NEW YORK (JTA)—Two national agencies involved in the civil rights struggle, the American Jewish Commit-
tee and the American Jewish Congress, went on record in full support of the report of the President's National
Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders and called for its immediate implementation.
Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld of Cleveland, president of the American Jewish Congress, said that all Americans
"must accept the necessity of making the sacrifices that the Commission's programs will entail." He warned that
failure to act now "would not only deny the slum dwellers of our cities of any hope for a better future but would
also condemn the whole of our society to witness the sundering of American democracy."
Bertram H. Gold, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, said all members of the committee
were being urged "to promote in every possible way the fullest public understanding of the issues" and the Kerner
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VOL. LI I, No. 25
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of Jewish Events
Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle
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Jarring Mission Stymied Anew;
El Fatah Leader Offers Defense:
Jewish Mother Was Not a Zionist
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News)
TEL AVIV — The commander of an El Fatah sabotage gang, arrested
by Israeli security forces, revealed under questioning Tuesday that his
mother is a Jewess married to a Christian Arab with whom she lives in
Amman. According to Jewish law, this makes William Naguib Nasser a
Jew although he claimed to have been converted to Christianity. Uncon-
firmed reports are that a second El Fatah leader, Kamal Nimri, who was
captured with Nasser, also had a Jewish mother.
The interrogation of Nasser and Nimri led to the smashing Monday of
the El Fatah gang believed responsible for Saturday's sabotage raid on
the Mekorot Water Company, heavy equipment storage depot near Jeru-
salem, where a Druze watchman was murdered. Naguib Nasser, a sabotage
expert, is the man who strangled the watchman to death, security authorities
He disclosed under questioning that he was originally recruited by El
Fatah in Germany where he spent a long time and that he subsequently
trained other El Fatah recruits on German soil before they were sent to
the Middle East. He himself received his training in Algeria and was later
transferred to El Fatah headquarters in Damascus.
Asked how, as the son of a Jewish mother, he could commit acts of
violence against Jews, Naguib Nasser replied: "She was never a Zionist."
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A speech delivered Sunday at the Helwan industrial center near Cairo at a
workers' rally by the Egyptian dictator, Gamal Abdel Nasser, described as having
been violent in tone, threatening anew that combined Arab forces will recapture
Israel "inch by inch," is believed again to have negated the peaceful efforts of the
UN Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring. Apparently reacting to demonstrations demand-
ing stern action against former Egyptian army officers and clamoring for renewed
warfare against Israel, Nasser is believed to have returned to an intransigent posi-
tion, again reverting to war threats. The new Nasser approach came as a surprise
in view of his assertions, in an interview with the editor of Look magazine, in
which he was believed to have flirted anew for U.S. friendship, admitting that he
and Hussein were wrong in accusing the U.S. of having participated in the June
Dr. Jarring ended his conferences at the UN in New York with Secre-
tary-General U Thant and returned to his Cyprus headquarters in Nicosia. While
Israel indicated readliness to meet with Arab representatives on call fitom Jarring,
there were new indications that neither Jordan nor Egypt will respond to- the calls
too readily. Syria already has flatly refused to cooperate in the Jarring mission in
any form whatever, adhering to a declared state of war.
Secretary-General U Thant, in an almost unprecedented action, sharply de-
nied a widely-quoted New York Times report to the effect that Egypt and Jordan
had agreed to meet directly with Israel to discuss a Middle East settlement under
United Nations auspices. Thant said he had received no indication of this. The
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As we prepare to celebrate Purim next Thursday, we anticipate the joyous occasion
our calendar with hope that just as the Haman of old was overcome with
adherence to aspiration for justice, so shall the counterparts of tyranny in our time,
whether they are in Cairo, Damascus or the Kremlin, be conquered in their efforts to
thwart justice and to undermine Israel's and Jewry's just position in the world.
March 20 - May 8 Campaign
Dates Set; Objectives Listed •
Gen. Yoffe Dinner Speaker
The 1968 Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel Emergency Fund will
open its annual drive in Detroit Wednesday, March 20, Alfred L.
Deutsch and Maxwell Jospey, co-chairman, announced.
The campaign closing date has been set for May 8.
"The spirit and generosity being shown by the community is an
amazing demonstration of understanding for the Jewish community's
local, national and overseas obligations," Deutsch said. We need to
maintain our local and national communal services and at the same
time realize that Israel's crisis is not over. Israel's people are depend.
ing on us for help."
The guest speaker at the opening
campaign dinner meeting at the Jewish
Center will be Brig. Gen. Abraham
Yoffe. The dinner will precede the
opening campaign meeting.
During 1967 the Allied Jewish Cam-
paign raised $5,750,000 and the Israel
Emergency Fund raised $6,300.000
during the June crisis. This year the
campaigns are being conducted simul-
Co-chairman Jospey expressed confi-
dence that enthusiasm and generosity
as intensive work by thousands of volun-
would mount during the coming weeks
Leer solicitors gets under way.
Contributions received from both
Brig. Gen. Yoffe
funds will be distributed among local,
national and overseas agencies.
Detroit organizations receiving assistance from the campaign are:
. Fresh Air Society, Hebrew Free Loan Association. House of Shelter,
Jewish Community Center. Jewish Community Council. Jewish Family
and Children's Service, Jewish Home for Aged. Jewish Vocational
Service-Community Workshop. Midrasha. Resettlement Service. Sinai
Hospital and its Shiffman Clinic. Tamarack Hills Authority. United
Hebrew Schools and affiliated schools: Combined Jewish Schools of
Sholem Aleichem and Arbeiter Ring, Yeshivath Beth Yehudah After-
noon Sch000l; and Hayim Greenberg Hebrew Yiddish School.
Campaign funds will go toward maintaining such national agen-
cies as: American Association for Jewish Education. Jewish Occupa-
tional Council, National Conference of Jewish Communal Service and
Synagogue Council of America.
Overseas agencies that receive funds are: America-Israel Cultural
Foundation, Inc., JTA; United HIAS Service and UJA.
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