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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-03-19

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Flint Interfaith
Council's Peaceful
Plea for USSR Jews

Tribufe to a
Great
American:
Courageous
Whitney M.
Young

Commentary

Page 2

Vol. LIX, No. 1

Flint's Interfaith Action Council has undertaken the task of making a peaceful plea in defense of Soviet Jewry when the Siberian
Dancers and Singers appear there this evening. Because of the Sabbath Eve, the Jewish community will refrain from any actions.. But
the non-Jewish community will express itself peacefully, with a vigil in which Catholic and Protestant denominations, black and
white, will express their silent protests against the prejudices practiced against Jews and will urge that the right be given to those who
wish to leave Russia to emigrate to Israel.
During the week, a flyer was distributed in Flint churches explaining the tragic position of Russian Jewry. That flyer also will be
given to those attending tonight's concert. A press conference has been arranged for this morning by the Interfaith Action Council to
outline for news media the objectives of the justice-to-the-Jews-of-Russia campaign.
In Detroit the Siberian dancers' concert will be picketed by Jewish students Saturday night and Sunday.
Detailed stories on the Russian situation on Pages 14, 15, 16.

THE JEWISH NEWS

Michigan Weekly

Review of Jewish News

American
Jewry's
Agencies:
Do They •
Need
Mending?

Editorial
Page 4

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

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March 19, 1971

Middle East Crisis Reaches
Boiling Point; Rogers' Plan
Summarily Rejected by Moir

Israeli President Shazar's
Visit Cheers U. S. Jewry

NEW YORK (JTA)—Israeli President Zalman
Shazar said he believed President Nixon was im-
pressed by his presentation of Israel's general ap-
proach tc the Middle East situation in their 35-mM-
ute private talk in Washington. Shazar also disclosed
that he had advised the President that the formal
lapsing of the cease fire Sunday had ended the
"tranquility" in the area.
The Israeli statesman reported these details at
an on-the-record ceremony in his hotel suite after
being named "the one and only honorary member"
of the American Zionist Federation by its president,
Rabbi Israel Miller.
Rabbi Miller explained to the president that
the American Zionist Federation is now "engaged
in an- effort to enroll a million American Jews in
the Zionist movement to symbolize the adherence
of American Jews to the centrality of Israel, and as
one people, to the protection of Jewish rights
everywhere."
Shazar felt during his meeting with Mr. Nixon,
he related, that as president of Israel and not
premier he could not tell Mr. Nixon "If you'll be
good to us, we'll be good to you." To his rapt audi-
ence of two dozen American Jewish leaders, Shazar
assured them that "a time will come when all will
be fulfilled."
He started in Hebrew, then switched to Yiddish,
speaking in a highly dramatic delivery and em-
phasizing his major points with intensty and con-
siderable arm-waving.

The 81-year-old Shazar said he had spoken to Mr.
Nixon "not only as a fellow president, diplomat
and statesman but as an old Jew who has devoted
70 years of his life to the cause of the Zionist move-
ment, 60 years of it in the land of Israel." Ameri-
can Zionism, he added, reflected the Purim spirit
of "light, joy, gladness and honor."

Elaborating on the talmudic interpretation of
this biblical passage, President Shazar noted that
it "aptly describes the mission of the ZiOnist move-
ment which is to assure the perpetuation of the
totality of the Jewish culture encompassed in the
word 'light,' interpreted by the Talmud to mean
Torah, Heritage and Tradition of the Jewish people.
Such joy and gladness,' he said, "can only issue
from tranquility which in turn is the result of
safety. This safety is understood best by Zionists
who are most keenly aware of the importance of
honor to the Jewish people."
President Shazar hailed the growth of the Amer-
ican Zionist Federation in the less than a year of
its existence, expressed the hope for the success
of its million-member campaign, stating that "there
is a continued and renewed importance. fo.• a vigor-
ous Zionist movement. Today, mare than ever be-
fore,' he said, "there must be a completely depend-
able address to which Israel and the Jewish people
can turn for full understanding and effective action
in the marshalling of all Jewish forces."
A few minutes earlier, in a separate ceremony,
Shazar was presented with the first copy of a new
two-volume "Encyclopedia of Zionism and Israel,"
published under his patronage by McGraw-Hill and
the Herzl Press. Dr. Emmanuel Neumann, chair-
man of the Herzl Press and of the Jewish Agency-
American Section, praised his "encouragement."

(Continued on Page 48)

Pressures upon Israel to abandon occupied territories have reached a critical stage, and from all
indications it is possible that Israel may make concessions sooner than had been anticipated, especially
in view of the latest declarations by Secretary of State William Rogers on Tuesday. There is an incon-
sistency in his statement in which he declared, at one and the same time, that Israel must withdraw to
pre-June 5, 1967, demarcation lines while adding: "We have never said that Israel had to withdraw from
all territory." Rogers' proposal for international guarantees and an international force on Israel's
borders in exchange for withdrawal was summarily rejected by Mrs. Meir.
The vote of confidence given Prime Minister .Golda Meir was not too heartening to the coalition,
and Menahem Begin asks again that the Knesset be dissolved and new elections held, but the Meir
government appears to retain a slim majority.
Much may depend upon the negotiations to be conducted today in Washington by Israel Foreign
Minister Abba Eban with Secretary of State Rogers and other State Department officials as well as
other members of the government.
*
*
*
JERUSALEM (JTA)--Premier Golda Meir's government won a 62-0 vote of confidence in the Knes-
set Tuesday after an uproarious debate on territorial issues in which proposals made by Mrs. Meir in
an interview published in the London Times last Saturday were the main points of contention.
The lopsided vote did not reflect the weight of the opposition faction whose members stalked
out of the chamber during a bitter wrangle over voting procedures and cast no votes. But observers
said only 30 votes would have been 'cast against the government if there had been no walkout.
Mrs. Meir was clearly on the defensive, however, as she denied charges by the opposition Gahal
and Free Center factions that the territorial positions staked out for Israel in the Times interview
contained concessions she 'had no authority to make. Mrs. Meir devoted a large part of her statement to
explaining the interview which, she said, was published from notes and not . a verbatim transcript.
She said Times Deputy Editor Louis Heren hardly once quoted her directly, sometimes changed
the order of what was said and did not always bring out clearly the full significance of the points
she made. She repeated the main points published in the interview:
1. Jerusalem will remain united and part of Israel.
Israel will not withdraw from the Golan Heights
Storm Causes Heavy which 2. dominate
the Huleh Valley.
3. The Jordan River must never be open for Arab troops
Israel Farm Damage
to cross.
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli farmers are
4. Israel opposes an independent Palestinian. state on
filing claims for $700,000 in crop damage
the West Bank.
caused by the severe storms that swept Israel
5. Israel must have secure, recognized frontiers to be
over the weekend. Large areas of the coun-
determined by negotiations and which cannot be substituted
try were blanketed by snow, hail and freezing
for by international guarantees.
rain driven by gale force winds. Most of the
The Gahal faction and some members of the National
damage was suffered by citrus groves where
Religious Party, one of Mrs. Meir's coalition partners, had
large quantities of fruit were blown off the
objected to the Times interview on grounds that the premier
trees, rendering it unfit for market.
Three foreign ships and a Haifa port tug
drew "maps" at a stage when it was dangerous and unneces-
were swept aground by the gale and an
sary to do so. Both factions bitterly opposed her proposal
Israeli ship was damaged at Ashdod when
to withdraw from the Judea and Samaria regions of the
huge waves slammed it against the break-
West Bank, and Gahal especially took issue with the implica-
water.
tion,
according to the published interview, that Mrs. Meir
The amount of the damage has not been

(Continued on Page 5)

(Continued on Page 36)

Positive Efforts in Jewish Study and Education

Excerpts from Address by President Zalman Shazar of Israel
Delivered at a Special Convocation at Yeshiva University

Those deeply concerned with the fate of the Jew-
ish people have always been convinced that the most
fearful danger threatening communities in affluent coun-
tries is ignorance of Jewishness on the part of both masses
and intellectuals. No dissension, no differences among
thinkers, can be nearly so dangerous as lack of knowl-
edge. The darkest prophecy of our Sages was: "And
Torah — may heaven forbid! — will be forgotten among
Jews." f remember very clearly the day when zealots in
Europe despaired of Jewish learning ever flourishing in
America. All the more honor is due, therefore, to the
pioneers who in contradiction of all the dire predictions
and despite the dissimilarities among their schools of

thought — fought together each according to his own
doctrine, against the sentence of 'spiritual death. They
did this not by preachments nor by mutual intolerance
but by positive' efforts' in study and education. And to
you who have reached such heights of achievement goes
all our appreciation. In a country which only two genera- -
tions ago our forefathers believed to be "a dry and
thirsty land where no water is," we now see you as "in
the sanctuary." (Psalms 63:23)

For a long time melancholy prophecies continued
to be made about the fate of authentic Jewish learning
. (Continued on Page 48)

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