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July 26, 1968 - Image 2

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-07-26

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Insanity of Terrorist-Haters: Hijackers
Who Glory in the Taste of Blood of Israelis
"Israeli blood tastes good" said one of the terrorists who hi-
jacked the El Al plane and forced it to divert from Tel Aviv to Algiers.
That's the mentality of haters who pose as political agents but who,
in reality, need to be examined psychiatrically.
A Catholic priest reported that incident and there is no reason
to doubt it. even though it is such a tragic revelation of the insanity
of the hijackers. —
That's Israel's and Jewry's difficulty: that the people to be dealt
with are so imbued with bloodthirstiness!
Perhaps a hitherto indifferent world will realize what is at stake,
the type of lunacy and derangement of mind that seeks to harm Israel
,and Israelis.
The hijacking of planes has become an international danger.
Out of the Arab terrorists' act must emerge such firmness in interna-
tional action to protect aviation's security that there will never again
emerge the act of horror that was enacted as the Israeli plane left
Rome on a peaceful mission.

An Unjust Treatment of Arab-Jewish-Israel

Issue by Noted Writer in a Great Newspaper
Drew Middleton is a respected name in journalism. That is why
his unjust treatment of the Arab-Israel-Jewish relations and the
status of the American friendship for Israel is so deplorable and can
not be condoned.
In the final of his New York Times series of articles, which really
do not add anything new to a knowledge of transpiring. events, he
claims to be dealing with the attitude of "the Arab world" but
actually introduces- the rehashed Arab venomous attacks not only
upon Israel but also upon American Jewry, as well as upon the entire
U.S. There is a lame attempt at being cautious when Middleton writes,
in commencing his concluding articles, that "Arab hostility, due largely
but not entirely to American support for Israel, has brought about
a sharp decline in the prestige and influence of the United States
in the Middle East." The insertion of the gratuitous words "not
entirely" does not rescue Middleton from the charge that his entire
article is based only on a repetition of Arab venom—that which has
been uttered in appeals to hatred over Cairo Radio, in the Russians'
speeches at the UN, in all forms of hate-maneuvering that continue
to be based on the lie.
What happens as a result of such distressing analyses of events
in a troubled area is that it undermines the friendship between two
peoples—the American and the Israeli—and gives credence to the
worst type of news-angling. Surely, the New York Times writer should
not be permitted to lean upon a mythical "Western diplomat" who
had the audacity to say: "Sometime, some President of the United
States will have to review the entire American policy for the area,
specifically considering whether ' the cost to the United States of
support for Israel is worth the economic and political losses in the
Arab world." This is the most shocking statement ever resorted to by
a responsible news analyst, since it resorts to the pressures of an
unknown (Who is he, Mr. Middleton?) "diplomat" who injects himself
into American internal affairs.
It is based on a lie! How much aid has the U.S. given Israel in
comparison with assistance received from this country by the Arab
states? Israel DOES and MUST CONTINUE to receive the best in
American aid: the friendship of the American people ! This is being
undermined by the type of clap-trap borrowed from the Arab lie!
And if further proof is needed that Mr. Middleton has rendered an
injustice, let us refer to the portion of his article wherein h_e talks
about politicians fearing the loss of "the Jewish vote."
This is the type of nonsense that is worthy of accused assasin Sir-
han, whose supporters have begun to justify the murder of Senator
Robert Kennedy out of hatred for Israel. Since there is not a
single Presidential candidate who is not defending the American-Israel
friendship, which politician, Mr. Middleton, is afraid of the loss of
the "Jewish vote"? You owe us an answer to that—and we regret that
the great New York Times should have fallen prey to a scheme
of dignifying the Arab lie to the detriment of a valuable international
friendship. R is the type of journalistic blunder that destroys the
hopes for peace in an embattled area.

Jewish Chief Justices in Many Lands
President Johnson's nomination of Supreme Court Justice Abe
Fortas for the chief justiceship of the United States adds an important
name to the list of Jews who have served in similar high positions in
many lands.
Sir Isaac Isaacs was Chief Justice of Australia from 1930 to 1931.
Sir Isaac earlier served as governor general of Australia.
Sir Michael Myers of Wellington, New Zealand, was Chief Justice
of New Zealand from 1929 to 1943.
The Marquess of Reading—Rufus Daniel Isaacs (1860-1935)—was
Chief Justice of Great Britain and had held many other major positions
in his government.
Julius Other, who died in 1924, was Rapporteur of the Bundes-
Verfassungsgerichtshof (Federal Constitutional Court) of Vienna.
Heinrich Klang (1875-1954) was chairman of the Senate of the
Supreme Court of Vienna.
Sir Hersch Lauterpacht (born in 1897 in Galicia. died in 1960) was
Judge of the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
Lord Cohen of Walmer (Lionel Leonard Cohen), Life Peer Lord
Justice of Appeal of Great Britain.
Sir Cyril Barnett, Lord Justice of Appeal and Privy Councillor
in London.
Rene Cassin of France was Vice President of European Court of
Human Rights National Commissioner for Justice.
Dr. Manfred Lachs, a native of Galicia, was Judge of the Inter-
national Court of Justice at The Hague. ("Manfred Lachs was a
g reat friends of mine before he left Poland some years ago. He is
very lucky to be at The Hague, and not in Poland. In any case, I don't
think that Poland could dismiss him from his post," our London corres-
pondent, Josef Fraenkel, writes to us).
Nemetz Nathan, Judge of Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Mr. Fraenkel provides us with these names of Austrian Jewish
Joseph Unger (b. 1828-1913) President of Reichsgericht. Julius
Glaser (b. 1831) "Father" of Austrian criminal procedure—Minister of
Justice (only Jew to hold this office in an Austrian Cabinet). Attorney
General at the Supreme Criminal Court. Both Unger and Glaser:
Classics of Austrian Jurisprudence.

2—Friday, July 26, 1968

The Arab Lie Beclouds U.S.'
intidedrnleatEioanstalRoclhe ie. f. JuFsatmicoeuss

By Philip

In the instance of Mr. Justice Fortas, the confirmation of his ap-
pointment by the Senate would elevate him to the third highest position
in the United States—and Mr. Fortas would become the first Jew in our
land to hold such a high position. He is being called a lawyer's-lawyer's-
lawyer and there is overwhelming concession that he has earned the
appointment and that the High Court of the U.S. would be enriched by
his presiding over it.
The New Trends Among Inheritors of Prophecy
Time Magazine (July 19) carried this item in its People depart-
"Portnoy's Complaints', newest novel by Philip Roth, 35, won't
hit the stalls for another seven months, yet about half of its 80,000
words have already been quoted by four national publications. And
pretty lively they are too: explicitly detailing Portnoy's super sex life
from toilet training through masturbation and on to intercourse,
intercourse, intercourse, all told in the form of monologues delivered
by a Jewish boy to his psychoanalyst. With that kind of copy and
more to come, no wonder Random House has given Roth a $250,000
advance for the book and Bantam $350,000 for paperback rights.
With movies, foreign translation and the rest, poor Portnoy ought
to come off the couch with something like $1,000,000—which should
just about pay the psychiatrist."
At the risk of free advertising to Random, Bantam, Roth and
their glorious subject, we offer this as an inspiration to those who
are asking many questions—about our authors, publishers, their sex
complexes, the public and its encouragement to the trends that give
priority to the psychiatrically-infected. And a major .question is why
the Jewish lad who needs the $1,000,000 psychiatrist must be Jewish,
as he usually emerges as the brainchild of Jewish authors who thereby
create new fashions out of a heritage that once took pride in Prophecy.

Hope for Peace on a Tragic Anniversary
There is a peace in our community on the anniversary of the great
tragedy that commenced on July 23 a year ago.
People who have faith had prayed for this peace. There were, in
the interim, prophets of doom. We have had tensions: they continue
to plague us.
Now we hope that peace is not temporary, that it will be lasting,
that all who have good will in their hearts will strive not for power but
for amity.
May the fires of July 1967 remain extinguished in this as well as in
all American communities!
'Dangerous Drift in Middle East'
Under this heading, the Philadelphia Inquirer published the follow-
We, the undersigned, Roman Catholic priests, sisters and lay
teachers, have just participated in a two-week Institute of Jewish
Studies at Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York.
Considering the present dangerous drift of events in the Near
East, it seems fitting to us to call the attention of Christians to the
threat of genocide that now exists in that area.
Two and one-half million Israelis did win an almost miraculous
victory over their eighty million enemies in the "Six Day War" of
1967. That miracle may not repeat itself. The Arab armies can
afford to lose many wars to Israel; they need only win one of them.
It is obvious from the speeches of their leaders that their motiva-
tion is not mere modification of borderlines, but the utter destruc-
tion of Israel. This land, brought into being by the United Nations
declaration in 1947, has, as Senator Kennedy reminded us, the right
to exist.
May it never again be said of Catholics and Protestants that,
faced with the potential destruction of the Jewish people, they an-
swered with silence.

Mark 50 Years
of Hebrew U.
on Mt. Scopus

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)


Johnson declared Wednesday,
in a message of congratula-
tions to the Hebrew University
on its 50th anniversary, that
"The people of Israel have
every reason to take pride in
this magnificent institution of
higher learning and research
and in its contribution to im-
proving the conditions of life
for all men." (-
The President also cited
"the strong links which have
existed between my country
and the Hebrew University
since the day of its founding
by Dr. Chaim Weizmann," ad-
ding that "Over the years
there has been a steady flow
of cultural interchange
tween the Hebrew Univers
and the American academh;
He concluded with the hope
that "this relationship may be
magnified and deepened in the
years to come." The cable was
addressed to Avraham Har-
man, university president, and
Samuel Rothberg, president of
the American Friends of the
Hebrew University.

The Hebrew University observed
the 50th anniversary of its founda-
tion stonelaying on Mount Scopus
The occasion acquired special
significance because of the res-
toration to the university last year
of its original home after 19 years
of seperation from it, and the fact
that the ceremonies took place at
the very site where the university
began its existence.
Foundation stones were laid for
a number of student dormitories.
The central ceremony in late
afternoon took place in the amphi-
theater in the presence of Presi-
dent Zalmen Shazar and with the
participation of Prime Minister
Levi Eshkol, who was present at
the laying of the foundation stones
in 1918.
The ceremony included a musi-
cal program in which Richard
Tucker.. Metropolitan tenor took
part. A highlight of the afternoon
was the conferring of an honorary
doctorate on Arthur J. Goldberg,
former U. S. permanent repre-
sentative at the UN.

(Editor's Note: We publish below the first five names
as representative of the group of 36 persons who signed
this letter.)
Brother Augustine Crawford, Office of Supt. of Schools New
York; Reverend Victor J. Donovan, C.P., Holy Cross Seminary,
Dunkirk, N. Y.; Rev. Kenan E. Freson, Cincinnati, O.; Sister Maria
Rose Kennedy, C.S.J.; Holy Family Diocesan High School, South
Huntington, N.Y.; Rev. Gerald J. Murphy, Notre Dame Seminary,
New Orleans.
S, ro.;n School 13"4.^4bed
This is of more than passing interest. The situation i n the Mid-
dle East as it affects Israel is no less menacing today than it was a year Molotov cocktail hurled at the
ago. The threats from those who threaten Israel's annihilatio n have not Jewish school here from a speed-
diminished. On the contrary: they have increased. The Russia n position ing car Sunday resulted in some
certainly has become much more threatening. There is, therefore, need fire damage and a number of
for alertness, for being thoroughly prepared to withstand dang ers.
broken windows, but no injuries.
When, therefore, Christian notables enlist in an effort to protect The school was the Institute He-
Israel, it is most heartening—and the message reprinted here is a most breo Dr. Weizmann. Police immedi-
welcome sign that our society is not totally bankrupt.
ately began an investigation.

A Salute to the Hebrew University on Its Fiftieth Anniversary
It was on April 1, 1925, that the Hebrew Uni versity's actual wo rking history commenced on Mount
Scopus in Jerusalem. But the foundation stones for the great university were laid on July 24, 1918. We are
now, therefore, marking the 50th anniversary of the great institution of learning which continues to serve
as one of the symbols of Jewish national rebirth.
Dr. Chaim Weizmann was the inspired leader who labored for the fulfillment of what began as
dream for a Hebrew University to serve the Jewish people. He was privileged to see it become a reality.
.In- his autobiography, "Trial and Error," Dr. Weizmann, who later became the first president of Israel,
incorporated this historic note about the laying of the foundation stones for the university:
". . . Before leaving London I had secured from Mr. Balfour his consent in principle to our trying to lay

the foundation stones of the Hebrew University on the plot of land acquired for that purpose on Mount
Scopus—subject, of course, to the consent of the military authority on the spot. In May 1918 we approach
ed General Allenby on the subject and found him at first—not surprisingly, perhaps—very
aback, He exclaimed: 'But we may be rolled back any minute! What is the good of beginning something
you may never be able to finish?' My reply was: 'This will be a great act of faith—faith in the • fairy
which is bound to come, and faith in the future of Palestine. I can think of no better symbol of faith
then the founding of the Hebrew University, under your auspices, and in this hour.' He was not unim-
pressed but he replied: 'You have chosen almost the worst possible time. The war in the West is passing
a most critical phase; the Germans are almost at the gates of Paris'. I said: 'We shall• win this war. The
present crisis is only one episode'. In the end Allenby agreed to send a, telegram to the Foreign Office
asking for advice, and after a short interval received an affirmative reply . . ."
In this definition of the symbol of faith, Dr. Weizmann revealed the difficulties that accompanied
the task of university-building—difficulties as serious as those in state-making. All of the obstacles were
overcome. The university was in exile from Mount Scopus for 20 years and even that dispersion has
ended. Now the university is back on Mount Scopus, functioning there in addition to the vast campus in
the New City of Jerusalem. The 50th anniversary of foundation stone laying becomes an event of immense
significance and world Jewry's blessings to the Hebrew University are accompanied by hopes
and prayers that there will be an end to conflicts and the assurance of a long era of benefit to all the
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS peoples the great school is serving so diligently.


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