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June 21, 1968 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-06-21

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LA's Arab Community Reported Nervous, Sympathetic to Sirhan

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Arab han, father of Sirhan, has received at the age of 12, as previously
community on the West Coast is a permit from Israeli authorities announced and that he returned
nervous over possible reprisals in to leave his West Bank village to to the Middle East three times for
the aftermath of the assassination travel to the United States for his extended periods.
of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and son's trial.
The purported record also shows,
has "gone into hiding" ever since
(In Washington, it was reported according to Kimche, that he was
it was learned that Sirhan Sirhan, that Arab attorneys are seeking married near Amman, Jordan, on
the accused gunman, is an Arab, State Department help in coming June 27, 1957 (if correct, he was
the Washington Post reported from to the U.S. to defend Sirhan. Two 12 years old at the time) and that
Los Angeles.
lawyers in Beirut have offered to he returned to the Middle East in
According to Post reporter fly to Los Angeles to aid in the 1964 and 1966. In the former year,
George Larduer, there is, at the defense. Moussa Prince asked for he reportedly spent seven months
same time among Los Angeles' facilities to go to Los Angeles to there, four of them in Damascus.
25,000 Arab-Americans, a "wide- "clarify the circumstances which In 1966, his stay included a five
spread rationalization, even sym- surrounded Sen. Kennedy's assas- month stretch in Cairo. He re-
pathy, for the murder for which sination." He wrote the U.S. Em- turned to the United States early
Sirhan stands indicted. His anti- bassy in Beirut that he should be in 1967.
Zionism is widely shared," Larduer I informed of developments in the
The Arab government, said
wrote and "time and again -it is case because "the Arab people Kimche, is convinced that its
argued that the real' villain is have the right to know the real records are accurate but they are
`international Zionism' and secon_ motives that made Sirhan do what being sent to the United States to
darily, Kennedy's support of jet he did."
check against information de-
fighters for Israel."
(Prince would be accompanied veloped by the FBI.
U.S. State Department spokes-
Larduer said ' that "not a ,few - by his assistant, Abdel Hanad el-
of the Arab-American organiza- - Ahdab. They have cabled an offer man Robert J. McCloskey said in
tions show the same sort of perse- of aid to Wilbur Littlefield, Sirhan's response to queries about the Lon-
cution complex so widely attribut- court-appointed public defender in don report that State Department
information is that Sirhan came
ed to Sirhan. It also makes them Los Angeles.)
The Evening Standard reported to the U. S. in January 1957 with
candidates for the overtures of the
merican far right . and white in London that an unidentified his family, and it has no evidence
Arab government has produced that he left America and returned
The Post report named four startling new evidence on the to the Middle East subsequently.
Official sources in the depart-
Arab American organizations that background of Sirhan and is sup-
ments of State and Justice dis-
had been active before the assas- plying the United States with in-
closed that the government has
sination. They are the United formation that "may open up an

much more information on Sir-

American Arab Congress, formed entirely new line of inquiry into
han than has been made public.
after Israel's victory in the June the motivation and organization'
But while the government will
1967 Six-Day War "to help raise of the Kennedy murder.
According to a front-page article no doubt provide the prosecution
funds for Arab refugees and to
combat 'support of Zionism by the by Jon Kimche, the new informa- with any evidence needed to con-
shows that Sirhan, whose full vict the accused, there is no in-
American press'; the American 1
is given as Sirhan Bishara tention of disclosing any of the
Arab Citizens Council; the Ameri-
cans (of Lebanese-Syrian ances- Sirhan Abu Khatar, was first facts at this time, they said.
Justice Department attorneys
try) for America; and the Arabic brought to the United States in
1948, at the age of 4, not in 1957 cited previous revelations of
Society of Americanists.

alleged evidence against Sirhan by
Los Angeles Mayor Samuel Yorty
and complaints by the American
Civil Liberties Union that this
compromised Sirhan's right to a
fair trial. But State Department
officials have stressed that in the
interests of national security they
must suppress any findings that
might inflame passions against
the Arabs. At this juncture, it
was pointed out, the U.S. is try-
ing to rebuild its relations with
the Arab states that suffered badly
in the aftermath of the Six-Day



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iSeiden's Study of Anti-Semitism
ira Volume The Pa radox of Hate'

rect. Adams was a noted Jew-
Nevertheless, the manner in
which the book embraces a vast
variety of elements related to Jew-
baiting, the coverage of so many
events and countries where the
hatred was in evidence, the vol-
ume's bibliographical wealth, the
large number of illustrations which
accompany the detailed accounts
of the periods of hate — all com-
bine to give the volume relevance
as a noteworthy addition to the
study of bigotry.
It is interesting to note that Dr.
Seiden believes that the hatred
continues. He states: "Amidst all
the brutality of the human race,
anti-Semitism somehow survives
as a peculiarly unique expression
of our human consciousness. It
persists -in teasing our imagina-
Acknowledging that some Jews
are guilty of some of the charges
leveled at them, Dr. Seiden states:
"I should merely like to emphasize
that, when they are made against
the Jews as a race or nation or
religious cult, when they are not
made against individual Jews, the
greater number of these accusa-
tions are mutually exclusive. I
should like to emphasize, no less,
that by the same faulty logic the
accusations commonly made
against the Jew can be made and
have often been made by non-Jews
against one another: they have
made, though surely with far less
vehemence, against the people of
every race, every religion, every
The bigotry leveled at Jews
among Christians, Moslems, in
European countries and in the
Americas as well forms the col-
lective revelation in "The Para-
dox of Hate." The events in the
time of Luther, the Holocaust of
recent years, scores of accumu-
lating episodes are recorded and
the hate-mongers exposed.
Dr. Seiden's description of the
terms used to describe stereotypes
of Jews forms an interesting
His analysis of that caricaturing
the Jew is interesting and he has
a descriptive chapter on assimila-
tion. His bibliography is an en-
riching guide for further study of
the age-old subject.


Because they have


The United American Arab Con-
gress has likened Israel to "Nazi
Germany" and "fascist Japan" in
its propaganda, Larduer reported.
"Sirhan does not appear to have
been a member' of any of the
Dr. Milton Irving Seiden, mem-
Arabic organizations in the city," ber of the faculty of Brooklyn
he said, but "according to one re- College, has invested a lot of time
port, Sirhan and several of his and has covered a lot of ground in
brothers attended meetings of the the writing of his book, "The
so-called 'American Arabs' which Paradox of Hate," published by
was allegedly a youth auxiliary Thomas Yoseloff. It is an extensive
of the UAAC."
study of anti-Semitism and covers
According to the Post report, every conceivable area, including
the Arab community in Los An- the historical, the religious, the
geles has been the target of a insane period of Nazism, the
few minor incidents by cranks bigots' resort to vile caricaturing.
since the assassination. But Sir- He touches upon the psychological
han's family is under tight secur- and psychiatry is not ignored in
ity guard. Larduer said it was studying the age-old subject of
an open question how successful hatred for the Jew.
the Arab organizations have
In a sense the sub-title of the
been in resisting overtures from
the extreme right. "One UAAC book, "A Study in Ritual Murder,"
newsletter last summer warned is a misnomer, because the book
against 'white racist groups .. . does not deal entirely with the
coming out in support of the Ritual Murder lies and its history.
Arabs' and cautioned its mem- In general terms, perhaps the
bers against aligning themselves_ annotation fits in.
with 'hatemongers,' " Larduer
In some respects, however, the
author seems to have been misled.
The Larduer report on the plight When he speaks about the Jewish
of West Coast Arab-Americans population he depicts it as nominal
followed by two days an anti-Israel even in ancient times. This is dis-
article by the Washington Post's puted in Prof. D. S. Russell's
senior White House correspondent "The Jews From Alexander to
Chalmers M. Roberts, who charged Herod," published by Oxford Uni-
that Israelis were trying "to take versity Press (see review in The
political advantage of the fact that Jewish News, Dec. 29, 1967).
a Jordanian-born man is accused
Then there is Dr. Seiden's
of killing Sen. Kennedy."
reference to Henry Adams,
Roberts, who is close to both
grandson of the second President
President Johnson and Secretary Adams. The author sees fit to say
of State Dean Rusk, claimed in
that "Adams was not a rabid
his story that "Israelis and their
anti-Semite" — which is incor-
porters are trying to nail down a
policy of firm American support" American Alumni Assn.
for Israel in an election year. He
also chastised "cynical American of Hebrew U. Formed
politicians (who) long have noted
NEW YORK—The formation of
that there are no Arab votes of a new organization, American
consequence in this nation whereas Alumni Association of the Hebrew
the much-sought-after Jewish vote University has been announced.
and financial support is often of Avraham Harman, president of
critical importance in such cities the Hebrew University of Jerusa-
lem, addressed the group's first
as New York and Los Angeles."
Observers here saw the Roberts meeting during his recent visit
article as an attempt to generate to New York City.
Organized in association with
support for administration policy
which is currently directed toward the office of academic affairs of
improving American relations with the American Friends of the He-
the Arab states. • Administration brew University, the American
sources have expressed concern Alumni is made up of former
lest Sen. Kennedy's assassination American students at the Israeli
arouse anti-Arab feeling in the institution.
United States and embarrass these
Big Mac, arching five miles over
Earlier, the London Daily Tele- the Straits of Mackinac to connect
graph's Jerusalem correspondent the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, is
reported that Bishara Salameh Sir- . one of the world's great bridges.

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