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June 07, 1968 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-06-07

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Friday, June 7, 1968-19

S. Africa Attacks Israel's Anti Apartheid Stand

Arab Immigrant Is Accused
of Murdering Robert Kennedy


lence that has afflicted our land."
(Continued from Page 1)
In connection with the shoot-
will be charged on six counts of
ing, and reacting to those be-
murder by a grand ji.u•y. He was
fore it, Rabbi Mordecai Halpern
treated for a broken finger and
sprained ankle sustained in the of Cong. Beth Shalom encour-
aged his congregation—and in-
shooting melee accompanying his
vited other members of the
capture Wednesday.
community to do likewise—to
His father, Beshara Sirhan of send telegrams to their congress-
Jordan, was quoted as saying "If man urging passage of anti-gun
my son is guilty,' he deserves his legislation. (C o n g r e s s later
fate." On learning of his son's
passed such legislation within
arrest, he said, "This is the black-
an over-all anti-crime law.)
est day of my life . . . I say to
The rabbi said he wanted to
the Almighty, let this nightmare
do more than offer "some soporific
Sirhan, who came from Jordan prayer" that would be of no tan-
11 years ago, lives with his mother gible value. In telegrams to Con-
and two brothers in Pasadena. He gressman William S. Broomfield
had been a student at Pasadena and Senators Phil Hart and Robert
College and was active in the Griffin, Rabbi Halpern said it would
be "sheer madness for Congress
Organization of Arab Students.
not to immediately pass an anti-
It was reported that Sirhan gun law" banning all unnecessary
ept a diary in which he had firearms.
poken of the necessity to kill
Rabbi Halpern commented later
Kennedy before June 5, the
that "There's a madness in this
anniversary of the Six-Day War.
Throughout the notebook, it was . . . The leaders in Jewish tradi-
reported, were the words "Long tion should teach the sanctity of
Live Nasser." Some of the words human life to their members and
to the community." He attacked
were in English, some in Arabic.
proliferation of guns—among
John Shear, a trainer at Los
Angeles area race tracks, reported Jews as well as non-Jews.
News reports of the attempt on
Sirhan worked for him as a groom
four years ago, and became Kennedy's life in some Israeli
inflamed whenever trouble broke newspapers pushed reports of Tues-
out between Jordan and Israel. He day's air strike against Jordan into
fell from a horse recently trying secondary position on front pages.
to become a jockey. His mother
Commenting on the shooting,
told a neighbor, "Since then, I Morris B. Abram, president of
can't talk to him."
the American Jewish Conunittee
A witness to the shooting said
and president-designate of Bran-
that the gunman cried. "I did it deis University, said:
for my country. I love my coun-
"As we join the world in pray-
try." He apparently fired all eight
shots of his 22-caliber revolver ing for . . . Sen. Kennedy, we urge
at Kennedy. Five others also were that all Americans confront them-
selves with the meanings of hatred
Although Sirhan was hurt in the and violence. We . . . must dedicate
melee that followed he was ac- ourselves more than ever to the
tually rescued from worse harm. proposition that peaceful expres-
Persons in the crowd shouted sion of difference must be allowed
"Lynch him. Lynch him." He was to prevail. If we permit ourselves
being held under maximum se- to allow hate to spread unchecked
curity guard partly to protect into violence, we endanger nothing
him. It was a conscious effort to less than our democracy and free-
avoid another Oswald-Ruby case. dom." -
In Washington, Maj. Gen. Itzhak
Shock reverberated throughout
the world following the news of Rabin, ambassador of Israel, Wed-
the shooting. Jewish leaders sought nesday sent a message to Mrs. Ken-
to concentrate on the senseless- nedy conveying the sympathy of
ness of violence rather than the his government and the people of
gunman's motives.
A statement by Lawrence Gu-
The message said "I wish to ex-
bow, president of the Detroit Jew- tend to you and your family our
. ish Community Council, expressed sense of shock and our fervent
the community's sadness and prayers for the complete recovery"
of Mr. Kennedy.
"As we join in mourning the
On the nationwide telecast last
death of this dedicated and cour-
ageous young man, we pray for I Saturday night, Sen. Kennedy had
the recovery of those other individ- i agreed with Sen. Eugene McCar-
usual who were struck down in thy, opposing candidate for the
this senseless and tragic event. Presidential nomination, that the
"In expressing our deepest sym- United States must honor its corn-
pathies, on behalf of the Jewish mitments to Israel even though it
Community Council, to the family should scale down many of its
of Sen. Kennedy, we hope that commitments elsewhere in the
they will find some comfort in world.
Kennedy reiterated his Portland,
the knowledge that we share in
their grief and that our prayers Ore., proposal of last week to send
include a fervent wish for an end 50 Phantom jets to Israel. The two
to the irrational and pointless vio- Presidential aspirants made their
remarks in reply to questions on
the "Issues and Answers" pro-
Black Nationalist Issues
gram which originated in San
Claims ; Cites Example
Francisco where they were cam-
paigning for Tuesday's California
of Germany and Jews
WASHINGTON (JTA)—A black primary.
nationalist coalition calling itself
Kennedy was the first to refer
"The Republic of New Africa" to Israel. He said that the U.S.
has cited West German reparations cannot continue to be a global
to Jews as a precedent justifying policeman and intervene in inter-
claim for $200,000,000,000 in nal disputes all over the world.
restitution payments to United But, he said, "I do think we have
States Negroes.
some commitments around the
Brother 'marl, who says his globe. I think we have a commit-
"slave name" is Richard B. Henry, ment to Israel for instance that
is minister of information of the has to be kept."
"Republic." He told a press con-
Indicative of the reaction to the
ference here that the "Republic"s
demand for $10,000 in reparations news of Sen. Kennedy's death was
the response of entertainer Sammy
to each Negro was well-established Davis Jr., who was appearing in
in international law" by the Jewish a London theater. Stopping the
He said that Negroes were ex- show at the end of the first act,
Davis said he couldn't go on.
ploited as slave laborers and trans-
"For once," he told his audience,
ported about in captivity in tactics
similar to Nazi exploitation and "my heart isn't in the theater. It
is many miles away, in America."
deportation of Jews."

rael's stand in the United Nations
against South African policies is
the cause of considerable uneasi-
ness among South African Jews
who fear a deterioration in rela-
tions between their country and
These fears were increased last
week when the South African for-
eign minister, Iiilgard Muller, pub-
licly criticized Israel's ambassador
to the UN, Yosef Tekoah.
Tekoah had declared, in the
course of a General Assembly de-
bate on the future status of South-
west Africa, that the Republic of
South Africa forfeited its mandate
over that territory because it vio-
lated the aims of the trust placed
in it as the mandatory power.
Dr. Muller accused Tekoah of
trying to win the favor "of oth-
ers" by "hostile utterances" on
South African affairs, a proced-
ure he said that was not likely to
win South African friendship.
South African Jewish leaders
also reacted adversely to the Te-
koah statement. Maurice Porter,
chairman of the South African Jew-
ish Board of Deputies, said at its
monthly meeting here that South
African Jews read Tekoah's speech
"with surprise and regret."
He noted that the South African
Jewish community was anxious for

improved relations between the to Israel from the time that Gen.
republic and Israel and welcomed Jan Christian Smuts helped secure
trends in that direction in recent the Balfour Declaration.
They noted that former Prime
months. He said he understood the
special problems Israel faced in Minister Dr. Daniel Malan had
the UN but deplored any state- been the first foreign chief of state
ments which might impede the to visit Israel and that the present
restoration of harmonious relations prime minister, John Vorster, had
permitted aid to flow from South
between the two countries.
Muller's remarks were made in Africa to Israel during last June's
reply to an appeal in Parliament Six-Day War. But instead of recip-
rocating such friendship, Israel has
by Etienne Malan for South Afri-
can diplomatic representation in attacked South Africa in the UN,
Israel. Dr. Muller said the matter they said.
of such representation was "being
considered." He observed that Is-
rael had a legation in South Africa
but that for some years it had not
appointed a minister and the lega-
tion was directed by a charge
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Two members of the Knesset
who arrived here last week on
a good will visit, have deplored
Israel's attacks on South Africa
in the United Nations and said
they would form an Israel-South
Africa Friendship League to work
Northern Grown
for a change in Israel's attitude.



The MKs are Shmuel Tamir and
Eliezer Shostak of the Free Center
Party. The Free Center consists of
three members who broke away
from the rightist Herut Party. They
told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
that South Africa had shown friend-
ship and given valuable assistance


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