Vol. LIX. No. 13
"He who brings shame on his fellow man in public will not have a share in the world to come."
—(Baba Metzia, 59). . . . "He who brings internal Jewish matters before non-Jewish authorities pro-
(Annotations on Page 2)
fanes the name of God."—(Comment by Rashi on the Gemara Gitin 88).
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_ Irs. Meir Sees Danger in New Pact
Israel Regards U.S. Attitude
on Sadat as ver-OptInusiu
\\ U. S. Intervention to Aid Soviet
Jewry Urged by Christian Clerics;
Local Protest Assails Persecution
WASHINGTON (JTA)—Christian and Jewish clergymen called on Presi-
dent Nixon and the U.S. government to intervene more actively with Soviet
authorities on behalf of Russian Jews. The clergymen addressed about 500
persons attending a prayer vigil for Soviet Jews at a park three blocks from
the White House. The vigil was organized by the Synagogue Council of
America in cooperation with the American Jewish Conference on Soviet
(The story of Ruth Aleksandrovich, symbol of the young Jewish pris-
oners in the Soviet Union, was brought to Detroit Wednesday evening by
her mother, Rivka Aleksandrovich, who spoke before an audience of more
than 1,200 at Temple Emanu-El. She urged American physicians to exert
pressure on the Soviet authorities to release her daughter, who has been
put into a "strict regime" cell despite her illness. See story Page 10).
The Rev. Dean Louis, of the United Presbyterian Church, urged Chris-
tians in the Soviet Union to become more concerned with the fate of their
Jewish fellow citizens. He appealed to President Nixon to "use his good
offices and intervene" for the release and restoration of full civil rights
to Soviet Jews imprisoned or facing trial. He also asked the World Council
of Churches to "raise this concern with fellow Christians in the Soviet
Rev. Metz Rollins, executive director of the National Committee of
Black Churchmen declared that "Nixon has been strangely silent on this
issue. He should speak out."
Father John F. Hotchkin, executive director of the U.S. Bishops Com-
mittee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Catholic
Conference, referred to fellow Christians when he said, "May they not
t cease to make their voices heard in increasing numbers, may they call for
the liberation of their fellow men caught in this captivity."
Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman, president- of the Synagogue Council, asked
President Nixon to instruct the State Department to "promptly take vigor-
ous measures to convey to the Soviet authorities this government's outrage
at the trials in Leningrad, Riga and Kishinev."
(Related Stories on Page 6)
Review of Jewish News.
as a Vital
Filled With Russian
HAIFA (JTA)—kretired French admiral
rho arrived here aboard a cruise ship that
.d just called at Alexandria reported that
c..;gyptian authorities are so nervous over
possible attacks by Israeli frogmen that
they set off depth charges in the harbor
every 10 minutes.
According to Admiral Georges Abanier,
who served as chief of staff of the French
-navy until his retirement in 1968, Alexan-
dr,ia is full of Russian warships, submarines
'aril, merdhant vessels.
Two retired admirals and six retired
French generals were aboard the French
-cruise liner Jean Mermoz. They are leading
a group of 400 tourists, half of them Legion
of Honor members, who are retracing Napo-
leon's -footsteps. The tour took them to
Malta and Egypt before landing in Israel.
The tourists reported that they were appal-
led by the poverty they saw during their
three-day visi' to Egypt. They said that on
the way to Cairo and Luxor they were kept
under strict supervision and were subjected
nti-Israr" propaganda by their guides.
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Premier Golda Meir's long-awaited political report to the
Knesset, on Tuesday, dealt almost exclusively with the new Soviet-Egyptian 15-year
treaty of friendship and cooperation. Mrs. Meir viewed the pact as an instrument for
turning Egypt into a base for Soviet expansion, transcending the Arab-Israeli conflict,
and as a lever by Egypt to force the U.S. to extract further concessions from Israel.
The premier indicated in her speech that she considered the chances of an interim
agreement to reopen the Suez Canal all but dead in light of the treaty and subse-
quent statements by President Anwar Sadat. Nevertheless, she reiterated Israel's
continued willingness to negotiate an interim arrangement and laid down the condi-
tions for such an agreement.
Mrs. Meir chided the U.S. for over-optimism in regarding President Sadat's re-
cent mass dismissal of pro-Soviet elements in the Egyptian political hierarchy as a
shift away from the Soviet orbit toward the West. "All signs show that the arrests,
imprisonments and purges . . . were intended first and foremost to consolidate Sadat's
position,' ' she said, adding that the hopes aroused by them in Western circles were
(American sources in London and Paris indicated Wednesday that Secretary
of State Rogers believes prospects for an interim settlement are still "fair" and that
the U.S. is about to launch a new diplomatic offensive to achieve that goal. Rogers'
assessment was reportedly based on a message from President Sadat conveyed to him
in Paris by Donald Bergus, the U.S. diplomatic representative in Cairo. The Ameri-
can sources said that while Rogers was "encouraged" by the message, he believes an
agreement must be reached this year bec ause if more time elapses, the current momen-
tum would be lost. Sadat's message also re portedly indicated that Egypt does not
consider the time ripe for the resumption of formal diplomatic relations between Cairo
Israeli diplomatic strategy emerging from Mrs. Meir's Knesset speech seemed
to be to convince the U.S. that Egypt was more firmly than ever in the Soviet grip
as a result of the 15-year pact and that American interests therefore required a strong
Israel. Mrs. Meir noted "with appreciation" the fact that during the past year the
U.S. has expressed in deeds its understanding of the need to maintain the military
balance between Israel and the Arab states. However, she said, despite the good inten-
tions of the U.S. government, "its representatives did not put forward proposals that
could, in our opinion, bring nearer the aspired peace."
She maintained that the innocuous language and generalizations of the released
treaty text masked secret clauses that held ominous implications for peace in the
Middle East. To support her opinion, Mrs. Meir quoted President Sadat's
June 2 speech
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Pope Gets ADL'S Appeal for Russian Jewry
Reply Retains Silence on Jerusalem Issue
ROME (JTA)—Seymour Graubard, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith, at an audience June 2 with Pope Paul VI, urged papal
intercession on behalf of Jews in the Soviet Union.
Graubard, with Benjamin R. Epstein, national director of the Anti-Defamation
League, headed a delegation of 80 American Jewish leaders, members of the
the League's Society of Fellows, returning from a mission to Israel. - He ex-
pressed his gratitude for the Vatican's earlier intervention on behalf of the nine
Leningrad Jews sentenced in December.
Noting that new trials are scheduled and harassment of Soviet Jews is con-
tinuing, Graubard told the Pope: "We take the liberty of asking for your continued
interest and help. The spiritual prestige and authority of the Holy See will be
of tremendous help to these innocent victims."
In welcoming the ADL delegation, the Pope reiterated the view of the Vatican
Council to foster and recommend mutual understanding, respect and "brotherly
dialogue." He noted that "we are especially sensitive to all forms of discrimina-
tion, which impede fraternal charity among men and offend human dignity."
The Pope also reaffirmed his position against "all discrimination based on
race, origin, color, culture, sex or religion," and praised the ADL for its "efforts
for creating that climate between Christians and Jews and among all men." The
Pope, however, refrained from making any statement on the problem of the
Soviet Jews and made no reference to the issue of Jerusalem.
Last March the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano endorsed a plan
for the internationalization of Jerusalem which created great concern among
many Jewish groups.
Dayan Charged With
injecting Fear; His
TEL AVIV (JTA) — The resignation of
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan has been de- •
manded by a man who said he believes
Dayan is both running the government and
putting fear into Israelis' hearts.
Ezer Weizman, the Herut Party leader
who happens to be Dayan's brother-in-law,
himself a former commander of the Israeli
air force and a former member of the coali-
tion cabinet, made the unusual demand on
Friday in an interview in Yediot Ahronot.
He charged that Dayan wanted a partial
settlement with Egypt that was equivalent
to a partial withdrawal and that would lead
to total withdrawal. Weizman said Israel
"should accept a partial settlement only if
we know exactly what is the final settlement
and if this final settlement suits us."
Until then, he said, "we should continue
to sit on the Suez Canal till the Egyptians
say 'Come and talk things over."'
He declared that the stronger the Israeli
stand, the less danger of Soviet military in-
tervention, and that the canal was the best
possible line of defense in the event of such