Jewry's Rights to Israel:
History's Verdict Affirmed
THE JEWISH NEWS
and Youth Aliya
Waiting for Just
Spark From USSR
LVI, No. 23
A noted columnist turns back pages of history questioning
Jewry's rights to statehood ... Allusion to New Left's antagon-
ism to Zionism ... Christian attitudes and Jewish historic rights
—Commentary Page 2
Review of Jewish News
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Detroit, Score of U.S. Cities
Join Protest Tuesday Against
French Anti-Israel Policies
to Boycott Pompidou
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Bertram
Podell, New York Democrat, announced
Thursday that more than one quarter of the
members of the House agreed to boycott
French President Georges Pompidou's sched-
uled address to a joint session of Congress
Wednesday. Podell said he expects the number
Podell said that he had affirmative letters
and telephone calls from more than 120 of
the House's 435 members in answer to his
letters asking them to boycott the speech be-
cause of France's sale of jet fighters to Libya.
Podell charged that the French were "mer-
chants of death" in the Middle East and were
working at odds with the United States. He
pointed out that the honor of addressing a
Joint session of Congress was afforded to heads
of state very rarely, and only three times in
the past eight years. Three other New York
Democractic Congressmen, Roman C. Pucin-
ski„ Mario Biaggi and Frank Brasco, signed
the Podell letters.
Four other Congressmen sent letters to
House members asking them to ignore
Podell's letter and attend the Pompidou
speech. Podell plans to provide additional
iftzes on the number of boycotting congress-
men on Monday.
ltnehigan Congressman William Broomfield
(ReP.-Oakland County) told President Nixon
that members of Congress "must strengthen
your hand in impressing upon President
Pompidou the extent of the American con-
viction and unity" in meeting the problems re-
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Detroit Jewry will join with a score of other communities in registering its concern over the French
government's sale of arms and aircraft to Libya and its embargo on arms to Israel.
The demonstration will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday in front of the First National Building, whkh
houses the French consulate here.
A delegation from the Flint Jewish community will join the Detroit protesters in the demonstration
here, and wherever there are French consulates, such demonstrations will take place simultaneously.
Coordinated by the Jewish Community Council, the demonstration opposite Kennedy Square has been
developed by the Council's committee on international concerns, under the chairmanship of Morris Lieber-
man. A number of local youth groups are involved in the protest, and Et Gar is coordinating this aspect
of the demonstration.
The demonstration coincides with the visit of French President Georges Pompidou to the United States,
and similar protests have been arranged in other communities.
A private delegation of Detroiters met with the French consul-general Wednesday to express the Jew-
ish community's disappointment and concern over the French action, The delegation was led by Avern
Cohn, vice president of the Jewish Community Council.
More than 70 cities along the Eastern Seaboard have been invited to participate in the massive protest
demonstration in Washington on the eve of Pompidou's visit.
Several Jewish groups in various cities have chartered buses to bring people to the demonstration. Dem-
onstrators will march to Lafayette Park across from the White House, where they will deposit signed peti-
tions at the statue of Lafayette, and then march to the Washington Monument for the rally.
Similar demonstrations are planned along Pompidou's route in the U. S., particularly in Chicago, San
Francisco and New York.
NEW YORK—The French-Libyan arms deal is the focal point of political controversy in France to-
day and could split the Pompidou regime, a report from the American Jewish Committee's European head-
quarters in Paris reveals.
The possible split in the government, the report states, has stemmed from a recent address by Michel
Poniatowski, general secretary of the Independent Republican Party, one of the groups making up the co-
alition cabinet, Poniatowski is also a close confidant of Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing.
In his address, the Republican secretary attacked French foreign policy as "full of paradoxes." He
singled out Defense Minister Michel Debre for special condemnation, labeling him an "international arms
In reply, President Pompidou issued a statement urging that parties in the coalition government hold
together on major issues. President Minister Jacques Chaban Delmas went even further, stating that it
was intolerable to be in coalition with a party, one of whose leaders so flagrantly disavows the gov-
The AJC report adds that newspapers in France have continued strong criticism of the government,
including direct accusations of lying. As a countermeasure, the report declares, President Pompidou recent-
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Rep. Ford Calls for Strong
U.S. Steps to Protect Israel
NEW YORK (JTA)—The Republican Party leader in Con-
gress declared Sunday night that the United States will "do
everything it can in the interest of peace and stability in the
Middle East" and "will do more than talk." In a speech at
the American-Israel friendship dinner of Bnai Zion, Rep.
Gerald Ford, House minority leader and chief administration
spokesman in Congress, affirmed that "the United States is
prepared to supply the military equipment necessary for friend-
ly governments such as Israel, to defend themselves."
Stressing the urgency of correct assess-
ment by Israel of American intentions in the
Middle East crisis and the need for improved
communications between Israel and America,
Rep. Ford announced that he had proposed
"establishment of a telephone hot-line be-
tween Washington and Jerusalem" which, he
pointed out, "would enable either President
Richard Nixon or Prime Minister Golda Meir
clarify any misunderstanding." The hot-
line, the Republican leader said, "would also
be useful if new factors developed that threat-
ened a dangerous escalation or spreading
Rep. Ford of the conflict. "Israel," he said, "would
have the reassurance of instantaneous communication with the
President. The President could act instantly, in some un-
foreseen crisis, by contacting Mrs. Meir."
(In Washington, observers suggested that Rep. Ford
would not have made reference to a hot-line proposal without
Vrevious clearance with the White House. They noted,
Mat establishment of such a line would mark an official
recognition by the United States of Jerusalem as the official
seat of the Israeli government.)
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Planned for Israel
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Presi-
dent Nixon made support of Israel
an official part of American for-
eign policy for the 1970s, Wednes-
In his foreign policy report de-
livered to Congress, at noon, Nixon
said the United States would press
for peace with integrity in the Mid-
dle East. "In the meantime, how-
ever, I now reaffirm our stated in-
tention to maintain careful watch
on the balance of military forces
and to provide arms to friendly
states as the need arises.
At a press conference before the
report was released, Nixon explain-
ed that "peace cannot be built by
abandoning our allies."
The report, entitled "United
States Foreign Policy For the
1970s—A New Strategy For Peace,"
is 119 pages long. Six pages are
devoted to the Middle East prob-
The report emphasizes the dan-
gers of the growing Soviet influ-
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Thant Calling Upon Jarring
to Resume Peace Mission
By VICTOR M. BIENSTOCK
UNITED NATIONS (JTA)—Secretary General U Thant
confirmed Tuesday that he would seek early reactivization of
the peace-seeking mission of Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring, his spe-
cial representative for the Middle East.
Thant, who was scheduled to meet Ambassador Jarring
in Geneva Wednesday, told a UN press conference Tuesday that
he would discuss with him whether the time has not come
for him to resume his mission.
The secretary general said that reactivization of the Jar-
ring mission would depend primarily on guidelines being
drafted by the Four Powers—United States, the Soviet Union,
Britain and France—but he stressed that this was not ex-
clusive. He noted, however. that Dr. Jarring would be reluc-
tant to return to the Middle East if this merely involved a
resumption of his "fruitless" rounds of Jerusalem and the Arab
Thant expressed optimism over the possibilities of Four
Power agreement although he resolutely refused to set up a
timetable or deadline on their deliberations. He said he had
studied the American, Soviet and French proposals and had
found "common denominators" in the three proposals which
he said could be translated into guidelines.
Thant indicated that he was generally in agreement with
the French thesis that it was not necessary to have a com-
plete set of guidelines for Dr. Jarring to resume his negotia-
tions but that he could proceed on the basis of agreement on
one or two basic issues.
He said, "It is difficult to agree on all the basic issues,
but there are some basic issues on which agreement can be
reached to formulate guidelines for the Jarring mission."
The secretary general again expressed grave concern over
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