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August 02, 1968 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-08-02

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Legal Experts Reported in Dotibt About Validity of UN's Mid-East Actions

(JTA) — Legal authorities on in-
ternational affairs have begun to
express doubts about the juridical
validity of United Nations resolu-
tions on the Arab-Israel conflict,
according to Yosef Tekoah, Israel's
UN ambassador.
These authorities have also ex-
pressed doubt about the "moral
and political import" of such reso-
lutions, he said, adding that the
authorities "point out that many of
the resolutions on the Middle East
situation lack in equity and fail
to take into consideration Israel's
legitimate interests and rights."
These statements were made by
Tekoah in a speech in Washington
at a dinner of American Friends
of the Hebrew University. The
speech was delivered on his behalf
by Mrs. Tekoah because the am-
bassador was obliged to stay in
New York to deal with the El Al
hijacking issue.
Tekoah made the point that
the pursuit of peace in the Mid-
dle East depends not only on a
permanent balance of arms be-
tween Israel and the Arab states
but also upon a "moratorium on
General Assembly and Security
Council debates and decisions
concerning the Israel-Arab prob-
lem ... as long as Israel is de-
nied in the UN the right of full
equality with other member

Tekoah observed that the inter-
national law specialists said the
UN resolutions did not treat Israel
equally or consider her "legitimate
interests and rights" in "the past"
and are not likely to do so in the
"It is obvious for instance, that
a resolution which would deny
Israel the right to end the 20-year
Arab war by a treaty of peace, or
insist that Israel should surrender
to the Arab boycott and acquiesce
in the Arab refusal to negotiate
with it on the basis of equality,
would be devoid of legal effect,"
he said.
Tekoah asserted that "for
some years now Israel has been
deprived of the basic right of
UN members -- the right to
equality. Barred by Arab pres-
sure from elected office in the
General Assembly, deprived of
its right of representation on the
Security Council, Israel's inter-
ests have frequently been un-
ceremoniously dismissed as a
result of Arab numerical pres-
sure and the Soviet veto.
"The Security Council, for in-
stance, has reached a point at
which it has become incapable of
censuring even the murder of Is-
raeli civilians by Arab attackers,"
he said. It is these circumstances,
Tekoah said, that have led interna-

tional law authorities to question
the "juridical validity" of UN res-
If Israel cannot ensure a "full
balance of arms," the Arab states,
Tekoah said, "might become en-
couraged in the thought that the
time has come for another round
in the war against Israel. In any
event they would be encouraged
in their hostility toward Israel and
strengthened in their refusal to
make peace with us. "This would

happen also if Israel were con-
fronted by inimical international
action," he said, alluding to the
Arab strength at the UN that en-
ables it to muster effective anti-
Israel support and action. Only
agreement between the parties to
the Middle East conflict can bring
peace about Tekoha said. "De-
bates in the UN organs and reso-
lutions adopted by them have
tended to deepen the conflict and
heighten the tension."

8—Friday, August 2, 1968




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Golda Meir Says She Fears Assimilation in
the West More than War in the Middle East

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TEL AVIV — Mrs. Golda Meir
told a convention of North Ameri-
can Labor Zionists here Monday
that she was more worried about
the threat of assimilation of Jews
living in the West than she was
about another war by the Arabs
against Israel.
The retiring secretary-general of
the Israel Labor Party remarked
in reply to questions about whether
another such war might happen,
"One can never know when the
Arabs will lose their heads and
plunge into another war though
they are not ready for it" and
that she was convinced that if
this did happen, "We will win as
we won previous wars."
Declaring that the main task of
the Labor Zionist movement was
to fight assimilation, she added
that "I wish I could be as certain
as this in the war against assimila-
tion because it is in this war that
the prospects of aliya and the
guarantee of our victory are de-
Yitzhak Koren, the general sec-
retary of the World Labor Zionist
Movement, called for a "heartfelt

Thant Still 'Considering'
Probe of Civilian Status
in Mid-East Countries

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

General U Thant still has "under
consideration" his plan — an-
nounced several months ago —
for the sending of a special United
Nations representative to deal with
the "humanitarian" issues affect-
ing the civilian populations in the
Middle East.
A spokesman for Thant made
that statement here Tuesday in
response to a question on the mat-
ter at a news briefing.
Since Thant's original announce-
ment about the special envoy, Is-
rael requested that such a repre-
sentative be authorized to exam-
ine the situation of Jews imprison-
ed and otherwise harassed since
the June 1967 war in Egypt, Jor-
dan, Syria and Iraq.
However, the Arab bloc at the
UN has obtained a ruling from
the UN legal department to the
effect that, under a General As-
sembly resolution adopted last
July, any UN envoy probing this
situation must restrict his activi-
ties to the former Arab areas oc-
cupied by Israel during the war.

search," for a realistic evaluation
of Jewish life in America "and the
challenge we are faced with, so
that we can prepare the tools to
deal with these challenges and win

900 American's to Study
at Hebrew U. in '68-'69


NEW YORK (JTA) — More than
900 new students — the largest
number of American sturents ever
enrolled in an Israeli institution
of higher learning — will partici-
pate in study programs of the He-
brew University at Jerusalem
during the coming academic year,
the °Mc_ of academic affairs of
the American Friends of the He-
brew University announced.
The largest category of Ameri-
can students will be in the one-
year study program in which 478
U.S. college sophomores, juniors
and recent graduates will partici-
pate. The students come from 134
United States and Canadian insti-
tutions. Seventy-seven master's and
doctoral candidates have been ac-
cepted for the graduate programs.
In the freshman-preparatory
year for selected high school
graduates, there are 55 candi-
dates from 15 states. Among the
university's regular undergrad-
uates seeking their degree from
the Hebrew University are 38
American students from 16
states and 30 colleges.
About 250 students qualified for
the 1968 summer courses in Eng-
lish, of whom about half are en-
gaged in professional or graduate
studies. Participating in the world
seminar for Jewish service, a pro-
gram given by the university's
Institute for Contemporary Jewry,
are eight executive directors of
Jewish community centers, four
executives of the American Jewish
Committee, a field representative
of the American Jewish Congress
and a representative of the Phila-
delphia Federation of Jewish Agen-

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Dayan : No Proof Dakar
Lost Due to Hostile Act

Defense Minister Gen. Moshe Day-
an reiterated in the Knesset Mon-
day that there is no evidence to
prove that the Dakar, the Israeli
submarine that disappeared with
all hands in the Eastern Mediter-
ranean several months ago, was
lost due to any "hostile" action
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