Detroit Youth Join Their Elders to Protest French Arms Sale
ALMOST 1,000 DETROITERS MARCH IN FRONT OF THE FRENCH CONSULATE TO PROTEST THE POMPIDOU GOVERNMENT'S SALE OF JETS
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members of Et-Gar, the high
school organization, with stimu-
lating enthusiasm among young
people. The group made signs, dis-
tributed leaflets, provided many
of the parade marshals and helped
keep the line orderly.
When Donald Lobsinger, head
of the ultra-right Breakthrough,
made an appearance to distribute
literature and condemn the "Zion-
ists," students formed a cordon
around him to keep angry specta-
There were no other incidents,
and spirit remained high for the
duration of the one-hour protest.
Et-Gar was joined by many other
Jewish youth groups, among them
Bani Brith AZA, the Jewish
Youth Council, seniors from Hillel
Day School and members of the
Jewish Center's summer ulpan
who were in Israel last year. Stu-
dents for Israel, Yavneh and Bnai
Brith Hillel members arrived from
Congressmen Boycott Pompidou
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with the solution of the refugee
problem "in a situation where
feelings and fanaticisms are in-
creasing daily should, to be quickly
reached, proceed from the United
Nations action and in particular
from the four permanent members
of the Security Council to define
and propose the general conditions
for a settlement and to provide
guarantees for it," Pompidou said.
The four Security Council mem-
bers are the United States, Great
Britain, The Soviet Union and
More than 50 Congressmen
had signed a Declaration of Con-
cern About Israel to be given to
Pompidou. The sense of the Con-
gress declaration, written and
circulated for the first time,
by Rep. Robert H. MacDonald,
Democrat of Massachusetts, ex-
presses "grave concern over
French policy in the Middle
East." Continuing, the declara-
tion stated, "Recognizing that the
situation there borders on yet
another full-scale war, we feel
reason and caution to be of
paramount importance insofar as
the policy of all parties involved
The declaration asks the French
to join the United States in work-
ing for direct negotiations between
the Arabs and the Israelis "in an
effort to settle this tragic conflict."
MacDonald conceived the decla-
ration to offer an alternative pro-
test to Congressmen who did not
want to either boycott or walk
out on Pompidou's speech but
felt concern over the French sale
of 110 Mirage jets to Libya and
the French embargo on the 50
jets Israel ordered and paid for.
MacDonald's covering letter ac-
cused France of a "potentially
disastrous course" in the Middle
Pompidou arived Monday for
the nine-day official visit beclouded
by the crisis and conflict in the
Pompidou landed at Andrews
Air Force Base and was whisked
away to Camp David, Md., the
Presidential retreat, to be greeted
by President Nixon.
In a luncheon address at the Na-
tional Press Club Tuesday, Pompi-
dou said France's position is that
the best way to achieve peace in
the Middle East is through direct
negotiations by the combatants.
But until that is begun, he said,
the Big Four "should define the
conditions which would eventually
lead to a direct accord."
Pompidou emphasized that
France "is not anti-Semitic. We
have bad extremely close rela-
tions with Israel, and the only
Mirages is the sky over the
18—Friday, February 27, 1970
Middle East now belong to ganized by the Ad Hoc Committee
on International Affairs, made up
"The capital of France is not of members of 30 Jewish organi-
Cairo," Pompidou said. He said
France regards the Western Medi-
terranean as a vital French defense
area and sphere of influence.
In the midst of his speech at
the Press Club, an 18-year-old
girl screaming "French Hitler,"
"murderer," and "assassin" was
dragged out of the balcony by
secret servicemen and Washington
She later identified herself as
Eve Berger, a student at American
University. She said she was pro-
testing because she is Jewish and
"he (Pompidou) is here because he
is killing people."
Pompidou appeared visibly star-
tled by the outburst, but after
looking up to the balcony briefly,
he continued on with his speech.
A group of about 20 demon-
strators, who said they were
members of the Jewish Defense
League in New York City, were
arrested shortly before Pompi-
dou arrived, and eight other
protesters were arrested earlier
at a "funeral service" demon-
stration at Lafayette Park, across
from the White House.
Administration oficials were re-
ported to be concerned lest dem-
onstrations protesting France's
Middle East policy create unpleas-
ant incidents during the presi-
A protest rally against French
government policies in the Middle
East was staged here Monday,
sponsored by the Jewish Com-
munity Council of Greater Wash-
ington. An estimated 6,000 per-
sons from eastern U.S. cities were
expected to participate in the rally,
but only about 1,500 were present.
Most on hand were other from
the Greater Washington area or
The demonstrators gathered in
Lafayette Park directly across
from the White House at noon and
then marched in groups of about
100 to the George Washington Mon-
ument grounds about a quarter of
a mile away.
Bearing placards that read
"French Design for Peace Is a
Mirage" and "Viva La France a
Bas Pompidou" the demonstrators
milled about for a short while
until several groups, both young
and old, began traditional Israeli
folk dances and songs.
Massive picketing surrounded the
French Consulate in Chicago Tues.
day as a "welcome" for Pompidou,
who was to come to Chicago later
At the height of the .three-hour
demonstration, as many as 2,000
pickets marched, and altogether
some 5,000 pickets participated, or-
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
zations in the Chicago area.
The group plans to demonstrate
outside Palmer House Saturday
night when Pompidou addresses
a dinner in his honor given by
the Chicago Council on Foreign
Affairs and the Alliance Francaise.
A spokesman said that Chicago
did not plan an official welcome
for the French president, and, in
fact, Mayor Richard Daley had
indicated that he planned to be
"busy" when Pompidou arrived.
On Tuesday, 1,000 Jewish stu-
dents of the University of
Toronto and York University and
Jewish day schools marched in
downtown Toronto picketing the
French Consulate on the occa-
sion of Pompidou's visit to
America. Youths carried a coffin.
The United Synagogue of
America Thursday urged Presi-
dent Nixon to convey to Pompidou
the grave concern of the Ameri-
can people over the decision of
the French government to sell 110
Mirages to Libya.
Jacob Stein, president of the
United Synagogues, said that the
"sale of the Mirages to Libya rep-
resents a crass betrayal of all
recognized standards of morality.
This act cannot be justified on any
moral grounds, especially when
one realizes that Libya has neither
the technical skills nor the pilots
to make use of the planes."
The statement by Stein also
noted, "The assurance by the Pom-
pidou government that the huge
number of Mirages are being fur-
nished to Libya with the stipula-
tion that they will not be trans-
ferred to another Arab country at
war with Israel is a hollow com-
mitment in the light of the sorrow-
ful record of the continuous viola-
tions of the sanctity of agreements
on the part of Arab rulers and
other dictatorial countries."
Wayne State University.
A large number from South-
field-Lathrup High School came
with the approval of school au-
thorities, but students from other
schools indicated that they were
there "with our parents' approval."
Some even brought their parents.
meat to act immediately in sup-
plying Israel with all necessary
aid, including military aircraft.
"While falsely espousing neutral-
ity in the Middle East, the French
government, in the person of
President Pompidou, has made
known the decision to continuelts
support of the Arabs cause by sell-
ing more than 100 jet aircraft to
Libya, while continuing an eat.
bargo on military aid to Israel,"
A few signs bore sophisticated
legends in French, others in He-
brew (the women's Hebrew
classes from the Jewish Center
came down en masse) and said Rep. Kramer.
others in unique English:
"Such a deliberately provoes•
"Trance Wants Piece in the
tive measure on the part el
Middle East." "De Gaulle Is Re-
President Pompidou's govern-
tired /Pompidou Is in Reign /
ment, which is now so violently
We'll All Watch You/Go Down
protested by Americans, eonsti-
the Drain." One was in Latin:
odes a clear and direct interim*
"Et Tu, Pompidou?"
mice in the Middle East situa-
A five-foot-long poster proclaim- tion. This dangerously imperils
ing "Peace—Shalom" was held up the viability of Israel as an la.
by two students for all Woodward
dependent free state, together
Avenue traffic to see.
with representing the French
The only difficulties encounter-
desire to obtain oil concessions
ed were those by head-counters.
by any means available."
Even policemen, posted several
The resolution urged the U.S.
yards apart, could not agree on
an accurate count as relatives and government to "take immediate
friends were reunited by crossing steps to discourage these action'
lines, and the early-lunch crowd by France and to provide the state
and lookers-on merged with the of Israel with all needed loans Dr
marchers. Police did agree, how- grants of military aircraft.
Copies of the resolution were
ever, that at its peak the demon-
straton drew close to 1,000 per- sent to Pompidou, President Nix,-
on, Secretary of State William
One passerby, who carefully Rogers, the 'U.S. ambassador to
skirted the demonstration, remark- France, the United Nations and
ed to her companion, "I don't to the Michigan delegation in Cone
know what it's for, but I never greets.
cross a picket line." Every picket-
er who was asked, however—
young and old—knew exactly why
he was there.
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Kramer Resolution Urges
U.S. Sell Jets to Israel
State Rep. Albert A. Kramer,
(Dem.-Oak Park) has introduced
a House resolution condemning the
French sale of armaments to Li-
bya and urging the U.S. govern-
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