18—Friday, June 18, 1971
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Kenen Urges Vigilance in Getting
Continued U. S. support for Israel
Jewish Editor Dropped From David Frost Show
After James Baldwin Refuses to Debate Him
NEW YORK (JTA) — Shlomo
Katz, editor of Midstream, the
"monthly Jewish review" . pub-
lished here by the Theodor Herzl
Foundation, charged that the "Da-
vid Frost Show" had - submitted"
to the "dictation" of black writer
James Baldwin in dropping him
from a taping of the syndicated
television talk show.
He had been invited, Katz told
the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, to
participate with Baldwin and an-
thropologist Dr. Margaret Mead in
a discussion of "A Rap on Race,"
a new book consisting of a tran-
script of a conversation-debate be-
tween Baldwin and Dr. Mead.
Two minutes before the taping,
Katz said, he was informed by a
production aide that "Mr. Bald-
win says 'I will not discuss this
subject with him.' "
The 62-year-old Katz, editor of
Midstream since 1955, charged that
the Frost show staff had been
"dictated to" by Baldwin.
The development, said Katz,
represented "gagging of a panelist
by James Baldwin and submission
by the 'David Frost Show.' "
Katz, who said he would file a
formal complaint with the pro-
ducers of the program, added:
"It was not a proud moment. I
Katz attributed Baldwin's seem-
ing reluctance to appear with him,
to a recent public debate between
the two on Jewish commitment to
the cause of black militancy.
In an article in the New York
Review of Books addressed to "my
sister, Angela Davis," the black
militant and Marxist charged with
complicity in a multiple murder in
California, Baldwin told her: "You
are as alone as the Jewish house-
wife in a boxcar headed for
In the April issue of Mid-
stream, Katz challenged Bald-
win's comparison of the Jewish
-, fate in the Nazi Holocaust with
the situation of Miss Davis and
. other American black militants.
Katz's "open letter" was in turn
reprinted in the New York Re-
view (reprinted in Purely Com-
mentary May 7), and Baldwin's
rebuttal to it will appear in the
next issue of Midstream.
"You have got to remember,"
the American expatriate writer
continued, "however bitter this
may sound, no matter how bitter
I may sound, that I have been, in
America, the Arab at the hands
of the Jews."
Dr. Mead replied: "Oh, fiddle-
sticks! Just fiddlesticks! You are
now making a totally racist com-
ment just because there have been
a number of Jewish shopkeepers
Katz noted that in "A Rap on
Race," Baldwin said that "the
creation of the state of Israel was
one of the most cynical achieve-
ments — really murderous, merci-
less, ugliest and cynical achieve-
ments on the part of the Western
nation," who he said took it on
A spokesman for Peter Baker,
themselves to give Jews that part producer of the Frost series, said
of Palestine now called Israel.
Katz had been invited several days
ago to debate Baldwin in the "later
Hospitalization Rate High stages" of the discussion.
As a courtesy to Baldwin, the
Among Poor Children
spokesman continued, he was called
in West. Jerusalem Area to be informed of Katz's booking,
but could not be reached until half
JERUSALEM (JTA)—A medical
an hour before the June 8 taping.
research team has found that 18
Baldwin, according to the produc-
per cent of children born in the
tion spokesman, said he had not
West Jerusalem area are hospi-
been given enough time to prepare
talized at least once during their
for a televised dialogue with Katz,
first year of life, a rate seven times
and the editor was thus advised
higher than in areas of the United
that he would not be on the show.
States and England where similar
Another executive at the Frost
studies have been made.
show said Baldwin's comment was
The findings stated that of 40,000 not hostile, and that in fact he
infants examined, 7.4 per cent were indicated a willingness to debate
born with a defect, half of them Katz on another day. The execu-
serious, affecting the brain or tive called the entire matter "an
spinal cord. The researchers found unfortunate mistake."
that the serious defects were con-1 The taped Frost episode will be
centrated in the Arab quarters of telecast July 1. In the half-hour
Bcit Safafa and Abu Gosh and exchange between Baldwin and
among Jewish immigrants from Dr. Mead. producer Baker's aide
said, • there was no mention of
The team found that over-all black-Jewish relations.
hospitalization rates for infants one
year of age or under was influ-
enced by social factors. In the
poor neighborhoods of Katamon and
Musrara the rate was 35 per cent,
compared with only 0.15 per cent
SACRAMENTO (JTA) — Polish
in Rehavia, a middle class section. Jews are being subjected to emi-
More than 40 per cent of infants gration restrictions, and Romanian
whose mothers never attended Jews are being threatened by a
school were hospitalized but only shortage of religious leaders, the
8 per cent of children Whose moth- Sacramento Jewish Federation re-
ers had post-primary education ports in the June issue of its Jew-,
ish Federation Bulletin.
There were an estimated 7,000--, ;:i.
Jews in Poland in January, around
1,090 having emigrated last year,
the Bulletin says, adding that more
(From the files of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
would have left but for "visa re-
40 Years Ago This Week: 1931
fusals, on grounds of 'state in-
Anti-Semitic Riga students burned the university's only Yiddish terest.' "
Of the 7,000 total, it is said, "per-
The Zionist Revisionists' Palestine newspaper, Haam, was banned haps 2,000" are "of emigrable age"
by Britain for publishing a poem critical of the Wailing Wall Corn- —though not all may want to leave
inission for declaring the wall Moslem property.
—and the other 5,000 are over 60
The head of the (Protestant) German Evangelical Church stated: years old, "mostly poor, sick or
"While other political movements declare themselves openly against handicaped" and "in continuous
Christianity or are indifferent to it, National Socialism takes its stand need of assistance."
on the basis of positive Christianity (and) stands passionately for
Those 5,000, the Bulletin said,
justice and fraternity . . . (We) must therefore welcome (it) . . . " will probably stay in Poland, "bar-
The Central Conference of American Rabbis deleted the words ring new political upheavals and
to "Kol Nidre" from its Union Hymnal because it was "unable to another resurgence of 'anti-Zionist'
find a suitable version." But it rejected a move to expunge "Hatikvah" propaganda."
on grounds of "Zionist propaganda."
(According to encyclopedias,
Prof. Oscar Minkowski, developer of the insulin treatment of
there were nearly 3,000,000 Jews
:diabetes, died in Berlin at age 73.
in Poland in 1929. In 1958 there
In the first desecration of a French Jewish cemetery, 20 tomb-
were an estimated 30,000).
stones were vandalized at historic Rosenwiller, Alsace.
In Romania, the Federation Bul-
A Canadian Jewish law student who needed a hat to recite a letin continues, Chief Rabbi Moses
court oath, borrowed one from the first passerby—a girl. "Red with Rosen "has been increasingly con-
embarrassment but loyal to Jewish tradition," JTA reported, "the cerned for some time about the
. young man, arrayed in the flimsy sunshade, stood before the clerk diminishing number of trained per-
and solemnly took the oath."
sonnel, especially shohetim and the
A Jew, Robert Kronfeld, became the first to guide a glider across Hebrew teachers needed for the
the English Channel and back.
10 Years Ago This Week: 1961
The "missing generation" that
Pravda threatened to "reconsider" its "substantial" aid to Egypt was eradicated by the Nazis
if that government continued its anti-Soviet, pro-"Western imperialist" "makes itself felt ever more pain-
fully," the report says, since "not
The Arab League decided to "use force to prevent Israel's only were a whole generation's
exploitation of the Jordan River for irrigation of the Negev Desert." functionaries wiped out but also
The first Soviet artists in Israel—two pianists and a violinist— the Jewish institutions which
filled Tel Aviv's 3,000-seat Mann Auditorium for a concert with the
The Bulletin notes that fewer
than half of the 900,000 prewar
Adolf Eichmann, defending himself in Jerusalem, said he had been Jewish population survived the
only a small cog who had to obey unpleasant orders to expel Jews Holocaust and that three-quarters
from Germany. He claimed his activities in fact aided Zionism.
of those moved to Israel. "Thus,"
The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Maryland law it concludes, "the remnant of Ro-
requiring office-holders to declare "belief in God."
manian Jewry never had a chance
Ogden R. Reid, ex-ambassador to Israel, was named to the New to replenish its leaders and func-
York State Commission Against Discrimination.
tionaries, especially with well over
Sir Barnett Janner, Labor MP and Zionist leader, was re-elected half of those remaining now elderly
president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
and often ailing."
There is an urgent need to keep
members of Congress alerted to
Israel's need for uninterrupted
American support and for con-
tinued supplies of arms to face
the dangers that stem from the
massive support Egypt receives
from the Soviet Union. So said I. L.
Kenen, executive vice president of
the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee, before a group of De-
troit leaders at a luncheon meeting
here June 10 at the Standard Club.
Kenen said that sentiment in
both houses of Congress is over-
whelmingly in favor of aid to
Israel, but he indicated that
pressures from some quarters, the
massive Arab propaganda, often
endanger Israel's position.
Egypt, he indicated, is com-
pletely dependent upon Soviet aid,
and the urgency to protect Israel's
position is unabated.
Describing some of the dan-
gers that lurk in the Middle
East, Kenen warned that anti-
Semitic propaganda has in-
creased, that the nefarious Proto-
cols of the Elders of Zion re-
mains a best seller in Beirut—
an inheritance from its endorse-
ment by Nasser—and he urged
that American Jews keep on the
alert against growing propa-
ganda to undermine the U.S.-
He pointed especially to the an-
tagonism that stems from officials
who represented this country in
Cairo. He gave as an example the
article that appeared in the New
York Times in which David G. Nes,
a former U.S. official in Cairo,
used the Arab line of referring to
Israel as "the 51st state."
Lewis Grossman, Maurice Brand-
wine and W. B. Doner were co-
hosts at the luncheon.
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