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November 28, 1969 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-11-28

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Iraq Continues Mass Murder of Jews 16-Friday, November

W..\SIIINGTON (.ITA)— At least
four .le %%s were secretly hanged in
Iraq within the last month and
seven others were either killed in
prison or died there of maltreat-
ment or torture, Washington l'ost
correspondent Alfred Friendly re,
ported from Jerusalem. Eleven
-lc \ ■ s have been publicly h ange d i n
Iraq since last .January as alleged
spies for Israel and the United
Friendly said he obtained his in-
formation from well informed
sources in Jerusalem who have
the names of must of the Jews
recently hanged and those who
died in jail. The information was
party confirmed by newspaper re-
ports in Beirut last week which
announced the execution in Bagh-
dad of eight members of an al-
leged Israeli spy network. The
report, based on information from
Baghdad of eight members of an
alleged Israeli spy network. The
report, based on information from
Baghdad, identified one of them as
a Jew, Naji Sa'ati, who was known
to have been imprisoned shortly
after the June 1967 Arab-Israeli

alysts believe that Iraq has been
deterred by adverse world reaction
making further public fan-
"Informed sources here have
reason to belive that also among fare of its hangings- . Its new tech-
the group was a second Jew, his nique it is thought, is that when.
identity unknown, and a third and ever the government has political
fourth — the brothers Meir and scores to .settle and wishes to make
Abraham Sasson Abdo, aged re- an end to adversaries, it adds a


war and had not been heard from

since. Mr. Friendly reported.

specively 63 and 59," Friendl, ■
wrote. "On Aug. 18 an official
Iraqi announcement named them
as members of a spy network that
supposedly had just been uncover-
ed and would be brought to trail.
But like Sa'ati, the Abdo brothers
had also been in prison for at least
two years. Israelis here .familiar
with the events say they had been

informed of the eight executions
well before the confirmatory re-
ports surfaced last week in Bei-
rut. - Mr. Friendly said. They

also have the names of seven
more Jews known to have died in
prison in Baghdad in the last few
months. It is not known. however,
who was killed outright, who died

few Jews to the group being hang-
ed in order to pretent that the sen-
tences were for espionage." Last
Jan. 27, Iraq announced the execu-


28, 1969


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New -Mein Kampf
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ROME (JTA)—Some Jews here
are worried about the forthcoming
of torture or who was a victim of : Italian edition of Hitler's autobi-
the notoriously terrible prison con- ography, "Mein Kampf," which
they fear could be damaging even
Friendly said that "Israeli an- though the volume will contain
a preface by the noted Jewish his-
torian, Prof. Max of Frankfurt.
who was himself a victim of
club house for the Communist
The unabridged Italian transla-
youth but to no avail. Moscow tion will be published by Longane-
insisted and even gave a final sis. a publishing house which says
deadline for the Torah scrolls, the book is intended for historical
prayer boOks, pews and other fur research and notes that a British
nishings to be removed from the edition of "Mein Kama" was pub-
building. When the Jews still re- lished recently by Hutchinson in
fused, the local police were order- London. But Jewish circles here
ed to send trucks to remove say that unlike the very exnensive
everything from the synagogues.
London edition, the Italian version
The Jews heard of the order. will be within the price range of
most ordinary books and available
The entire community, men,
to a large section of the public.
women and children lay down
These Jews claim that political
on the street leading to the
synagogue to defend it with
life in Ttlly has been "radical-
ized" and much of the population
their own bodies. The drivers
is susceptible to demagogy from
refused to move, the Tora scrolls
various sources. They are not con-
remained in the synagogue, and
vinced that Prof. Horkheimer's
the place continues to serve as
preface would prevent the misuse
a place of worship to this very
of anti-Jewish and other nazi slo-
A fairly high percentage of gans contained in the book. Re-
Georgian Jews speak Hebrew. sidual rights to "Mein Kampf"
Children learn it from their par- reside with the Bavarian govern-
ents and, according to recent re- ment which can request - an in-
ports, youth organize Hebrew junction or seize the book if it is
literature groups. Their fluency in published without their approval.
An earlier Italian translation of
Hebrew is probably helped by the
fact that of all Soviet Jews they "Mein Kampf" was published sev-
years ago by the neo-Fascist
are, geographically, closest to Is-
rael. They can listen, without dif- newspaper La Sentinella D'Italia
near Trieste. It
ficulty, to the Israel radio, and
thousands of them regularly do so. was published however in the
principality of San Marino to
While the special historic and avoid conflict with Italian laws
sociological conditions made the prohibiting Fascist activities.
Georgian Jews the front-line of Some Jews here believe Prof.
the Soviet Jews' demand for their Horkheimer's preface is - intended
religious and national rights, their
for the same purpose.
action is part of two parallel de-
velopments. One is the awakening
of national and cultural conscious-
ness among the new generation of
Soviet Jews in general as witness-
ed by every Western visitor to the
Soviet Union. The second is the
growing resistance of the younger
generation of Soviet intellectuals
to the oppression of freedoms by
the rulers in the Kremlin.

Exclusively at Harry Thomas

(Copy right

i959. JTA, inc.)

For those who follow the life of
the Jews in the Soviet Union, it
came as no surprise that the first
collective action for the right *o
emigrate came from the Jewry of
the Republic (province) of Geor
gia. For those critical of the long
hestitation by the Israel govern-

ment to start a full-scale cam-
paign on behalf of the Soviet Jews,
a pleasant s-uprise that
Jerusalem this time went all out
to underscore the dramatic and
historic nature of the appeal to the
UN Human Rights Commission
issued by the Georgian Jews.

it was

Of the 3,500,000 Soviet Jews, the

100.000 Georgian Jews are a spe-

cial category, thanks both to his-
tory and their surroundings. Ac-
cording to tradition, the f irst
Jewish community in Georgia was
established 2,000 years ago when
part of the Jews taken into Baby-
lon captivity migrated northward
to the Caucasus Mountains and to
present-day Georgia.
They maintained their nation.
al and religious identity for
many centuries and in this they
were supported, at least since
the Middle Ages, by their non-
Jewish neighbors. Cbr i s t i an
Georgians, too, are a 'tolerant
but proud people, with a highly
developed national consciousness
which neither the Czarist nor
the Communist rulers have been
able to destroy.
The Georgian population con-
siders the struggle of the local
Jews for the maintenance of their
national identity as part of the
struggle of the Georgian people
against Moscow. In their appeal
to the UN, signed by heads of 18
important Jewish families, the
Georgian Jews made it clear. that! The Georgian Jews were not
their desire to emigrate is i in no the only ones who petitioned the
way a reflection on their non-Je
UN Human Rights Commission.
ish neighbors. They do not just
Similar appeals were sent to New
want to leave Soviet Union but to . York—also by clandestine means,
go to Israel, their ancestral home- of course—by a group of writers
and artists, as well as by a group
One of the most dramatic of Russian Baptists who protested
events underscoring the nature being persecuted by Moscow for
of the Georgian Jews and of the
their religious identification.
milieu in which they live oc-
Hopefully, the voice of the
curred during the last year of Georgian Jews and indeed of all
Stalin's life. Himself a Georg-
Russian Jewry will now be am-
ian, and a student of a local
plified by their brethren in the
theological seminary, the Soviet free world. -
dictator pushed the economic
development of his native prov-
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Kutasi should be converted into a guished men in the land he has
Communist youth club. Leaders of befriended.
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