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December 06, 1968 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-12-06

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U Thant's Interve ntion Requested for Jews Suffering in Arab Lands

NEW YORK (JTA) — Charges
that the governments of Egypt,
Syria and Iraq are violating rights
of Jews living in those countries
were presented to United Nations
Secretary-General U Thant Mon-
day on behalf of the International
League for the Rights of Man. The
charges were contained in a mem-
orandum submitted by Roger N.
Baldwin, honorary chairman, who
contends that the three Arab
states are acting contrary to "the
spirit as well as the letter of the
Universal Declaration of Human
Rights."
Baldwin asked Thant to treat the
memorandum as "a communica-
tion on human rights" under pro-
visions of the UN Economic and
Social Council and urged him to
intervene with the governments to
alleviate sufferings of the Jewish
minorities. The charges are based
on reports that Baldwin terms "re-
liable." They say that in Egypt,
between 225 and 250 Jewish men
have been imprisoned since the
June 1967 Arab-Israel war without
permission to contact relatives or
counsel and have been subjected
to abuses that include torture.
Most of the 1,000-2,000 Jews re-
maining in Egypt have been de-

prived of their jobs, and their as-
sets have been confiscated, and
since last September the policy of
permitting Jews with necessary
funds to leave the country has ap-
parently been stopped, the memo-
randum said.
In Syria, "repressive measures
continue against the 4,000 remain-
ing Jews. They are forbidden to
move outside 1.5 miles of their
homes without special permission,
they may not sell or dispose of
property and they may not emi-
grate," Baldwin said.
In Ir aq
randum, Jewish homes are under
surveillance by security police,
Jews are forbidden to dispose of
property without permission, li-
censes issued to them have been
canceled and they are restricted
in collecting debts owed them. In
addition, the memorandum
charged, all companies have been
ordered to discharge their Jcwish
employes. About 25 of 100 Jews ar-
rested immediately after the June,
1967 war remain in prison despite
a general amnesty for political
prisoners and despite the fact that
no charges have been brought
against them. "They are not per-
mitted to have visitors or counsel
or to receive food and clothing.
Some were beaten and tortured,"
the memorandum said.

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manitarian and cultural commit-
tee which has just begun general
debate on an issue connected with
the International Year for Human
Rights.
Mrs. Tamar Eshel of Israel ex-
pressed "dismay and sorrow" that
the Soviet Union, "whose consti-
tution safeguards the rights of all
peoples and minorities, has been
consistently discriminating against
the Jewish minority ... numbering
more than 3,000,000 people."
She drew the committee's atten-
tion to "the systematic campaign
of propaganda, pursued by the of-
ficial mass media in the Soviet Un-
ion, Poland and East Germany
against Jews." The Israeli repre-
sentative also spoke of the "plight
of the Jewish minorities in certain
Arab countries in the Middle
East"
The committee was presented by
Sweden with a 34-power draft res-
olution on the International Confer-
ence on Human Rights held in Te-
heran, Iran, last spring. It would
have the General Assembly take
action on "full implementation of
human rights."
While praising the Teheran
conference for making an "im-
portant constructive contribution
to the cause of human rights,"
Mrs. Eshel told the committee
that the Israeli delegation "found
itself the target of a political
propaganda offensive tath dis-
rupted the proceedings, created
dissension and led to the adop-
tion of a one-sided political reso-
lution."

E. N. Nasinovsky of the Soviet
Union termed Mrs. Eshel's re-
marks "slanderous insinuations"
and said that the Soviet Union pro-
vided "equal rights for every na-
tionality," adding that Israel had
violated human rights in the Arab
territories occupied during the
June 1967 war.
His position was supported by
George J. Tomeh of Syria who de-
nied there was "political propa-
ganda" at Teheran regarding Arab
rights in those territories. Tomeh
accused Israel of raising a smoke-
screen to hide humanitarian reso-
lutions adopted at the UN since
the Six-Day War.
He cited a report by Secretary
General U Thant which he said
made it "absolutely clear" that
Israel refused to agree to a Secu-
rity Council request to Thant to
send a "humanitarian" envoy to
the occupied territories to study
the condition of Arabs in them.
Mrs. Eshel praised Czechoslo-
vakia for not being drawn into anti-
Semitic practices and criticized
the "rehabilitation of the notorious
anti-Semite Trofim Kichko whose
book 'Judaism Without Embellish-
ment' was published in 1963 by the
Ukranian Academy of Sciences in
Kiev."
In London, demands that Jews
in Arab countries be accorded their
basic human rights or be permitted
to leave were made at a pro-
test meeting on the plight of the
Jews in those lands. The meeting
was organized by the British sec-
tion of the World Jewish Congress,
Poale Zion and the Association of
Jewish Journalists.
Itzhak Korn, general secretary

25 Settlements, Populace
of 12,000 on Golan by '73?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A Jewish
Agency official said Sunday that
the Golan Heights, which is in oc-
cupied Syrian territory, will have
about 25 Israeli settlements and a
population of about 12,000 by 1973,
based on a development plan drawn
up by the agency's settlement de-
partment.
There are presently 10 settle-
ments on the heights. The forecast
was made by Meir Shamir, director
of the settlement department's Gal-
ilee and Golan region.
Before the Six-Day War, the Syr-
ians used the heights for artillery
attacks on Israeli settlements in
the northern Jordan River Valley
near the Sea of Galilee.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, December 6, 1968-39

of the international Labor Zionist
movement, told the gathering that
Israel acted on its moral obliga-
tion when it urged the United Na-
tions to conduct a humanitarian in-
vestigation of Jews in the Arab
countries. He said the Ari.b gov-
ernments did not confine them-
selves to persecution of their own
Jewish citizens but in recent years
had embarked on a massive prop-
aganda campaign against all Jews.
The hate campaign is fed to their
populations by newspapers, radio
and television, he said.
Another speaker, Itzhak Nathani,
chairman of the British Mapam
Party, said that while everyone
must protest emphatically against
the inhuman treatment of Jews in
Arab co u n t r i e s, Jewry should
acknowledge the stand taken by
President Habib Bourguiba of
Tunisia who not only ended anti-
Semitic excesses in his country but
urged the Arabs to find a new ap-
proach in their relations with
Israel and the Jews.
Nathani also praised the Italian
government for its intervention on
behalf of persecuted Jews and aid
to them.

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