Wexler Urges LBJ Rescind Favored Status for Poland
NEW YORK (JTA)—William A.
Wexler, president of Bnai Brith,
has urged President Johnson to
rescind the "most favored nation"
treatment extended to Poland by
a tariff agreement four years ago
in view of that country's harass-
ment of its Jewish population.
Dr. Wexler, in a letter publish-
ed in the New York Times, said if
the President did not act, "I would
hope that Congress would legislate
to the same end."
The head of the 125-year-old
Jewish service and fraternal or-
ganization noted that President
AJCongress Strike Over
in NY; Called 'Most Cost
NEW YORK (JTA)—The first
strike of clerical and professional
employes of the American Jewish
Congress, which began Jan. 2, was
ended Wednesday by agreement on
a new two-year contract, accord-
ing to an AJCongress spokesman.
The 60 members of Local 170'7
of the Community and Social
Agency Employes (AFL) returned
to thir jobs. The spokesman said
that the new contract provided for
an increased $8.50 a week for
the clerical employees for the first
year and an additional $5 per week
for the clerical employes for the
first year and an additional $5
per week for the 'second year.
Professional employes will re-
ceive an increase of $900 for the
First year and $500 more for the
second year, the spokesman said.
He called the agreement the most
costly labor contract in the organ-
Howard M. Squadron, co-chair-
man of th eorganization's govern-
ing council. negotiated the new
agreement with the local.
Johnson and the U.S. State De-
partment have condemned Po-
land's anti-Semitic campaign. "But
I feel that we have failed to take
the appropriate substantive step
called for by Poland's continued
defiance of world opinion," he
"Four years ago President
Johnson, acting pursuant to sta-
tutory authorization, extended to
Brussels Prelate Orders
Removal of Offensive Art
Poland the important tariff
benefit—most favored treatment.
Mr. Johnson made no bones
about the reasons for granting
the concession. The United
States, he said, wished to 'en-
courage peaceful efforts toward
loosening of control from Mos-
cow.' Another consideration he
cited was that Poland was per-
mitting greater f r e e d o m of
speech and religion. But it is
crystal clear that Poland today
is more servile toward Moscow
than ever," Dr. Wexler wrote.
"It is clear, too, that freedom of
speech and religious liberty for
Jews have been drastically cur-
tailed. The reasons for granting
the special tariff concession to Po-
land have disappeared. The con-
cession should be withdrawn . . .
until such time as the Polish gov-
ernment gives new evidence that
it deserves it."
BRUSSELS (JTA) — Archbishop
Malines of Brussels has ordered
the removal of several paintings
from St. Michel Cathedral which
depict a 14th Century incident in
a way likely to arouse hostility
The paintings, and a number of
stained glass windows and tapes-
tries, illustrate an event that oc-
curred in 1370 when the Jewish
community of Brussels was pun- THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
ished for commiting an alleged
Friday, January 10, 1969-15
The removal of the paintings,
ordered after consultations with
local Jewish authorities, was based
on the Vatican Council's declara-
tion of 1965 which called on Chris-
tian communities to take a frater-
nal approach toward their Jewish
In addition, the archbishop or-
dered the posting of explanatory
comments near the tapestries and
windows not removed so that view-
ers may understand the incident
Call Evenings Until 9
to be depicted in the context of
the time when it took place.
Jerusalem: Student City
JERUSALEM (ZINS) — Despite
the fact that Tel Aviv's population
is larger than that of Jerusalem, a
larger number of children attend
school in Israel's capital. The stu-
dent population in Jerusalem has
reached 92,000, including kinder-
garten, elementary school, talmud
tora, yeshiva, university and adult
education. In other words, every
third inhabitant in Jerusalem at-
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City Hospital to provide
Kosher Food for Patients
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dox leader reported Wednesday
that arrangements were virtually
complete for the first kosher food
service for Jewish patients at a
municipal hospital, the Coney
Island Brooklyn hospital. William
Ciner, a former president of
Young Israel of Bensonhurst, a sec-
tion of Brooklyn, said that a num-
ber of Orthodox Jewish organiza-
tions had been negotiating with
city officials for some time on the
problem of providing kosher meals
for Jewish patients in city hos-
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kosher mPals a week for patients
at the Brooklyn hospital. Cost of
the meals. as well as additional
serving and heating equipment
and added hospital staff help, will
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German Press Raves Law
Exemntina 'Desk Killers'
BONN (JTA)—The West Ger-
man Press disclosed Wednesday
—and sharply criticized—the fact
that an amendment to the law
on prosecution of Nazi criminals
had been quietly approved by the
West German Parliament to ex-
empt "desk killers" of the Nazi
regime from prosecution for war
crimes. The classification denotes
officials of the Hitler era who
approved orders to kill Jews and
other victims of the Hitler geno-
cide program without personal
participation in the murders.
`Concents' Booklet Issued
by Far Rockaway Council
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Requests, accompanied by a
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62, Far Rockaway, N.Y. 11691.
The publication is a compilation
of statements made by leading
Jewish thinkers and teachers
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