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April 09, 1971 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-04-09

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The Political Anti-Zionist Rally in a Church

were, in fact, tireless activists in
the pro-Arab establishment and
have been members or directors
of one or more of the sponsoring
If the pro-Arab, anti-Israel prop-
organizations—or of other pro-Arab
aganda apparatus in the United
groups such as American Middle
States ever tried to wrap its mes-
East Rehabilitation (AMER), which
sage in the trappings of status
is now affiliated with ANERA.
and prestige, it did so in Washing-
Among them: Dr. Alford Carleton,
ton on Jan. 27, 1971.
a former president of AFME; Or-
At 8 that evening, a solemn reli-
in D. Parker, executive director
gious processional made its way
(1969) of AFME and a director of
up the center aisle of the Capital's
ANERA; Dr. L. Emmett Holt,
National Cathedral as the Very
chairman (1969) of AMER and a
Rev. Francis B. Sayre, dean of the
director of AMTU; Dr. Bayard
cathedral, mounted the pulpit. This
Dodge (AFME, AMER); and the
was to be "A Plea for Justice for
speaker Dr. Davis (ANERA, AM-
the Holy Land," said Dr. Sayre.
ER, AMEU). Others included Rab-
He assured the more than 1,000
bi Elmer Berger, president of the
persons present that the service
anti-Israel "Jewish Alternatives to
would carry the message of love
Zionism," and Frank Maria, one
rather than of hate, that it was to
of the founders of AFME back in
be a building up rather than a
1951 and an active director of the
tearing down. There were prayers
rally at the cathedral, told report_
and hymns, and representatives of
ers on the scene that American
the various religious faiths, but •in
public opinion about the Middle
an official .press release, the af-
East is controlled by a "highly
fair's sponsors had described it as
organized, heavily influential and
"a mass rally the first of its kind
well-financed" pro-Zionist group.
in America." However dubious its
"mass" quality, it was a rally in-
Another sponsor was Robert
deed, openly political in that there
John, a British politician who
were calls for specific changes in
once advised Americans to re-
move such men as Arthur Gold-
American foreign policy and
berg and Henry Kissinger from
charges that the present policy
"decision-making" positions with
(with respect to the Middle East)
respect to the Middle East, add-
was a "one-sided" one dictated by
ing: "If any candidate for office
"Zionist" pressures.
runs on seeking the support of
Purportedly a Christian appeal
the Zionist minority by promising
on behalf of the Palestinian ref-
special favors for Israel — run
ugees, the meeting was in fact
them out of town."
a political appeal for support of .
the entire Arab posture in the
Another British political figure
came to town on Jan. 27 to be the
Middle East.
rally's chief speaker. He was Chris-
Good psychology was applied.
topher Mayhew, a member of Par-
The term "Holy Land" has strong
liament, who is regarded as the
religious appeal and avoids any
leader of the Labor Party's pro-
strong Arab flavor. The words
Arab faction. Mayhew, who also
"plea," "justice" and "people"
is vice chairman of his country's
are also appealing to Americans,
leading pro-Arab organization, the
whose sympathies are always stir-
Council for the Advancement of
red by the plight of seeming un-
Arab-British Understanding, told
derdogs. The National Cathedral,
Washington reporters: "Your news-
imposing in name as well as in
paper information is under Zionist
architecture, might seem to put
influences."
the stamp of American Christian-
ity on the proceedings. The whole
Rising to speak in the cathedral,
effort was topped off with a cou-
the plain-looking but extremely
ple of big-name sponsors and a
articulate Mayhew lashed out at
few messages of support from
Israel. "We are here," he began,
senators and congressmen.
"to express oui. sympathy for Arab
But behind the facade stood the
victims of Zionists in the Middle
usual complex of organizations
East—for the Palestinian refugees,
and parade of individuals found in
for the Arabs living under Israeli
support of the Arab propaganda
rule in the occupied territories,
war against Israel, so the tone of
and for the citizens of Arab coun-
tries who have lost large parts of
their countries through conquest."
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the affair a tone of distinction, the
sponsors obtained messages of sup-
port from a number of political
figures. These included sponsors
Hatfield and Bellmon and Senators
Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) and
Adlai E. Stevenson (D-Ill.). Stev-
enson, however, later disavowed
the anti-Israel slurs made at the
rally.
While the announced themes of
the evening were "justice" and
"love," it is perhaps noteworthy
that none of the speakers talked of
peace — genuine peace negotiated
between the Arabs and Israel. Be-
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Counsel, Anti-Defamation League
(Copyright 1911, JTA, Inc.)

the meeting should have surprised
no one. The sponsoring groups
were American Friends of the Mid-
dle East (AFME), Americans for
Middle East Understanding (AM-
EU), American Near East Ref-
ugee Aid, Inc. (ANERA); Ameri-
can Middle East Policy Council,
Inc., and the Middle East Affairs
Council.
The first two of the above, AFME
and AMEU, have been leading dis-
tributors of pro-Arab, anti-Israel
materials on the American scene.
The third, ANERA, was formed
early in 1968 to "provide subsist-
ence aid, medical aid and educa-
tional opportunities for Arab ref-
ugees in the Near East," but on a
number of occasions has engaged
in active political pressure to per-
suade the U.S. government to cut
off all aid to Israel.
The address given for the ca-
thedral rally in advance adver-
tising was that of ANERA,
whose executive director, John
P. Richardson, was secretary of
the rally's organizing committee.
One of the rally speakers was
ANERA's president, Dr. John H.
Davis, who told those assembled
that as far as the Palestinian
Arabs were concerned, the very
creation of the state of Israel
was a "catastrophe." (Neither
Davis nor any other speaker ap-
peared to think that "justice"
required recognition of the fact
that it was the Arab states' re-
jection of the UN Partition Plan
of 1947 that robbed the Palestin-
ians of a homeland.)
Among the well-known sponsors
of the rally were Senators Mark
Hatfield (R-Ore.) and Henry Bell-
mon (R-Kan.); Dr. Cynthia Wedel,
president of the National Council
of Churches; Erwin D. Canham,
editor-in-chief of the Christian Sci-
ence Monitor; Dr. Andrew Cordier,
former president of Columbia Uni-
versity; Most Rev. Edward E.
Swanstrom, Roman Catholic auxil-
iary bishop of New York, and Rev.
Edward L. R. Elson, pastor of
Washington's National Presbyte-
rian Church. Rev. Elson, who also
is chaplain of the U.S. Senate, has
been chairman of the National
Council of the pro-Arab AFME,
and served as chairman of the
cathedral rally's sponsoring com-
mittee.
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