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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-07-04

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Zionist General Council Session Erupts Between Youth, Elders

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire

to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM — The Jewish
Agency Executive Wednesday re-
jected demands by youth delegates
that the current session of the
Zionist General Council set an
early date for the next World Zion-
ist Congress.
These and other demands by the
younger generation engendered bit-
ter recriminations at a plenary ses-
sion Tuesday, and for a time the
general council was in chaos as
young and old traded invectives in
the meeting hall. The youth shout-
ed, "You are old men" and inti-
mated they thought it was time for
the present leaders of the move-
tnent to retire. The oldsters shout-
ed back, "You've done nothing for
the state until now," and youths
replied, "You never did anything
and you are still doing nothing."
The clash developed when stu-
dent resperesentative Dan Shnitlich
took the podium to voice his
group's demand for ideological
changes in the Zionist movement.
Amid applause from the younger
element, he declared that the stu-
dents wanted an early meeting of
the Zionist Congress to introduce
changes and demanded the direct
personal election of Congress dele-
gates who are now selected by
their respective parties.
Jewish Agency chairman Louis

A. Pincus reprimanded the young-
for bringing up the matter on
the floor and bypassing the usual
procedure of bringing proposals
for a resolution to the prior at-
tention of the presidium. He
called the proposal out of order.

The youngsters shouted that they
did not want to wait for the closing
session when it would be too late
for action. Oldtimers shouted at
the youngsters to "be quiet" and
"behave." One veteran Zionist, 80-
year-old Abraham Harzfeld, nearly
There are 25 representatives of
student and youth organizations in
the General Council out of 140
members. Pincus said he had
agreed to have two of them attend
a special meeting Tuesday evening
to consider youth demands. Some
order was restored in the hall when
youth leader S. Tsur of Israel told
his contemporaries that the Jewish
Agency was sincere in its approach
to youth and student demands.
Aryeh L. Pincus, Jewish Agency
Chairman, spoke in a conciliatory
manner Wednesday. He said the
Jewish Agency could not set a con-
gress date at this session for prac-
tical reasons. He said a congress

required prior organizational work
and financial means which the
Jewish agency would provide, but
first there must be a census of
members accompanied by "ideologi-
cal clarifications" within the Zion-
ist movement, especially among
students and youth.

lie said preparatory work had
already started and that a new
congress date would be set with-
in a reasonable time after the
work was completed.

Pincus said that the youth de-
mand for direct elections of con-
gress delegates was academic since
the last Zionist congress decided
that elections rather than selection
by parties would determine the
delegates to the next congress.
The proposed changes in the
structure of the Zionist movement
were criticized by Tsur and Dr.
Emanuel Neumann of New York.
They said they agreed in principle
with the changes but that they were
not convinced of the proposed form
they should take. Tsur said he
agreed to the broadening of the
Zionist executive by the inclusion
of representatives of the major
fund-raising bodies. But he insisted
that the 50 per cent to be nomi-
nated by the Zionist organization
must be a "fighting group" and not
a junior partner or "poor relation."

Gaston Phillips, a student dele-
gate from Britain, said the de-
bates here were meaningless and
that nobody took them seriously.
He said the youth delegates re-
ceived no prior information on
the subjects to be discussed.

Phillips said "Young Jews today
are looking for a new challenge,
and this can be found in a new
Zionist movement as well as in the
New Left." He said that was why
the youth was demanding a new
Zionist congress to be convened
The Zionist General Council
opened meetings Monday with
pleas by Premier Golda Meir and
Pincus to world Jewry to support
Israel's development and quest for
Mrs. Meir said the question of
peace was not a matter of territory
or navigation rights but concerned
Israel's basic right to exist, on
which there can be no compromise
or concession. The premier decried
certain "influential Jews" abroad,
unnamed, who, she claimed, ex-
pressed doubts of the validity of
some of Israel's political demands.
She said on these matters "There
must be clear and open discussion
among ourselves" so that all doubts
are laid to rest.

Pincus said Zionists every-

Better Relations With Israel Foreseen
Following French Premier's Remarks


that France will resume a Euro-

pean-oriented role under new
President Georges Pompidou point
to some likelihood that relations
also will improve with Israel,
diplomatic sources said here. This
expectation was voiced in connec-
tion with a speech of the new
French premier, Jacques Chaban-
Delmas, who said France will be
true to her alliances, particularly
her ties with NATO.
The sources said that this may
not imply plans for an immediate
lifting of the French arms em-
bargo against Israel but that it
did suggest that France may take
a fresh look at its Middle East
policy, which is presumed to be
connected with France's relations
with the Soviet Union. Although
there is a pro-Arab school in the
French government independent
of global developments, the pro-

nounced anti-Israel stand under
President Charles de Gaulle was
viewed here as part of France's
efforts to befriend the Soviet Union
and to play it off against the
United States. If that effort is
ended, Franco-Israel ties can be
expected to improve on the prem-
ise that Israel is regarded by Paris
as representing U.S. interests in
the Middle East, the informants
. . .
laid. '

Chaban-Delmas said in Paris
that a special committee on foreign
affairs of the French cabinet would
meet in "the near future" to re-
consider the arms embargo against
Israel. Replying on radio to listen-
ers' questions, he hinted that the
embargo might be lifted if other
countries continued to deliver
arms to the Middle East. He said
this was in line with the declara-
tions of Pompidou during the elec-
tion campaign which "still stand."
Pompidou had called for a gen-
eral arms embargo on the Middle
East with the exception of Leba-
non which he did not consider a
belligerent in the 1967 war.
Orleans Jews Hope for Return
to Normality After Witch Hunt

where must use every opportu-
nity to explain Israel's demand
for peace through direct negotia-
tions with her Arab neighbors.
He said they must help Israel
counter a world wide anti-Israel
propaganda campaign mounted
by 20 Arab and Communist
states. He said that the Zionist
movement could provide the
present generation of Jewish
youth with an ideology they are
searching for and woo them
away from the New Left.

Ehud Avriel, chairman of the
general council, supreme govern-
ing body of the Zionist movement
between Zionist congresses, urged
Zionists everywhere to maintain
their identity with Israel in its
political struggles.
Jewish Agency Treasurer Leon
Dultzin submitted a $330,000,000
budget for 1969-70 which he said
was based on the agency's esti-
mated cash income from the regu-
lar and emergency fund campaigns
this fiscal year and from other
sources. He said the budget was
constructed to meet the needs of
increased immigration and the ex-
panded activities of the Zionist
movement all over the world.
Dultzin broke down the budget
as follows: $200,000,000 for hous-
ing, health, education and social
services to immigrants; $40,000,000
for resettlement; $6,000,000 for
Youth Aliya; $12,000,000 for edu-
cational and organizational activi-
ties abroad; $48,000,000 for higher
education; $4,700,000 for general
administration; $12,000,000 for
payment of debts; and $2,000,000
in reserve.
Dultzin said that 1,316,200 immi-
grants have come to Israel since the
state was established 21 years ago.
They included 11,000 from the Unit_
ed States, of which 4,000 arrived
during the past year; 46,000 from
Western Europe; and 24,000 from
Latin America. He said 7,000 im-
migrants were expected from the
U.S. and Canada and 8,000 from
Western Europe during the cur-
rent fiscal year.

tions and guerrilla raids would
be limited in scope.

He said Israel's policy was to try
to prevent a new war by taking THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, July 4, 1969-11
certain actions and abstaining from
certain actions while at the same
time preparing for the possibility
of a new full-scale war. However,
he said, the Arabs must not assume
that Israeli reaction will always be
on a minor scale or that Israel
would react to cease-fire violations
such as sniping and shelling across
the demarcation lines but not to
terrorist attacks behind the lines.
He said Israel's policy placed the
burden on the army and on the
border settlements, but it achieved
the best results.
He said he felt that the com-
mando raid on Jordan's East Ghor
irrigation canal was "a good les-
son" to the Jordanians that "our
blood is not cheaper than their
The defense minister warned
that the world was not fully aware
of the extent of Soviet expansion-
ism. He said he did not envy the
Arab states their involvement with
the Soviet Union which provided
them with arms but exacted a
heavy payment in the form of
penetration into their institutions.
A festive note was introduced
when Dr. Israel Goldstein an-
nounced plans to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the Keren Hayesod
next year. The Keren Hayesod, of
which he is chairman, is the fund-
raising arm of the Zionist move-
ment. Dr. Goldstein recalled that it
was established in 1920 to provide
the financial means for Jewish
settlement in Palestine.

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