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February 07, 1969 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-02-07

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Entire Community Called Upon to Participate
in Vigil of Silence Sunday in Kennedy Square

afternoon. Even without a permit,
(Continued from Page 1)
The Detroit Common Council however, Et-Gar students mustered
was invited to attend the vigil, 100 marchers in front of Kennedy
along with clergymen and civic Square.
Joined by adults and college stu-
There will be no speeches at the dents, Et-Gar, Students for Israel
vigil. Prayers will be recited by walked in a solemn silent proces-
Rabbis Leon Frain and Israel Hal- sion carrying signs which revealed
pern. and the El Mole Rahamim to mid-afternoon passersby their
will be chanted by Cantor Harold disgust at the inhumanity of the
Orbach. The invocation will be executions.
Leaders of Et-Gar conducted a
given by Rev. Darneau Stewart of
the People's Community Church. short program with 30 seconds of
The benediction will be given silence in respect to the martyrs,
by Father James Sheehan, head of followed by a plea for a letter cam-
the human relations department paign to politicians claiming, "We
must be heard." After an hour of
of the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Pledges of participation by lead- peaceful protesting and distribu-
ers in the Christian community tion of flyers to passersby explain-
were made at a Tuesday night re- ing the youths' plea, the group dis-
port meeting. Among those in at- banded to enable its participants
tendance were Sisters Mary Dom- to arrive home in time for the
inic and Julia Mary of St. Boniface Sabbath.
School; Rev. James D. Cochran of
In the packed gymnasium, at
Central United Methodist Church; the Jewish Center last Sunday,
and Rev. James Garrison, St. young people carried signs read-
Peter's Evangelical Lutheran ing "Hitler Again?" and another
Church. A representative of Rev. nearby, "Not Again"; "U Thant
Hubert G. Locke, head of the office Where Are You"; "Justice for the
of religious affairs at Wayne State Jew"; and "I Am My Brother's
University, was present, as was Keeper."
Mayor Joseph Forbes of Oak Park.
The latter message was conveyed
Youth involvement has been throughout the afternoon by speak-
stressed partly as a response to ers who stressed that the world
their efforts, though officially un- must not keep silent while injustice
sanctioned, at protest last Friday is done.

Joining in expressing her
"sense of outrage" over the oc-
currence in Baghdad and Basra,
Rep. Martha Griffiths, member
of Congress from Michigan's 17th
District, told that large audi-
ence: "I am with you as are
many if not most of the mem-
bers of Congress. As civilized
people we can not permit these
things to continue. I am sure
the United States will be heard
in the matter, in one of the sad-
dest things that has happened.
All of us stand together in an
effort to stop this type of atro-
A telegram from Gov. William
Milliken expressing his deepest
sympathy and protesting the ac-
tions in Iraq was read at the meet-
ing, as was a telegram from Sen.
Robert Griffin, who urged that the
world and the United States "renew
with vigor" efforts to end such
Brigadier General S. L. A.
Marshall pointed out in his re-
marks to the assembly that, from
the perspective of history, "This
is old stuff in Baghdad. The Iraqis
have been guilty of this same kind
of thing two times in the past."
The crime, he said, has back-
fired for the Iraqis, who can't un-

derstand why other Arab countries
have not supported her act. He
interpreted it as an attempt to
bring about Big Power interven-
tion in the Middle East. "But our
government is aware of the trap
and is walking away from it."
Although it was a time for
mourning the victims, said
Marshall, "mourning is never
enough in itself. We must do
positive things. We must ask,
Are we doing enough on the
positive side for Israel?" He sug-
gested that the community buy
more Israel Bonds, contribute to
the United Jewish Appeal, Jew-
ish National Fund, Histadrut.
"Scores of channels are open
to us."
Marshall, who is not a Jew but
is a great friend of Israel, praised
Israel for "her great strength that
too many other states lack: the
will and confidence to sit steady."
"Throughout this crisis of the
past 40 days," he said, "I've been
confident that Israel will weather
the storm and come out stronger
than ever—with our help."
Rabbi Samuel Prero, head of
the Young Israel Council of De-
troit, addressed the gymnasium
assembly, which also was greet-
ed briefly by Marshall. Presid-
ing were Mrs. Samuel Linden,

vice president of the Jewish
Community Council, and Isadore
Shrodeck, president of the Zion-
ist Council of Detroit. The meet-
ing was under the auspices of
the two groups.
Under a sign reading "In Memo-
riam/Iraqi Martyrs," Cantor Shab-
tai Ackerman of Cong. Beth Abra-
ham chanted the El Molei Raha-
mim while the crowds stood in
In response to Shrodeck's call
to "make our anger heard," more
than 500 persons each contributed
a dollar to have a telegram bear-
ing his name sent to the United
Nations, urging U. S. Ambassador
Charles Yost make every effort to
stop the medieval acts in Iraq and
force that government to allow its
Jews to emigrate.
Thousands of petitions have been
circulated throughout the commu-
nity—and were distributed Sunday
—by the Jewish Community Coun-
cil and Bnai Brith Council of De-
troit. They condemn the hangings
and call for an exodus of Jews
from all Arab lands, not Iraq
The Council and Bnai Brith ask-
ed, in addition, that everyone in
the community send wires, letters
and cards to President Nixon and
UN Secretary General U Thant.

Altered Communications Augur U.S. Attitudinal
Change in Tackling Policies Involving Mid East

(Continued from Page 1)
and security advisers on the Middle
such as support for the Eisen- East to discuss U.S. participation
Big Four talks on the Middle
hower-Strauss proposal for desal- East
under the aegis of the United
Nations and to complete a reply to
He said he will leave for his the French proposal for such talks.
European trip on Feb. 23 and will
One apparent indication of the
go to Brussels, London, Berlin,' Nixon administration's emphasis
Bonn and Paris and will meet with , on using the UN was Mr. Nixon's
all heads of states in the countries ' discussions with Secretary of State
he will visit.
William P. Rogers on shifting Jo-
While details of a confidential seph Sisco, assistant secretary of
meeting with the President could state for UN affairs, to the post
not be divulged by Fisher after of assistant secretary for Near
his meeting with the President, ■ Eastern affairs. He was expected
the fact that prior to the develop-1 to succeed Parker T. Hart, career
ment of new policies by this ad- I diplomat and Near East specialist.
ministration in dealing with the
The Johnson administration was
evolving issues the President con-1 cool to a Four Power approach on
sidered it important to confer at the grounds that it might be con-
length with so prominent a per- strued as an effort to impose a
sonality in Jewish ranks as Max Mid East settlement—an approach
Fisher, is viewed as an indication strenuously opposed by Israel,
of the seriousness with which the which insists on Arab-Israel nego-
President faces the issues and the tiations leading to a treaty. Since
desire to take into consideration taking office, the Nixon adminis-
the attitudes of the Jewish com- tration has suggested that it is not
munity, as he will also those Of committed to Johnson policies and
Israel's spokesmen.
must take a more active role in
While these aspects emerged in the pursuit of peace.
all their significance this week, the
(Eban sought to allay fears that
new five-point program advanced the Mid East was on the brink of a
by Egypt's President Nasser was new all-out war. He said in a ra-
given less serious consideration dio interview that the cease fire
than was originally anticipated. was not nearing collapse and there
Official Israel statements pointed was no present danger of war or a
out that Nasser only reiterated dec- Big Power confrontation. He
larations he had made previously, stressed that "the situation in the
but that he still fails to speak in Middle East will be a burden on
terms of peace.
peace as long as no agreed settle-
Israel's Foreign Minister Abba ment is reached." He said that Mr.
reference to the region as
Eban stated that the Nasser plan
would lead to the "liquidation of a "powder keg" which must be
did not seem to reflect
Israel" and that there must be
"a permanent peace, duly nego- any new attitude. Mr. Nixon had
used the phrase in reference to
the Middle East during last fall's
With regard to the proposal for election campaign, Eban pointed
action by the Four Powers, Eban out).
met last week with U.S. Ambassa-
Britain joined the Soviet Union
dor Walworth Barbour and is be- and France in pushing for a Four
lived to have emphasized Israel's , Power meeting. Washington and
opposition to a Four Power confer- the Kremlin have already been in
ence on the Middle East.
contact on the Mid East question.
President Nixon met Monday Former Secretary of State Dean
with his top military, diplomatic Rusk, replying to a Dec. 30 Soviet

40 Friday, February 7, 1969


note proposing a five-point peace
plan, asked for clarification on a
number of points.
West Germany's new ambassa-
dor to the United States and former
ambassador to Israel, Dr. Rolf
Pauls, said in Washington, re-
ferring to the Middle East, that
never in history has an imposed
solution solved any problems. He
presented his credentials to Mr.
UN Welcomes Report That
Nixon Favors Big Four
Meetings on Mid East
—The United Nations has not been
informed of any plans for a Four
Power meeting on the Mid-East
situation but will be prepared to
place all necessary facilities at
the disposal of the conference, a
UN spokesman announced.
With Secretary-General U Thant
in Ethiopia there was no comment
here on Washington reports that
the United States National Security
Council had decided on American
participation in Four Power talks
on the Mid East within the frame-
work of the UN Security Council
and terms of reference of its Nov.
22, 196'7 resolution. There was con-
siderable gratification here at the
stress in Washington reports on
the projected role of the UN and
the U.S. intention to channel ef-
forts at a solution through the UN.
It was disclosed that the presi-
dent of the last General Assembly,
Emilio Arenales, had not yet ap-
pointed the three-nation committee
which by General Assembly direc-
tive is to study the status of the
civilian population in the territo-
ries occupied by Israel during the
Six-Day War.
(Israel's Ambassador Yitzhak
Rabin met Monday at the State
Department with Elliot L. Richard-
son, the new undersecretary of
State. It is believed that Ambas-
sador Rabin sought clarification of
the emerging U.S. policy).
(Premier Levi Eshkol of Israel
was reported to have urged Presi-
dent Nixon, in a personal message,
to oppose any Mid East settlement

imposed by the Major Powers. Esh_
kol reportedly asked the President
to stand firm for direct Arab-Isra-
eli negotiations for peace and
stressed that Israel could not ac-
cept a settlement imposed by the
Super Powers. Official sources said
it was delivered prior to last Sat-
urday's meeting of the President
with his top advisers.
(In Philadelphia, Sen. Hugh Scott,
of Pennsylvania, assistant Repub-
lican floor leader of the Senate,
said President Nixon's initiative

for Arab-Israel peace "should not
be interpreted as an effort to im-
pose a settlement" that Israel can-
not accept. He called on the ad-
ministration to "reject the efforts
of the Russians and the French to
write U.S. policy" on Israel. He
told the Cardozo Lodge of Brith
Sholom here that he was "confi-
dent that President Nixon knows
full well that the only lasting set-
tlement must be one to which Israel
and the Arab states freely sub-

Israel's Top Chaplain Urges Creation
of World Seminary, Rabbis' Council

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The chief
rabbi of Israel's armed forces
Tuesday called upon the Rabbinical
Council of America to take the
initiative in the establishment of
an "International Rabbinical Sem-
inary" in Israel, which would train
rabbis for service in Jewish com-
munities throughout the world, in
the various languages of those
Brig. General Shlomo Goren,
who is also the chief rabbi of Tel
Aviv, made his proposal at the
annual conference of the Rabbinic-
al Council, attended by some 500
rabbis at the Brunswick Hotel here.
Rabbi Goren explained that the
need for an international rabbinic-
al school impressed him strongly
during his recent visits to Latin
America and the Scandinavian
"In South America especially,"
he said, "there is a tragic lack of
rabbis, and no Orthodox seminary
in which to train them. I found
some communities with as many
as 50,000 Jews, which have no
spiritual leaders at all and they
urged me to see what I could do
about supplying them with rab-
Rabbi Goren brought several
other proposals to the Rabbinical
Council, among them the establish-
ment of a worldwide supreme rab-
binical council, composed of rab-


bis from all major Jewish com-
munities, each elected to a three-
year term, who would sit together
and "solve the major religious
Jewish problems of the world."
Speaking generally about Israel,
Rabbi Goren declared that "We
must emphasize that for the first
time in modern history, all the
places in our area which are holy
to all three religions, Jewish,
Christian and Moslem, are now
accessible to all these faiths, and
all are under Jewish protection.
"And we must stress that not
only are they open, but that Israel
is repairing and restoring those
which have suffered through neg-
lect when they were in other
hands. In fact, many will be open
for the first time to worship, even
to Christians."
In his own sphere, that of the
chaplaincy, he said. "As chief
rabbi of the armed forces, I am
responsible for all chaplains of
other religions, too. We provide a
Christian chaplain with a New
Testament and a cross, along with
his weapon on the first day he
enters the service and he and
the Christians in his care are taken
every Sunday to churches in mili-
tary vehicles and they are auto-
matically given leaves on all their
holidays. This consideration for
other faiths, by the way, also holds
true for'prisoners of war."

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