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December 18, 1970 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-12-18

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Suffering of Iraqi Jews Unabated

LONDON — When Iraq cospon-
sored with Poland and the Ukraine
a UN draft resolution condemning
and recommending measures
against Israeli "Nazism, racism,
apartheid and other forms of dis-
crimination", the pitiable remaind-
er of Iraqi Jewry could emit a
hollow laugh.
The 2,500 Jews there continue to
live a nightmare a year after pub-
lic Baghdad hangings drew the
condemnation of the civilized
world. Since then, 21 more Jews
have been executed, 18 of them in
secret, according to the Jewish
Observer and Middle East Re-
view in London.
"The authorities admit that a
handful are still in prison after
three years," the article states.
"But there are also others de-
tained incommunicado in the
Rihab Palace and it is believed
that several have been tortured.
When the Iraqi authorities an-
nounce that a Jew has escaped
from prison, they usually mean
they have killed him."
The hangings are thought to
have been instigated by Saddam
Hussein, the Beath Party secre-
tary. Although a full list of hang-
ing victims is not yet available,
those mentioned are Nassim Yair,
Jacob Atrakchi, Shoua Soifer, Da-

`Black Israelites'
Claim Holy Land
in WSU Panel

A small Chicago-based group
which calls itself "black Hebrew
Israelites" held a symposium Sun-
day at Wayne State University, at-
tended by about 20 guests of
Wayne's Association of Black Stu-
The Representative Government
of the Immigrants, which claims to
be the true decendants of the
tribes of Israel, has laid its own
claim to the Holy Land. It dis-
avows the "Eastern European
white Jews"' and the Jews "false
possession of the land of Palest-
ine". "The goal of the RGOI,"
reads its literature, "is to rebuild
and restore the original Israelite
nation . . . and expulsion of any
The EGOI cites "black Is-
raelites" who immigrated to Li-
beria in 1967, and to Dimona,
Israel, in 1969. It has petitioned
the United Nations for recogni-
tion as an international people.
One of its major objectives is to
"liberate" black Americans.
For the presentation at Wayne
State, the group invited a panel, in-
cluding the RGOI minister of infor-
mation, L. A. Bryant, and "Rabbi"-
George Baker. At the symposium,
members frequently quoted the
Bible in their preesntations, and
wore Stars of David turbans, or
fezzes. Their flag consists of the 12
symbols of the 12 tribes on a blue
The RGOI is described by its
leader Bryant as a political move-
ment, rather than a religious one.
The group is affiliated with the
black Jewish group "One Incor-
porated" started by Bryant in 1963.

vid Zbeb, Naji Saati, Fouad K.
Shasha, a Mr. Baruch and a Mr.
Yehuda, who is more than 70 years
"Although Iraq has frequently
issued laws proclaiming the rights
of Jews, these are only "window
dressing,' the Observer continues.
"Jews are legally entitled to sell
land, but, if they do, they are im-
mediately asked where they have
put the money.
"Recently, a law was passed al-
lowing Jews over age 60 to obtain
passports. But as soon as a few ap-
plied, the age requirements was
raised to 67. Now it has been de-
cided not to issue passports at all,
even though this contradicts the
present legislation.
"Some 95 per cent of the Jews
are estimated to be out of work.
The other 5 per cent are allowed
* *

to work because the government
wants to show them off to foreign
journalists. Jews are staying coop-
ed up at home and they dare not
receive any letters or cables for
fear of being accused of espion-
The article says that three Jew-
ish girls were falsley accused of
stealing a refrigerator. While they
were being kept in detention, their
crippled mother died of hunger.
(In a letter to the New York
Times, Dr. Heskel M. Haddad,
president of the American Com-
mittee for Rescue and Resettle-
ment of Iraqi Jews, Inc., sug-
gested to an earlier letter writer
that he learn the truth about the
Middle East by going to Iraq
"and find out about the fate of a
Jewish community of 150,000 that
lived in Baghdad for over 2,000
years—long before the Arab oc-
cupation of Iraq.
Iraq Seeks Security
("The majority of these Jews,
for UN Missions,
wrote Dr. Haddad, "are now
Israel (rehabilitated by
Hits JDL 'Terrorism' Israel, of in curse).
The 2,500 Jews
UNITED NATIONS (JTA)—Iraq still remain in Iraq have been sub-
has asked the General Assembly jected to the most atrocious acts
to beseech the United States to of discrimination.")
"take all necessary measures in
providing maximum protection to
permanent missions and their dip.
iomatic personnel against increas-
ing abuse and terrorist attacks"
that prevent them from operating
Ifs Nice
The Iraqi representative con
To Deal With
demned the "systematic campaign
of terror" against the Syrian mis
sion (Dec. 3, 1969) and other mis-
sions and on the New York offices
of the Palestine Liberation Orga-
He said the attacks were be-
lieved to have been carried out
by the Jewish Defense League,
20811 W 8 ho1,1c
which he termed a "Nazi orga-
nization" that has been scored
by "decent" Jews.
In the incident at the Syrian
Mission, the Iraqi said, police
Our Promise To You:
railed to evict the "hooligan" for
four hours. Albert F. Bender Jr.
of the U.S. rejected Iraq's "irre-
sponsible charges."

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New Ambassador Sees
France as Friendlier

PARIS (JTA) — Israel's new
ambassador to France said that
"the climate between the two
countries has already changed"
for the better and that it was the
hope of all concerned that this
trend will continue.
Ambassador Asher Ben-Natan
addressed a luncheon given in his
honor by the Anglo-American
Press Association. He said there
was a determination in both the
Israel and French governments to
"improve relations between them
and re-open the dialogue."
Franco-Israeli relations deterior-
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