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May 16, 1969 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-05-16

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Israel Denies Building Five Nuclear and Bombs
from Arab guer-

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Foreign
Ministry officials vigorously denied
foreign press reports that Israel
had built five nuclear bombs. They
called such reports "speculative,
unauthorized and unfounded." The
report in the Montreal Gazette
which was re-published in the
London Evening Standard was at-
tributed to an as yet unpublished
article in Der Spiegel, the West
German Weekly.
The officials said such reports
"crop up from time to time" but
that "Israel is not a nuclear state."
The government's policy remains,
they said, that Israel will not be
the first nation to introduce such
weapons into the Middle East. The
denial here corresponded word for
word with a similar denial issued
here last January when the Na-
tional Broadcasting Co. reported
that Israel had built or would soon
build nuclear weapons.
The Montreal Gazette story,
written by Peter Lust, its foreign
affairs specialist, said that exis-
tence of the alleged bombs was
discovered by a group of Der Spie-
gel journalists. The Gazette de-
scribed the bombs as 20 kiloton
atomic bombs similar to those
dropped on Hiroshima and Naga-
saki in the closing days of the
World War II. It said the bombs
were produced at a nuclear testing
station in the Negev Desert 11
miles from Dimona, site of a plant
where Israel is experimenting with
nuclear power, reportedly for
peaceful purposes. The story said
when the bombs were completed
they were rushed to an unknown
destination "whose exact location
is Israel's best kept military
secret."
The Gazette said that Egyptian

noted that nuclear reactors had
been developed at the Weizmann

Institute of Science in Rehovot.
at Dimona and at Nahal Soreq.
The Gazette report said the re-
actor at Dimona was capable of
producing both atomic and hydro-
gen bombs and was built with the
help of France in the years when
France was a close ally of Israel.
Lust claimed that the atomic
bombs were completed last Feb-
ruary, only 18 days after the NBC
report. He said Israel could deliver
the bombs either with its A-4 Sky-
hawk jets or with the F-4 Phan-
tom jets which the United States
will start delivering next Septem-
ber. The writer said the Dimona
site was so closely guarded that an
Israeli plane that strayed over it
during the 1967 Six-Day War was
shot down by Israeli rockets and
its pilot killed.
In Johannesburg, the reports !
were described as "nonsense" by •
visiting former Premier David
Ben-Gurion at a heavily attended
press conference.
Ben-Gurion used the same com-

ment on allegations by other
foreign press sources that Israel
was hiding figures on losses from
Egyptian attacks across the

Suez Canal
rilla raids. Ile said Israel's pot.
icy was to stick to the facts and
its casualty reports were always
accurate. lie also said he did not

12—Friday, May 16, 1969

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israel Immigrant 'Week' Observed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Deputy
Premier Yigal Allon has appealed
to Israelis to extend a warm wel-
come and a helping hand to new

immigrants arrived during the first
four months of 1969 compared to

at a meeting of the Journalists
Club that only cultural and social
absorption would make it possible
for the newcomers to strike roots,
even with the material help they
Israel as possible.
receive from the government and
lie repeated earlier statements from Diaspora communities.

and entertainment programs in 12
immigrant absorption centers. A

expect any radical change in

France's Middle East Policy as
a result of Gen. Charles de

7,765 in the corresponding period
last year. He said Absorption Week

immigrants. Allon, who is minis- would feature meetings between
ter of immigrant absorption, said veteran Israelis and newcomers

Gaulle's resignation as Presi-
dent, but he considered an even-
tual change more favorable to

public opinion poll taken last
month showed that some Israelis

were resentful of new immigrants
and believed that those from Wes-

tern countries in particular do not
that he regarded Arab-Israel peace
"Absorption Week" was observed need or deserve government
as more important than terri- in Israel last week. He said 10,562 assistance.
tories and added that while Israel

wanted peace, that could come

only by the interested parties
meeting in talks which the Arabs
have until now refused. He said the

Berard Statement Denied in Paris

!Despite the Debre denial, Reuters
(Continued from Page 1)
present Big Four talks at the UN of defeating the referendum upon stuck by its story. The diplomat
could not make decisions for Israel which the former president had was later identified as Berard.
Earlier, the International League
or the Arab countries, which were staked his office, the source said.

sovereign states.
French Foreign Minister Michel Against Anti-Semitism and Racism
insisted Monday that Debre open
Some 4.000 pupils of the Jewish Debre labeled as "lying" reports a thorough investigation into the

day schools in Johannesburg, Pre-
toria and elsewhere feted the visi-
tor at a mass rally at the King

David high school here. They pre-
sented him with a check for the
Paula Ben-Gurion fund named in
memory of the former Premier's
wife. The pupils had collected the

money since the June 1967 war.

that Berard had said "Jewish
gold." The denial was made to
Pierre Bloch, president of the
International League Against
Racism and Anti-Semitism. It fol-
lowed publication of a Reuters UN
dispatch attributing to an un-named
French diplomat the words "pro-
Israel circles" and "large sums."

reports that Berard had made an
anti-Semitic remark.
The League based its charge
against Berard on wire service

reports.

The world's largest limestone
quarry is located at Rogers City.

intelligence learned of the bombs
last February and that President
Nasser appealed urgently to the
Soviet Union to station nuclear
weapons in Egypt. "Moscow re-
fused, but strengthened the So-
viet Mediterranean fleet to in-
clude ships equipped with nu-
clear warheads," the Gazette
reported, adding that simultane-
ously the Russians sent notes to
Washington, London and Paris
setting up the present Four
Power talks on the Mid East.

The NBC report was called er-
roneous at that time by United
States officials who expressed con-
fidence that Israel would live up
to its pledge not to be the first
nation to introduce nuclear wea-
pons to the Middle East. But
scientific authorities and knowl-
edgeable journalists in the U.S.
and Britain insisted that Israel
had the know-how and technology
to produce a nuclear bomb. They

Jewish Groups Hit
Manifesto Demand

(Continued

from

Page 1)

efforts and resources if our moral
and religious professions are to be
taken seriously." The Synagogue
Council speaks for six national
rabbinical and synagogue organ-
izations. The NCRAC, in addition
to the Synagogue Council mem-
bers, includes six national Jewish
civic organizations and 81 Jewish
councils in cities throughout the
United States, including Detroit's.
The Black Econmic Conference's
demand for $500,000,000 dollars
in "reparations" was endorsed
by the board of the Interreligious
Foundation for Community Organi_
zation, but the foundation did not
approve the tactics announced by
Forman and employed at River-
side Church. Rabbi Marc Tannen-
baum, director of the inter-religi-
out affairs department of the
American Jewish Committee, who
is president of the foundation, in a
personal statement, rejected the
"revolutionary ideology and racist
rhetoric" of the manifesto and
the "tactics of disruption of
churches and synagogues." Rev.
Lucius Walker, executive director
of the foundation, said it would

seek $270,000 to finance the con-

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Th e Scholar

Scholarship has always played a leading
role in the Jewish ethic, but even in that
tradition Michael Heilprin's scholarly
attainments were extraordinary.
Born in Russia in 1823, Heilprin emi-
grated to Hungary and became a fighter
for freedom in the 1848 revolution. When
the revolution was suppressed, he was
forced to flee and emigrated to the
United States.
While earning a scant living as a
teacher, Heilprin made the acquaintance
of the editors of Appleton's New Ameri-
can Cyclopedia. Impressed by his learn-
ing, his photographic memory and his
knowledge of 12 languages, they offered
him the job of editor. In addition to writ-
ing many of the leading articles for the
Cyclopedia, Heilprin revised and edited
all historical, geographical and biograph-
ical items, an incredible feat when con-

trasted with the staffs of editors and spe-
cialists compiling modern encyclopedias.
Heilprin also became an editor of The

Nation. He was the author of The Histor-
ical Poetry of the Ancient Hebrews. A
passionate advocate of liberty, he became
an outspoken foe of slavery. In this con-

nection, he wrote scholarly articles re-
futing the view that slavery was justified

by the Old Testament.
When, after the pogroms of 1880,
thousands of Russian Jews emigrated,
the scholar became an organizer. Heil-

.

prin established Jewish agricultural col-
onies in New Jersey as well as in Kansas,
Oregon and the Dakotas. Largely through
his efforts the Hebrew Emigrant Society
came into being.
The outstanding non-theological Jew-
ish scholar in America in the nineteenth
century, Michael Heilprin died in 1892..

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