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July 24, 1970 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-24

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Simmering Conflict in Crown Heights Erupts in Bombing

NEW YORK (JTA) — The
Crown Heights Jewish Community
Council—a storefront operation in
this Brooklyn area—and a nearby
two-family residence were fire
bombed early Monday morning.
There were no injuries, but the
interior of the store was heavily
damaged, according to a Jewish
community spokesman.
Mayor John V. Lindsay sped to
the scene and conferred with com-
munity leaders. He ordered inten-
sive police and fire department
investigations to determine who
was responsible.
A spokesman for the Jewish
community, who requested anony-
mity, said this was the latest in
a series of about 10 fire bombings
in the past two weeks.
According to witnesses, a car
containing three Negro teen-agers
pulled up in front of the council
headquarters about 5:35 a.m. One
got out and tossed a home-made
bomb through the window, then
got back in the car, which sped
off. The landlord, who lives above
the store, called in the alarm. The
private residence, which has no
Jewish occupants, was fire bombed
at 6:05 a.m. Damage was slight.
Mayor Lindsay met with Jew-

ish and non-Jewish community
leaders and police and fire de-
partment representatives at the
nearby office of the local Urban

Task Force.
Community leaders, black and
white, who have been attempting

NY Rabbis Assail
Japan Airline for
Bowing to Boycott

to stabilize the area—once almost
entirely Jewish—and prevent the
flight of Jewish families from
Crown Heights, said this latest in
a series of "harassment" fire
bombings might undermine their
efforts of the past few years and
cause a renewed flight of Jewish
families from Crown Heights,
thereby turning the area into a
new Negro ghetto.
The Mayor, who called the sta-
bilization effort a model for both
the city and the entire country as
evidence that different groups
can live together in harmony, di-
rected the police and fire depart-
ments to conduct "thorough inves-
tigations" to determine who was
responsible for the harassment
which might jeopardize the stabil-

ity of the area.
Jewish community leaders In
the Crown Heights section of
Brooklyn Tuesday charged the
city had ignored their warnings
last week that "something was
going to happen" unless steps
were taken to halt the harass-
ment of Jewish families.
"I was tempted to send the

mayor a telegram saying I told
you so when I heard of the fire
bombing of our headquarters yes-
terday," Rabbi Sol Eisner, secre-
tary to the board of the Crown
Heights Jewish Community Coun-
cil, told the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency.
Abraham Gelb, acting executive
director of Operation Belfreye
(Better Living for Residents of
Yiddish - speaking Environments),
an antipoverty agency sponsored
by the community council, said
community leaders had met with
Sid Davidoff, an aide to the mayor
and head of the Crown Heights
Urban Task Force, last Thursday
to complain of the harassment.
The city took the attitude it was all
a teen-age prank . . . "Wait and
see, and if anything happens, we
will investigate," Gelb said.
Trouble over funding Operation
Belfreye has been brewing since
last April when Sonny Carson, a
black militant from Bedford-Stuy-
vesant, led a sit-in at the offices

NEW YORK (JTA) — The New
York Board of Rabbis, in a letter
signed by the board's executive
vice president, Rabbi, Harold H.
Gordon, called Japan Air Lines to
account for delaying the arrange-
ment of a mutual air agreement
with Israel's El Al Air Lines,
charging that it was thus partici-
pating in the Arab League's econ-
omic boycott against Israel and of the Crown Heights Community
capitulating to the league's threats
Corporation (the parent umbrella
against Israel.
organization of the area's anti-
Since other major air lines have poverty organizations) and accus-
an agreement both with Israel and ed the director, Simon Levine, of
Arab states, the rabbis noted that granting more funds to "minority"
Japan's refusal to deal with El Al Jewish sponsored programs than
amounts to capitulation to "black- to "majority Negro-sponsored pro-
mail on the highest international
grams.
level."
Levine, black and Protestant.

the Turkish-Russian border was
scaled last year by a six-man expe-
dition that found several pieces of
hand-hewn wood dated variously as
between 7,500 and 5,000 years old.
Ralph Lenton, chief of the expe-
dition organized by the Search
Foundation of Washington, D.C.,
said he was .attempting to have
the Turkish decision changed by
applying to the ministry of foreign
affairs.
Members of his expedition hope
to be able to identify the wood
find as remains of the ark built by
Noah and his three sons to shelter
them during 40 days and 40 nights

Jewish communities simmered
until recently when it was an-
nounced that Operation Belfreye
was budgeted for $143,000 for the
coming year and one black-direct-
ed antipoverty program, Operation
Discovery, was being dropped be-
cause of "fiscal irregularities."
Levine began receiving telephone
warnings that "the community
would retaliate" unless Operation
Discovery was refunded.
Gelb said the harassment and
recent fire bombings were "out-
side directed" efforts to render
Operation Belfreye inoperative. "It
will not succeed." The community
council's offices were back in
operation Tuesday with the help of
the mayor's office.

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Now, they are stranded in Istan-
bul with excavating equipment

shipped from the U.S. at a cost of
nearly $2,000.

Among those served by Family
Service of Metropolitan Detroit
last year, 35 per cent of the fami-
lies were broken by separation,
desertion, divorce or illegitimate
pregnancy, 25 per cent were head-
ed by a female, and 24 per cent of
the family heads were unemployed.

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13

He enjoys true leisure who har
of the area's white population
What is liberty? Leisure. What
is leisure? Liberty.—George Ber- time to improve his soul's estate—
are Hasidic Jews.
Henry
David Thoreau.
Tension between the black and nard Shaw.

Moreover, the board stated, the
said funds were allocated on the
policy which Japan Air Lines is
basis of the census data. Most
pursuing "is destructive of the
principle of freedom of world
trade and world peace . . . in U.S. Excavators
contravention of the United Na-
tions Charter ... strengthens the After Noah's Ark
Arab leaders in their war-like
preparations against Israel, in- Left High and Dry
creases the possibility of prolong-
ANKARA, Turkey—A U.S. expe-
ed warfare between the Arab
states and Israel and lessens the dition seeking Noah's Ark has
chances of peace in the Near been forbidden to climb Mt. Ara-
East, and, ultimately, throughout rat by Turkish officials citing
"security reasons."
the world."
The 16,945-foot-high mountain on
If Japan Air Lines boycott policy

continues, the rabbis said, "It will
be our sad but bounden duty to ask
our rabbis to notify, from the pul-
pit, their 3,000,000 congregants in
New York and its environs, and the
millions more throughout the coun-
try, as well as the hosts of friends
of all faiths, that Japan Air Lines
is in league with the Arab League,
and unworthy of the friendship of
peace-loving people."
The rabbis concluded with the
hope that Japan Air Lines would
amend its present policy "for the
sake of the good name of Japan
and its fine air line and for the
sake of world peace."
TEL AVIV (JTA)—The possi-
bility of interesting Japanese in-
vestors in the construction of a
railroad between Elath and Ash-
dod will be explored by Ramon
Harel, general director of the
ministry of transport, who left
Sunday for Japan. Once before
the idea had been explored with-
out success. But it is felt that
there may be greater interest now
in view of the increasing trade
between Europe and East Africa
and the Far East.

Friday, July 24, 1970

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