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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-07-05

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Anti-Fortas Drive stirs Hornet's Nest

(Continued from Page 1)
act on the Fortas promotion. The
Mississippi senator quickly agreed
to Sen. Griffin's request to defer
action pending time to assemble
anti-Fortas' forces.
Sen. Griffin publicly served
notice that he would resort to a
filibuster when the issue reaches
the Senate floor. Jewish groups
have informed the senator that
they have long regarded filibuster
as an undemocratic device.
A simple majority is all that is
requested for the Senate to con-
firm Fortas as Chief Justice. Sen.
Griffin has rallied 18 senators to
his cause and expects more to join.
He almost certainly could not ob-
tain a majority but might succeed
in blocking action in this chaotic
--summer of political conventions.
Senate Republican Leader Eve-
rett Dirksen of Illinois said there
was "no chance" that he would
join the Griffin rebellion.
Sen. Griffin voted to confirm
.tas as Associate Justice in 1965.
he is now "prepared to talk
great length" to keep Fortas
from becoming Chief Justice.
The Senator insists that he has
no objection to Fortas as an indi-
vidual and has gratuitously pointed

out that he would go along with
the re-appointment of Arthur J.
Goldberg to the Court if that issue
came up. But all Washington knows
that it was very unlikely that Gold-
berg would be renominated.
If the Senate stalls on confirma-
tion, the President could still make
an interim appointment. Fortas
would then become Chief Justice.
But his status as Associate Justice
would be vacated. Should a new
President next January fail to re-
appoint Fortas as Chief Justice, he
would find himself off the Court
altogether.
The Chief Justice's position is
mainly one of honor. He possesses
no more power than the one vote
allocated to each member of the
court.
Opponents of Fortas cannot fault
his legal competence and intellec-
tual qualification. So they are at-
tacking him as an "operator." His-
tory records that John Marshall,
now regarded as one of the great
Chief Justices, was similarly at-
tacked as an "operator."
Fortas would be the last to sug-
gest that the obstructionist drive
against him was launched because
he is a Jew. But some elements
supporting his foes are determined

to prevent America from having a Australian Jews Lament
Jewish Chief Justice.
State of Polish Jewry
* * *
MELBOURNE (JTA) — T h e
Bnai Brith Leader Advises
executive council of Australian
Membership To Protest
Moves To Block Fortas
Jewry said it had expressed "re-
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Dr. gret" concerning anti-Semitic de-
William A. Wexler, international
president of Bnai Brith, has sent velopments in Poland in a letter
a special communication to Bnai to B. Tiaskowski, the Polish Con-
Brith officials and leaders through- sul General in Australia. The
out the country deploring Senate Council also sent a memorandum
efforts to block the nomination of to External Affairs Minister P. M.
Abe Fortas as Chief Justice of the Hasluck over the plight of the re-
United States.
maining Jews in Arab countries.
Dr. Wexler said Bnai Brith could
not remain indifferent to an anti-
democratic filibuster now threaten-
ing to deny an eminently qualified
jurist the honor of becoming the
first Jew to serve as Chief Justice
of the United States.
The Wexler statement was issued
in response to requests for guidance
from all sections of the nation.
Wexler deplored the use of the
Fortas appointment as a "political
football." He said he expects that
members of Bnai Brith, as indi-
viduals, will want to inform their
Senators immediately of their con-
fidence in Fortas and their resent-
ment of the tactics used against
him.

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that what happened in World
War II was irrelevant to what
is going on in Poland now — the
large scale dismissals of Jews
and restrictive measures against
Jewish citizens—Lobmain claim-
ed that the dismissals were no
more than "a change of cadres."

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man said that an official with pro-
Zionist tendencies could not be
allowed to remain in his post be-
c a u s e Polish government policy
was "pro-Arab and against aggres-
sion." He implied that dismissed
Jews might have been replaced by
other Jews but were not because
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minute fashions are also
with the Nazis against the Jews
greatly reduced.
and maintained that there was a
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Poles Try to Discredit Charge of Anti-Semitism

LONDON (JTA) — The Polish
Embassy here launched a major
propaganda offensive intended to
discredit charges of anti-Semitism
leveled against the Warsaw regime
as a result of the ongoing purge
of Jews from government and
Communist Party positions and
from jobs in the country's com-
munications media and cultural
institutions. The Embassy brought
over two prominent Polish journal-
ists, Jerzy Lohman, editor-in-chief
of the monthly magazine Polish
Review, and M a r e k Arczynski,
editor-in-chief of the weekl y.
wiatowid. Arczynski was once
honored by the Israeli Government
for aiding Jews during World
War II.
At a press conference attended
by representatives of major West-
ern newspapers and wire services,
the Polish emmissaries made the
rescue of Jews by the Polish under-
ground during the war the main
point of their defense of the pres-
ent Polish regime against charges
of anti-Semitism. Arczynski pro-
duced documents to support his
claim that many Polish under-
ground fighters lost their lives in
attempts to aid Jews. Lob-
man insisted that "press accusa-
tions of anti-Semitism in Poland
were absolutely unfounded" and
originated with the Zionist move-
ment.

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