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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-09-05

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Israel Urges World Effort to Get Jews Ont of Arab Lands

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Knes-
set unanimously adopted a resolu-
tion at an extraordinary session
. expressing "horror and alarm"
over the persecution of Jews in
Arab countries, notably Iraq, and
calling on humanitarian organiza-
tions and heads of state all over
the world to intervene on their be-
half.
The Knesset declared that the
only way to save the lives of
those Jews was to get them out of
the Arab countries. The resolution
Said Israel would make every pos-
sible effort to save them.
Israel has made direct and in-
direct approaches to non-Arab
Moslem countries to express con-
cern for the safety of their Jewish
communities in the face of Arab
incitement over the Al Aksa
mosque fire.
Israel fears that exhortations for
a holy war voiced by such Arab
leaders as President Nasser of
Egypt and King Faisal of Saudi
Arabia and the daily incitement
by guerrilla chiefs in radio broad-
casts from the Arab capitals ha% e
placed Jews in Moslem lands in
acute danger. Israel maintains
friendly relations with such nor-
Arab Moslem states as Turkey and
Iran but not with Pakistan. Af-
ghanistan and others.
The knesset•s sentiments were
echoed by Premier Golda Meir in
an emotional speech before the
chamber. She said the only salva-
tion for the remaining Jews in
Arab lands \I a, their immediate
evacuation to any destination. "I
appeal to the conscience of thr
world. Ixt action he taken imme-
diately for their rescue before it i•
too late." she said.
Mrs. Meir said that what she
called the "bloody statistics" in
Iraq showed that during the past
11 months. 53 persons including
11 Jews have been hanged. Seven

other Jews were tortured to
death in Iraqi jails and dozens
more have hcen thrown into pris-
on and denied communications
with their families and the out-
side world.

Mrs. Meir contended that the
4,000 remaining Jews in - Syria are
Wile 'persecuted "within an inch
of their lives'' and that in Egypt.
1,500 Jews live in constant danger
and others are imprisoned and are
at the mercy of the regime.
Mrs. Meir said that in this situa-
tion it was incredible that the pres- •
tigious Human Rights Commission
of the United Nations sent its emis-
saries to the Arab capitals to in- .
vestigate the situation of Arabs in
the Israel- occupied "territories
which are open to the world press
while it has So far refused to in-
vestigate the condition of Jews in
Arab lands.
The resolution adopted by the
Knesset said the situation justified
Israel's demand for such an inves-
tigation.

A call for continuation of

worldwide protests against the
executions, "loud enough for
even the deaf to hear them,"
was issued by Dr. Emanuel
Neumann, chairman of the Jew-
ish Agency-American Section. lie
said that "Iraq has been deaf
to the expressions of horror that
have been voiced" over the
"blood bath" and that "the voice
of the entire civilized world must
continue to be expressed until
heard by the Iraqi government."

organized by the World Union of
Jewish Students in a demonstration
before the Iraqi Embassy. Some
of the demonstrators came dressed
in prison clothes. One group car-
ried a gallows. The demonstrators
moved from the Iraqi Embassy to
the Egyptian Embassy and the
offices of the Arab League. At
each stopping point, the shofar.
The Central Council of Jews :n
West Germany issued a statement
in Dusseldorf deploring the Iraqi
Dr. Neumann drew the attention hangings. It appealed to Christian
of the United Nations and other churches and the German govern-
governments to the pledge made ment to help the Jewish minority
by the Jewish Agency Executive in Iraq.
An appeal to facilitate the emi-
in Jerusalem that it would accept
"full responsibility for bringing all gration of Jews from Iraq was
Jews from Iraq and from all other sent to the United Nations and to
Arab countries to Israel." He said International Red Cross headquar-
that "remembring the lesson of ters in Geneva by the DATA. the
the Holocaust, Jews must not be central representative body of Ar-
allowed to be kept as hostages gentine Jewry.
Argentinian Jewish youth pro-
and killed at will by vengeful
tested against the executions and
Arab governments."
anti-Israel
propaganda in a traffic-
In New York, the Synagogue
Council of America organized an
interfaith mass public memorial Confirmation Anthology
service in front of United Nations
headquarters Wednesday. Richard Published by UAHC
Tucker sang a memorial prayer.
The "Confirmation Service Sam-
Catholic and Protestant clergymen pler," a 510-page compendium of
participated in services.
successfully produced but previ-
Bnai Brith Women appealed
ously unpublished confirmation
Tuesday to the United States and
to the United Nations to renew services for Reform Jewish con-
their efforts to halt "the victimiza- ' gregations, has been issued by the
tion of innocent minorities" in Iraq Union of American Hebrew Con-
and the "inhumane executions" gregations.
taking place there.
Complied and edited by Samuel
Speaking for the American sec-
tion of the World Jewish Congress. A. Nemzoff. principal of Temple
Mrs. Rose Halprin. its chairman. Israel, Boston, it is the first anthol-
urged the United Nations and all ogy of its kind. It includes out-
"civilized governments" to "take standing examples of every type
steps to bring home to Iraq the
enormity of its affront to human- of service: cantatas, dramatic
presentations, choral readings and
ity."
The Rabbinical Council of Amer- recitative essays. An introductory
ica, an Orthodox organization, con- chapter, "The Confirmation Serv-
demned the executions and said it.
ice," provides invaluable informa-
was "shocked by the equanimity
with which the civilized world has tion for the rabbi, cantor, or other
producers of the confirmation serv-
accepted these brutal murders."
The Board of Deputies of Brit-
ice, and also contains a bibliogra-
ish Jews has asked the British phy of services already published
government to use its influence
elsewhere.

to prevent a repetition of the
executions and to prevail upon
Iraqi authorities to permit the
remaining Jews to leave. The
plea was made by a delegation
which visited Minister of State
Goronwy Roberts in the Foreign

Office.

Humphrey Berkeley. chairman
of the United Nations Association,
wrote to the foreign secretary ex-
pressing shock over the Baghdad

executions.
Jewish and Christian clergymen
led a peaceful demonstration and
prayer service outside the Iraqi
Embassy in London. The clergy-
men of both faiths recited memo-
rial prayers for the two Jews and
two Christians among the 15 Iraqis
executed.
Two Israeli film stars, Topol and
Dahlia Levi, joined demonstrators

Istopping demonstration outside
;Arab League headquarters Mon-
day. They shouted anti-Nasser slo-
gans, denounced Iraqi "barbarity"
and sang Israel's national anthem
Hatikva but dispersed peacefully
on orders from police. Three of the
demonstrators who refused to leave
were arrested.

An overflow crowd at the Astral
theater attended a rally organized
by the DAIA at which speakers
warned that Arab propagandists
were trying to arouse anti-Jewish
sentiments in the guise of anti-
Zionism.

Dr. Sion Cohen. speaking on be-
half of the Sephardic community,
said the Iraqi government has
stated flatly that it is holding the
Jewish community as hostages.

A group of Argentine writers
and professionals protested
against the executions and de-
manded that the Iraqi govern-
ment permit its Jewish minority
to leave that country. The Com-
mittee for the Defense of Jewish
Rights in Arab States sent a let-
ter to President Al Baler, of Iraq
condemning "the act of barbar-

ity consummated.in Iraq." The

r committee called the executions

"an echo of terror and shame
which has spread all over the
world."
The committee is headed by the
noted Argentine writer, Jorge Luis
Borges. It includes prominent law-
yers. doctors, political figures and
scientists.
The Canadian Jewish Congress
took half-page advertisements in
the Toronto newspapers to protest
against the executions in Iraq and
to call on Canadian public opinion
to make its voice heard.
Under the heading, "Is Justice
Dead?" the advertisement pointed
out that "Iraq repeats its sense-
less barbarism. We protest in the
most energetic and unequivocal
terms against the rape of jhstice
in Iraq."

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