Foreigners' View of Israeli Students Contains a 'J 'Accuse
By TUVIAH 3IENDELSON
hot tram Jerusalem)
( sprcial Correa
More than 300 students from
countries abroad arc currently
taking special courses ar-
ranged by the Hebrew Uniyersit
in Jerusalem in order to gain a
working knowledge of Hebrew.
The greater majority of them wilt
start their studies in various facul-
ties of the university on Nov. 2.
When asked about their impres-
sions of Israel, they weren't spar-
ing of superlatives in expressing
a in a ze m ent . disbelief or admira-
tion. They were, however, 'Mani
mous in their praise of the prog-
ress—in all fields—in contrast with
the rather delicate situation creat-
ed by the political and securit y
"What's your opinion of the Is-
The answer to this question was
not spontaneous. Opinions di-
verged. and sonic of the students
were rather doubtful as to their
real feelings. Not so Canadian-born
Mordecai Wass, whose image of
the Israeli student was as follows:
History of Israel
in November 1970
The eye-witness story of
events leading up to the creation
of Israel and the. history of the
country since its establishment,
written by David Ben-Gurion, will
be publishsed by Funk & Wagnall5
in conjunction with Sabra Books in
Ben - Gurion, former prime minis-
ter of Israel. spent many years
compiling the material and writing
the book. He has included excerpts
from his diaries, revealing for the
first time behind-the-scenes events
that took place immediately prior
to and during the early years of
\\_____ the founding of the State of Israel.
The book will he published on
Ben-Gurion's 84th birthday, when
he is expected to come to the
United States. "History of Israel"
recounts hitherto unknown details
on the 1948 War of Liberation and
the 1956 Sinai Campaign. Ben-
Gurion also recounts in detail the
groping efforts of the founding
fathers of Israel to establish a
parliamentary government, a sys-
tem of free elections, and numer-
ous other aspects of a nation that
was being re-established after a
siatus of nearly two thousand
Funk & Wagnalls has acquired
all rights for the Ben-Gurion book,
with the exception of Hebrew and
German translation rights.
8—Friday, October 3, 1969
"Ile is selfish, cold. remote, un- peeled to go out of his way in to be using narcotics of any kind. Biased Articles Cease
friendly, and avoids relations ith order to communicate with them. Elana Pearlman of England re-
This is especially true of the Amer-
agree with the drastic . in Guatemala Newspaper
icans. As for myself and many of acted: "1
NEW YORK — Enrique Engel,
A Touch of Envy
taken by the university au-
president of the Jewish community
Michael Mellienna of Chicago
to be a charming host, very thorities, even though I don't per- of Guatemala, meeting here wills
was reluctant to agree with Was , ' friendly and not the least bit self- sonally think narcotics are harm-
a number of World Jewish Con-
point of view: his summing up of . .. •
the Israeli student was less ex-
Schonberg was rather upset. He gress leaders, said that anti-Send-
, tic articles are no longer appear-
treme: "It's a conspicuous fay!
said. "I think that a committee of
When two foreign students Com- this kind is undemocratic. No one I ing in the daily newspaper La
that the Israeli student does not
Three years ago, Guatemala
expressing the facts reveals a tee was nominated by the presi- man's personal habits." Neither of
lack of understanding. I can under-
these opinions will influence the was in the news when such artic-
stand the Israeli who, feel. en- Abraham Adarman, in order to in- decisive steps expected to be taken les were published in "La Flora,"
vies us! As foreigners, we receive vestigate the problems of foreign by the university authorities in this whose owner is the vice president
more aid and assistance from the students. In their report the com- respect.
of the country.
University Administration. Schol- mittee indicated dissatisfaction at
The Jewish community of Guate-
Meanwhile, students from abroad
arships are offered to help us the indifference shown by the Is- are arriving in Israel in consider- mala, numbering sonic 1,100, has
finace our studies, and reasonable
able numbers and the prevailing a central representative body, the
accommodation is provided. The ratios from abroad — which explains view is: "We Israelis want as Consejo Central de la Comunidad
Israeli on the other hand, faces the lack of mutual understanding. many students as possible to come. Judia, which is affiliated to the
As a result. the Students' Union With the new plan launched by the World Jewish Congress. Jewish
great difficulties. More often than
not he has to take a part time job decided to append to each form of Students' Union, we hope personal education is provided by the com-
in order to maintain himself, anti application for admission to the contacts will be established and munity at a day school situated in
he has to put in a lot of time with university, a questionnaire in which that every foreign student will be the capital, Guatemala City, where
the reserves in the Israel defense applicants are expected to indicate a potential future citizen of Israel." most of Guatemala's Jews live.
the dispositions and characteristics
These are three synagogues.
Steven Schonberg of England demanded of a foreign student
had not met many Israeli students, whom he will personally adopt. - Philly Religious School
"hut I've been told that the Israeli The questionnaire is expected to Using Church Facilities
student immerses himself in his be filled in also by applicants from
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., (JTA)—
studies and works unswervingly for abroad .Through these question-
naires, the Students' Union. in co A facility of St. Margaret's Parish
operation with the University Ad- has been made available to Con-
A Different "J'accuse"
ministration, hones to form close gregation Beth Ant Israel or
Zahava Bernstein - of Holland is
contacts between the Is- religious school this year
inclined to pin the blanie on the personal
the congregation completes con-
foreign student: "Most of the raelis and
struction of its new synagogue. I
young peOple who come to study in Narcotics
The arrangement followed a meet-
The two studetns who committed ing between Rabbi Efry Spectre,
Israel generally don't seem to seek
Israeli company. Mostly they keep suicide were found to have been Principal Edward S. Kornblatt and
to themselves and I don't see why addicted to narcotics. The admin- Msgr. Joseph M. Gleason of the
an Israeli student should be ex- istration is resolved to expel any parish, who arranged for the con-I
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