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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-05-11

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Effort Mounted to Save Iraq Jewess

(Continued from Page 1)
Escapees from Iraq and
Syria testified at a meeting
held by the Committee of
Concern and sponsored by
the American Jewish Com-
mittee in New York. Gen.
Lucius Clay, U.S. Army ret.,
chaired the meeting, during
which the three men and one
woman described incidents
of harassment, torture, rape
and murder which, they said,
are becoming commonplace
in both countries.

The four, who have ask
sumed false identities to pro-
tect their relatives and
friends f r o m reprisals, de-
scribed their individual
situations and the general
atmosphere of fear and un-
certainty pervading b o t h
communities.
The Iraqi Jew, who de-
scribed himself as "a highly
placed professional" in his
native country, escaped from
Iraq a few months ago. He
described successive waves

Organizations Unite
in Busing Statement

(Continued from Page 1)
It is segregation, not bus-
ing, that is "evil," it added.
Busing, where necessary to
end that evil, is simply one
of many steps taken to as-
sure good education for all
children.
President Nixon's proposal
for a "moratorium on busing"
was called "tragic and prob-
ably illegal" by the Jewish
organizations.
T h e organizations c o n -
demned all pending anti-bus-
ing amendments as attempts
"to curb practices that have
been found necessary to free
American children from suf-
fering educational depriva-
tion because of their race."
Most of the proposed
amendments, they said, are
not just "anti-busing" amend-
ments, but anti-desegregation
amendments, forbidding con-
sideration of race in assign-
ing pupils to schools.
They also derided as "sim-
plistic" other proposed
amendments that would guar-
antee every child the "right"
to attend a "neighborhood"
school.
This would put "the con-
y e n i e n c e of neighborhood
schools above the objective
of erasing racial segregation
and its attendant educational

evils," they asserted.
They warned, furthermore,
that any of the proposed
amendments would under-
mine the American system
of balance of powers among
the executive, legislative and
judicial branches. Under that
system, they said, the courts
have the duty of deciding
how the Constitution is to be
enforced, and the federal,
state •and local governments
have the obligation of carry-
ing out the decisions of the
court, concluding: "To what-
ever extent curbs are placed
on what the courts may do
to redeem the constitutional
pro raise of equality, that
promise is' vitiated."
The Jewish organizations
declared that they "support
the twin objectives of inte-
grated and quality educa-
tion," which they regard as
"indivisible." While finding
the reluctance of parents to
see their children transferred
to substandard schools under-
standable, they asserted that
it is not enough to say that
children who a re in bad
schools now should not be
left in them, either; all
schools should be brought up
to standard. And that has
nothing to do with busing,
the Jewish groups observed.

of terror which have engulfed
the Jewish community of
Iraq since the outbreak of the
Six-Day War.
He offered no reason for
the recent hardening of the
government's attitude toward
the 500 Jews remaining in
Iraq which had a Jewish
community of 110,000 before
the massive emigration to Is-
rael began in the 1950s.
He implied that the current
roundups and killings of Jews
may have economic motiva-
tions since many of the vic-
tims own businesses or prop-
erty.
According to the informant,
Iraqi newspapers publish pic-
tures of "missing" Jews, and
some time later when the
"missing" person fails to ap-
pear, his property is confis-
cated and his possessions are
sold at auction. It is assumed
by the Jewish community, he
said, that the published pic-
tures are of individuals al-
ready imprisoned or
murdered.
It was noted at the press
conference that the Iraqi
government is having new
difficulties with the Kurds
and faces economic and po-
litical problems in its rela-
tions with some countries. It
is feared that the Jews are
being used as scapegoats to
distract public attention.
The young escapees spoke
of arbitrary arrests, police
surveillance, travel and eco-
nomic restrictions and recent
threats of murder and im-
prisonment.
One of them noted that
kindergarten children are
taught that Jews are no good
and should be eliminated.
"It is not Zionism that they
are taught to hate," he said,
"but Jews."
All appealed for world sup-
port in their quest for free-
dom for the Syrian Jewish
community and the Jews in
Iraq.

"I do not believe that the
call for halting business with
American oil companies can
materialize into reality," he
said. "It might not be prac-
tical to stop the production of
Arab oil or to deliver it to
brokers who would simply re-
sell it behind our backs to
American centers. What we
can do and what we demand
is the utilization of oil money
for the benefit of our causes
such as the arming of our ar-
mies. We can go on selling
the oil to the United States
and then use the revenues to
buy arms from the Soviet
Union or any other country
that agrees to sell."
Kuddous said "This has
still not been done so far and
Arab oil wealth is still stack-
ed in American banks and
exploited by American com-
panies. All we do is to use

St. Martin's Press an-
nounced this week that a
new biography in tribute to
Hannah Senesh will be is-
sued this week.
Anthony Masters is the au-
thor of "The Summer That
Bled: The Biography of Han-
nah Senesh.
St. Martin's Press also an-
nounces that "The Voices of
Massada," by David Kosoff,
the story of the legendary

Jewish s t r u g g l e against
Rome, will be published in
June.

We are one people — our
enemies have made us one
together, and thus united,
we suddenly discover our
strength. Yes, we are strong
enough to form a state, and,
indeed, a model state. —
Theodor Herzl, "The Jewish
State," 1896.

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A leading Israeli physicist
charged that the so-called
energy crisis is largely the
invention of the Arab states
and the international oil com-
panies connected with them.
According to Prof. Ernst
David Bergman of the He-
brew University, the "almost
hysterical discussion" of fuel
supplies and crude oil short-
ages have become a "political
card" in Arab hands.
Prof. Bergman, addressing
the 10th conference for the
Advancement of Science in
Israel 'at Tel Aviv University,
urged nevertheless that Israel
concentrate on developing nu-
clear power as an alternative
energy source.
He said Israel was mistak-
en not to pursue its plans for
desalination of water through
nuclear energy. He ,main-
tained that whether or not
there is 'an oil shortage, the
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Arabs Warned Against Oil Ploy

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umn in the Cairo weekly Akh-
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