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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Len vomionotign,

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association. National Editorial Association
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publlshing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit, Mich. 48235,
VE 11-9364, Subscription $7 a year. Foreign gg.
Second Class Postage Paid at Detroit, Michigan

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARM1 M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

SIDNEY SHMARAK

Advertising Manager
— —

CHARLOTTE DUBIN

City Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 15th day of /yar, 5729, the following scriptural selections

will be read'in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Levi. 2:1-24:23. Prophetical portion. Amos 9:7-15.

Candle lighting, Friday, May

VOL. LV . No. 7

Page 4

A Great Drive

2, 7:13 p.m.

May 2, 1969

and Future Duties

In a matter of a very few days, the most in the great community effort. There are
impressive philanthropic undertaking of our many hundreds—perhaps thousands—among
community will conclude formally, and the the unreachable whose hearts must be moved
Allied Jewish Campaign and its affiliated to action in the great humanitarian and
Israel Emergency Fund will end with what spiritual tasks represented by the drive, and
now is assured as a total in contributions ex- whose minds must be attuned to become
ceeding last year's and coming close to the activated in an effort so vital as the one now
largest income-bearing drive—that of 1967. drawing to a close:
Major in the appeal to the conscience
The results of the current drive mark
our .ommunity is the need to assure
the great tribute due to a leadership of such of
economic security and to provide for
devotion that it has given assurance to this Israel's
Israel the necessary means to carry on its
community that Detroit will remain in front educational
and health projects. And there
ranks of generosity-activated constituents.
are the local and national responsibilities that
To Maxwell Jospey, as general chairman must never be overlooked.
of the drive, his associates and the execu-
We are fortunate to be part of a very great
tive director, William Avrunin, go the de- community, whose citizens are full of com-
served encomia for directorial efforts that passion, many possessing a definite under-
have led to another triumph in fund raising. standing of the challenges that confront us.
Meanwhile there are some basic facts not What we need is an enlargement, an addition
to be overlooked as we are about to join in to the participating forces from the indiffer-
what has traditionally become a "victory ent, the reaching of as much of a totality of
dinner" for the Allied Jewish Campaign. It Jewish interest in our needs as could pos-
should be recognized that many hundreds of sibly be attained.
potential givers are yet to be reached and
The fund-raising for the year is ending.
that at least another half million dollars is but the task of enrolling participants in com-
still to be secured before the books are munal affairs and of reducing indifference
closed for the year.
to a minimum never ends.
Meanwhile the leadership that has
There js another matter that is of even
greater importance. It is the need to reach brought about so tremendous a success in our
those who could not be moved to give or who current drive deserves highest commenda-
could not be contacted to become participants tions for a job so very well done.

EWemists Contribute to Panic in M. E.

Arab and Israeli Conflicting

Views in Laqueur's 'Reader'

To understand fully the situation in the Middle East it is necessary
to know all the facts, to hear the arguments of Arabs as well as Jews.

While the Nasser and Hussein statements become audible visee
they appear on television or when their speeches are quoted, there are
vital documents which should be studied for an awareness of aims to
the battle against Israel.

Walter Laqueur has provided a collection of data that serves that
purpose in the paperback "The Israel-Arab Reader," published by
Bantam Books (271 Madison, NY16).

Laqueur, whose iMIroductory antes and comments clarify the
material inserted in his book, and whose comments serve to explain
many of the conflicting details, has utilized all the historical mater-
ial, the earliest Zionist manifestos, the memoranda dating back to
o
th reLeague of Nations, Arab statements and United Nations rec-
ords.

Hussein granting him territories, knowing full
It is becoming clearer as time progresses
well that the day after Israeli troop withdrawal,
that there is a combination of forces that
Hussein might be overthrown or assassinated?
This reader emerges as an addendum to Zionist and Israeli history
stands in the way of the much-hoped-for
One sometimes wonders whether these because it commences with the Bilu era of 1882, continues through the
accord between Israel and the Arab states.
Nasser and Hussein are not alone in the war- realities are taken into consideration by British mandatory period, proceeds through the Palestine experiences
manipulating schemes that have kept the statesmen who set policies and laymen who up to Israel's statehood, deals with Israel and the Arab world during
Middle East in a state of war. And it is not judge conditions by hearsay.
the pressing war-threatening years and reaches the present stage, cov-
The London Telegraph, one of the very ering the United Nations debates since the Six-Day War.
merely they and the Arab guerrilla forces
who are preventing a meeting of minds, a few newspapers that has taken a strong step
Let it be noted that for historical accuracy nothing of value is
confrontation between Jews and Arabs. It is in Israel's defense. also had made some
omitted. Not only the Bilu Manifesto of 1882 but also the Basle Declara-
the outside force. the New Left, the encour- vital comments on the situation, declaring: tion
of 1897 issued at the First World Zionist Congress become part of
agement that has been given the enemies of
Israel cannot be blamed for dismissing King
recorded reader. And in fairness to all competing views, that com-
Hussein's latest peace offer, with which he asso- this
Israel by the Black Power which has adopted
has included background material used by Arabs, the McMahon
ciated President Nasser, as a crude move in the piler
an attitude that all peoples of dark skins are
letter,
the Sykes-Picot agreement and also the statement by Negib
Middle Eastern propaganda war. On the day
akin and therefore the Arabs are part of
Azoury
(1905) outlining a "Program of the League of the Arab Father-
when the Jordanian leader was telling lunchers
their struggle for liberation.
at the National Press Club in Washington that he land." But so, also, is there utilization of the famous exchange of
letters
between
Feisal and Weizmann and the Feisal-Frankfurter let-
Ignoring the fact that Israel's role is in
was prepared for a settlement that would include ters of
1919.
itself a major factor in liberating the oppress-
the recognition of the state of Israel and the re-
opening of the Suez Canal to all shipping, the
ed in the Middle East. that Jews had raised
All detailed material relating to the straggle Is included In fhe,
Egyptian leader's chief mouthpiece, the editor
the standards of Arabs in the areas under
reader. The Churchill White paper, the declarations of Vladimir -
of Al Abram, was declaring that the Arabs must
Israel's control and that Israel's battle for
Jabotinsky, the documentary material dating back to the discus-
inflict a major defeat on Israel to destroy the
freedom also is a fight for justice for the
sions about Palestine's partition, the role of the UN and the U.S.
"myth" that her army was invincible.
fellaheen who have been oppressed by the
If there were a genuine Arab readiness to come
Congressional resolutions—all are linked Into a history that utilizes
effendis. the true picture in the Middle East to terms with Israel, silent diplomacy would even
every conceivable argument heard in Jewish and Arab ranks.
has been spattered with mud and the result
now be preparing a formal conference between
is a tragic continuation of an unnecessary
the victors and the vanquished of the Six Days'
Laqueur utilized the speeches and statements of Abba Eban, Golda
conflict.
War. In the meantime, the Israelis are wise to Meir and other Jewish leaders. But he also provides the reader with
give as little credence to after-luncheon olive the utterances of Nasser Sayegh , Haykal , Shukairy and other antagon-
The New Republic editorially analyzed
branches as to editorial bombast.
ists of Israel so that his work is unbiased, aimed at a study of facts
the futility of current efforts to establish
assertions may sound extreme. but rather than at muddying the waters that have already, been polluted
peace and urged "mutual disengagement to when Such
is realized that in the battle against with venomous statements
defuse the Arab-Israel conflict" and in the Israel it
The reader is able to select the wheat from the chaff, to learn the
there are involved the extremist irra-
course of its review of the developing situa- tional elements,
the anti-Semites, the misled facts by rejecting the propagandistic.
tion, calling the state of affairs in the Middle Negro power-advocates,
it becomes clear why
So thorough is this work that Laqueur has utilized the speeches of
East bleak, stated:
the struggle for an end to the conflict con- N. T. Federenko and the anti-Israel writings of I. F. Stone, and to
At a National Press Club meeting, King Hus-
tinues to escalate and the hope for peace counteract the latter he provides the text of the answer to Stone by
sein quite rightly said that had his offer been
Marie Syrkin.
becomes more distant.
presented to Israel on June 1, 1967, it would have
El Fatah activities, having spread from
been accepted. Why then does Israel refuse it
A concluding essay by Laqueur poses the question: "Is PeaCe tit
the Jordanian and Syrian hideouts into Leb-
today, the King seemed to be asking in despair?
the Middle East Possible?" The author is somewhat Pesskalstia
anon and Egypt, have become contributing
One could reverse the question: Why did Hussein
he ussseen
R
ia s a
con long
lo fi n ic. struggle, and he recognizes the danger of a uad-
not make the same offer then? Why, instead, did
factors to a spreading- anti-Semitism in the
he conclude a military alliance with Nasser, and
United States because the black power minor-
order his troops on June 5 to move towards Jew-
ity groups have chosen to align with the
The one way to prevent a war is to limit the arms race, "to isolate
ish Jerusalem and to shell Tel Aviv?
New Left and Arab propagandists in anti- the conflict as much as possible," Laqueur declares.
The main reason why Hussein's offer is insig-
Israel campaigns. The situation has thus
He makes also this interesting comment: "Half the battle for ate
nificant is that the King represents so very little.
been made much more grave and the ap- future
of the Middle East will be won on the day—when news about
State Department officials know it, which is why
proach
to
realism
and
to
truth
is
blocked
by
this part of the world will be relegated from - Page 1 to Page 16 irl the
they have been telling the Israelis for so long
many
obstacles.
Tough
days
ahead
will
pre-
New
York
Times and other leading newspapers."
that the only man to negotiate with is Nasser.
sent more serious problems than ever before
The Israelis have no objection to that. But where
Laqueur's
certainly serves a valuable purpose in present-
for those who would have amity among all ing conflicting "Reader"
is Nasser? What Israeli government in its right
,s.i edited
views on a challenging issue. It is a •splendidly
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