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8-Friday, December 7, 1973 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Africans Chided for Their Insensitiveness

(Continued from Page 1)
great and the mighty, but
show toughness and abide by
your "principles" when it
concerns the small, the weak
and the isolated.

All the examples I quoted
above are of aggressive pow-
ers, yet you did not sever re-
lations with them. On the oth-
er hand you chose this time
to sever relations with the
attacked, when he was fight-
ing for his very survival!
Believe me, this action will
not gain you any glory! But
it's not this that I wanted to
discuss with you, rather
something that you hold most
dear: racism that oppresses
peoples, and degrades human
dignity. Apparently you have
very little knowledge of world
history. The Jewish problem
preceded the Negro prob-
lem in the world. We were
the victims of racial discrim-
ination long before you were,
long before the discovery and
the conquest of the Black
Continent. We were the "Ne-
groes" of Europe and they
used to measure the arch of
our noses and the distance
between our ears, and put
our "hyper" industriousness
to the test, long, long before
they "discovered" that the
thickness of your lips, the
curliness of your hair, the
shape of your skull and your
natural "indolence", 'are the
signs of racial inferiority.
By all the rules of racial
prejudice we should have
found ourselves in one and
the same boat. This was to
be expected because in the
first place it is not we who
were the slave traders and
the plantation owners in the
southern states of America.
And as for slave traders—
their address is only too well
known: they continue to
trade in members of your
race down to the present day.
Positively speaking, the Jews
were among the pioneers of
your liberation and equality,
beginning with the disciples
of Karl Marx the Socialist,
down to the disciples of Herzl
the Zionist.
If I may be allowed to

with Israel became apparent
this week with the announce-
Very often you yourself have ing for war and declaring ly, and if I assume that there ment that Christian and Mos-
declared that we're entirely their intention to liquidate is a great measure of politi- lent African leaders are plan-
free from the air of disdain the state of Israel. There was cal infantility and empty
and "superiority," unlike the no question of territory then. boastfulness in your action,
Europeans who come as "en- Before the 1967 war the Is- coupled with a crying insen-
lightened" patrons to offer raelis were neither in Sinai sitiveness toward a people
you advice, for they come nor in the Gaza Strip, neither that are open to error like
merely to reap neo-colonial- in the West Bank, nor in the all other people, but unlike
ist profits from the natural Golan Plateau, nor at Sharm other nations is forced con-
treasures in your country.
el-Sheikh. Yet the Arabs stantly and incessantly to

Moreover, members of my
people in the United States
have for generations strug-
gled for the equality of rights
of members of your race who
were degraded and exploited
by the "white" regime there.
But that is how you repay us.
Yet you expect us to respect
your decisions and perhaps
also the "one-party" regimes
that you are setting up in
many African states under
the banner of a progressive
and faultless "Third World."
You know very well who
it was that launched the at-
tack in the Middle East this
time. Yet -you side with the
aggressors because you be-
lieve that "historically" it is
they that are attacked, and
are fighting for their rights.
May I be permitted to ask:
Do you recognize our rights
in our country? It is a human
right, just as your right to
independence. If you don't,
why did you establish diplo-
matic relations with us at
all, before you decided to
sever them? And if you do
recognize our rights perhaps
you will also recognize the
necessity of bringing about a
detente between ourselves
and our rivals in the Arab
camp.
In a spirit of compromise,
the Jews had, at one time,
proposed to the Arabs the es-
tablishment of a bi-national
state — yet they rejected it.
The United Nations in 1948
suggested the establishment
of two states in Palestine—a
Jewish state and a Palesti-
nian state, but the Arabs re-
jected the UN decision and
launched an armed attack
against us. For 20 years,
from 1947 until 1967, the Is-
raelis proposed peace and
mutual recognition between
the Jews and the Arabs, but
teach you a brief lesson in the Arabs replied by prepar-

history, I would draw a com-
parison between two holo-
causts—that of the negroes
who were uprooted from the
tribes and loaded like cattle
onto boats, beaten to death
on the high seas, and trans-
formed into beasts of burden
under a regime of slavery in
the southern states of Amer-
ica—and that of the Jews
who were uprooted from
their townlets in Europe and
loaded like cattle onto freight
trains, to be burned in the
crematoria, or at best
doomed to slavery in the fac-
tories of the Third Reich. But
No! Instead of stretching out
a brotherly hand to a fellow
sufferer you give us a re-
sounding smack in the face
at a time when we are fight-
ing for our existence. What
have we done to you? In
what way have we sinned
against you that you have
risen so gallantly to stick a
knife in our back? As for
myself, I have been teach-
ing at the, Afro-Asian Insti-
tute under the auspices of the
Histadrut for the last 10
years. Thousands of Africans
and Asians have studied the
principles of development,
cooperation and practical so-
cialism there. Thousands of
people from my country have
gone out to your countries in

Ex-Nazi Sympathizer
Urged by Wiesenthal
73 Refuse Nobel Prize

VIENNA—Nazi hunter Si-
mon Wiesenthal, head of the
Jewish Documentation Cen-
ter, urged Konrad Lorenz,
winner of the 1973 Nobel
Prize for medicine to re-
nounce the award because of
his Nazi sympathies during
World War II.
Lorenz, an Austrian pro-
fessor lecturing on the be-
havior of animals, won the
prize for his scientific re-
search on geese. Wisenthal
said that in an article in
1940, Lorenz supported the
idea of "extermination of
ethnic inferior life."
In a letter to Lorenz, a
copy of which was sent to
the Nobel Prize committee,
Wiesenthal said, "In the
name of Jewish victims of
the Nazi regime, I appeal to
you to renounce the Nobel
Prize to show that you no
longer support these ideas."

in BIRMINGHAM at

launched the war with the struggle for its existence.
declared intention of pushing
Editor's Note: The tragedy
the Jews into the sea. I can't
recall your having severed of Africans' abandonment of
relations with the Arab states friendship and cooperation
that inscribed genocide on
their banners.

Now, you speak about the
return of territories—of all
the territories, else you cut
your diplomatic relations
with us. In other words, un-
less the Egyptians return to
within 70 kilometers of Tel
Aviv, and the Jordanian ar-
my to within one kilometer
of our Knesset, and the Syr-
ian army to within several
hundred meters overlooking
the whole of the upper Gali-
lee and the Egyptian army
to within several score me-
ters from the Sharm el-
Sheikh Straits; unless we
bare our bosoms and lay?
open the heart of our cities
to constant military threat,
you sever all connections
with him who refuses to com-
mit suicide. In other words
our blood is free to spill on
the altar of your diplomatic
games, which are played
thousands of kilometers away
from the zones of danger, in
the lobbies of the UN or in
the demonstrative confer-
ences in Algiers.

I count myself among the
moderates in all that con-
cerns guarantees for our
safety, but we shall not per-
mit you to make politics with
the blood of our young peo-
ple and with the physical ex-
istence of our children and
grandchildren. You
may think that, dressed in
your diplomatic frock-coat
and top hat, you have al-
ready reached political ma-
turity and statesmanship, but
you have still a lot to learn
from much older states; you
have still a lot to learn from
your history and our history.
Meantime, forgive me if I do
not take your flippancy and
lightheadedness too serious-

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Vatican to demand a return
of control of East Jerusalem
to the Arabs.

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