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January 03, 1969 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-01-03

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Soviet 'Peace Plan' Discounted by U.S. State Dept.

Friday, January 3, 1969-15

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

AJCongress Protests Use of Religious
Emblems on New York Lottery Tickets

WASHINGTON — State Depart-
ment officials Tuesday minimized
the prospects of a Russian-pro-
NEW YORK—The American Jew- in Jewish tradition was first de- posed "peace plan" for the Middle
ish Congress, which last month scribed in Exodus and that after East, stating it amounted to noth-
protested the depiction of the An- having been moved Into the Tem- ing more than an American-
nunciation on the 1968 Christmas ple, its reproduction or use outside Soviet dialogue rather than a con-
crete undertaking.
stamp, on Dec. 25 criticized the the Temple was forbidden.
New York State Lottery Commis-
A number of ideas have been
While obscure in origin, the Star
sion for using an illustration of the

Star of David on a Hanuka menora
on the December lottery ticket.
"If the menora is on the lottery
ticket in December, the month of
Hanuka, why not a Crucifix during
April, the month of the Passion?"
the Congress asked in a letter to
Orin S. Wilcox, chairman of the
State Lottery Commission.
David Haber, chairman of the
American Jewish Congress' New
York Metropolitan Council, said
the use of Jewish religious symbols
on the lottery ticket was "offen-
sive" and "violative of the consti-
tutional requirement of church-
state separation."
Noting a "growing trend toward
the use of religious symbols in
public life," Haber cited the
"cheap piety that is attached to a
postage stamp or lottery ticket by
the use of a religious theme or
symbol." He continued:
"The use of religious symbols by
an agency of the state is not a
trifling matter.
"It is indicative of an increasing
tendency to legitimize the actions
of government by recourse to the
Almighty — whether it be to pro-
mote foreign policy or sell more
lottery tickets."

viously unacceptable to Israel
and do not conform with the
U.S. "five points" enunciated
by President Johnson.

Officials feel that it is an illu-
sion to speak of a definite Four-
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this juncture.
WITH THIS MAGNIFICENT
The State Departments response
ACHIEVEMENT
vaguely exchanged between Mos- to reports of a Four-Power con-
cow and Washington, it was learn-
ed. Little reality is seen here in
the Russian "formula" which calls
for prior Israeli withdrawal from
all occupied territory followed by
Arab consideration of possible rec-
ognition of Israeli sovereignity and
right to maritime passage in the
Suez Canal and Gulf of Aqaba.
The Russians would interpret the
By Abba Eban
Nov. 22, 1967, United Nations re-
solution as requiring Israeli with-
The Story of the Jews
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mitments are made by the Arabs.

of David has served as a repre-
sentative Jewish symbol for 300
years, Haber noted. It now appears
on the flag of the State of Israel.
The Hebrew term for Star of David
—"Magen David," literally Shield
of David—occurs as a resignation
of God in the Jewish daily prayer
ritual, the letter noted.
The American Jewish Congress
leader also wrote that the lottery
bears, in addition to the menora
and Star of David, a likeness of
Santa Claus. Because the religious
significance of Santa Claus is
The Russian proposals are ob-
"slight," Haber said, "we offer no
objection to its use on the lottery
World Organizations
ticket."

NOW AT BORENSTEIN'S

"MY PEOPLE"

Special Until
Jan. 31, 1969

to Confer in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Repre-
Habima Theater to Get
sentatives of leading Jewish or-
Government Assistance
ganizations and communities from
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's all parts of the free world will

national theater, Habima, which
has won international fame but
whose fortunes have been at a low
ebb in recent years, will be taken
under the wing of the government.
A reorganization scheme was
worked out at a meeting in the
office of Kaddish Luz, speaker of
the Knesset, under which the
government will make up the
"The letter charged that this troup's deficit and accord the
tendency was "both unconstitu- players civil servant status.
tional and unwise" since it "in-
The government will assert a
volves the government in reli-
gious affairs and, inevitably, in measure of control over the thea-
religious disputes, setting one ter's administration through a
new administrative board that in-
sectarian belief into competition
cludes the undersecretary of the
with another."
Haber, who is a professor of law treasury, the director general of
at Rutgers University, quoted a the ministry of housing and the
statement by James Madison that director of the national lottery.
"it is proper to take alarm at the ; It will run Habima until a per-
first experiment on our liberties."manent board of trustees is ap-
His letter noted that the menora I pointed.

convene here Jan. 8 to 12 for a
conference on matters effecting
world Jewry, Prime Minister
Levi Eshkol reported to the cabi-
net. Mr. Eshkol will chair the
meeting and will serve on the
conference presidium along with
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of
the Conference of Jewish Organi-
zations and the World Jewish Con-
gress, and Aryeh L. Pincus, chair-
man of the Jewish Agency.

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