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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-08-10

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Banks Divided
Over Mixed Marriages

Norwegian-Israel
Crisis Continues

—Page 5

—Page 43

Background
of Anti- Israel
Position in
Dorothy Thompson
Biography

Vol. LXI II. No. 22

—Page 18

THE JEWISH NEWS

A Weekly Review

Commentary
Page 2

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Terrorism Embraces
International Spheres

of Jewish Events

Theological
Aspects and
Non-Jews'
Role in
Intermarriages

Editorial
Page 4

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper

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August 10, 1973

3i1 Magnate's Pro-Arab Action
Stirs Nationwide Condemnation

6th Century Mosaic Unearthed
in Zuckermans' Caesaria Villa

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Gardening work done in the villa of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zuckerman
in Caesaria, Israel, unearthed a mosaic floor with Greek inscriptions and
scriptural texts. The excavation was conducted by A. Siegelman, regional
inspector of Israel's department of antiquities. Prof. Michael Avi-Yonah
deciphered the inscription as being from Deuteronomy 7:12-13:
the Lord thy God shall keen with thee the covenant and
the mercy which He swore unto thy fathers; and He will love thee and
bless thee, and multiply thee; He will also bless the fruit of thy body
and the fruit of thy land, thy corn and thy vine and thine oil . . . in the
land which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee."
The discovered 5x7 colored mosaic floor, in the garden of the
Detroiters' Israel villa, is divided into two panels decorated with rows
of squares. Each panel has a central medallion with the Bible verses.
The discovered floor, the antiquities experts said, was part of a building
that was decorated with painted plaster.
Found in the Zuckerman garden, also, as part of the structure from
antiquity, is a marble slab with the Greek inscription: "Private coffin of
Procopia, who rests here .. . " Procopia is the female form of Procopius,
( 4-Pn-562), a famous historian who lived in Caesaria.

Countrywide protests are being lodged against the action of the president
of Standard Oil of California (SOCAL), who last week issued a call to stockholders
and employes to urge positive support by the United States for "the aspirations
of the Arab people."
U. S. Senator John V. Tunney of California was among the first to register
a protest in a statement in the U. S. Senate.
A definitive statement issued by I. L. Kenen, chairman of the American-Israel
Public Affairs Committee, stated that while Jews do not advocate boycotts, the ac-
tion of SOCAL is so biased and its aim smacks so much of blackmail that it must
be widely condemned.
While the SOCAL attempt at undermining American-Israel friendship is in-
terpreted as part of a movement to create an energy crisis in this country, Assistant
Secretary of State Joseph A. Sisco declared in a television interview taped by the
Haaretz correspondent in Washington and broadcast in Israel that the U. S. need
for Arab oil is a factor in American Middle East policy. But speaking to newsmen
in Lod Airport before leaving on a Latin American tour, Israel Foreign Minister
Abba Eban said American foreign policy is not influenced by the oil interests.
Condemnation of the SOCAL letter came promptly this week from Kenen;
Sen. Tunney; Jacob Stein, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Amer-
ican Jewish Organizations; Rabbi Israel Miller, president of the American Zionist
Federation; Zev Yaroslaysky, director of the Southern California Council for Soviet
Jewry in Los Angeles; and Edward Sanders, president of the Los Angeles Jewish
Federation-Council.
The Standard Oil letter, dated July 26, signed by Standard Oil Chairman Otto
N. Miller and sent to 262,000 stockholders and 40,000 employes, said Middle East
oil reserves were vital to "the future welfare of the Western world." The oil company
is a partner in the Arabian-American Oil Co. in Saudi Arabia.
Stein called the letter "a bald surrender to the oil pressures being applied
against the United States by Arab countries."
Rabbi Miller, in a telegram to the oil company chairman, said he was ex-
pressing "the deep sense of outrage and and resentment of the Zionist movement in
the United States at your ill-conceived, uninformed and misguided letter to your
stockholders, urging them to influence American foreign policy in the Middle East
by supporting Arab demands."
Kenen said the letter was "tantamount to a demand for reversal of United
States policy, which now strives for a negotiated settlement." He called the letter
"a brazen and outrageous attempt by Standard Oil of California to mobilize a pro-
Arab lobby."
Calling for a vigorous protest from Jewish leaders, Kenen emphasized he was
not proposing a boycott of Standard Oil's products since "we are against the boycott
of Israel by Arabs." He also said that the company had become "an open champion of
Saudi Arabia, advocating that we surrender to the threats that the Arab states will
curtail our crude oil supplies if we do not change our policy to suit Arab aspira-
(Continued on Page 12)
tions."

EDITORIAL

American Policy and Principle of Fair Play Condemn SOCAL and Oil Interests

Standard Oil of California adds confu-
sion to the propaganda over the myth of
an energy crisis in this country. In the
process, the oil interests have emerged as
tools in a shocking effort to destroy Israel.
The oil interests' new approaches can only
be interpreted as an alignment with the
forces that are undermining amity in the
Middle East. While the Standard Oil execu-
tive's message to stockholders and employ-
es calls for pressure upon our government
"to work toward conditions of peace and
stability," it ignores Israel's postion; it

fails to take into account Israel's and world
Jewry's pleadings for negotiations between
Israel and the Arabs for a peace agreement,
and it serves only to undermine the best
American-Israeli friendships.
The oil magnates have embarked upon
a campaign not only to create panic over
a so-called energy crisis, but primarily
to destroy the good will that has created
a friendly Israel-American position. By
their methods they also encourage the un-
dermining of the cooperative spirit that
exists between this country and most of
the Moslem, countries.
Jews who have suffered from boycotts

do not organize boycotts. But as a reaction
to injustice there is an obligation to con-
demn the actions of the oil interests and
to invite the continued cooperation of our
government and its representatives in ex-
panding the Israel-American friendship,
thereby rejecting any attempt at either
blackmail or threat to destroy the role of
America's major friend in the Middle East.
If oil profits are the motivations in
spreading the panic over an energy crisis,
simultaneously inviting another genocide in
the Middle East with the aim of undermin-
ing Israel's position, then a serious duty
devolves upon Americans with a sense of

fair play to condemn the new evidences of
oil-soaked bias.
With a panic-incited energy crisis being
utilized as a weapon to destroy Israel, added
duties pile up on Israel's genuine friends,
notably the United States, and upon thO
Jewish people, to beware of an emerging
menace in 'an area already troubled by
fanatical hatreds. The striving for the peace
of the Middle East now demands even great-
er vigilance—not only to avoid another
Holocaust but to prevent a threat that
comes to the United States as well from
motives that are linked too closely with
oil-soaked motivations.

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