An editorial appeal for unified efforts between teaching staffs and administrations . . to
assure elevation of cultural standards in all our schools, adherence to our traditions and assur-
ance of dignity and respectability for the Jewish teachers.
(Editorial, Page 4)
TIQi y_vvISH NE
Gang-Up by Haters:
Resort to Venom
by Arabs and
A Weekly Review
of Jewish Events
Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle
VOL. LIII, No. 24
August 30, 1968-17100 W. 7 Mile Rd., Detroit 48235 VE 8-9361
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Anti-Semitic Resort to Anti-Zionism
Injected in Czech Crisis; Israelis
Join World Forces in Mass Protests
Strong Democratic Plank Favors
U. S. Arms Assistance to Israel
CHICAGO — The Democratic National Platform Committee approved a
Middle East plank urging the United States to assist Israel "with essential
-military equipment needed for her defense, including the most advanced types
of combat aircraft . . . As long as Israel is threatened by hostile and well-
- armed neighbors."
The plank was incorporated into the 1968 Democratic Platform which was
adopted by the national convention Tuesday night.
The convention also adopted a plank expressing "profound concern about
the continued repression of Jews and other minorities in the Soviet Union
The Middle East plank referred to the region as a "powder keg" and
declared that the U.S. must do all in its power to prevent the recurrence
of war in the area. It • charged the Soviet Union with preferring "short-
term political advantages to long-range stability and peace" in the Middle
East as evidenced by the deployment of a large Soviet fleet in the Medi-
terranean and its shipment of "arms to certain Arab states to replace
those lost in the Arab-Israel war of 1967."
The Middle East plank paralleled the strong pro-Israel plank in the plat-
form adopted by the Republican National Convention at Miami Beach earlier
this month. It declared that "lasting peace in the Middle East depends upon
agreed and secured frontiers, respect for the territorial integrity of all states,
the guaranteed right of innocent passage through all international waterways,
.a humane settlement of the Arab refugees and the establishment of a non-
provocative military balance.
"To achieve those objectives, we support negotiations among the con-
cerned parties," the plank stated. "We strongly support efforts to achieve
an agreement among states in the area and those states supplying arms to
limit the flow of military equipment to the Middle East. We support
efforts to raise the living standards throughout the area, including
desalination and regional irrigation projects which cut across state
At hearings in Washington and Chicago, spokesmen for national Jewish
•organizations had urged the Democratic Platform Committee to take a firm
stand on Israel and to assure the sale of Phantoms to the Jewish state. But
'. the anti-Zionist Council for Judaism and pro-Arab groups appeared with
recommendations harmful to Israel.
The American Council for Judaism urged a subcommittee not to seek
_ support from American Jews "solely on the basis of their supposed partisan-
ship for the state of Israel" and called for the registration of the Zionist
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Arab Educators' Vicious Hatred'
Viewed as Major Peace Obstacle
STARLIGHT. Pa. — Arab educators and most government
leaders are so "utterly dedicated" to the destruction of Israel
tbat they may never accept proposals for peace in the Middle
East, in the opinion of an American scholar, just back from an
--Official fact-finding mission to Egypt and Jordan.
Dr. Allen Pollack, assistant professor of Western history at
the University of Pittsburgh, said he had never before encountered
such "vicious hatred" as that expressed against Israel by Arab
sc holars, many of them graduates of leading American and Euro-
pean universities—and to slightly lesser extent by Arab political
Leaders, as well.
The American historian told a session of the international
leadership training conference of the Bnai Brith Youth Organiza-
tion at Camp Bnai Brith that Russia alone holds the key to the
faint—and only—possibility for peace in the Middle East.
"Quite candidly," he said, "I previously thought Israel had
not done enough to achieve peace in recent years. Now, however,
I ant convinced that nothing it could have done—or can do now—
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NEW YORK (JTA)—Two Warsaw Pact countries are attempting to justify
their participation in the Soviet invasion and occupation of Czechoslovakia to
their own people on the grounds that "Zionist forces" were responsible for what
they called the "threat to Socialism" in Czechoslovakia. According to a New
York Times dispatch from Bonn the Neues Deutschland, the main organ of
East Germany's ruling Communist Party, charged that "Zionist forces have taken
over the leadership" of the Communist Party in Czechoslovakia. In Warsaw, ac-
cording to the Times, the Polish government's anti-Jewish campaign, which had
abated in recent weeks, was revived by Maj. Gen. Jan Czapla, who charged in an
article in the Polish Communist Party newspaper Trybuna Ludu that "Zionists"
were responsible for the "real threat of transition from socialism to capitalism"
which justified the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Gen. Czapla, who is deputy
of the Polish Army's polit-
Predict Algeria Will Soon
ical board, drew a parallel be-
tween the "anti-Socialist" forces
Release Plane and Israelis
at work in Poland last spring
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Algeria is expected short-
and those in Czechoslovakia and
ly to release the hijacked Israeli airliner and its 12
said the "common element" was
passengers and crew members detained since July
the "extremely vigorous combi-
23, it was indicated in official quarters here. But
nation of revisionism and Zion-
there was no news of any specific developments and
no one was prepared to say when the plane and its
party would be freed. Estimates were that it could
It was student unrest and de-
happen any time between the next 24 hours and the
mands for greater fredom in Po-
end of the week.
land last spring that touched off
Rumors of the plane's imminent release gained
an "anti-Zionist," "anti-Israel"
currency when a team of three Air France mechan-
inspired by the Polish
ics returned to Paris from Algeria where they pre-
and Communist Par-
pared the $6,000,000 Boeing 707 for flight.
The newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported that
attempt to ex-
Israel had agreed to make a "humanitarian gesture"
ploit latent anti-Semitism by
after the plane is released. The report was neither
making Poland's surviving Jews
confirmed nor denied in official quarters.
the scapegoats for the grievances
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (JTA) — United
touched off by student riots. The
Nations Secretary-General U Thant has sent one of
government vigorously denied
his top aides to Algiers, possibly to seek release of
the hijacked El Al airliner, it was reported here.
this. Nevertheless, scores of Jews
who had been devoted Commu-
The emissary is Undersecretary-General Jose
R olz-Bennett of Guatemala, who left for Algiers
nists and held high posts in the
last Friday with a written message from Thant to
government, the party and in the
President Houari Boumedienne. Rolz-Bennett is
communications media, as well
still in Algiers.
as other fields, were summarily
(See Commentary, Page 2)
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Seize Coca Cola
BEIRUT, Lebanon—Because of its
dealings with Israel, Coca Cola has
lost its plant in Baghdad to the new
The Iraqi information minister
announced Aug. 22 in a statement
over Baghdad radio that the Coca
Cola plant was seized in accordance
with an Arab League decision to boy-
cott the company.
According to the government an-
nouncement, the plant will be run by
the ministry of industry.
The Coca Cola company, two years
ago, agreed to sell syrup to Israel.
It was announced by the Arab boycott
office that production in Arab coun-
tries had ended on Aug. 1.
Statement of Cairo 'Chief Rabbi'
Challenged; Called Collaborator
NEW YORK (JTA) — The United Hias Service disputed a
statement attributed to the Chief Rabbi of Egypt, Haim Douek,
that the 500 Egyptian Jews arrested in the aftermath of the Six-
Day War all have been released. According to Gaynor I. Jacob-
son, executive vice president of the worldwide migration service,
there are still an estimated 250 prisoners being held in the Tourah
prison near Cairo. This information, he said, had been substan-
tiated by the International Red Cross.
Rabbi Douek's statement appeared in a recent edition of the
North African weekly magazine "Jeune Afrique," published in
Paris. According to Jacobson's information the prisoners were
being released regularly until Dec. 15, 1967, and since then only
five have been released. It is not clear why the Egyptian authori .
ties stopped freeing the prisoners, he said, adding that in many
cases, the wives and children of the prisoners still live in Cairo
and Alexandria. •
More than 1,000 Egyptian Jews have been helped by HIAS to
resettle since the Six-Day War. Just last Saturday -39 arrived at
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