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February 07, 1969 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-02-07

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Outrage Coupled With Pleas for Jews' Exodus
From Iraq
in a campaign of "prayer

In a telegram to President Rich- waving flags and singing "Hatik-
(Continued from Page 1)
.
In Washington, Rep. William and M. Nixon, Charles Feureisen, va", Israel's national anthem.
Fitts Ryan, New York Democrat, national commander of the Jewish At the mission, Rabbi Herschel
introduced a House bill that would War Veterans of the U.S.A., urged Schacter, chairman of the Confer-
authorize 3,000 emergency visas to "full American protests and diplo- ence of Presidents of Major Amer-
facilitate entry of Jewish citizens matic pressures against the bar- ican Jewish Organizations, was
escorted by police to the building
baric executions of Iraqi Jews."
of Iraq if they can escape.
Earl Morse, chairman of the and deposited a small envelope on
The world's anger and indigna-
the top step containing a state-
board
of
trustees
of
the
Union
of
tion over the trials and executions
continued unabated as officials, of American Hebrew Congrega- ment from the organization con-
demning
the hangings and de-
newspapers and organizations pour- tions (Reform) also sought aid for
ed out their outrage in statements Iraq Jews in messages to Nixon manding permission for Iraqi
Jews to emigrate.
and editorials. and Thant.
Bnai Brith addressed a similar
A full-page advertisement in
The New York Times devoted its
the Greater New York area was
second editorial in two days to the appeal to Thant.
published
in the New York Times
event. "Israel can see that the
In London, more than 60 mem-
Monday. It read, in huge letters,
world does care," it said. "This
bers of Parliament signed a
"What Are You Doing to Help
concern must now be manifested
motion in the House of Com-
Stop the Hangings in Iraq? Help
in appropriate international action mons deploring the executions.
Prevent Genocide in Iraq—Help
to alleviate the plight of Jews in Iraqi Ambassador, K ha dim
Rescue the 2,991 Surviving Hos-
all Arab countries that deny them Khalaf, filed protests with the
tages From Iraq." The ad was
basic human rights." The Chris- foreign office, objecting to the
sponsored by the Jewish Educa-
tian Science Monitor similarly government's expression of re-
tion Committee, and was paid
carried an editorial for the second gret over the hangings and to
for by Hebrew School children
consecutive day, this time saying:
demonstrations outside his em-
in Greater New York.
"By limiting itself to verbal con- bassy. Vigils were held in pub-
demnations of the dead, Israel will
lic squares in Manchester, in the
A group of Christian and Jewish
have a better chance of rallying
heart of the industrial midlands, clergymen appealed to religious
world pressure behind it .. .
and in Glasgow, Scotland.
leaders of all world faiths to join
Recalling that it recently criti-
In Johannesburg, Maurice Port-
cized Pope Paul VI and other er, chairman of the Board of Jew- 6 — Friday, February 7, 1969
world leaders for having "ap- ish Deputies of South Africa, said
plied a double standard" on re- the world "was horrified."
cent violence and terrorism in-
In Santiago, Chile, the news-
volving Israel and the Arabs, the paper, El Mercurio, described the
Synagogue Council of America hangings as "an offense against
praised the Pontiff and Protes- human rights" that "sent a shud-
tant and Catholic leaders for der throughout the world."
voicing outrage over the execu-
Brazilian Foreign Minister Ma-
tions.
galhaes Pinto instructed the UN
Jacques Torczyner, president of Mission to transmit to the Iraqi
the Zionist Organization of Amer- delegation its concern over the
ica, urged the U. S. government fate of the Iraqi Jews.
to insist in the UN and on its own
The kaddish was recited and the
right that Jewish "captives" in
Arab lands be permitted to emi- shofar was sounded hard by Iraq's
shuttered
embassy building in
grate to Israel. He said that Iraq's
2,500 Jews as well as those in Washington in a memorial service.
Some 600 persons heard nine
Egypt, Syria and Lebanon
"hostages in deadly peril." were/ Jewish and Christian religious
leaders denounce the public hang-
ings in a rally at the YM-YWHA
in the Newark suburb of West
Orange.
The Jewish Community Council
of Essex County and its commu-
nity relations committee sponsored
the event. The leaders signed a I
statement calling the hangings
"horrendous behavior which vio-
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and
pressure" to halt further mass
trials and executions in Iraq. The
appeal was issued by the "Appeal
of Conscience Foundation."
A Jewish attorney active in civil
rights causes said he was organ-
izing the first protest demonstra-
tion against the Iraq execution of
nine Jews in which representatives
of New York's Negro and Puerto
Rican communities will take part.
The demonstration will be staged
Sunday afternoon in front of the
United Nations.
The Brooklyn Jewish Community
Council asked Jewish-owned and
operated stores in the borough to
close for a half hour Thursday to
symbolize their protest against the
public hangings.
The hangings were denounced by
Donald S. Harrington, chairman of
the New York State Liberal Party,

who likened them to Hitler's
"final solution" and the Stalinist

purges in Russia. A statement con-
demning the Iraqi hangings and

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In New York, police arrested
10 persons Monday as an emo-
tion-charged crowd estimated at
10,000 massed in front of the
Iraqi mission to the United Na-
tions to scream protests against
the hangings. A number of dem-
onstrators and several policemen
were injured as the demonstra-
tors attempted to break through
police barricades. Eggs were
thrown, and an Iraqi flag was
burned. The 10 arrested persons
were booked on charges of dis-
orderly conduct, resisting arrest
and harassment.

The demonstration was organized
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Major American Jewish Organiza-
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advance with at least one sound-
truck cruising the city with a sign,
"Our Brothers Are on the Gallows.
Act With Us."
Memorial services for the exe-
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Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue. In
a statement prepared for delivery
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Arthur J. Goldberg appealed to the
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solemn declaration that all Jews
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