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July 25, 1969 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-07-25

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Arab I'ropaga nda Gains Im petus in IT. S.

Propaganda designed to win sym-
pathy for the Arab cause and to I
spread hostility to Israel has been
stepped up in tempo and volume
and is becoming increasingly pro-

fessionalized, a new report by the
American Jewish Committee has
The 24-page report. "Arab Ap-
peals to American Public Opinion
Today," indicates that since the
Six-Day War the Arab propaganda
effort has replaced its "clumsy un-
selective approaches of yesteryear
—by more sophisticated techniques
aimed at particular audiences —
such as church groups, the student
left, or the disaffected blacks."

The themes of Arab propa-
ganda, the report states, have
shifted since 1967 from biblical
and legal reasons against the ex-
istence of a Jewish state to moral
arguments against Israel as an
actual entity. Specifically, the
Arab propaganda effort focuses
on alleged Israel mistreatment of
Arabs within and without her
borders, especially in dealing
with the refugee problem.
The American Jewish Committee

tions, the Palestine Liberation Or-
ganization, and the Palestine Arab
Delegation. On the campus, the
main agency for Arab propaganda.
the report shows, is the Organiza-
tion of Arab Students, which claims
more than 8,000 members and more
than 100 chapters in the U.S. and
A major focus of the Arab effort,
the report continues, has been in
the churches, where Arabs and
their supporters have employed
both anti-Zionism and religious
anti-Semitism to sway attitudes of
American churches toward Israel.
In this effort, the survey declares,
- substantial headway has been
made, especially among Protestant
Many welfare groups to allevi-
ate the plight of Arab refugees

have been established or reacti-
vated, the survey points out. In
some of them, "humanitarian
aims ... seem to be accompanied
by ill will or propagandistic in-
tent toward Israel," the report

Another major Arab effort, the

survey states, is being made in
establishing ties with the Black
Muslim movement and with other
black extremists.
In dealings with American anti-
Semites of the far right, the sur-
vey shows, "the Arab professionals
during recent years have taken
pains to dissociate themselves pub-
. licly from lunatic-fringe elements.
But this has not kept the street-
' corner rabble-rousers and gutter-
publicists from pleading the Arab
cause on their own."
The fringe organizations of Amer.
ican politics, the report discloses,
show hostility toward Israel on both
the far right and the far left.
The American radical right, which
cheered Israel in 1967, "has shifted
toward an anti-Israel stance" while
the entire far left" is united in its
condemnation of Israel," itde-
In a brief summary of Arab
efforts in other countires, the report
• finds parallel efforts in Great Bri-
tain. Argentina, Sweden, Australia,
and most other countries of the

Western World.

Yount:, Massachusetts Rabbi, Attacked
2 A --ailants Blames Urban Tension

survey declares that "official"
Arab propaganda is disseminated
Ar a
b I nf
Norwmation Cen-
thr ough
office s in e York, Chi- 1)y
ter, %tabthe
cago. Dallas. Ottawa. San Fran-
War." He said national Jewish
cisco and Washinoton' In addition 28-year-old rabbi who was severly agencies were neglecting "the
prolific activities have been under- burned when two assailants at- needs of poor, urban Jewish
taken in this country by the Action tacked him with an acid bomb in communities." He added that
Committee on American-Arab Rela- his home here last month said that such communities needed social
the incident may have been re- workers and other facilities for
laced to the tensions between Jews the aged and the poor, but that
Brandeis University
and Negroes in his once predomi- the Jewish agencies apparently
felt they were "a poor invest-
Names William Haber nantly Jewish neighborhood.
Rabbi Gerald B. Zelermyer of ment."
as a Trustee-Elect
Temple Beth Hillel here was the The Advocate declared editoral-
WALTHAM, Mass.—William Ha- victim of two youths who rang the lv that "the most shameful re-
ber, dean emeritus of the College doorbell, handed him a note and action" by the community to the
of Literature. Science and the Arts hurled an acid bomb in his face attack would be "simply to ignore
this plethora of human problems."
of the University of Michigan. has before fleeing.
been named a trustee-elect of
The note began, "dearest rabbi," In a statement in the Advocate, the
Brandeis University.
contained obscene language and rabbi said that the fault was not in
Named a Fellow of Brandeis :n ordered him to "get out of town,•• the "black incursion" into Matta-
1958, Dean Haber has been a long- he said. Temporarily blinded but pan but with the community which
time adviser to the university. since fully recovered, the rabbi had "sounded a requiem for our
He has been a consultant to the said he was unable to identify his area through almost wholesale in-
secretaries of labor of five national assailants. The note was destroyed difference to our plight. The afflu-
ent have left. The less affluent, who
administrations and was a member by the acid, he said.
need help, mostly remain."
of the advisory council which re-


The rabbi said his assailants
obviously knew who he was and
that they apparently had been
watching his home, where he
1 lives alone, for some time. He
added this indicated that the at-
tack was planned and not a ran-
dom incident, but he indicated
that he could think of no reason
why he was singled out. He
added he intended to remain in

12—Friday, July 25, '1969


Western Wall Dispute Is Resolved With Fence

Premier Yigal Allon and Minister
of Religion Dr. Zorah Warhaftig
have reached agreement on a set-
tlement of the Western Wall dis-
pute that arose Tuesday when
some 300 Orthodox Jews blocked
archaeological digging near the
The ministers agreed that the
diggers would resume their work
and that prayer will continue at
the wall with a barbed wire secur-
ity fence dividing the worshipers
from the workmen and their 9-
yard deep digging and preventing
dangerous falls.
The digging is taking place near
the newly exposed section of the
wall adjacent to the already clear-
ed portion of the Wall.
Some 300 persons, praying at
the Western Wall, joined the dem-


onstration Tuesday and left the site
several hours later only when they
were warned that the police might
be called. Prof. Benjamin Mazar,
head of the excavation near the
wall, said work will continue un-
less he receives instructions from
the government to discontinue

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Sammy Davis Jr. Pays
Long-Waited Trip to Wall

JERUSALEM — Ever since he

converted to Judaism in 1955, Sam-
my Davis Jr. has wanted to visit
the Wailing Wall. He had his
chance Sunday on a one-day trip.
In a traditional gesture, the
American entertainer placed a note
The rabbi told the Jewish Tele- containing a wish in a crevice of
graph Agency that he tried to the Western Wall.
withhold news of the assault for
Be told hundreds of fans at

fear of increasing neighborhood Lydda Airport, as tears poured
tensions, but the story was pub- down his cheeks, that he could
lished in the Advocate, a Jewish not "find words to express my
weekly in Boston. It spurred the satisfactions at being in Israel,
I Jewish Community Council of Met- the
e mo
r country o my spirit
ropolitan Boston to join with rabbis and my religion." He met with
drafted the Social Security Act in in the Dorchester-Mattapan section male and female soldiers and
1939. He is presently a member of to alert city officials to the need returned to London where he is
the Advisory Council on Employ. for more protection and other help. shooting a film. He told his ad-
( A meeting was held with police mirers that he might return in
ment Security.
During the Depression, Dean officials who promised to provide September.
He told newsmen: "Like every
Haber was Michigan state emer- adequate police protection for con-
gency relief administrator, chair- I gregants, particularly the elderly. Jew, my feelings at the Wall were
man of the commission which Robert Segal, JCC director, urged deep and personal. This is my reli-
drafted Michigan's Unemployment residents to report all incidents to gious home. It's great here. A great
Insurance Law, and a member of the JCC and to rely on police to thrill. It is a kind of oneness I
the Michigan Unemployment Com- provide safety. have with Israel and the Jewish
Rabbi Zelermyer said he con- people."
pensation Commission.
He has been associated with the sidered the attack on him part of
spreading malaise affecting Tel Aviv Court Bars Exit
Department of Commerce as a
member of the public advisory most large cities where aspiring of Folk Singer Nehama
committee to the Area Redevelop- blacks confronted established
ment Administration and serves as whites. In Mattapan, he said, the TEL AVIV (JTA) — A rabbinical
a member of the Regional Export whites happen to be Jews, those court here issued a temporary in-
Expansion Council appointed by too old or too poor to have joined junction barring Jewish folk singer
the white exodus to the suburbs. Nehama Lifschitz, who recently
the secretary of commerce.
In Mattapan, he told the JTA, came to Israel from Russia, from
A member of the National Acad-
emy of Arbitrators, he has wide black families are moving in as leaving Israel.
Jewish families depart. He said The injunction was sought by her
experience in labor negotiations.
Robert S. Boas of Great Neck, that real estate speculators, "block husband, Haim Binstein, who
N.Y., chairman and executive vice busters," both Negro and Jewish, claimed his wife planned to desert
president of Carl Marks & Co.. Inc., were trying to panic Jewish fam- him now that she has become
of New York, also has been a lies into selling their property. He famous. Miss Lifschitz claimed in
trustee-elect of Brandeis Univer- reported that Negroes had sought court that her marriage to her
to buy his synagogue's quarters much younger husband was ficti-
Trustees-elect at Brandeis exer- and that their intermediary was a tious in that she married him to
cise the same authority as trustees Jew. save him and his family from the
He asserted that the problems Nazis after the invasion of Lithu-
with the exception of voting
powers. The trustees-elect become in Mattapan had nationwide sig- aria in 1940.
She was scheduled to perform in
full voting members of the board nificance and were "as impor•
tant to Jews as the Six-Day New York next month.
as vacancies occur.


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