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February 19, 1971 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-02-19

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This Week in Jewish History



Youth 'Revolt' Reported at RZA Convention

(From
the files of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

40

Years Ago This Week: 1931

Only days after welcoming Britain's clarification of its 1930 White
Paper as "a basis for cooperation," Dr. Chaim Weizmann insisted he
would not resume the presidencies of the World Zionist Organization
and the Jewish Agency.
Anti-Semitic disturbances in Hamburg marred the 75th anniversary
of the death of Heinrich Heine.
Joseph Rosenstein, 19-year-old messenger boy and violinist, won a
contest for a solo appearance with the Chicago Symphony.
Dr. Karl Vornberg, writer and educator, disclosed that in 1891 a
group of Chicago Jews and a Christian cleric petitioned President Har-
rison to support "Palestine for the Jews"--five years before Theodor
Herd published "The Jewish State."
An anonymous Frenchman donated 325,000 francs for the "diffusion
Ai Jewish truths through the publication of works on the Jewish reli-
gion."

10 Years Ago This Week: 1961

NEW YORK (JTA)—A "revolt
of youth" occurred at the conven-
tion of the Religious Zionist Organ-
ization of America at Long Beach,
N.Y., the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency learned.
About 60 youth delegates par-
ticipated in what was essentially a
conflict between the established
leadership of the Mizrachillapoel
Ha mizrachi movement and its
younger elements over-basic re-
forms.
Benny Ben-David, a spokesman
for Noar Mizrachi, the RZA youth
organization, told JTA that the
main issue was democratization of
election procedures and the way
the convention was run..
A flyer issued by the youth fac-
tion said it had "threatened to
break up the convention because
very few of the delegates had been
duly elected according to their ca.
stitution." But the youngsters ex-
pressed satisfaction that they re-
ceived 25 per cent of the member-
ship on convention committees.
Ben-David told the JTA that at
last year's convention, youth mem-
bership on committees was "negli-
gible." In addition, two represent-
atives of the youth element were
elected national vice presidents.
Ben-David said another point at
issue between -the youth and the
established leadership was the mat-
ter of priorities.
The young .people want more
money for youth activities and
Jewish education, while the eld-

Following demonstrations by and arrests of Jews protesting Mor-
occan repression, King Mohammed V voiced "solicitude" for them,
suspended the anti-Jewish government newspaper, and lifted the ban
on Jewish emigration.
Dr. Robert Servatius said his client Adolf Eichmann had told him:
"I neither know nor care what they will do to me. I followed the orders
of my superiors just like a soldier. I took the oath of an SS officer and
then another oath and I had to take orders." Widows and orphans of
Polish victims of the Nazis filed a $1,000,000,000 suit against Eichmann.
Dr. Ham Globke, state secretary to West German Chancellor
Konrad Adenauer, said that "If I bad foreseen the later development
of the Jewish question I would not have written the commentary" to
the Nazis' Nuremberg race laws.
West Germany's Finance Ministry decided to raise indemnification
payments to Nazi victims by 15 per cent.
The attorney general of Hesse, Germany, offered a $4,760 reward
for information leading to the capture of Dr. Josef Mengele, Nazi doctor
reportedly in Argentina.
A "liberal" faction within Histadrut was formed by a merger of
the General Zionist and Progressive factions. Manya Schochat, a foun-
der of Histadrut, and of Kfar Giladi, died at 81.
Egyptian President Nasser declared in Damascus: "The day of
reckoning is drawing near, and the United Arab Republic will drive
the first nail into Israel's coffin and destroy the Zionists before they
succeed in conquering the Arabs."
German Right Wingers

Nabbed With Arms Cache

NY Communist Front Group Trying
to Raise Funds for Anti-Israel Ads

NEW YORK — The Anti-Defa-
mation League warned that a New
York-based Communist front group
is trying to raise funds from un-
suspecting Americans for an anti-
Israel advertising campaign uti-
lizing Arab and Soviet propaganda.
According to Arnold Forster,
general counsel of the ADL, the
group calls itself the "Committee
for a Just Peace in the Middle
East" and lists its headquarters
as 100 E. 16 St. The address,
Forster said, is that of the Jeffer-
son Book Store, described by the
FBI as one of a number of "Com-
munist bookstores which functions
throughout the United States under
the management of loyal, long-
time party members."
The Committee, Forster de-
clared, is planning to kick off its
campaign with an ad in the New
York Times. The text for the ad,
he went on to say, has already
appeared in the Daily World, offi-
cial organ of the Communist Party
in the U.S., and the Guardian, a
self-proclaimed independent radical
newspaper. Accompanying the ad
in the two publications was a plea
for sponsors and financial contrib'
utors in order "to place the text
as an advertisement in the N.Y.
Times."
The proposed N.Y. Times ad
calls for "a peaceful political
settlement" in the Middle East.
Among other things it quotes
from a memorandum presented
by the Egyptian government to
Gunnar Jarring on Jan. 15 which
basically calls for Israeli with-
drawal from occupied territories.
Prospective sponsors are asked
to make checks payable to the
committee or to "D. Rubel,
treasurer."
"D. Rubel," Forster declared,
"is Dan Rubel, owner of the Jef-
ferson Book Store."
Forster also pointed out that
Alex Kolkin, chairman of the Com-
mittee for a Just Peace in the
Middle East and described by the
Daily World as "a rank and file
leader of the International Ladies
Garment Workers Union," is a
member of the national committee

of the Communist Party U.S.A.
The formation and first meeting
of the committee took place last
October, when the group passed
"a pro-Arab resolution which
sounded like the partisan propa-
ganda which is routine from Cairo,"
Forster said.

Safed University Planned

SAFED (ZINS) — Plans have
been completed by the education
ministry for establishment of a
university in Safed which will com-
mence in 197e.
The new school will be founded
by the state, in cooperation with
Bar-Ilan University at Ramat Gan.
For several years, a number ;of
university courses have been given
in Safed, in which 100 residents
of Safed and the vicinity are en-
rolled.

BONN (JTA)—Nazi literature,
swastikas, submachine guns, pistols
and ammunition were 'uncovered
by police this week after raiding
homes in Bonn, Cologne and Dus-
seldorf. Twelve persons—most of
them members of the neo-Nazi
Democratic "Party—were arrested.
Police said that right-wing groups
were planning terrorist acts in
Germany.

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era are concerned "ebietb, with
raising matey for Israel, Ben-
David said. He said the youth

same platform with Sperling.
Ben-David said his group was
confident that youth would exert
greater influence at next year's
convention.

revolt developed when the con-
vention presidium reneged on its
alleged promise to allow Dov
Sperling, a Russian Jewish THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
emigre from Israel, to address
Friday, February 19, 1971-11
the convention. -
Sperling, a firebrand who sup-
ports the tactics of the Jewish De-
fense League, is a controversial
figure here and in .Israel.
Ben-David told the JTA that the
presidium agreed to let him speak
but later backed down when the
convention's main speaker, Israel's
Orthcidox minister of interior, Josef
Burg, refused to appear on the

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