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March 29, 1968 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-03-29

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Historic Sense of Anti-Semitism Nonexistent
in Black Community, Dr. King Tells Rabbis;
Disavows Militants' Stand Against Israel

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

KIAMESHA LAKE—Dr. Martin
Luther King, the Negro civil
rights leader, declared here Tues-
day night to a rabbinical audience
that "there is absolutely no anti-
Semitism in the black community
in the historic sense of anti- Semit-
ism."
Speaking at the 68th annual con-
vention of the Rabbinical Assem-
bly, the association of Conserva-
tive rabbis, Dr. King said that
such anti-Semitism as does exist
among Negroes "is almost com-
pletely an urban ghetto pheno-
menon and virtually non-existent
in the South.
He added that it emerges in the
northern ghettoes because the
Negro "confronts the Jew in two
dissimilar roles" — one of them
that of the Negro's "most con-
sistent and trusted ally in the
Negro's struggle for justice in the
civil rights movement" and also
the Jew as landlord and as "owner
of the store around the corner
where the ghetto dweller pays more
for less." He said that "the irra-
tional statements" made by some
Negro spokesmen "were the result
of these confrontations. I think the
only answer for this is for people
to condemn injustice wherever it
exists."
About 1,500 rabbis and guests
at the convention greeted Dr.
King, when he approached the
podium, with an ovation, singing
the civil rights anthem "We
Shall Overcome" in Hebrew.
Responding to a question about
anti-Israel and pro-Arab stands of
some of the more militant young
black leaders, he said that this did
not represent "the position of the
vast majority of Negroes. I think
it is necessary to see that what is
basic and needed in the Middle
East is peace. Peace for Israel is
one thing and peace for the Arabs'
side of that war is another thing.
Peace for Israel," he continued,
"means security, and we must
stand with all our might to protect
its right to exist, its territorial
integrity."
He called Israel "one of the
great outposts of democracy in the

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Friday, March 29, 1968-33
fifth biennial exhibition at London
Arts Gallery April 1-13. There will
be an informal opening Monday
from 6 to 9 p.m. Marilyn Levin
Schecter won the London Arts
Award for her etching, "City Folk."

world" and said it was "a marvel-
example of what can be done
how desert land can be trans-
formed into an oasis of brother-
hood and democracy. On the other
hand," he asserted, "we must see
that peace for the Arabs means, in
a real sense, security on another
level. Peace for them means a
kind of economic security they so
desperately need." He urged a
"Marshall Plan" for the Middle-
East which would "lift those who
are at the bottom of the economic
level and bring them into the main-
stream of economic security."
The Rabbinical Assembly took
steps Monday to meet "a desperate
need in Israel today for an alter-
native religious expression" to
Orthodox Judaism.

native religious expression. At the
present time, the average Israeli
who is unhappy with the establish-
ed Orthodox tradition and who
cannot satisfy his spiritual needs
with that type of rigid fundamen-
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pressing his religious feelings."
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The program is supported in
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CONSTRUCTIVE PLANNING: Something special is being planned
to attract more Jews from the United States to settle in Israel. . . . The
plans will be taken up at the forthcoming World Zionist Congress which
is to take place in June in Jerusalem. . . . As the
immigration situation
stands now in Israel, it becomes more and more clear that the state
needs immigrants from the Western world, especially from the United
States.. . . However, there are two major problems to be settled before
Jews from Western countries could be induced to move to Israel. . . .
One problem is to provide them with proper work; the other is to pre-
pare proper housing for them As far as aliya from the United
States is concerned, the question of housing is no less important than the
question of work. . . . American Jews cannot be expected to settle in
Israel in any great number without specific jobs in the areas of their
professional and technical competence. . . . Neither will they accept the
sort of housing which Israel has had for years for its mass immigration
from other countries. . . . Few American-Jewish families will consider
living in cramped quarters where parents and children sleep in the same
room. . . . The head of the family may willingly work for less than he
makes in the United States . . . But generally, he is not prepared to give
up the career for which he is trained nor expose members of his family
to housing facilities vastly inferior to those they enjoy in the United
States. . . . This is the problem that must be solved by the Jewish
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