The My Lai Case
Role in the
Allied Jewish Campaign activities are being accelerated to assure maximum subscriptions
by the time the drive ends on May 5. Volunteers are now being enrolled for the annual Telethon,
two weeks having been set for telephone solicitations from headquarters set up at the United Hebrew
Schools building on 12 Mile at Lahser. With 15,000 contributors already enrolled, more t h a n 12,000
additional donors are yet to be reached. The total raised thus far nears the $11,362,000 total of
1970. The first report meeting of the campaign organization will be held at the Jewish Center Sun-
day morning, and on April 25 a second report meeting, at the Center, will be addressed by Gottlieb
Hammer, executive vice president of United Israel Appeal.
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April 16, 1971
New USSR Egyptian Naval Base
Revealed by Laird; Suez Canal
Interim Agreement Speculated
Plight of Iraqi Jews Triggers
Worldwide Protective Demands
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Foreign Minister Abba Eban Tuesday rejected
Iraqi government claims that no Jews were being held in prison and that
the 4,000 Jews still in Iraq were leading lives of freedom and equality.
Eban said that reports reaching here in the past few weeks were that Jews
were arrested last December and later freed, but are now facing re-arrest
and new trials.
(In New York, an official of the World Jewish Congress Tuesday told the
JTA that he had no specific information to confirm or deny the Iraqi
government's statements that 16 Jews who had been charged with attempt-
ing to leave the country illegally had been raleased from jail. Also uncon-
firmed was a radio report from London that 200 Iraqi Jews had crossed
t he border to Iran.)
Eban made_ statement at. .a special Knesset .meeting called to
_ faltilecir Jews in Iraq and other Arab lands. The Knesset had
, --„,bee.h -:,reeal-liSdArVin— its Passover recess after more than 30 members of
lie GahalrIabfree Center, Agudath Israel and the State List parties
• had requested 'tile sp_ecial session. President Zal-man Shazar, members of
the- cabinet and r Archimandridge Anthony Crabbe, head of the Russian
Orthodox Church in exile in Jernsalem, Were present, and the public
gallerits were packed
had dope. anit- Was still doing a great deal to save the Jews
Mill told the KOesset. He called on_the foreign affairs and
to publish a report which should "bring to light some of
the elfin ►
scenes work that being done . .:What: we demand is
rel4se froili:boiiane and saNation o; our'btethren trapped on Arab soil.
Until WeAiTaye:.:_achieyed this - we cannot- rest." .
Gahat:Wtet4enaliern Begin introduted a Motion calling for a "Brus-
sels type:-C-Orife*ibe" far IraqiJews
to be held in New York.
During --ther',Knesset -debate, several hundred Israelis of Iraqi origin
held a demonstration of solidarity with Iraqi Jews outside the Knesset
building. Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Isser -Untermann visited the demonstrators
and gave them words of encouragetnent.
On. London a delegation representing the-Beard of Deputies of British
Jews presented a letter to the Iraqi ambassador expressing "shock" over
reports on the fate of the 40 Iraqi Jews. The letter, signed by Board Presi-
dent _Michael Fidler and Lord Janner, also referred to reports that 136
Jewish men, women and children were facing trial in Iraq. It appealed
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird reported Tues-
day that the Soviet Union has established a naval base in Egypt. He refused to
elaborate, however, harking back to Secretary of State William P. Rogers' call
for "quiet diplomacy." Laird, speaking at a press conference, said the recent ship-
ments of Soviet weaponry to Egypt included "sophisticated" armaments, and that
the United States will watch the situation "very carefully" to see that the military
balance of power is not tipped against Israel.
State Department spokesman Robert J. McCloskey said later at his regular
noon briefing that while there is "uncertainty between what we know and what we
hear," it was "possible, of course" that the Soviet deliveries have included, as re-
ported, MIG-23 jets. McCloskey said there was no hard evidence of a Soviet per-
sonnel biiildup in Egypt.
Replying to a series of questions by the JTA correspondent, McCloskey said
that while the U. S. favors implementation of all the parts of Security Council
Resolution 242 of Nov. 22, 1967, "we can't stand opposed to measures of accom-
modation which serve the maintenance of the cease fire." He was apparently
alluding to the current talks involving a reopening of the Suez Canal in return for
an Israeli troop pullback in the Sinai Peninsula. As for the cease fire itself which
officially terminated March 7, McCloskey said it was "holding, holding."
He declined comment on Egypt's proposal that the trops be allowed to cross the
canal as part of the interim solution, saying it would "prejudice" the situation.
The State Department spokesman insisted that "we are not assuming the role
of middleman" in place of Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring, the UN Mid East intermediary,
but that the U.S. would be willing, if asked, to deliver Israel's awaited policy state-
ment on a canal reopening to Egypt.
McCloskey said Secretary Rogers had not yet decided to visit the Mid East dur-
ing his upcoming visits to London—April 27-28—for a meeting of the Southeast
Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO)—and to Ankara—beginning April 30—for a meet-
ing of the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO). But McCloskey said a decision
on a Mid East stopover would be made before Rogers left for London—that is within
the next two weeks.
State Department spokesman Charles Bray, asked to comment on the new Soviet
shipments of MIG-23 jets to Egypt, replied that the department does not "take them
lightly" and is "keeping careful tabs" on their effect ci1 the military balance of
power. Soviet arms deliveries, he said, have been "recurring" since the Six-Day War
in the absence of an Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement, but he said that to blame
Israel for that would be excessive. Bray declined to say if additional Soviet person-
nel have been sent to Egypt in recent days. A State Department source added later
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Prevented in Israel
JERUSALEM (JTA)—About 60 mem-
bers of the Land-of-Israel movement in-
cluding several prominent political figures,
were prevented by security forces from
marching Monday to Hebron. The movement
demands Israel's annexation of all Arab
territories occupied in the Six-Day War.
They were turned back on orders of the
military government at the Kfar Etzion
junction which is beyond the so-called
"green line" separating Israel from the
Among the marchers were the mayor of
Natanya, Oved Ben Ami, and Benjamin
Halevy, a Knesset member-and a former
associate justice of Israel's Supreme Court.
Eliezer Livneh, a writer and former MK,
told the JTA that the group did not intend
to march through Hebron but merely to
hold a meeting there to press for the ex-
pansion of Hebron's Jewish settlement,
Kiryat Arba and to visit with the settlers.
Washington Synagogues Vandalized
WASHINGTON (JTA)---Swastikas and hammer-and-sickle emblems were
painted on the walls of four synagogues, and another synagogue was stoned over
the weekend here.
The foot-high desecrations were painted on with black enamel paint and
the apparent use of stencils. The daubings—effected at night in a respectable,
low-crime neighborhood—victimized Tifereth Israel, a Conservative temple, and
Ohev Shalom, Beth Shalom and Agudath Achim, all Orthodox. Summit Hill Con-
gregation, an Orthodox synagogue, was stoned during Passover services by
assailants who fled.
Rabbi A. Nathan Abramowitz of Tifereth Israel, former chairman of the
Washington Board of Rabbis, said that while a similar incident at his shul five
years ago was found to have been committed by youngsters, this time "it looks
like a professional job."
The worst-marred building was Beth Shalom, suffering its first vandalism in
its 13-year existence. All six of its doors were smeared with paint. Ironically, the
building has floodlights that are on at night. Observers said the stoning of Sum-
mit Hill was apparently not connected with the smearings at the other four
synagogues. Although the neighborhood, in upper northwest Washington, has
had its population turn over in recent years from predominantly Jewish to
significantly black, an official of one of the vandalized synagogues said Jewish-
black relations in the area were friendly.
Another official noted that the American Nazi Party reportedly held a
demonstration here last Saturday, and that its 'participants included four men
who were beaten by Jewish Defense League members outside the White House
two weeks. ago. He speculated that the neo-Nazis might have vandalized the
, synagogues to avenge the JDL action.
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Comment by Pope
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Displeasure was ex-
pressed in Israel government circles over
Pope Paul VI's references to the Christian
community in Jerusalem in his Good Fri-
day sermon. Most observers interpreted
the Pope's words as a clear allusion to the
Vatican's long-standing position favoring
special international status for Jerusalem.
The pontiff called on the world's Chris-
tians to give "spiritual, moral and material
support" to the Christian community in
Jerusalem and the Holy Land "where the
benign wind of peace still fails to blow."
He said: "We must look with affectionate
solicitude to the Christian communities in
that Holy Land. They have been sorely tried
in the course of history."
He went on to observe that the aid ren-
dered by Christians to their brethren in
Jerusalem was not only for the mainte
nance of Christian shrines but for the func-
tioning of religious and social institutions.
The Pope also spoke of Christians' desire
for access to their shrines.