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April 27, 1973 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-04-27

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Vatican Dismayed at Reaction
to French Document on Jews

(Continued from Page 1)
The Vatican so far has re-
frained from commenting
publicly on the declaration.
Vatican Press Secretary Fed-
erico Allessandrini said in re-
sponse to questions that he
had nothing to add to repeat-
ed pronouncements by the
Pope on the Arab-Israeli con-
flict. Pope Paul again called
for peace in the Middle East
in his Easter message last
Sunday.
Allessandrini r e .m a rked,
however, that the Church's
position on Judaism "has
been defined by Vatican II,"
a possible implication that
the French bishops' declara-
tion was gratuitous.
The French Catholic docu-
ment on Christian-Jewish re-
lations was praised by Dr.
Gerhart Riegner of Geneva,
secretary - general of the
World Jewish Congress, as
going beyond the 1965 Vati-
can II statement on. Jews.
Dr. Riegner stated that the
French Episcopate declara-
tion for the first time rejects
the still remaining anti-Semi-
tic teachings of the Church.
He said the document, tit-
led "Pastoral Orientations on
the Attitude of Christians To-
ward Judaism," issued April
16 on the eve of Passover,
"should become a milestone
in Catholic-Jewish relations
and serve as a model guide-
line for similar pronounce-
ments by national episco-
pates."
The French statement, ac-
cording to Dr. Riegner, "does
not limit itself, as Vatican II
did, to exposing the spiritual
links between Christianity
and Judaism and their his-
torical sources, but accepts
the Jewish community as a
living reality from whose
spiritual message Christians
still today can benefit."

Quiz Answers

Answers to Quiz, Page 5
1. Close to 18 per cent of
Israeli Jews live on the soil.
2. Close to 57 per cent of
the Israeli Arabs live in
rural areas.
3. El Al is Israel's national
airline. The words mean
"toward and upward."
4. The industrial complex
between Haifa and Acre is
known as "Steel City" be-
cause of its multiplicity of in-
dustries.
5. On Yom HaAtzmaut (In-
dependence Day) the finals
of Hidon Hatanakh (Interna-
tional Bible Contest) takes
place.
6. Bezalel.
7. At Mikveh Israel.
8. Har Habayit (Temple
Mount), the location of the
Holy of Holies in ancient
times.
9. T (Torah), Five Books
of Moses; N (Neviim or
Prophets) and KH (Ketubim
— Holy Writings) are the
initials for the 24 books of
the bible.
10. Israel has sent teams
of experts to assist a number
of underdeveloped Afro-Asian
countries.

Dr. Riegner, who brought
together current ongoing
working communications with
the Vatican and the World
Council of Churches through
the International Jewish Com-
mittee in Inter-religious Con-
sultations, viewed the French
document as dramatizing
"considerable progress in ef-
forts we have made in deal-
ing on the highest level with
these major Christian church
bodies."
The international Jewish
committee consists of the
World Jewish Congress, Syna-
gogue Council of America,
American Jewish Committee,
Bnai Brith, and the Israel
Jewish Council for Interreli-
gious Contacts.
Dr. Riegner has been in the
United States on a three-week
speaking tour, briefing Jew-
ish leaders in various cities
on a wide range of World
Jewish Congress activities.
Earlier, the Archbishop of
Paris, Cardinal Francois
Marty, told newsmen that the
new French Catholic Chitral
document on revising atti-
tudes toward Judaism was a
religious and not a political
statement.
"This document does not
take a position in the Middle
East conflict," Archbishop
Marty said at a news confer-
ence after the episcopate is-
sued the two-year study.

Israel May See PLO at Bologna M. E. Peace Parley

"This religious statement
was issued during the Jewish
Passover holiday and is
founded entirely on religious
grounds," Archbishop Marty
said. "We must recognize
that Jews have suffered in
the past. They are men who
must be given our respect. A
Jew is a man. An Arab is a
man. The Palestinians have
the right to life and territory
too."
Not all Catholics in France
agreed with the episcopate
document. Georges Montaron,
director of the review, Tem-
oignage Chretien (Christian
Observer), said that "since
French bishops are behind
events and since they do not
know what is news, they will
not be listened to as they had
hoped because of the situa-
tion around them."
The World Conference of
Christians for Palestine, of
which Montaron is also a lea-
der, issued a negative re-
sponse to the church study.
`rhis_document,-- written by
a limited group, without con-
sulting Arabs and Moslems
who are directly concerned
by the problem of the Prom-
ised Land, cannot be ap-
proved, as it stands, by the
whole of the French Episco-
pate and by the church." The
World Conference is a group
of left-wing Catholics who
support the Palestinians.



ROME (JTA)—Israelis and
Palestinian guerrilla repre-
sentatives may meet at the
leftist - sponsored Bologna
Conference on Peace in the
Middle East scheduled for
May 11-13 if El Fatah leader
Yassir Arafat has his way
and sends a Palestine Libera-
tion Organization delegation.
A three-member investiga-
tory team which visited Bei-
rut, Damascus and Cairo, re-
•ported to a preparatory meet-
ing of the conference that
Arafat, the PLO head, was
willing to send an ad hoc dele-
gation, conference sources
said.
It would not be a formal
PLO delegation, the sources
said, since Arafat faces con-
siderable opposition from
within the organization to the
idea of sending anyone at all.
The investigatory t e a m,
which arrived in Bologna
from Cairo, comprised Remo
Salati of Italy, Maurice Barth
of France and Said Rifai of
Egypt.
The team reported it had
been in contact with leaders
from a--wide political spec-
trum that included Socialists,
Baathists and Communists.
The preparatory meeting
also received a letter an-

nouncing the formation of an
Israeli committee for the
Bologna conference compris-
ing representatives of Rakah

Communists and other op-
position leftist groups includ-
ing Brit Hasmol, Ha'olam
and Siah.

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Marked 30 Years Later

(Continued from Page 1)
uprising.
The two-hour concert of the
National Philharmonic took
place on the eve of the anni-
versary of the day in 1943
when Nazi troops moved into
the walled ghetto with orders
to destroy it and the 65,000
people living inside.
For almost three weeks
Jewish fighters held off the
Germans using a variety of
weapons, many of them
homemade.
By May 8 the resistance
had been crushed and the
ghetto cleared.
The anniversary of the up-
rising will be observed by
Radio Liberty in its broad-
casts to the Soviet Union.
Special programs in Rus-
sian and Yiddish will de-
scribe the heroic resistance
of the Warsaw Jews, accord-
ing to Dr. Gene Sosin, direc-
tor of broadcast planning.
In one broadcast, Mrs.
Vladka Meed, vice-president
of the Workmen's Circle and
assistant director of the Jew-
ish Labor Committee in New
York, describes in Yiddish
her recollections of life inside
the ghetto during the uprising
as well as her role as a cour-
ier in obtaining weapons
from the outside.

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Square for the occasion. Sev-
eral thousand persons repre-
senting more than 50 national
and metropolitan Jewish or-
ganizations will attend an
outdoor rally there Sunday
to pay tribute to the memory
of the Six Million.

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