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Rising Interest
in Demons Hit
by Tanenbaum

current "flirtation" with "de-
monic possession and exor-
cism of evil spirits" is re-
jected by contemporary Juda-
ism according to Rabbi Marc
H. Tanenbaum, director of
interreligious affairs of the
American Jewish Committee.
He cited the film, "The Ex-
orcist," as having become
"the occasion for the surfac-
ing of all the discussion about
the devil and the demonic,"
adding that this had been
"predictable for some time."
He said every period of
major social disruption and
radical change "has given
rise to mass movements
yearning for instant salva-
tion, messianic redemption
and apocalyptic experience
with the occult" in "a weary
a n d emotionally battered
Rabbi Tanenbaum said
Jewish theology "does not
deny the reality of evil nor
the existence of spiritual be-
ings capable of harming per-
sons" but "sin itself, rather
than Satan, is regarded by
the rabbis as the opponent of
man and of the Deity."
The best antidote against
the demonic, the rabbis
taught, "was the observance
of authentic religious tradi-
tions," Rabbi Tanenbaum de-
clared, adding that "the best
response to the current epi-
demic of the demonic is to
refuse to be caught up in that
collective hysteria and to
face soberly and responsibly
the real demons of oppres-
sion, injustice and intoler-
ance that are of our own

Participants in Kissinger Meeting
Deny He Badmouthed King Faisal,
Suggest Unfavorable Story a Plant

report in the Washington
Post Feb. 9 that Secretary of
State Henry A. Kissinger
had described King Faisal of
Saudi Arabia as a "religious
fanatic" at a meeting with
seven Jewish writers and
Harvard professors m o r e
than two months ago has been
branded untrue and inaccur-
ate by those who were there.
At the same time, deep sus-
picion has arisen within parts
of the Jewish leadership in
New York and Washington
that detailed information
about a private, off-the-rec-
ord meeting with Kissinger
Dec. 6 at the State Depart-
ment was made available for
publication in Washington
long after the gathering had
been reported in numerous
journals, for the purpose of
embarassing Kissinger on
the eve of major internation-
al conferences directly con-
cerned with the Middle East
oil embargo, production cut-
backs and hoisted prices.
Harvard sociology Prof.
Seymour M. Lipset, one of
the participants at the State
Department gathering, told
the Jewish Telegraphic Ag-
ency that it is the consensus
of the people present that
Kissinger did not make the
While the reported refer-
ence to the Saudi Arabian
monarch was not made by

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3-2. Sunday the Post ran a
correction, saying that Kis-
singer had not said the
chances were 2-1 against an-
other airlift but 2-1 another
would be put into operation.
To compound matters, a re-
liable source told JTA that
the Post's first 2-1 version
was correct and the correc-
tion was wrong.
Lipset, who spoke with JTA
from his home in Belmont,
Mass., emphasized that Kis-
singer did not make the re-
mark about King Faisal. The
Post itself quoted Kissinger
as saying the remarks it had
attributed to him were "in-
accurate” and "out of con-
Lipset thought the timing
in the Post was peculiar, and
another observer commented
that obviously someone un-
friendly to Kissinger had
planted it.
Lipset confirmed that pres-
ent at the meeting besides
Kissinger and an aide were
New York attorney Rita Hau-
ser who had served at a U. S.
representative to the United
Nations; Henry Rosovsky,
dean of Harvard's faculty of
arts and sciences; Irving
Howe, editor of "Dissent";
Norman Pohhoretz, editor of
the monthly magazine "Com-
mentary"; and Harvard pro-
fessors Michael Walzer, Ken-
neth Arrow and David Lan-

Genocide Treaty Approval Doomed
by Senate Conservatives' Filibuster

We. must remember that
there are no short cuts in
WASHINGTON (J T A) — ternational treaty against
evolution. —Louis D. Bran-
Senate ratification of the in- genocide is a pp a r e n t1 y
doomed for the remainder of
this session.
For the second successive
day an attempt by the trea-
ty's backers to cut off the fili-
buster by the opposition fail-
ed to win the required two-
thirds vote and they indicated
no further effort to revive
ratification will be made un-
til a new Congress meets
next year.
Twice 55 senators voted to
end the debate that began
on Jan. 28, but 38 others,
mostly conservatives from
the South and West, opposed
the motion made by Sen.
Frank Church (D., Idaho),
chairman of the Senate For-
eign Relations Subcommittee
on the treaty, who strongly
favored ratification.
Thirty-six senators apprised
cloture and when two more
joined them the leadership
for the treaty decided to put
off further consideration to a
later and more propitious
time. Two-thirds of the sena-
tors present and voting are
necessary for cloture. The
same number is required for
passage of the treaty.
Opponents of the treaty,
who had successfully bottled
it up in Senate committees
over the years, expressed
fear that it would cause the
United States to close juris-
diction over trials of its citi-
zens to an international tri-
In a statement after the
voting, Sen. Jacob K. Javits
(R., N.Y.), who with Church
and Sen. William Proxmire
(D., Wis.) fought for the
treaty, expressed disappoint-
ment that cloture was not
During the debate "it be-
„came.. ap_parent that_ a, great,
deal of misinformation about

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the secretary, Lipset said,
such words may have been
used by some other person
present. Lipset, who made
his comments in a telephone
interview initiated by the
JTA, also said that the group
as a whole never made a re-
port on the meeting nor has
it met again as a group since
Dec. 6.
Some of those who had at-
tended wrote personal notes
about it from memory after-
wards and presumably circu-
lated them to friends, he
said, but none took notes at
the meeting itself and no re-
corder was used.
The Washington Post, in an
article by staff writer Mari-
lyn Berger, under an eight-
c o l u m n headline reading
"Kissinger Remarks to U. S.
Jews Leaked in Report," re-
ferred to a nine-page report
it said was drafted by a par-
ticipant from his recollections
in which, according to the
Post. Kissinger had also
c ailed European leaders
"craven" and "contempt-
The Post reported that Kis-
singer had said that if an-
other war broke out in the
Middle East, the chances
were 2-1 against his bringing
another airlift into being to
aid Israel. -The Post, how-
ever, also said that another
participant had recalled Kis-
singer had put the adds at

' this treaty had been circu-
lated and totally unwarranted
fears about the treaty were
generated. We intend to use
the next few months to en-
gage in public education on
the real meaning and import-
ance of the genocide treaty
ond we look forward to the
Senate advising and consent-
ing to this humanitarian
treaty at a later date," Javits
Hyman Bookbinder. Wash-
ngton chairman of the Na-
tional Ad Hoc Committee on
Human Rights and the Geno-
cide Treaty, declared: "Re-
fusal to vote on the treaty re-
flects either hostility to the
treaty itself or yielding to the
most hateful extremist group
pressure—the Liberty Lobby
and the Birch Society."
Bookbinder said he was ts-
pecially outraged by the neg-
ative votes of Senators J.
William Fulbright (D., Ark.)
and Samuel Ervin (D., N.C.).
"Here are two men who are
constantly preaching about
morality in international af-
fairs and morality in govern-
ment and yet they vote to
prevent a Senate vote on the
issue of genocide," he said.

Tel Aviv Friends' VP

Boris Young has been ap-
pointed to the new position of
executive vice-president and
chief executive officer of the
American Friends of the Tel
Aviv University, according to
Victor M. Carter of Los An-
geles, president of the Amer-
ican Friends and chairman of
the International Board of
Governors of the university.
Young has served as director
of the Western United State
,o f f i c e of the American
Friends since Oct. 1, 1972.

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