The Right of a
Jurist to Serve
a Just Cause
Vol. LIV, No. 20
From all parts of the globe except the Iron Curtain and Moslem countries come expressions
of shock and protest against the medieval crimes being committed in Iraq .. . U.S. Secre-
tary of State William Rogers spoke out in protest and so did UN Secretary General U Thant, but
the UN official would do nothing because the inhuman dangling of the bodies of the in-
nocently executed was "an internal matter" . . . Jewish communities are protesting, and the
sense of outrage has encircled the globe .. . It is past midnight: the world could have-acted
when appeals in defense of the executed first were sounded weeks ago . . . Now, past mid-
night, the protests are being uttered everywhere!
THE JEWISH NEWS
A Weekly Review
I I of Jewish Events
Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle
17100 W. 7 Mile Rd., Detroit—VE 8-9364—January 31, 1969
The Time for
The Need and
by Our Youth
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Iraqi Crime Belatedly Assailed;
Thant Inaction Condemned; Rescue
of Jews From Arab Lands Sought
in Iraq Sunday
Detroit Jewry will protest the Iraqi medieval brutalities
at a mass rally at the Jewish Center 2 p.m. Sunday.
The entire community is called upon to join in a demon-
stration in defense of innocently accused Jews and in condem-
nation of practices that continue to endanger the lives of the
3,000 Jews who still live in Iraq.
Isidore Shrodeck, president of the Zionist Council of De-
troit, announcing the rally on Sunday planned by all combined
Zionist groups here, with the cooperation of congregations and
communal organizations, stated that the gathering will be part
of the worldwide efforts to prevent further murderous crimes.
At a planning meeting Wednesday night, 75 organization
leaders and students agreed to mobilize efforts within their own
groups. They pledged to send telegrams immediately to the
President, secretary of state and UN secretary general.
High school students have planned a protest meeting and
memorial ceremony for 2:30 p.m. today in Kennedy Square
downtown. "Etgar," Students for Israel, under the leadership
of Wayne State University student Bruce Kutnick, is coordinat-
ing the effort.
An assembly and a memorial service will be held at Hillel
Day School this morning. The Hillel children already have seat
messages to Nixon, U Thant and Pope Paul calling for action.
Sermons in all Detroit congregations tonight and Saturday
morning will be devoted to reviews of the tragic situation.
Hebrew U. President Harman Due
as Guest Speaker at AJC Dinner
JERUSALEM (JTA)—A foreign ministry official said Monday that in
Iraq, Syria and Egypt it was not street mobs but the governments that perse-
cuted Jews with public laws and acts of wanton imprisonment, torture and
every variety of perverted cruelty. Shlomo Hillel, assistant director-general for
Middle East affairs, Iraqi-born, spoke at a press conference on the aftermath
of Monday's public hanging of nine Iraqi Jews in Baghdad and Basra for al-
legedly spying for Israel.
Hillel said that the Israel government had hesitated to act officially and
imposed the utmost self-restraint when it first learned that Iraqi Jews were on
trial for their lives.
He said the government felt that any intervention by Israel could do
more harm than good and relied on the intercession of outside parties with
the weight of moral authority.
But this proved to be in vain. He said that United Nations Secretary Gen-
eral U Thant has turned down an Israeli request to inquire into the fate of Jews
in Arab countries because there were legal objections. Hillel said that in
a letter dated April 1, 1968, Thant told the Israel government that there are
more Arabs under Israeli rule than Jews in Arab countries. The secretary gen-
eral called in Adnan Pachachi, Iraqi ambassador to the UN, after further rep-
resentations by Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah last December. He was
later told the case was still under study. This was on Jan. 12, the day the
first of the death sentences were pronounced, Hillel said.
Israel has come to the conclusion, Hillel said, that no one really bothered
about the plight of Iraq's Jews and it was obvious that the Iraqi government
realized this and was encouraged by it.
The official said it was not known how many more Jews were in danger
of their lives in Iraq.
Several score Jews are imprisoned, most of them arrested shortly after
the June 1967 war.
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New Heights in Generosity Mark Start of Men's
Allied Drive; Rabin Assures Detroit Campaigners
Israel Craves Peace, Is Able to Defend Herself
Detroit Jewry's generosity rose to new heights here during the visit of Israel Ambas-
sador to the United States Itzhak Rabin, former chief of staff of his country's armed forces
during the Six-Day War, when less than 2,100 men, at a meeting at the Sheraton-Cadillac Hotel,
Jan. 23, exceeded last year's gifts of $4,000,000 by $550,000.
The gathering of the Pacesetters group in the campaign was a demonstration of con-
cern for Israel's endangered status in the present crisis and was an indication of the nation-
wide trend not to let Israel down in the present period of danger to the country's security.
Ambassador Rabin outlined Israel's current status, emphasized that his country does
not ask anyone to shed blood for Israelis, thereby ruling out any impression in this country
that Israel asks for U. S. intercession; and he firmly declared that Israel is able to protect
people and borders, provided the proper defensive weapons are not denied to her.
Explaining that the airlines represent Israel's life line, Rabin declared tha t anyone
who undertakes to interfere with it will meet with retaliation.
With the chairman of the Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel Emergency Fund presiding,
A pre-campaign black- tie dinner, slated Feb. 12, at
the Statler Hilton Hotel, sponsored by the Allied
Jewish Campaign, will be addressed by the president
of the _Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the former
Israel ambassador to the United States, Avraham
the official opening of the men's drive in the annual campaign soon assumed immense
proportions as contributor afgter contributor stated the amount of the 1969 gift, all invariably
representing increases inspired by the kinship with Israel and the concern over the develop-
ing conditions that have emanated into a movement that has left Israel helpless at the United
Nations and dependant upon its own resources in its defense.
Max M. Fisher, who introduced the guest speaker; Paul Zuckerman, who reported
on his recent Israel visit where he headed a large delegation of Detroiters; and other cam-
paign leaders joined in the calls to action.
Calling for fulfillment of partnership obligations with Israel. Maxwell Jospey reported
that of the total of $9,500,000 raised last year, $6,500,000 was allocated for the upkeep of
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Israel's economic, social and cultural needs.