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July 12, 1968 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-07-12

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°Ida -Mew Quits Israel Labor Party Post

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Members of the Israel Labor Party secretariat are meeting this week-end to act on the resignation of Golda Meir as secretary gen-
eral of the party. Premier Levi Eshkoi, who heads the party, received Mrs. Meir's resignation on Monday. Reasons for her resignation
were not specified. Mrs. Meir, 70, former foreign minister of Israel and her country's first ambassador to Soviet Russia, was considered
the most powerful single person in Israel's leading political movement, Mapai. She indicated that her decision to resign is irrevocable.
(Complete Story on Page 3)

Golda Meir

For Humphrey:
Exposing Liberals'
Destructive
Tactics

i-he Arab Lie
and the Duty
to Expose It
.. Commentary
Page 2

..VPL. LI II, NO. 17

HE JEWISH NEWS

"I' FR 0 — r

A Weekly Review

MICHIGAN

Attitudes

of Jewish Events

Michigan's Only English . -Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

liT 27

Jewish
Apologists
for Kremlin
and their
Anti-Israel

July 12, 1968-17100 W. 7 Mile Rd., Detroit 48235—VE 8-9364

Editorial
Page

$7.00 Per Year;, This Issue 20c

Hawks Sale Hinted as AI
o Deprive Israel of Phantoms

Moscow Rabbi Charges U. S. Jews
Distorted Facts About USSR Life

LONDON (JTA)—Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin, who concluded his trip to
the United States last week, told his congregation at Moscow's Choral Synagogue
co July 6 that American Jews have the "most distorted and utterly incorrect
notions" about Jewish life in the Soviet Union but that his trip had been "useful"
in dispelling some of their misconceptions. According to reports reaching here
from Moscow today, Rabbi Levin said that during his U.S. visit with Cantor
David Stiskin, of Leningrad, "we had to explain on many occasions that all
Soviet people had equal rights whatever their nationality or denomination."
• (The Soviet embassy in Washington submitted to The Jewish News the
following text of a cable it received on July 4 from Novosti Press Agency:
(Yehuda Leib Levin, the rabbi of the Moscow Choral Synagogue, and
have returned home
David Stiskin, the cantor' of the Leningrad Synagogue,
International Airport
from a trip to the United States of America. At the
Sherenietyevo, the envoys of the Jewish religious community were met by the
representatives of the Central Synagogue, house of worship of Moscow's District
Maryina Roshcha and Cherkizovo and by many parishioners. A public service
was held in honor of the rabbi in the main hall of the synagogue in Arkhipov
street after which Levin and Stiskin were warmly congratulated upon their
Safe return home by the heads of the communities, Yakov Shevelyov, Menashe
Mikhailovich, Meir Shapiro„ Sholom Roisin, and others.
("We are quite pleased with our trip to the United States," Rabbi Levin
we visited various
"In
the course of two weeks of our stay in New York -
said.
synagogues, met many people, addressed big audiences telling them about the
of the Jewish religious
life in our country and particularly about the activities
everywhere we were met
communities in the USSR. I am glad to say that
(Continued on Page 7)

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel maintained official silence on Saturday's an-
nouncement by the Defense Department in Washington that the United States

has agreed to sell Israel additional batteries of Hawk surface-to-air missiles under
a credit arrangement. There was no editorial comment either in Israel's press.
The agreement was the first for the sale of U.S. military equipment to Israel
since the June 1967 Arab-Israel War.
Some political circles here took the Pentagon's announcement to be an
attempt by the U.S. to "buy off" Israel which had been seeking other types
of American arms, mainly the supersonic Phantom jet fighter-bombers, the
most advanced operative warplane in the U.S. arsenal. But other sources here
noted that the sale of the Hawks was only the logical continuation of an old
agreement. The U.S. agreed to sell Hawks to Israel in 1962 to offset weapons
acquired by the Arab ° states from the Soviet bloc. Enough missiles to form a bat-
talion were delivered to Israel in 1965 at a cost of $25,000,000.
A battalion normally has a total of 24 Hawk missile launchers each bearing
three missiles. The new sale, according to the Pentagon, involves "additional
batteries." A battery has six launchers and 18 missiles. The Hawk—Homing
All-the-Way-Killer----can destroy aircraft at altitudes as low as 100 feet and as
high as 38,000 feet, which is considered "medium" altitude.
(In Washington a Defense Department spokesman disclosed that agree-
ment on the Hawk transaction was reached June 29 but refused to say how
many batteries were involved. The announcement did say however that the
"acquisition by Israel of additional Hawks should enhance its ability to de-
fend itself against air attacks." That gave rise to _ speculation that the
(Continued on Page 13)

Detailed stories on new Nasser-Kosygin "peace offensive,"
Israel's expose of "gross exaggerations" on Page 20.

NCRAC Acts to Heal Reform Jeers Abandon
AelCotogress Assails
Wall Se•riee, the: rye
Kiesinger Testimony Ghetto Race Issues They Are `1111faligiii'etr -
At War Crimes Trial
SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—The National Community
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The World Union for Progres-
four day plenary

NEW YORK (JTA)—The American Jewish Congress
has condemned as "astonishing and shocking" the testi-
mony by West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger
until World War II was nearly
that he did not realize ugly
was happening to the Jews
over that "something
of Europe,"
Kiesinger was "either blind to what was happening"
around him "or deliberately closed his eyes," Dr. Joachim
Prinz, chairman of the AJCongress' commission on inter-
national affairs, said in a telegram to the West German
Chancellor.
Dr. Prinz of Newark, N.J., a former rabbi of Berlin
who was expelled from Germany in 1937 for his repeated
bile criticism of the Hitler regime, noted that Kiesinger
d been a member of the Nazi Party before and during
the war and said it was "inconceivable" that he could
•not have seen or known that "something ugly" was hap-
:petting to the Jews of Germany starting in 1933 and to
in 1941.
the Jews of Nazi-occupied Europe starting
Kiesinger's testimony was given last week as a
4-efense witness in a war-crimes trial for a man accused
of complicity in the murder of over 30,000 Bulgarian
-and Greek Jews during 1942-43. During the war years,
'OW chancellor was deputy leader of the radio monitoring
at
'department of the Nazi Foreign Ministry. Observers
seemed to
trial
had
the
impression
that
Kiesinger
the
"he defending his own past as much as testifying for the
defense.
Dr. Prinz told the chancellor in the telegram that
'=you and the German people stand charged. with knowl-
edge of the Nazis' morally maleVolent design fob- Europe
in which he made no
from Hitler's first pronouncement
Jewry and to
secret of his intention to destroy German
subject European civilization to a reign of barbarism and
the court is a sign of the
terror. Your testimony before characterized
the German
inexcusable moral torpor that
that renders them
people during Worlkl War II and
(Continued on Page 9)

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Relations Advisory Council concluding its
session here, issued a declaration on "equal opportunity"
which urged "full support by Jewish groups to urban
coalitions and other anti-poverty efforts" and endorsed
aid to the establishment of Negro-owned businesses in
ghetto areas. At the same time, the Council recommended
that the Jewish community assist Jewish merchants who
have suffered. from ghetto riots and want to relocate.
Other policy declarations adopted by the 250 spe-
cialists in intergroup relations supported the "propriety"
of non-violent civil disobedience as a force for social
change but condemned "violence in any form" as a threat
to traditional .American civil liberties. The delegates
representing nine national organizations and 81 local
community relations councils, including Detroit's, reaf-
firmed the NCRAC's traditional opposition to the use of
public funds to assist sectarian schools. Representatives
of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations dissented.
The NCRAC also warned against "too much reliance"
on a commercial industrial approach to ghetto problems.
While it recognized the contributions of jobs, housing
and other resources that business and industry, sub-
sidized by government funds, could make to the urban
crisis, it saw that approach as opening a danger of social
change being dominated by commercial-industrial values
"with emphasis on economic validity rather than social
need."
The responsibility for such decisions, it said, "must be
the whole democratic society, through the federal govern-
ment."
NCRAC also endorsed programs to assist more busi-
ness entrepreneurships among Negroes. However, pro-
posals for commercially segregated ghettos were chal-
lenged as a "concept of separate but equal . . equally
fallacious whether advanced by white segregationists or
. Negro separatists," it said.
(Continued on Page 5)

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sive Judaism called off plans for a mixed prayer .service
at the Western (Wailing) Wall in view of the strong
opposition by Orthodox groups. The Orthodox followers
filled the area near the Wall all night and day on July 4
to prevent the Liberal-Reform mixed service,
Rabbi Jacob Shankman of New Rochelle, N.Y., presi-
dent of the World Union, conferred with Israel Prime
Minister Levi Eshkol and later announced the cancella-
tion of plans for the service at the Wall. Rabbi Shankman
said the Union did not want to cause strife among Jews
and precipitate action by "irresponsible elements.'.'
The Knesset's committee on interior affairs endorsed
the decision of the ministry of religion that male and
female worshipers should continue to pray separately
at the Wall.
The World Union opened its 15th annual convention-
in JeruSalem July 3. The meeting was attended by Eshkol
and the mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek.
Eshkol told the 500 delegates to the convention from
25 countries that the style of life in Israel is determined
by the Jews living in Israel and if Reform Jews wanted
to change it they would have to migrate in increasing
numbers to make their influence felt.
Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath, president of the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations said Reform Jews in
Israel are "bitterly maligned." In a statement to the
convention he said some quarters are unjustly challeng-
ing the unquestioned loyalty of Reform Jews to Israel
and attempting to deny them religious rights.
on Friday,
At the organization's final business session
the American Reform Jewish leader denied that lack of
courage was the reason for the Union's calling off Thurs-
day's family-style mixed prayer service at the Wall4He
declared that the decision was determined solely by the
fear of physical violence and the possibility of political
eussions reflecting on Israel's right to her Holy
repercussions

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