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September 06, 1968 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-09-06

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6—Friday, September 6, 1968

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Boris Smolar's

'Between You
. and Me'

(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)

BIAFRA REVERBERATIONS: There are no Jews in Biafra, the
secessionist province of Nigeria where millions, mostly children,
among the 13,000,000 people are now starving to death. Nevertheless,
Jews in the United States are now engaged in a fund-raising campaign
for food and medicine for the starving Biafrans. And the responses
are most gratifying.
Jews in this country still have fresh in their memories the fact
that the world stood by silently when 6,000,000 Jews were starved
and annihilated by the Nazis. They cannot forget this indifference on
the part of the civilized world to the tragic fate of their brethren on
the European continent. And they want to be on record that when
other nations face starvation and annihilation—as is the case now
with the Biafrans—the Jewish people do not remain unconcerned.
Led by the American Jewish Committee, all major Jewish organ-
izations in this country have formed a special body to provide relief
for the starving people of Biafra. Under the signature of top leaders
of 22 leading Jewish religious, communal, philanthropic and relief
bodies, an appeal was issued to Jews all over the country to make
urgent contributions for airlifts of food and medicine for the Biafrans,
in the race with death which these unfortunate people are facing.
The campaign is only at its beginning, but the contributions which
have reached the Jewish committee for Biafran relief during the first
two weeks exceeded $60,000. Although not advertised as yet in many
Jewish communities, the campaign has brought in its first weeks
more than 3,500 letters with donations.
Remarkable is the fact that contributions are coining in not only
from adults but also from children. Told by their teachers in the
Jewish schools, of the thousands of children who are dying in Biafra
each day of starvation and sickness in the midst of a civil war, the
pupils are sending pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters for the
American Jewish Emergency Effort for Biafran Relief—the joint
relief body which the 22 leading Jewish groups have established.

Arab Guerrillas Split Over Tactics;
Egypt Hit by Tunisian Delegation

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

LONDON (JTA)—A rift was re-
ported Tuesday in the ranks of
Arab guerrillas based in Jordan.
The differences are mainly psycho-
logical, according to the Guard-
ian's correspondent, David Hurst,
who contrasted the "professional-
ism" of Jordanian army officers
enlisted in the so-called Popular
Front for the Liberation of Pales-
tine and the "romanticism" of El
Fatah members who "grossly
exaggerate their exploits and are
vulnerable to political manipula-
(The Arabs are having other in-
ternal problems. The Tunisian dele-
gation walked out of the Arab
League meeting in Cairo Monday,
asserting that the 14-nation league
was "no longer a place where truth
can be spoken frankly and freely"
and was a tool of Cairo.)
Writing from Beirut, Hurst said
"Some of Jordan's best army offi-
.rs, victims of countless purges,
are playing an increasingly impor-
tant role in the Palestine guerrilla
movement and may eventually
give it the professional fiber it
lacks in large measure." But,


Hurst went on, "The guerrilla
movement is fraught with internal
"There is a fundamental anta-
gonism between those who insist
on adhering to authentic guerrll-
la action and those who are will-
ing to stray from it by behavkig
like a conventional army or seek-
ing political gain to the detri-
ment of the armed struggle. The
officers stand for orthodoxy and
are strongest in the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Pal-
estine. The Front is hard-headed
and canny whereas El Fatah is
apt to be naive and romantic."
"Vulnerability to Israeli attacks
may tempt El Fatah to acquire
anti-aircraft guns of its own, and
the ex-army officers of the Popular
Front consider this an aberration."
Hurst wrote. He said "politicians
are also partly responsible for the
most insidious threat of all — the
corrupting effect of propaganda.
The guerrillas often grossly exag-
gerate their exploits. One of their
leaders said he was anxious to curb
this bad habit because it could
eventually deflate Palestinian

Sirhan Reported Hoping to Use
Trial as an Anti-Israel Forum

B. Sirhan, accused of assassinating
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, intends
to "go to the gas chamber silent"
unless he can turn his trial into an
anti-Israel propaganda forum, ac-
cording to an exclusive report in
the September issue of Ramparts
magaine by Mahmoud Abdel Hadi.
The writer is a correspondent for
Akhbar el-Yom, a Cairo newspa-
per. He secured private interviews
with the Sirhan family. The report
said that Sirhan told one of his
brothers that he intends to make
the trial "a public and political
forum -for the Arab position . . .
he wants the major networks to
broadcast the entire trial."
If he does not get maximum
press and television coverage for
an indictment of Israel and Zion-
ism, he will refuse to testify, ac-
cording to the report.
The Ramparts article said Sir-
han saw the trial as an "opportu-
nity" to present the Arab case. The
author wrote that Sirhan's- family

was "confused and bitter (and)
surprised that they have not got-
ten any financial help from Arab
consulates in Los Angeles."

Israel Exhibitors Charged
Token Rental in Argentina

mayor of Buenos Aires signed a
decree authorizing the Israel exhi ,.
bition at the forthcoming interna-
tional trade fair here to use muni-
cipal facilities and property on the
fair grounds at only a token rental.
The keys to the Israeli pavilion
were handed to Moshe Yehuda,
commercial attache of the Israel
Embassy, by Vazquez Yona, muni-
cipal engineer, on behalf of Mayor
Manuel Iricibar.
The Argentine government mean-
while freed Israel from paying im-
port dues and customs duties on
merchandise up to a half million
dollars in value which it will bring
to the fair. The fair opens in Octo-

Prominent Czech Writers Reported
Seized by Soviet Intelligence Agents

(Continued from Page 1)
The blasts in the Polish press,
television and radio were heard
against the background of ominous
reports from reliable quarters that
Soviet intelligence agents in
Prague secretly rounded up writ-
ers and journalists and that at
least 11 of them were beaten un-
conscious before they were driven
to an undisclosed destination.
Listed among the victims was the
prominent Czech novelist and jour-
nalist Ladislav Mnacko, a non-Jew
who went into sell-imposed exile in
Israel following the June, 1967 Six-
Day War to protest against his
government's pro-Arab policies.
His wife, a Jewess, is in Israel.
Reportedly safe in Vienna were Dr.
Eduard Goldstuecker, a prominent
Czech-Jewish writer and president
of the Czechoslovak Writers Union,
Ludwig Ashkenazai, Jan Grossman
and other writers and artists, Jew-
ish and non-Jewish. Arnold Lustig,
another well known Czech-Jewish
writer, arrived in Israel with his
wife and daughter Monday from
Italy where they had been vaca-
tioning when the invasion of Czech-
oslovakia began. He does not in-
tend to return to Prague.
Goldstuecker, Mnacko, Pavel Ko-
hout and other liberal Czech writ-
ers and intellectuals were singled
out in a Warsaw television broad-
cast as "defenders and supporters
of aggressive Israel." The Polish
commentator, Czeslaw Berenda,
charged in a broadcast from
Prague that Zionists are among
the "most active and zealous pro-
ponents of counter-revolution in
Berenda said that they had been
"very active in the radio and press
witch hunt lodged against the Com-
munist Party." He added that these
are the same people who "bitterly
attacked" Poland in March when
the Warsaw regime accused "Zion-
ists" of a leading role in the stu-
dent demonstrations and riots.
On Saturday, Premier Jozef Cy-
rankiewicz of Poland strongly de-
fended the invasion of Czechoslo-
vakia and predicted that "there
will be a time when those circles
who succumbed to the propaganda
of cosmopolitan and counter-revol-
utionary forces (in Czechoslovakia)
will understand who is their friend
and who is their enemy." "Cos-
mopolitan" in Marxist jargon is a
word used to describe Jews sus-
pected of "Zionism" and, as such,
was often employed during the
purge of Jews from high govern-
ment and party posts in Poland
last spring, and has been similarly
used in R u s s i a. Cyrankiewicz,
himself a survivor of Auschwitz,
delivered his remarks in an ad-
dress to a Communist Party audi-
ence on the eve of the 29th anni-
versary of the Nazi invasion of
The London Sunday Observer re-
ported plans made throughout
Western Europe to cope with the
wave of refugees from Czechoslo-
vakia. According to the report, the
refugees include large numbers of

Sen. Javits 'More Israeli
Than Eshkol,' Says Arab

actors, musicians, architects and
The Sunday Telegraph reported
from Prague that the visa section
of the British Embassy was
crowded for two days after reports
spread that Czech frontiers would
be closed. "Many of the applicants
were Jews," the paper said.
The Guardian said in a dispatch
from its correspondent Hella Pick
in Bucharest that "clearly Moscow
does not like Romania's indepen-
dent stand in foreign policy."
Among other things that irri-
tated the Soviets are Romania's

Ahavas Achim,
Beth Aaron Merge

(Continued from Page 1)
are to assume vice presidencies
for two years, and the full board
will elect a president and sec-
retary during the dinner-board
meeting Sept. 18.
A name for the synagogue will
be selected by a committee from
both congregations. The actual
signing of the merger agreement
will take place Thursday evening.
The two synagogues have al-
ready consolidated their respec-
tive religious schools, merging
faculties and curricula.
All classes, kindergarten through
10th grades, now will meet at the
Stevenson School, 27777 Lahser,
Southfield, on Sunday mornings.
The school year commences Sun-
The school's educational director
is Irving Ritter, who was director
of the Beth Aaron Religious School
prior to his present appointment.
Bernard Panush and Hy Paysner
are co-chairmen of the education

continued diplomatic relations with
Israel and t h e recent purchase
from Israel of Soviet-made tanks
captured during the Six-Day War,
the correspondent reported.
The occupation of Czechoslo-
vakia has strengthened the posi-
tion of Prime Minister Wladislaw
Gomulka as opposed to Mieczy-
slaw Moczar, former minister of
interior and secret police chief
whose anti-Jewish policies were
more intense than those of Gom-
ulka during the "anti-Zionist"
campaign this year.
It was reported here Tuesday
that the Russian action in Czecho-
slovakia was seen as a personal
victory for Gomulka. Moczar is
believed to have been one of the
main forces behind the purge cam-
paign last spring, following student
demonstrations, which ousted
Jews, intellectuals, liberals and
others from party ranks and gov-
ernment jobs.
Gomulka's alignment with the'
hard-line of the Soviet Union
against the Czech reforms has
strengthened his position in Po-
land, but it remains to be seen
how Poland's remaining Jewish
population will be affected in the
power struggle between the two
Polish leaders, the sources said.
(In California, a report by Jap-
anese police that a Czechoslovak
scientist had defected to the United
States after the Soviet invasion
was denied Tuesday by the sci-
entist, Dr. Jan Klein.
(Dr. Klein, 32, of the Institute of
Experimental Biology and Genetics
in Prague, arrived at Stanford last
Friday after attending an interna-
tional congress on genetics in
Tokyo. He will do research at
Stanford School of Medicine until
Jan. 31.)

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(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

di. secretary-general of the Action
Committee on American-Arab Re-
lations, Wednesday accused Sen.
Jacob Javits, New York Repub-
lican, of becoming "more Israeli
than (Premier Levi) Eshkol."
In a telegram sent by the Arab
propaganda organization to Sen.
Javits, Dr. Mehdi called Javits
the "Senator from Israel" and
urged him to "be concerned with
American moral and material in-
terests in the Middle East rather
than Israeli military power in the
area of your own political fortunes
in America."
The telegram was in response to
reports that Sen. Javits was plan-
ning to press the Johnson admin-
istration for delivery of Phantom
jetS Iirael.

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