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June 21, 1968 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-06-21

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Changes in World Zionism
Initiated at Israel Congress

(Continued from Page 1)
Tuesday nigh t, the Congress
adopted by acclamation a revised
program which defined the basic
aims of the Zionist movement.
These were: the unity of Jewish
people and the centrality of the
land of Israel in its life; the inte-
gration of the Jewish people in its
historic homeland through aliya
from all lands• the strengthening
of the state of Israel founded on
the prophetic ideals of justice and
peace; the preservation of the
Jewish people through the foster-
ing of Jewish education, Hebrew
and Jewish spiritual and cultural
values; and the protection of Jew-
ish rights everywhere.
The latter aim was put to ac-
tion immediately in resolutions
on the plight of Jews in Soviet
Russia, Poland and in the Arab
countries. The congress called on
the Soviet Union to end its cam-
paign of slander and misrepre-
sentation against Israel and the
Zionist movement "and to honor
Premier Alexei Gosygin's prom-
ise to grant exit permits to So-
viet Jews so that they may
reunite with their families in
Israel.
It also urged the Russian author-
ities to allow their Jewish citizens
to exercise their full rights as a
national and religious group within
the USSR. •
The resolution on Poland ex-
pressed "shock and grief" at the
renewal there of the anti-Semitic
practice of exploiting Jews as a
pawn in internal political conflicts.
The congress expressed "deep
anxiety" over the condition of Jews
in the Arab countries, especially
Syria, Iraq and Egypt. It appealed
to the Arab people and their lead-
ers to help bring peace to the
Middle East.
Dr. Goldmann, in his closing ad-
dress, said he was departing from
the WZO presidency in order -to
be able to speak his mind more
freely. He said his plans for the
future were to continue to work
for Jewish unity, not only ideolog-
ically but organizationally, to try
to bring intellectual leadership in-
to Jewish life and to assure the
Jewishness of the younger genera-
tion.
A 12-member executive for the
World Zionist Organization and the
Jewish Agency was named at the
closing session.
Nine of the executive members
will head departments here. Three
members will be based • in' New
York and will not hold portfolios.
The religious bloc — the Mizrachi
Hapoel Hamizrachi — to which the
department of religious education
had been assigned along with one
seat in the executive without port-
folio, refused to accept the alloca-
tion and insisted on the immigra-
tion portfolio which it previously
held. The two seats were left open
and unfilled for the time being.
The aliya portfolio went to Ar-
yeh L. Pincus, chairman of the
Jewish Agency. Two of the seats
in the New York executive will
be filled by Dr. Emanuel Neu-
mann, president of the World Uni-
on of General Zionists, and Mrs.
Charlotte Jacobson, president of
Hadassah. The third New York
seat was reserved for the religious
bloc, should it reconsider.
Other assignments, all in the
Jerusalem executive, were the
settlement department to Ranaan
Weitz; the department of educa-
tion in Diaspora to Chaim Fink-
elstein of Buenos Aires, and the
department of youth and halut-
ziot to Col. Mordechai Bar, all
members of the Ahdut Avoda
faction in the Labor Party.
The post of treasurer was _ as-
signed to Leon Dultzin of the World
Union of _General Zionists. Dr. Is-
rael Goldstein remained as presi-
dent of the Keren Hayesod, the
fund-raising arm of the WZO. Jo-
seph Klarman of Herut was as-
signed the youth aliya portfolio
and Abraham Shenker of Mapam,

the department of organization and
information. In addition, two other
members without portfolio were
named. Dr. Narvoni of the Sephar-
di Federation and Mrs. Yaglom of
WIZO, the Women's International
Zionist Organization.
Ehud Avriel, Israel's ambassa-
dor to Italy who will shortly leave
that post, was named chairman of
the Zionist Actions Committee and
thereby emerged as a major per-
sonality within the Zionist move-
ment. He will serve as acting
president of the WZO pending the
election of a new president early
next year. The WZO constitution
will be amended to allow the ac-
tions committee to elect the presi-
dent, a function presently reserved
for the congress.
Apart from the religious bloc,
another disappointed faction was
the Independent Liberals, whose
only delegate, Itzhak Artsi, was
not included in the executive.
(The American delegation of 131
at the congress included Philip
Slomovitz, one of the Zionist Or-
ganization of America spokesmen,
and Morris Lieberman, who was
Labor Zionist representative.)
Max Fisher of Detroit, honorary
national chairman of the United
Jewish Appeal, told the congress
that the UJA had brought into
action Jewish communal leaders
who now lead whole communities.
A special session of the congress
on various campaigns for Israel
throughout the world heard Fi-
nance Minister Pinhas Saphir des-
cribe the UJA as the main supplier
of funds from abroad "which en-
abled us to absorb our
grants." He said the Israel Bond
drive had "enabled us to start
economic projects which, though
they do not bring in short-term
fruits, will in the long run, return
the capital invested."
(Related Story, Page 9)

Israeli Gov't Asks for
37 Million Bank Loan

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The cab-
inet has asked the Bank of Israel
for a loan of $37,000,000 for the
purchase of civilian aircraft and
other civilian outlays. A treasury
spokesman explained that the loan
request stemmed from the fact
that under a new tightening of
U.S. credits, the Export-Import
Bank no longer loans a proportion
as large as before for aircraft pur-
chased in the United States.
Israel's national airline, El Al,
plans to buy two Boeing 707 jet air-
liners and one Boeing 747 passers-
_ ger plane for which a down pay-
ment of $18,000,000 is required.
Another $10,000,000 is needed for
construction of the oil pipeline now
being built from Eilat to Ashkelon,
and $6,000,000 to complete a dam
at the Dead Sea Potash Works.
The other $3,000,000 needed is for
equipment for a petro-chemical
complex being erected in the Arad
area.
The government decided to ask
the bank for the loan rather than
commercial banks because of high
interest rates. The transaction is
subject to approval by parliament.

Grass-Roots Group Formed Here to Co ordinate Aliya

While top-level talks on immi-
gration to Israel—aliya—are under
way in Jerusalem, a group of
Detroiters has decided to take per-
sonal action, with the formation
of a local chapter of the Associa-
tion of Americans and Canadians
for Aliya.
Under the chairmanship of a
lawyer, Albert Best, and a path-
ologist, Dr. Dan Deitch, the grass-
roots organilation is in the process
of setting up an office to deal with
the "nitty-gritties" of aliya: find-
ing jobs, housing and schools for
those wishing to live in Israel.
Best describes the AACA as a
group designed "not to talk about
aliya, but in a practical way deal
with aliya." While there have
"always been the means to get
information, there haven't been the
channels."

Paris Court to Probe
Jewish-Moslem Riots

PARIS, (JTA) — The magis-
trates court opened an inquiry
Tuesday into the riots between
Jews and Moslems in the Belle-
ville quarter of Paris two weeks
ago.
Twelve persons were injured
and 39 shops belonging to Jews
and Arabs were wrecked in the
disturbances. The district is now
calm.

The Detroit chapter will work
with the five-month-old senior
group of AACA in New York and
has ties with the older Association
for Americans and Canadians in
Israel.
At an organization meeting of
the Detroit unit held in the Jew-
ish Center, Dr. Deitch explained
that while the AACA is an inde-
pendent organization, it has the
"blessings" of the Jewish Agen-
cy's aliya department and the
Zionist Organization of America.
What he, and others who spoke,
have found on "scouting missions"
to Israel is a lack of understanding
for the "peculiar American mind"
—the American professional's con-
cern for details in his readjust-
ment to new surroundings. Much
of the "running around" Dr. Deitch
encountered on his trip to Israel
will hopefully be eliminated, he
said, with the existence of a group
to coordinate job supply and de-
mand, survey all available oppor-
tunities and acquire information
on modes of travel and govern-
ment programs.
"This organization can save you
from the , torture of fighting for
yourself," he said.
Israel needs professional people
from, Western countries and is
ready to put herself out to bring
them over. Some "olim" — immi-
grants — however, will have to

BONN—The West German Fore-
ign Office has asked the Israel
Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem for
approval of 55-year-old Karl
Hermann Knoke as the Federal
Republic's new ambassador to
Israel, it was learned here
Tuesday.
Knoke, presently the West Ger-
man ambassador to the Nether-
lands, served as a Wehrmacht
officer in World War II but was
never a member of the Nazi Party.
His wife is the Countess Dohne,
who was a member of the anti-
Hitler resistance movement in
Germ any.
He is to succeed Dr. Rolf Pauls,
the first West German envoy to
Israel.

8—Friday, June 21, 1968
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