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October 31, 1969 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-10-31

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`Syrianization' of Lebanon Soviet Goal?

(Continued from Page 1)
• According to Damascus Radio,
construed by many as a threat to Egypt, Syria and Libya have
Intervene militarily if the Beirut re- • pledged their full support of the
gime was overthrown by pro -goer- Palestinian guerrillas and said
rilla elements. The ministry said they would tolerate no attempts to
that the view was that of Alton hinder their activities.
personally and not that of the
The announcement was broad,
government.
cast by the state-controlled Sy-
(Allon's remarks were deOlored
rian radio after a meeting that
by the U.S. State Department as
was supposed to have been the
"unhelpful." A spokesman sa id
beginning of a mediation effort
that the U.S. was "concerned that
undertaken by President Gamal
statements from any quarter may
Abdel Nasser of Egypt at the
increase the level of tension in the
urgent request of the Lebanese
Middle East." The U.S. is "trying
President Charles !felon.
to maintain a moderate posture,"
Col. Nasser's personal envoy,
the department said. -
Dr. Hassan Sabri al-Kholi, flew to
(The U.S. does not contem-
mascus where he met with
plate intervening in Lebanon and Syrian President Dr. Nurredin al-
has been working with the Brit-
Atassi: Col. Moussa Ahmed, the
ish and French governmt•nts to
try to defuse the situation, but
there has been no contact with
Urge India Return
the Russians, sources in Wash-
ington said. The U.S. has no Arab Mission Permit
military commitments to Leba-
NEW YORK (JTA) — American
non. Assistant Secretary of State
Jewish leaders urged India to re
Joseph J. Sisco said recently that
verse a reported decision to per-
the U.S. attaches "great import- mit Palestinian Arab terrorist
ance to Lebanon's independence
groups to establish a mission on
and integrity" and that "we Indian soil. Rabbi Herschel Schact-
would view with great concern er, chairman of the Conference
any threat to that integrity from
of Presidents of Major American
any source."
.lewish Organizations, said that
(Asked if guerrilla action against such a policy by India would
Lebanon from Syria constituted a "strengthen the Arab campaign
violation of that integrity. a State for the destruction of Israel."
Department spokesman declined
Rabbi Schacter said in a letter
to reply.
to Dinesh Singh, India's foreign
(The Soviet Union. voicing con- minister and chairman of its dele-
cern over the conflict in Lebanon. gation to the United Nations, that
called for non-interference by the India's tolerant attitude toward
West in a matter that is "within Arab terrorists was inconsistent
the competence of the Arab states with Prime Minister Indira Gan-
themselves." It called the Sisco dhi's frequent assertions that "her
statement a possible pretext for government acknowledged Israel's
U.S. involvement. Moscow blamed right to exist and was not hostile
the situation on "mounting tension to it." He urged Singh to give
„ caused by the Israeli aggres- "fresh consideration" to India's
sion, the aftermath of which has attitude toward Israel.
not yet been fulfilled."
' The presence in India last month
(The Soviet Communist Party of an El Fatah fund-raising and
newspaper Pravda warned that propaganda mission aroused the
NATO naval maneuvers off Leba- anger of Hindu leaders, particu-
non "puts this explosive area on larly- since it coincided with a re- .
the brink of a very dangerous con- buff to India's attempt to partici-
flict.")
pate in the Moslem summit con-
The Lebanese crisis appeared to ference in Rabat. Morocco. Some
be heading for the conference table opposition leaders as well as mem-
but with the cards stacked against bers of Mrs. Ghandi's own party
the Beirut regime, which has tried urged that India extend diplo-
to suppress Arab guerrilla warfare matic recognition to Israel as a
againtt Israel for fear of Israel' response to the Rabat "insult."
reprisals.

Libyan minister of Interior; and
Yassir Arafat, commander of El
Fatah, the largest Palestinian guer-
rilla group.
Israeli experts on Arab affairs
said Egypt's effort to mediate the
Lebanese crisis was little more
than an attempt to assert Egyptian
primacy in the Arab world. They
said it was of slight importance
because Egypt has committed it-
self in advance to the support of
terrorist groups operating outside
the so-called "progressive" Arab
countries.
According to the Israeli sources.
the guerrillas have agreed to me-
diation because they how to EgYP-
tion authority. But genuine media-
tion is not likely because the ter-
rorists insist on freedom of action
along the Israeli border with Leba-
non and punishment of the Leba-
nese authorities responsible for the
measures taken against them.
If Lebanon agreed to such de-
mands, it would mean the end
of the Lebanese regime, and Pre.
sident Charles Ilelou is well
aware of this possibility, the
Israelis said.
According to informed Israelis,
the majority of moderate Moslems
in Lebanon are anxious to avoid a
confrontation between the Chris-
tion elements, who comprise about
half the country's population, and
the Palestinian guerrillas who are
supported by extreme Moslems.
some Druze tribes and young mili-
tants at the universities. The eva-
luation here, however, is that less
extreme Moslems may be pulled
into the pro-guerrilla camp against
their will if the crisis continues.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Weizmann Institute Will Celebrate

TEL AVIV (JTA)—A year-long
celebration to mark the 35th anni-
versary of the founding of the
Weizmann Institute of Science at
Rehovot will start Sunday, a date
designated as Weizmann Day in
memory of the Zionist statesman
who was the first president of
Israel.
A state ceremonial will be ad-
dressed by President Zalman
Shazar and Premier Golda Meir
in the Weizmann Memorial Plaza
in Rehovot. Meir W. Weisgal,
president of the Weizmann Insti-
tute, who celebrates his 75th birth-
day. will preside.
Weisgal, who retires at the end
of this year, will introduce the
new president of the institute. Dr.
Albert Sabin, the American virol-
ogist who developed the oral
polio vaccine. Some 600 scientists
and other guests from all over the

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (JTA)-
Seton Hall University, a Roman
Catholic institution, will co-spon-
sor an eight-week course to aid
elementary and high school teach-
ers in instructing classes on the
history of the Jewish people. The
course. to be presented on the
South Orange campus, is co-spon-
sored by Seton Hall's Institute of
Judeo-Christian Studies and the
Anti-Defamation League of Bnai
Britt]: Sister Rose Therring, pro-
gram coordinator, said the pri-
mary appeal will be to parochial
school teachers but the course is
open to all individuals. 1
Leading Jewish scholars will lec-
ture on religion and historical as-
pects of the Jewish people. A
Christian scholar will be invited
to offer comments and reactions
to each lecture. and discussion
periods will follow the presenta-
tions. Topics to be covered include
early Judaism. the Talmudic pe-
riod, Judaism under Islamic rule,
Jewish life in the Middle Ages,
the Emancipation of West Euro-
pean Jews, the East European
Jewish communities, the "Zionist
idea" and the "American experi-
ence."

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he unveiled at a ceremony honor-
ing Lord Sieff of Brimpton on his
80th birthday. The Daniel Sieff
Research Institute, around which
the Weizmann Institute grew, was
established by Lord Sieff and his
family in 1934,

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Detroit Lebanese Editor Seton Hall Will Teach
Jewish History Course
Blames Moslem Envy

Checri Kanaan, editor of the
Lebanese Gazette published in De-
troit, this week expressed the view
that the troubles in Lebanon stem
from Moslem jealousies of the suc-
cesses attained by the Christian
population and a desire to enter
into a religious war with the Chris-
tian population.
"It is their greatest mistake."
he said, and he linked it with a
desire to express resentment over
the Christians' friendship for the
Jews and their desire to-see Israel
succeed.
"Sure, there are some Chris.
Hans who are anti-Israel, but
very few who would approve of
a war with Israel." he said. lie
said he was certain that the
Lebanese in the main desire
peace with Israel and hope for
Israel's success as a nation.
In an editorial in his last issue.
Kanaan made a strong appeal for
peace between Israel and her
neighbors. He wrote at length
about the lack of reason for the
conflicts and pleaded for Arab
friendship with Jews - and Israel.
"We hope Lebanon will put up
a cornerstone of understanding be-
tween Arab and Jew," he wrote.

Friday, Ocotber 31, 1969-13

SUNDAY 10 A.M. TO 1 P. M.

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