Purely Commentary: Anti-Israel Activities of Dorothy Thompson Under Scrutiny
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Mowrer's name in the Golden Book of the
Jewish National Fund in Jerusalem. Cullen
finds reminiscence thrills when visiting the
JNF archives in Jerusalem, he sees the
recording of that honor to a great news-
paperman who defied Nazism to reveal the
tragedies he witnessed during his assign-
ments in Berlin.
William L. Shirer, another staunch
fighter for_ truth and justice who was on
the scene in Germany during the rise of
Nazism, also is among the notables in the
Dorothy Thompson story.
There was a tragic incident in the life
of Dorothy Thompson that is not recorded
Dulzin to Speak
at ZOA Parley
son and Claire Boothe Luce. Referring to
in the Sanders biography. It was the ac-
cusation of her having turned fascist as a the fact that "Miss Thomi.ison announced
result of the campaign that was conducted herself for Couclert," Seldes' "In Fact"
in 1942 against the re-election of N. V. (described as being "For the millions who
State Senator Frederic R. Coudert. The want a free press") stated:
N. E. politician was accused of fascism.
"Miss Thompson in a pro-Luce (election
Arthur Garfield Hays, Louis Bromfield, in Connecticut) radio talk (WCII, Oct. 23)
Johannes Steel and Samuel L. M. Barlow announced herself as a 'Conservative.' Cou-
were the leaders of a movement to block dert represents Vichy-France and the
Coudert's re-election. Miss Thompson came
Banque de France, now directed by a Hitler
to Coudert's aid, denied he was a fascist,
appointee. Cooperating with Coudert has
withdrew from the committee that arranged
been Boris Brasol, Tsarist Russian agent
a condemnation meeting at Carnegie Hall,
who brought the forged Protocols of Zion
for Oct. 21, 1942.
America and made Henry Ford our lead-
George Seldes' "In Fact" weekly news
letter. Nov. 2, 1942, wrote about "Miss ing anti-Semite."
Four years later, Dorothy, as the newly-
Thompson and Fascists." That issue criti-
cized the conservatism of Dorothy Thomp- acquired idol of the Council for Judaism,
was quoted extensively by the anti-Zionist
and anti-Israel Jewish group. In its issue
of Aug. 15, 1946, of its "Information Bulle-
tin," the Council quoted extensively the
Thompson "On the Record" column attack-
ing Zionist leadership.
Perhaps Meyer Weisgal is right in be-
lieving that Dorothy Thompson might have
repented over her anti-Israel activities.
Meanwhile, however, she harmed the Zion-
ist cause. She harmed herself in the loss
of readers and the cancellation of contracts
for her column by a number of newspapers.
She died a tragic figure. Abandoning her
philo-Semitism, she also lost an admiring
audience. Miss Sanders' work covers that
ground exceptionally well.
Non-Labor Alignment Spurs Israel Party Scramble
IF YOU TURN THE
TEL AVIV (JTA) — The alignment.
Gahal executive has shifted
The decision was reached
into high gear to maintain even before the proposal was
NEW YORK—Simha Din- the movement for the crea- made to the Independent
Israel's Ambassador to tion of a non-Labor align- Liberals by the main part-
the United States, will ad- ment.
ners of the would-be align-
dress the 76th national con-
ment. Kol declared that "85
vention of the Zionist Organ-
per cent of its spirit is
ization of America in Hous- Gahal executive to the can- strange to us."
ton, Isaac M. Oberman,
Hillel Seidel, the Inde-
chairman of the ZOA conven- the alignment — the flee
Center, Rafi, the State List pendent Liberal's workers'
tion committee, announced.
Dinitz will be principal section and the Greater Is- leader and its representative
on the Histadrut executive,
speaker at the Sept. 2 ban- rael movement.
Meanwhile, the Jewish asked that the door not be
quet at the close of the four-
day convention at the Hous- Defense League and its lead- closed altogether and that
ton Oaks Hotel, Oberman er, Rabbi Meir Kahane, when the proposal comes of-
stated at a press conference ficially, the party should
Jacob Goodman of New that they welcome the new consider it again. However,
York, an honorary vice pres- non-Labor alignment and are he was overruled.
ident of the ZOA, and Mrs. ready to join it.
The smaller factions have
Goodman will be guests of
Although the JDL was not evidenced reluctance to join
honor at the banquet.
invited to join the new align- the Gahal-based alignment
Dr. Elimelech Rimalt, pres- ment, Rabbi Kahane outlined because they fear they will
ident of the Liberal Party conditions under which he be swallowed by Gahal and
and a member of the Israel would be willing to join. lose their support as inde-
Knesset, and Leon Dulzin, They included a specific as- pendent parties or move-
acting chairman of the Jew- surance that traditional Jew- ments in the upcoming elec-
ish Agency and the World ish religious studies be in-
tions. A fraction of the mem-
Zionist Organization, also will
troduced in all schools in bers of the State List stated
address public sessions of
at a press conference that
The Independent Liberal not all members of the State
Party headed by Moshe Kol, List agree to join the align-
minister of tourism, several ment.
A spokesman said that
days ago decided not to join
t h e proposed non-Labor they will fight the decision
when it comes up for a vote
at the general meeting of the
However, if they are out-
voted, they will reconvene
to decide on future steps.
The possibility of a separate
list has not been excluded.
B u t Welfare Minister
Michael Hazani said an tele-
vision that he believed there
was an unbridgable gap be-
tween the NRP and the I
parties forming the new
The Gahal executive has
decided to place Menahem
Begin and Dr. Elimelech
Rimalt, at the head of the
committee which will discuss
the question of the non-
Labor alignment with the
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Meanwhile younger mem-
bers of the National Re-
ligious Party appear to want
the party to consider joining
the non-Labor alignment if
an approach is made to the
NRP. They said the "Greater
Israel" attitude of the new
alignment is sufficient rea-
son to join them.
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Workers Win Israel Blasts Malta Premier
tation over the Sabbath ob- for Sympathies to Terrorism
servance policy in Migdal Ha-
JERUSALEM (JTA) —
emek, involving residents of
the city and managers of the
Israel has protested to
local Beged Or factory, has Maltese Premier Dom Min-
I toff about his recent speech
The squabble began last in parliament in Valetta
June when Beged Or, a man- when he said he would join
ufacturer and exporter of the terrorists were he a Pal-
leather clothing, changed its estinian.
previous policy of closing on
Israel Ambassador Yitz-
the Sabbath by ordering em- hak Ben Yaakov presented
ployes to report to work. an aid-memoire to Mintoff's
Ironically, some of the em- chief of bureau expressing
ployes - were recent Russian Israel's displeasure with the
immigrants who suffered in utterance.
their old country for refus-
Mintoff also attacked De-
ing to violate the Sabbath.
fense Minister Moshe Dayan
Rabbi Yitzchak D o v i d and said Israel was the ob-
Grossman, rabbi of Migdal stacle to Mideast peace.
Ha-emek, ordered all syna-
Meanwhile in Jerusalem,
gogues to close for Sabbath
foreign ministry officials con-
-morning and all congregants
tinued their summonses of
to assemble in front of the
the ambassadors of Security
factory. Workers refused to
enter the building. The peace- Council member states who
ful demonstration was almost were told of Israel's concern
turned into a near-riot when and displeasure at their sup-
company officials t u r n e d port of the 'non-aligned'
hoses upon the demonstra- draft which the U.S. vetoed.
The British envoy, Ber-
tors, but Rabbi Grossman
nard Ledwidge, was called
pleaded for no violence.
The crisis received wide in and heard from senior of-
coverage in the media and ficial Yeshayahu Anug. The
finally led Rabbi Grossman Australian ambassador, Raw.
to meet with Minister of La- don Dalrymple received the
bor Joseph Almogi. Beged Or same lecture.
The ambassadors of Pana-
was ordered to cease opera-
tions on the Sabbath. 'Under ma and Peru, two sponsors
the Sabbath observance rule, of the draft, were summoned
only those enterprises vital to the ministry. The French
to national security may re- charge d'affaires is expected
main open. Beged Or is not to receive the same treat-
ment. All the envoys under-
one of those enterprises.
8 Friday, August 10, 1973
took to transmit Israel's
views to their home govern-
Israel's ambassador in
Austria, Yitzhak Patish, con-
veyed his government's "dis-
appointment" a n d asked
Austria for an explanation
of its pro-Arab attitude in
the UN Security Council de-
bate on the Middle East.
Austria was among the 13
council members who backed
the draft resolution vetoed
by the United States.
The resolution depicred
the continuing occupation of
Arab territories by Israeli
armed forces and for the
first time mentioned "legal
aspirations" of the Palestin-
Austrian Secretary Gen-
eral for Foreign Affairs Wal-
ter Wodak told newsmen af-
ter the meeting with Patish,
that in his country's point of
view there was "no alterna-
tive" to the draft resolution.
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