred from Mays
stores until further notice.

Munich Deputy Mayor
Says Priests Studying
Passion Play for Bias

BONN (JTA) — The deputy
mayor of Munich, Artur Haser,
told the Jewish Telegraphic Agen-
cy Sunday that a priest has been
studying the controversial text of
the Bavarian Passion Play to de-
termine whether there was any-
thing in it that could be called
anti-Semitic. The charge has been
made repeatedly against the ver-
sion used in the Bavarian village
of Oberammergau where it is pre-
sented every 10 years.
The American Jewish Congress
recently renewed a call for a boy-
cott of the next scheduled presen-
tation in 1970, charging that the
villagers had refused to alter its
"viciously anti-Semite" text.
The deputy mayor said the
priest, Stephan Scheller, had been
studying the text for six months
and would submit his proposals
for changes by next September at
the latest. The deputy mayor added
that he thought "certain changes
will be made."
Another source, Michael Hoeck,
an assistant to Julius Cordinal
Doepfner, archbishop of Munich,
said that the text had been changed
• but gave no details other than that
it had to be "brought into accord"
with the new position of the Vati-
can Council which approved a
declaration repudiating the charge
of decide against the Jewish people
in the crucifixon of Jesus, which
is the theme of the Passion Play.
The assistant added that the
text had been changed, not because
of the American Jewish Congress
call for a boycott of the 1970 per-
formance, but to conform with the
Vatican Council position. Ile said
the boycott call was unjustified.

Israel to Reserve Action
on Non-Proliferation Pact

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Foreign
ministry sources indicated that
Israel will withhold any public
statement of her position on an
international treaty for the non-
proliferation of atomic weapons
until she has further information
on guarantees to nonnuclear states
that may be faced with nuclear ag-
gression. Israel is also waiting for
the reaction to such a treaty by
' other states considered capable of
producing nuclear weapons.
The United States and the Soviet
Union have agreed on the draft
of a non-proliferation t r cat y,
worked out at Geneva, to be signed
by non-nuclear as well as nuclear
powers. The draft has been en-
dorsed by Britain though not by
France or Communist China which
also possess nuclear weapons.
The fate of the treaty depends
to a great extent on its acceptance
by such countries as Israel, Swe-
den, India, Poland, West Germany
and Italy, all of which are con-
. sidered capable of producing hu-
clear weapons, including megaton
bombs. Israel is known to be ex-
' perimenting with nuclear reactors
at a secret installation in the
Negev.

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Mays volume of business is $120,-
000,000 a year, according to Shul-
man, who stressed that business
dealings with countries "guilty of
excessive discrimination against
Israel will resume only when those
countries show they know how to
behave properly toward Israel,
which is far more equitable in its
treatment of other peoples."
Shulman noted that the con-
sumer here has shown "favor-
able response" to Israeli prod-
ucts found at Mays, which, he
added, has stepped up its im-
ports from Israel "thanks to
merchandise that is distinctive
in styling and competitive in
price."
Israeli products featured in the
Mays chain include giftware, re-
ligious items, toys, candy, outer
garments, knit goods; rainwear
and beachwear. Shulman said the
firm plans to send representatives
to fashion shows in Israel but there
are no current plans to establish
a buying office there. He asserted
that Israeli products "sell well"
and' that continued importing from
Israel "would strengthen its econ-
omy."
Mays is also using El Al Israel
airlines for shipping merchandise.
Praising El Al's service, Shulman
said that it is "much more effi-
cient than any previous shipping
from the Middle East."

YM-WHA Invites Aid
in Ban on Smoking

BROOKLYN (JTA) — The East
New York YM and YWHA appeal-
ed to parents of teen-age members
and to adult members to help the
Y's ban on smoking by teen-age
members by refraining from smok-
ing while they are in the building.
Adolph E. Wasser, executive di-
rector, said the ban on smoking
was put into effect last September
after considerable staff discussion.
He said the 14 professionals, who
include three smokers, recom-
mended the ban unanimously to
the Y's board. The ban applies
also to staff members while they
are working with teen-agers in the
building.
Wasser said that for a year prior
to the imposition of the no-smoking
rule, the Y had sought to achieve
the no-smoking goal by an educa-
tional campaign but that this had
been a complete failure. He added
that while there had been "sur-
prisingly few" protests from teen-
age members, the fact that the Y
felt it could not impose the no-
smoking rule on adults was ham-
pering the effectiveness of the ban
on the teen-agers.
In an appeal in the current bul-
letin of the Y, Wasser declared
that the Y found it difficult to
enforce the rule for the teen-agers
because "many adults do smoke
while in the Y. I can direct the
staff not to smoke but I cannot
direct you. I can, however, ask
you to, voluntarily, refrain from
smoking while in the Y building
so as to set the proper example
for your own and your neighbors'
teen-age children to follow. He
said that another effort to induce
adults to cooperate would be a
discussion of the problem during
one of the family life education
programs which will begin in Feb-
ruary. He disclosed that a few of
the teen-age members had dropped
their membership because of the
no-smoking ban.

Proposed Tourist Tax
Hits Israel Convention

TEL AVIV (ZINS)—While Presi-
dent Johnson's request for a tax on
travel abroad has not yet been
enacted by Congress into law, its
effects are already felt in Israel.
The chief of the travel bureau,
1 "Dafne," reports that a group of
American businessmen who have
planned to hold their annual con-
ference in Israel, canceled arrange-
ments, citing Johnson's appeal to
American citizens to reduce over-
seas travel in order to halt the
dollar-drain.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, February 16, 1968-11
ADL Official Expresses
Concern Over Future'
of Latin American Jewiy
Thinking of a new Cadillac?

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (JTA)—Concern
over the uncertain future of Latin
American Jewry, particularly in
Argentina, was voiced here by
Rabbi Morton M. Rosenthal, head
of the Bnai Brith Anti-Defamation
League's Latin American Depart-
mest. Rabbi Rosenthal spoke at a
conference on Latin American
problems sponsored by the Catho-
lic Inter-American Cooperation
Program. He said that Argentina,
with the largest Jewish commun-
ity in Latin America, presents the
most acute problem because the
Jews there are regarded as "an
alien element in the body politic."
He noted that while the military
government in Buenos Aires has
officially declared that it is not
anti-Semitic, many anti-Semites
are in positions of power.

Dayan Says U.S. Holds
Key to Mid-East Peace

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Defense
Minister Moshe Dayan told a stu-
dent forum here that if the United
States applied sufficient pressure
to the Arab states they would
agree to start peace negotiations
with Israel.
"The key to war in the Middle
East is in the hands of the Soviet
Union and the key to political set-
tlement is in the hands of the
United States," he said.
Gen. Dayan said that the Arab
states have regained the strength
they possessed before last June's
Six-Day War and were theoretical-
ly capable of mounting a two front
offensive against Israel. But num-
bers alone do not make for opera-
tive strength. He said that the Arabs
know they are too weak to wage
another war and will not start one
unless they have the support of a
great power.
He said the expansion of Soviet
strength and influence in the Mid-
dle East in the past year had long
been planned by the Kremlin and
was not brought about by the Arab-
Israeli war.

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