THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, September 12, 1969-9
African Hails Israel's Freedom;
Arab Propaganda Attacked
JERUSALEM (JTA)—A minister and eventually fanatic, Bible stu-
in the government of Chad, a Cen- dent. Because he refused to work
tral African Moslem state, said ' and preferred to spend his time
here Monday that he was im- ' alone, reading the Bible, Rohen
pressed with the freedom of wor- was asked to leave the kibutz.
ship that Israel grants to members
"About a week before the dis-
of all faiths and that he was quite astrous fire," writes Anderson,
satisfied with the way Moslem holy "Rohen appeared at Al Aksa and
places are protected by Israel.
asked guards whether there had
Mehmet Ahmed Salah, who holds been a fire in the mosque the day
the portfolio for administrative before. Arrested for questioning,
affairs in Timbuktu, spoke to jour- he began spouting biblical quotes
nalists after attending prayers at and was dismissed as a harmless
the Mosque of Omar where he nut. It was later discovered that
also conversed in Arabic with some Rohen, indeed, had made an un-
of the worshipers. The Mosque of successful attempt to burn down
Omar is adjacent to the Al Aksa the mosque. The next time, he
Mosque which was severely dam- succeeded."
aged by fire on Aug. 21. Salah said
he was also impressed with the
equality of all Israeli citizens.
Meanwhile. the Prague Com-
munist daily Rude Pravo has , . D isguised
criticized the Arab states for I
trying to whip up a Moslem holy '
war against Israel over the Al
By JOSEF FRAENKEL
a s a C
The paper said that instead of AvITrrn el) iAri3;;,13i.MgripZ
calling an all-Arab conference to Jewish poets and historians. art-
discuss the fire. the Arabs have ists and sufferers, have created
seen fit to call for a Moslem con- a literary memorial to the Six Mil-
ference and thus escalate the lion dead, more lasting than mar-
Arab-Israeli conflict into a "holy ble, that will forever remind us of
war against the enemies of Islam." the Holocaust. The literature of
This cannot arouse support for the the Hurban should stir the con-
Arab cause, Rude Pravo said. science of humanity, alert them
Michael Denis William Rohen, I against new dangers and help
accused of setting the mosque fire, them strive for a better future.
has agreed to permit his trial to i Michael Zylberberg's "A War-
be televised. Rohen's decision, an- saw Diary" is a near classical
nounced in Jerusalem district work of Churban literature. The
court, will enable Israel to use the simplicity of his language is more
trial in an effort to offset Arab moving than any passionate
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11 DAYS IN
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The discovery of Zylberberg's
A prominent Israeli criminal "Diary"
reminds us of how Anne
lawyer, Isaac Tunik of Tel Aviv. Frank's Diary was found. During
was assigned by the court to de- the war, while looking for hiding
fend Rohen, but the defendant has places, Michael Zylberberg record-
yet to accept the court's choice. ed events and personal adventures.
The trial is expected to begin later One day, in May 1943, having to
this month. Judge Henry Baker,• move in a hurry, he hid his note-
the court's president, extended books. After the war he searched
Rohen's detention until the end of in vain for his "Diary"; yet,
twenty years later, his "Diary"
Meanwhile, three prominent was forwarded to him in London
East Jerusalem Moslem leaders from Poland.
have Wormed the judicial corn-
The illustrated book consists of
mission investigating the fire 54 chapters or articles, and each
that they would not testi( y.
chapter is a separate, remarkable
Sheikh Hilmi el Muhtasib and story. He and his wife, Henrietta.
Hassan Tabboub, director of the disguised as Catholics, were al-
Wakf (Moslem religious trustee- ways in danger of being uncovered
ship), said they were rejecting as Jews. He could sense informers
instinctively and was often saved
invitations- to testify on the
ground that they do not recog- by "miracles"—and sometimes by
nlze the legality of the commis- bribery.
sion. A third Arab and a former ' Zylberberg was a friend of Dr.
Jordanian minister, Anwar Nus- Janusz Korczak. who was the di-
seibeh, wrote that he had no rector of a Jewish orphanage. He
personal knowledge of the fire describes the last Yom Kippur in
the orphanage, in 1942. and later
The commission heard the last how the Nazis transported the 120
Jewish witnesses. Police Chief children to the death-camp of
Daniel Barelli told the commission Trehlinka. Korczak. was not ar-
that he did not order the use of rested but voluntarily accompanied
or its causes.
force to disperse the crowds that the children to comfort them and
with r them.
interfered with the firemen at- t o
The "Diary" registers events be-
tempting to extinguish the blaze
fore and after
w rthe eWarsa
e . Ghetto
as he did not want to fan the
Uprising. The story of two old
tempers of the crowd. Three of the Jews. Reb Zishe, an admirer of
firemen testified that Arab crowds the Gerer Rebbe 'and Reb Zalman.
jeered them, jostled them, and a follower of the Lubavitch Rebbe,
tried to slash their hoses. is most touching. Reb Zishe is 80
Rohen is charged with two counts and Reb Zalman 70, and Reb Zal-
of arson and two counts of "viola- man wanted a reply to the ques-
tion of holy places." Each count of tion: "We lived by the Torah: is
arson carries a maximum I5-year this the reward?" The Nazis killed
penalty and each count of violation them both on Kol Nidre night.
of a shrine carries a possible I When Zylberberg. a national-re-
seven-year penalty. A 300-seat hall , ligious Jew. became a "Catholic",
in Jerusalem's convention center he attended mass and became an
will be turned into a courtroom expert on church services. He
for the trial so that hundreds of often listened to the anti-Semitic
newsmen can cover it I remarks of the Poles expressing
In his syndicated column car- gratitude to the Nazis for ridding
ried Wednesday in the Free Press, , them of the Jews. On Aug. 1,
Jack Anderson reported that Rohen 1944 the Polish Uprising in War-
is a "religious fanatic who felt that saw began. Thousands of Poles. de-
judgment day was near and that voted Catholics. were killed. Jews,
he was fore-ordained by God to "disguised Catholics" and survi-
precipitate a holy war." Ivors of the ghetto, joined the re-
Anderson said evidence has volt against the Nazis. became he-
reached Washington confirming roes and were buried—as Poles.
that the Australian Christian set 1 I am sure that Zylberberg's "A
the mosque fire. Rohen, who came Warsaw Diary" will be translated
to Israel early last spring to work into many languages. Thebook
as a kibutz volunteer, was de- will fulfill its mission—it will be
scribed by-co-workers as -an avid, I read.
11 DAYS IN ISRAEL
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