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June 18, 1971 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-06-18

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New Cancer Center Named for Late Meyer Prentis

A $4,500,000 Michigan Cancer Foundation building is to
be named the Meyer L. Prentis Cancer Center, in memory
of the first treasurer of the General Motors Corp.
A "cement-pouring" ceremony noon Thursday will


H istoricity
and Arab Claims

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Vo LIX. No. 14

mark the beginning of construction of the five-story struc-
ture, made possible with the recent major bequest of the
Meyer and Anna Prentis Family Foundation.
Mrs. Prentis will be present for the ceremony, as

will MCF board members and staff and civic officials.
Site of the building is on John R, facing Warren Ave.,
between the cultural center and the developing medical
complex to the west and south. (See Story on Page 5)


Review of Jewish News

Michigan Weekly

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

17515 W. 9 Mile Rd., Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075

USSR Puzzles
Mark Blindness
to Reality

on Rampage,
Bigoted Prejudice

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356-8400 $8.00 Per Year; This Issue 25c June 18, 1971

ilroomfield Raises Issue of 'Secret Treaty Clause'

Growing Soviet Mediterranean
Power Threatens Israel and U.S.

Christian Leaders Deplore
Pro-Arab Church Pressures;
Support Israel's Jerusalem
Reunification Construction

NEW YORK — Twenty-four prominent Catholic, Protestant

and, Evangelical leaders made public their support of the re-

unification of Jerusalem under Israeli jurisdiction, declared
their confidence in Israel's capa -eity to supervise the Holy Places
in cooperation with Christian and Muslim bodies, and denied
that Israel was making life difficult for Christians and Muslims
in the Holy Land.
The Rev. Dr. Franklin H. Littell, chairman of the depart-
ment of religion, Temple University, and chairman of a newly
organized group, Christians Concerned for Israel, released the
statement at a news conference at the headquarters of the
National. Conference of Christians and Jews. Dr. Littell was just
re-elected chairman of Joint Faith and Order Study Commission
of the National Council of Churches and the National Conference
of Catholic Bishops on Christianity, Israel and the Middle
East. Sharing the podium with Dr. Littell at a news conference
was the Rev. Edward H. Flannery, executive secretary of the
U.S. Catholic Bishops' Secretariat on Catholic-Jewish Relations.
The statement, Dr Littell explained, was the result of a
recent ad hoc meeting of Christian leaders responding to grow-
ing pressures from Arab countries and pro-Arab elements in
the Christian churches that seek to discredit Israel's administra
tion of the Holy City.
During the past few months, editorials in L'Osservatore
Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, and statements by
Jordan's King Hussein and Lebanon's Foreign Minister Khalil
Abu Hamad have indicated an increasingly organized Muslim-
Christian pressure bloc that is trying to make the international-
ization of Jerusalem an essential part of any possible Middle
East -peace plan.
Answering charges of such groups that Israel was trying to
"Judaize" the city and was "suffocating" its Christian and
Muslim population, the Christian leaders' statement declared
that such allegations were based on political rather than
religious motives.
"The behavior of the government of Israel with respect to
the holy places has been exemplary," the statement said. "It
has achieved the main purpose of internationalization, which is
to provide protection and free access to the holy places for all."
(A lay organization which proposes to alert the public
to the need for changing American policy in the Middle East
ias been formed with headquarters in New York and
branches in other major cities. The organization, Americans
for a Secure Israel, is headed by Prof. Erich Isaac of City
College of New York. See story Page 8.)
The Christian leaders also noted "with regret, that no
(Continued on Page 8)
Christian bodies or national

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The growth of Soviet naval power in the Mediterranean is
being stressed by high-ranking naval officers here who claim that by next year the United
States would not be in a position to "face down" the Soviet Union should a new war develop
in the Middle East. According to the officers, if a new Mid East war breaks out in mid-1972,
they would have to advise the President on purely military grounds to let Israel be overrun
by a joint Soviet-Egyptian attack. They said the defense of Israel would complicated in a
severe crisis because it would not involve NATO, and America's allies in central and southern
Europe might be reluctant to get involved by giving permission • for U. S. troop transports
and combat planes to overfly their countries.
The officers made a gloomy assessment of U.S. naval strength in the Mediterranean
compared to Russia's by the middle of next year. They noted that the Soviets now have naval
bases in Egypt and Syria while the U.S. has lost all of its bases in the Middle East. Moreover,
they claimed, the Sixth Fleet was smaller and older than in the past, compared to the rapidly
growing Soviet naval squadron in the Mediterranean. Ranking naval officers have expressed
similar views in closed congressional hearings over the Navy's $21,800,000,000 fiscal 1972 bud-
get. Observers here tend to view their pessimistic prognostications as a familiar ploy to extract
larger appropriations from Congress.
Michigan Congressman William Broomfield, as a member of the U.S. House of Repre-
sentatives Foreign Affairs Committee, on Tuesd ay addressed a series of questions to Secretary
of State William Rogers regarding the new dangers impending in the Middle aEst.
Rep. Broomfield informed The J e wish News that he inquired regarding a reported
"secret clause" in the USSR -Egyptian treaty recently concluded in Cairo.
Pointing out that the Egyptian dependency on Moscow has increased as a result of this
agreement, Rep. Broomfield asked for a report on reports that Sovie laval personnel "are
now helping to man Egyptian submarines and other vessels.
This is a matter of great concern to the United States," he sta;. ed.
He also asked whether the U.S. Depart-
ment of State is departing from the progam
USSR Raps State Dept. of assuring assistance for Israel's security
and asked for an assessment of the program,
indicating that the increased dangers in the
Intercession for Jews
Middle East call for uninterrupted aid to
The Soviet Embassy in Washington informed
The Jewish News on Wednesday that the USSR
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has protested the action
There was no denying that Soviet sea
of the U.S. State Department in expressing concern
power is building up rapidly in the Mediter-
over the status of Russian Jews. The USSR protest
ranean and elsewhere and Moscow is making
condemned the State Department's action as "rude ,
no secret of the build-up. Tass, the Soviet
interference in the internal affairs of the Soviet
new agency, reported on the week-end visit
to the Soviet Mediterranean fleet by Defense
Nevertheless, the Detroit Jewish Community
Minister Andrei
Council, in a memo to all member organizations and
synagogues, urged that the community write letters
Grechko and Adm.
Israel Warns
to President Nixon, urging him to take action before
Sergei G. Gorshkov,
the trials begin. The memo recalls that the U.S.
commander - in -
Attackers on
government intervened during the 1903-1906 pogroms
chief of the Russian
in Kishinev.
Navy. They were
Council also has prepared pre-addressed post-
Its Shipping ;
government and
cards, to be mailed to the procurator of the republic
Communist Party
of Moldavia, in which Kishinev is located. To obtain
Detailed Story
the cards, contact the Council, 962-1880.

Meanwhile JTA reports (Continued on Page 10)

(Continued on Page 12)

Page 33

African Jewry Pleads for Restoration of Right to Send Funds to Israel

CAPETOWN (JTA) — The South African Zionist Federation expressed regret
-; over th4„government's decision to suspend all transfers of funds from South Africa to


The government said the measure was a temporary one that would be reviewed
when clarification was obtained on Israel's donation of $2,800 in food and medical
supplies to the Organization for African Unity.
South African Jews have the world's highest per capita rate of support for
Israel. Since the June 1967 Six-Day War, more than $28,000,000 has been remitted to
Israel with the South African government's approval. The Jewish population of South
Africa is about 120,000.
The suspension of fund transfers reflected the anger aroused by the donation
to the OAU which Israel said it made on humanitarian grounds in response to an
appeal from the United Nations secretary-general for aid to victims of natural

disaster. The South African government regards the OAU as a terrorist organization.
The OAU is an umbrella organization that supports various African "freedom
fighters" movements opposed to colonialism and apartheid. The OAU has received
aid and support from several Western governments.
The Israeli donation was bitterly condemned by Premier B. J. Vorster. The
South African Zionist Federation and the Jewish Board of Deputies issued a joint
statement deploring it as a "blunder." The federation's latest • statement expressed
"confident hope, based on the government's sympathetic understanding of the
humanitarian purposes for which the funds are used, that the suspension will soon
be lifted."
South Africa's Jewish press continued to reflect the distress felt by the Jewish
community here. Most Jewish weeklies endorsed the joint statement issued by the
(Continued on Page 6)
'South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the

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