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December 07, 1973 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-12-07

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10—Friday, December 7, 1973 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

World Jewry Joins Israeli Kinsmen
in Mourning Death of David Ben-Gurion

(Continued from Page 1)
Rabbis of the army chap-
laincy corps began a vigil of
prayer and psalm-reading at
the death bed. When the Sab-
bath ended, the body was
placed in a coffin draped
with the national flag.
The coffin was taken from
the hospital and placed on
an army command car which
drove slowly to a helicopter
waiting near the hospital
grounds to carry Ben-Gur-
ion's remains to Jerusalem.
The remains lay in state in
the outer hall of the Knesset
building in Jerusalem. By
nightfall despite rain and
wintry temperatures, over
100,000 persons had filed past
the bier to pay their final
respects to the founder of the
Jewish state.
"The nation's chosen one"
was the phrase Premier
Golda Meir chose to eulogize
Ben-Gurion at a special
mourning session of the cab-
inet Saturday night.
As the ministers stood be-
low a black-draped picture
of the nation's founder, Mrs.
Meir said: "If there is jus-
tification in defining anyone
during the period of renais-
sance of the Jewish people
as the nation's chosen one—
David Ben-Gurion merits
such a definition . .
"What characterized him
principally was his leader-
ship power. Thanks to this he
led the Jewish people to in-
dependence. It was his capa-
city always to concentrate
on the essence . . . Through-
out his life and activity, Ben-
Gurion did not deviate from
his path. He knew that our
strength was in deed. And
that the more we succeeded
in deed the greater the
hone."
Messages of grief and sor-
row were sent to Israel by
Jewish leaders in this coun-
try. Zuckerman, as general
chairman of the UJA, stated:
"The news of the death of
the architect of the state of
Israel brines grief to the
American Jewish commun-
ity, as it does to the people
of Israel. It is doubly sad,
coming at a time when we
already joined with our bre-
thren in Israel in mourning
the loss of those who fell in
the Yom Kippur War.
"David Ben-Gurion's life
should stand — especially at
this critical moment in his-
tory—as a beacon of inspira-
tion to us all. It was a life
of dedication and determina-
tion. Ben-Gurion strove long
and hard for the realization
of a dream of a lifetime, pre-
sided over the formation and
early perilous years of the
Third Jewish Commonwealth
and lived to see it grow as a
home and haven for Jews
seeking lives of freedom.
"As we mourn our loss,
the leadership and staff of
the United Jewish Appeal
rededicates itself to the con-
tinuing fulfillment of Ben-
Gurion's vision to build in
the promised land a land of
promise for those oppressed
and in need."
Dr. Nahum Goldmann,
president of the World Jew-
ish Congress, sent a telegram
to Amos Ben-Gurion, son of
David Ben-Gurion, at Sde
Boker: "Your father was the
most influential, most au-
thoritative and most creative
leader of our generation. He
not only was decisive in
creating the state but suc-
ceeded as very few other his-
torical personalities to shape

the image of the state and
mold the thinking and psy-
chology of the people of Is-
rael. For me personally in
decades of close cooperation,
in periods of full agreement
. . . but also in times of dis-
agreement, he was one of the
essential factors in my pub-
lic life. He will rank forever
among the great figures in
the pantheon of Jewish his-
tory."
"The people of America
join with the people of Israel
in mourning the passing of a
gallant man. As we shared
his ideals and hopes, not only
for Israel but for all man-
kind, so we share in their
loss," President Nixon wrote
in a message to Israeli Presi-
dent Ephraim Katzir.
In Paris, President Georges
Pompidou expressed his "sin-
cere condolences" to Katzir,
and said: "The disappear-
ance of Ben-Gurion marks
the loss of a man who, be-
yond political positions of
governments, sharply mark-
ed the destiny of your coun-
try."
Former French Premier
Guy Mollet, France's lead-
er during the 1956 Suez
crisis, praised Ben-Gurion
as "a true pioneer, a great
patriot, but beyond the prob-
lems concerning Israel be
could see the broader hori-
zons of the world."
Canada's Prime Minister
Pierre Elliott Trudeau wrote
to Mrs. Meir that Ben-Gur-
ion's "courageous and untir-
ing efforts in bringing to ful-
fillment the vision of a mod-
ern state of Israel will not
be forgotten. I know I speak
for all Canadians in wishing
to share with you the grief
of this great loss to Israel
and the world."
A message from West Ger-
man Chancellor Willy Brandt
stated that Germany would
never forget Ben-Gurion's ef-
forts in reconciling Germans
and Jews. ". . . He will re-
main unforgotten as the Is-
raeli statesman who ex-
tended to the new Germany
the hand of a new begin-
ning," Brandt wrote.
In Washington, Sen. Wal-
ter Mondale (D.-Minn.) said

"hopefully the (peace) nego-
tiations will realize the dream
Ben-Gurion nourished since
he first arrived in Palestine
in 1906—Arab acceptance of
the Jewish homeland as a
fact of life."
At the United Nations,
Secretary General Kurt Wald-
heim, in a message to Pre-
mier Meir, said that Ben-
Gurion "was a towering fig-
ure who played a decisive
role in the history of his
country. His courage and his
vision were widely respect-
ed."
Secretary of State Henry A.
Kissinger sent a message to
Premier Meir stating, "In
sadness, I convey the deep-
est sympathy of America.
David Ben-Gurion carried the
hopes of his people into the
hearts of ours. We shall not
forget him."
Cables arrived in Jerusa-
lem from Soviet Jews ex-
pressing their condolences at
Ben-Gurion's death.
Dr. Alf r e d Gottschalk,
president of the Hebrew Un-
ion College-Jewish Institute
of Religion, termed Ben-
Gurion "a giant among Jew-
ish leaders who shape the
history of Jews in our time.
As a pioneer in the Zionist
movement and as a states-
man after his dream of Jew-
ish statehood came true, he
was a molder of Jewish des-
tiny."
Ben-Gurion was a legend in
his own lifetime. He was
viewed as a visionary before
the state of Israel was born
and was once described by
Time magazine as a prophet
with a gun.
The late S. Y. Agnon once
said: "We all wanted a Jew-
ish state. Of course we did.
But we were afraid of saying
so out loud. And when the
test came, we thought per-
haps we should not risk it,
perhaps we should postpone
it for a generation, but Ben-
Gurion had the courage to
proclaim the end of Jewish
statelessness in our time."
Born in Plonsk in Polish
Russia in October 1886, Ben-
Gurion, whose original name
was David Green, spoke He-
brew as a child and founded

the Ezra Zionist Society in
Plonsk, the first of many or-
ganizations before he was 20.
Then he turned to a pas-
sion which engulfed him dur-
ing his whole life: defense.
He founded the Jewish or-
ganization for self-defense
in Plonsk, was put on the
czar's secret police black

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