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June 19, 1970 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-06-19

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Cleveland Amory Speaks Up for Israel;
at JNF Tribute to Philip Slomovitz'

Philip Slomovitz was honored by
the Jewish National Fund Wednes-
day evening, more than a half
century after he gave up a college
interest in forestry for a career
in journalism.


Avraham Harman and Jacob Tsur.
head of the world organization of
Amory, whose first book. "The the Jewish National Fund.

in the "indestructibility of Israel.
the people and the land."

Proper Bostonians," boosted his
Prof. Solomon Zeitlin of Dropsie
literary career, began his dinner University, foremost authority on
remarks as a proper Bostonian- the history of the Second Com-
•ith wit and in measured phrases. monwealth, was scheduled to at-
Although Slomovitz went on to
become a newspaperman, he main- However, when he broached the tend, but was unable- because of
tained his love of trees and 50 ' subject of Israel, Amory grew ex- ailing health. The president of

pears ago founded the Jewish Na- ' cited, explaining that "feeling for
tional Fund Council in Detroit. It the land and its struggle surpasses
was the Council that tendered the religion."
He charged that the American
dinner at, Corm. Shaarey Zedek
and announced the establishment public has been "misled by the
of a Philip and Anna Slomovitz so-called 'even-handedness' and
"strange doings of the State De-
Forest in Israel.
partment . . . (which is) con-
Some 600 friends and colleagues
stituted much like the United Na-
representing a cross-section of De-
tions." with a greater number of
troit Jewry heard the guest
Arabists than pro-Israel elements.
speaker. writer Cleveland Amory.
He said the problem exists with
urge the United States to sell
policy makers, who haven't suf-
Israel one— or two—planes for
time to apprise themselves
every one the Russians send the
of the facts in the situation and
who "surround themselves with yes
Slomovitz received a framed men."
silver "Keter Shen Tov"—Crown
The United States should "tell
of the Good Na•me—from the JNF the Russians that for every gun,
and another engraved plaque from plane, bomb and missile they sup-
the linai Brith Council of Metro- ply to Egypt. we will supply one—
politan Detroit. in recognition of or two—to Israel . .
his efforts on behalf of the com-
"It's terrifyingly ironic," said
Amorv, "that we can spare blood
Leonard Simons, an old friend
and the lives of tens of thousands
and a previous JNF honoree,
of Americans in the jungles of
introduced Slomovitz as "a man
ctitheast Asla to support a
who publishes news and helps
dubious democracy at best, or
make it . . . a unique man . . .
a bloody dictatorship at worst,"
with courage and intense com-
at the same time denying planes
mitment to the welfare of his
to "the one democracy of politics
fellow Jews. -
and spirit . . . We cannot spare
Slomovitz. in his response, paid
the decency to sell planes we've
tribute to his wife, "my wonder.
already promised her. It's the
ful partner in the making of the
god-awfullest irony.
Jewish National Fund . . . If any-
" In a world that lets Israel
one has earned a forest, Anna down." said Amory. "you do not
Slomovitz has. Sne was 8 when wish to live, I do not wish to live
she started to work for JNF."
and America does not deserve to
Expressing an optimism that has live."
characterized his efforts for Is-
More than 300 telegrams and
rael, Slomovitz related his credo— messages were received by Slomo-
a rejection of fear and pessimism vitz from various national and
"even under the most critical con- world Jewish personalities, among
ditions," a belief that justice is them Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kol-
ultimately done and a firm faith lek, Hebrew University President

Dropsie, Dr. Abraham Katsh, also
sent greetings. Many Michigan
Congressmen also extended con-
Included in the donors of trees,
to the Slomovitz Forest were chil-
dren of religious schools through-I
out the area, who planted some
1,400 saplings. Fellow journalists
also took part in the tribute, and
Jimmy Wisch, president of the

American Association of English- ,
Jewish Newspapers, flew from
Texas for the dinner.
Paul Zuckerman, president of
the United Jewish Charities, repre-
sented the Jewish Welfare Federa-
lion in greeting Slomovitz, and Da-
vid P. Zack, president of the JNF

But President al-Qaddhafi, lead-
er of the military junta that ousted

pro-Western King Idris of Libya

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President al-Qaddhafi empha-
sised that the Arabs should rely
only on "Arab nationalism."
He scorned "both left and right"
and suggested that the Soviet
Union might have aims of its
own in the Mid East..
He said Russia's friendly at-
titude "would be tested by the
rules of mutual respect", imply-
ing that he was not automatical-
ly accepting the view that the
Soviet Union "is indeed friendly
and peace-loving, and supports
the freedom of man."

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last year, expressed serious con-
cern over increasing Soviet influ-
ence in the Arab world.
In a veech relayed from Khar-
toum by Egyptian radio, he warned
against "the threat of foreign pow-
ers to the Arab entity."
He said the Soviet Union and
the Socialist camp were not the
only party that supported the Ar-
abs "but there were others in the
West, in Europe, in Latin Ame-

was "vital."
At the point where President al-
Qaddhafi declared. "Friendly peo-
ples do not liberate our land for
us." his speech was suddenly cut
off the air.
An Egyptian commentator an-
nounced, "reception has been in-
terrupted." It was resumed only
after l'resident Nasser had started

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with the
Khartoum speech of
President Nasser who praised Mos-
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The national anthems were led
by Geraldine Schwartz, accom-
Janied by Bella Goldberg, and the

invocation and birkat hamazon
were given by Rabbi Irwin Groner
of Shaarey Zedek a n d Harry
Cohen, respectively.
In his closing benediction, Rabbi
Moses Lehrman of Cong. Bnai
Moshe called on those present not
to abandon "the realization that
the fate of the Jewish people is
bound up with the fate of Israel.
May we never falter."


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Egypt-Libya-Sudan Alliance Strained;
Libya's President R ebukes Soviets

LONDON (JTA) — The recent-
ly formed alliance between Egypt,
Libya and the Sudan developed a
sharp crack as the heads of those
states met at Khartoum to launch
still another drive for all-Arab co-
operation in the struggle against
President Gamal Abdel Nasser,
President Muammer al-Qaddhafi
of Libya and Premier Jaafar e-Nu-
meiri of Sudan mapped out a pro-
gram of economic and political re-
taliation against the west should
the United States supply Israel
with more combat jets.


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