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July 25, 1969 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-07-25

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Friday, July 25, 1969-5

World Conference of Jewish Organizations Strikes Out at Eastern Bloc Bias


(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

GENEVA—A pledge "to support
Israel in its efforts to secure a
just, honorable and genuine peace"
was approved Monday at the clos-
ing session of a plenary of the
World Conference of Jewish Or-
ganizations (COJO), which also
expressed the "profound indigna-
tion" of the participant organiza-
tions over the "Soviet anti-Semitic
campaign masquerading as anti-
The resolution added that COJO
was "particularly disturbed by the
effects of this propaganda on
neighboring countries—of which
Poland is the most outstanding
example of the way in which anti-
. Semitism has been used to under-
mine and destroy organized Jew-
ish life."
The resolution singled out East
Germany as having become "an
instrument of anti-Jewish and
anti-Israel propaganda, which is
particularly repulsive, coming
as it does from a place popu-
lated by Germans so soon after
the Holocaust."
The delegates re-elected Dr.
Nahum Goldmann as COJO chair-
man and Yehuda Hellman as sec-
retary-general. Louis A. Pincus,
Jewish Agency chairman, and Dr.
William Wexler, president of Bnai
Brith, were re-elected co-chairmen.
Michael Fidler, president of the
Board of Deputies of British Jews,
was re-elected COJO vice chair-
man. Other COJO participant or-
ganizations represented were the
American Jewish Congress, Cana-

dian Jewish Congress, the Conseil
Representatif des Juives de France,
the DAIA, central representative
organization of Argentine Jews,
the Executive Council of Austra-
lian Jewry, American Jewish
Labor Committee, South African
Jewish Board of Deputies, World
Jewish Congress and the World
Zionist Organization.
In another resolution, COJO
noted "the campaign of misrepre-
sentation and distortion unleashed
in recent months against Israel"
and called on its member groups
"to redouble their efforts in the
fields of information and educa-
tion to ensure that Israel's just
cause and the policy and record on
which it is based shall be rightly
known and understood."
Another resolution noted the re-
cent extension by West Germany
of the effective date of the statute
of limitations on proscutions of
Nazi war criminals and expressed
"deep disappointment" about re-
cent interpretations of West Ger-
man penal laws "which will pro-
vide immunity for numerous per-
sons guilty of murder and other
crimes as administrators of the
extermination machine during the
Nazi era." One resolution ex-
pressed concern about the plight
of Jews in Arab countries.
Rabbi Israel Miller, former
chairman of the American Jewish
Conference on Soviet Jewry, said
that, after Israel, the situation of
Soviet Jews war "the major prob-
lem in Jewish life in our genera-
tion," adding that in respect to
the spiritual attrition of Russian

Counter-Proposals Taken by Sisco
to Moscow Talks, S ays State Dept.

United States assistant secretary
of state for Near Eastern affairs,
Joseph J. Sisco, brought U.S.
counter-proposals for a Mid East
settlement to Moscow last week,
State Department officials disclos-
The counter-proposals were said
to be a reply to the terms set
forth in Soviet proposals delivered
in Washington June 17 which em-
phasized Israel's withdrawal from
all occupied Arab territories.
The officials said that Sisco's
three days of talks with Soviet of-
ficials yielded no "breakthrough"
but indicated "sufficient progress"
to warrant a continuation of the
talks when Soviet Ambassador
Anatoly F. Dobrynin returns to
The- bilateral U.S.-Soviet talks
on the Middle East have been go-
ing on for several months, mainly
between Sisco and Dobrynin. Sis-
co's visit to Moscow was described
by the State Department as a
"brief round" in those discussions.
American officials said that
"points of disagreement" remain-
ed between the U.S. and Soviet
positions and that the latter have
given no evidence yet of meaning-
ful concessions. They said Israel
was being kept informed of the
progress of the talks.
The absence of an Israeli diplo-
matic mission in Moscow was dis-
missed by officials who pointed
out that Egypt is not formally or
fully represented in Washington
because of the absence of diplo-
matic relations with Cairo.
In Jerusalem Foreign Minister
Abba Eban said that he did not
discuss resumption of Dr. Gunnar
V. Jarring's Mid East mission in
his recent talk with the UN envoy
in Switzerland. "It was clear to
both of us that as long as the Big
Four are dealing with the matter,
this makes Jarring's mission im-
possible and temporarily paralyzes
any peace initiative," Eban de-
clared. He said that it was impor-
tant that Israel maintain contact
with Dr. Jarring and keep him up
to date on its position on the Mid-
dle East conflict.
(Since Israel has no diplomatic
foothold in Moscow—Russia sever-
ed relations after the Six-Day
War—it is important that Dr. Jar-
ring remain acquainted with Is-

rael's position while he is in Mos-
cow "where doors are open for
him," Eban declared. Dr. Jarring,
his mission temporarily suspended,
has been back at his post as Swe-
den's ambassador to the Soviet
Union. At the Eban-Jarring talks,
they reviewed the last consulta-
tions they had had before Dr. Jar-
ring left the Mid East.)
Meanwhile the Soviet Union has
agreed to resume arms shipments
to Syria after a four-month sus-
pension, the Lebanese magazine,
"As-Sayyad," reported in Beirut.
The resumption of shipments
was arranged during the recent
visit to Moscow of Syrian Presi-
dent Norueddin Atassi, the maga-
zine reported, adding that Chinese
Communist weapons have been ar-
riving in Syria in considerable

Jews "time is never on our side."
Dr. Israel Goldstein
there were now 25,000 Falasha
Jews in Ethiopia, compared with
the 50,000 when they were first
discovered by Jewish leaders.
He blamed conversion and as-
similation for the drop and urg-
ed that world Jewry not forget
"this remote Jewish tribe."

Israel Foreign Affairs Ministry,
told the delegates that the term
"alliance," often used to describe
the relations between Israel and
other Jewries was both "mislead-
ing and inappropriate." He said
the partnership was based on a
common tradition and a common
destiny and not "a mere alliance."

Chaim Finkelstein, Jewish
Agency Executive member, and
Rabbi Jay Kaufman, executive
vice president of Bnai Brith, who
are co-chairmen of the COJO com-
mission on Jewish education, pre-
sented a series of commission pro-
posals on Jewish education.
Several speakers, including Dr.
Goldmann, suggested that the com-
mission might be placed under
sponsorship of the Memorial Foun-
dation for Jewish Culture. Several
other speakers, including Pincus,
argued against changing present
arrangements. No resolution was
Dr. Goldmann told one of the
sessions that world Jewry was
now "absolutely and irrevocably
tied with Israel," and that "we
are responsible for what Israel
does." Hence, he asserted, "it
seems justified to expect that Is-
rael and the Diaspora should be
thinking and discussing together
the issues that affect the whole
of the Jewish people, not only in
days of crisis but at all times."
Dr. Joachim Prinz, former
president of the American Jew-
ish Congress, said that solidarity
with Israel did not necessarily
imply unanimity on all prob-
lems. He added that he was
"severely strictured" by Pre-
mier Golda Meir, "for having
views of my own on certain
problems, young people and
their attitude toward Israel, for
example, and for voicing them
in public in Israel." He declared
that non-Israeli Jewry "did not
want to become the political
counselors to Israel, but we are
surely entitled to have our own
Shmuel Divon, head of the de-
partment for the diaspora at the

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