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February 25, 1972 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1972-02-25

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.fOrTurr 25;

Nazi - Banner Fifes at Hofstra U.;
Administration Calls It 'Freedom

THE DETROIT JEWISH rims

Dr. Sternstein
to Address
ZOD Meeting

At the annual membership cam-
paign meting of the Zionist Organi-
zation of Detroit 8:30 p.m. Thurs-
day at the Zionist Cultural Center,
Dr. Joseph P. Sternstein, of Roslyn
Heights. N.Y., will speak on "Why
Zionism Today?"
Dr. Sidney Z. Leib, chairman of
the membership campaign, and
Dr. Joel I. Hamburger, ZOD presi-
dent, in an invitation to the corn-

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Nas-
sau-Suffolk Association of Rabbis,
comprised of 175 Orthodox, Con-
servative and Reform members in
those Long Island counties, said it
was "shocked:' at what it called the
failure of the Hofstra University
administration to remove a Nazi
flag being flown from a dormitory
window by David Kerr, a 21-year-
old student affiliated with neo-
Nazi organizations.

The flag-flying constitutes "bla-
tant provocations to violence and
transcends the legitimate demands
of freedom of speech," association
President Rabbi Philip S. Krohn
said in a statement.

miral Harold Miller (USN ret--),
vice president for university rela-
tions, told the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that after a day-long meet-
ing during which the flag issue was
discussed, the trustees decided to
confirm Hofstra's policy of com-
plete freedom of expression for its
students.

According to Adm. Miller,
that policy was adopted 10 years:
ago after a similar furor arose -
on the campus over a student in-
vitation to the late George Lin-
coln Rockwell, leader of the
American Nazi Party, to speak.
"Rockwell spoke and laid the
biggest egg," he said.

Rabbi Krohn said the adminis-
tration's "lack of action insults
Hofstra is a priVate University
the sensibilities of Jews who in our with' a student body of 12,000
own lifetime have suffered because
which campus sources estimate to
of similar lack of action on the be 40-50 per cent Jewish with a
part of respected citizens in Ger- similar proportion of Jews on the
many."
faculty. According to Rabbi Wolf,
The statement declared: "It about half of the trustees are Jew-
is the responsibility of the ad-
ish.
ministration to take positive
Rabbi Wolf said that since the
steps immediately and remove
this hated -symbol and the Swastika appeared, Israeli flagi
(Nazi recruitment) advertise-- have appeared in many dormitory-
ments), from the (student) news- - windows.
paper. This symh91 of Nazism
represents the - horrors of gene
"ride, which Cannot be . permit- Drilling Linea : too -Water
One of the most ettee‘ssful water
ted to reappear in any guise In
a free. country."
drilling operations his been carried
Meanwhile, three national Jew- out in the northern part of the
ish organizations and the Jewish Lower Jordan 'Valley, and the
chaplain at • Hofstra have urged plentiful supply of fresh water
removal of the flag. Representa- 'found at the drillings has already
tives of the -three groups—the revolutionized agricultural planning
DR. JOSEPH P. STERNSTEIN
the area previously considered
Anti-Defamation League of Bnai in
mittee to attend this cultural eve- Brith, the Anierican Jewish Com arid.
ning, announced that admission mittee and the American Jewish.
will be free and that Purim re- Congress—and Rabbi Leo Wolf met
freshments will be served.
with Dr. Clifford-Lord, president'
Dr. Sternstein is vice-chairman Hofstra.
of the national executive commit-
The board of trustees of Hofstra
tee of the Zionist Organization of University has upheld the univer-
America. a member of its admin- sity administration's refusal ' to
istrative board, and national chair- force the removal of the flag. Ad-
man of the ZOA's public affairs
committee. He is also chairman of
the United Nations delegation of
the Synagogue Council of America
and holds many positions of na-
tional and international importance.
Dr. Sternstein recently completed
an extensive trip to Russia.

Ann Arbor Mayor
Joins Protest for
Soviet Jewry

The Washtenaw County Jewish
Community Council, in a report
to The Jewish News, said some
250 Jews and Gentiles participated
in its recent demonstration at a
performance of the Osipov Bala-
laika Orchestra in Ann Arbor.
Mayor Robert J. Harris and
three Christian clergymen were
among the marchers, who were
protesting the persecution of Soviet
Jewry..
Mayor Harris, who is Jewish,
marched, despite the cold, for an
hour before the performance. "An
estimated 1,000,000 Jews want to
leave Russia," he told reporters.
"This is the only pressure that
can be brought to bear in attempts
to release Soviet Jews."
The clergymen included the
Rev. Joseph Kunti, of St. Mary's
Student Chapel; the Rev. Calvin
Malefyte of University Reformed
Church; and the Rev. Raymond
Saxe of Grace Bible Church.
Rev. Saxe, who said his father
was Jewish, commented that this
was the first time he had ever
demonstrated but that he took his
stand because of a "personal af-
finity for the Jewish people" and
because he is anti-Communist.
Also protesting were Rabbis Bruce
Warshal of Temple Beth Emeth
and Allan Kensky of Beth Israel.
Congregation.
The demonstration was sponsor-
ed by the Soviet Jewry Committee
of the Jewish Community Council

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