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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-05-31

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Sen. Javits to Address ZOA Convention
NEW YORK----Senator Ja- Weism an, president Of the

Menacing Arab Offensive Brewing in Latin America

cob K. Javits, senior U.S.
senator from New York and
and influential member of the
Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, and Herman L.

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The gathering will conclude
June 30.
Mrs. Ruth Tekoah, wife of
Yosef Tekoah, Israeli Am-
bassador to the United Na-
tions, will speak to wives of
delegates and women dele-
gates at a special ZOA wom-
en's committee luncheon
12:30 p.m. June 28.

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Lebanese Foreign Minister
Fouad Naffah's ability to
bring Argentina and other
Latin American states closer
to the Arab positions was due
in large measure to his use
of the threat of oil and the
promise of investment capital
and trade.
Naffah assured his hosts
that "no underdeveloped
country that backs the just
cause of the Arab world will
suffer from an energy short-
age." He also held forth the
prospect of the Arab states
directing some of their vast
amounts of capital into Latin
America, a region _ from
which local capital flees be-
cause of political instability
and high rates of inflation.
This hope was reflected in the
inaugural remarks of the new
Brazilian president w h o
spoke of the "solid bonds of
friendship" which link Arabs
and Brazil as he cited the
"voluminous and growing
capital resources of the Arab
world" as a possible source
of much of the $4,000,000,000
in investment capital needed
in 1974.
The Arab states with a
population of 130,000,000, are
seen as important new mark-
ets, by the Latin American

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

governments. Last year, the
foreign ministers of Brazil
and Egypt met in Cairo to
sign a Brazilian-Egyptian
trade agreement. On the
same day that the Lebanese
minister was feted in Buenos
Aires, the Argentine govern,
ment dispatched a 40-man
delegation to Libya, led by
Jose Lopez Rega, the minis-
ter of social welfare and
close confidant of General
Peron. The delegation in-
cluded the secretary of press
and broadcasting, the sub-
secretary of foreign com-
merce and officials of the
state-owned petroleum cor-
poration. In Tripoli, Lopez
Rega assured the Libyans
that the revolutionary ideas
of the Arab world and those
of Argentina were very simi-
lar and used the occasion to
announce that Libya and Ar-
gentina would exchange am-
bassadors. The Libyan prime
minister, Abdul Sallaam
Jallud, promised the delega-
tion that Argentina would
receive "priorities over other
nations" in its dealings with
Libya.

event. Among the accom-
plishments cited were the
importation of Libyan petro-
leum and liquefied gas; the
sale of Argentine farm pro-
ducts; scientific and cultural
exchange; links between the
two governments' official
news agencies and the open-
ing in Buenos Aires of the
Arab-Libyan Argentine bank
to place investments in Ar-
gentina and other Latin
American countries.
Latin America's large Arab
population, mostly Lebanese
Christian, is also being mobi-
lized by means of a recently
created network of umbrella
organizations in each country
linked to the coordinating
organization in Sao Paulo
c a 11 e d FEARAB-America
(Federation of Arab Entities
of the Americas). The
FEARAB structure is trying
to involve the continent's
3,000,000 Arabs in a 15-
point program that calls for
Arab purchase of mass media
to influence public opinion
and the creation of financial
entities which will advance
the Arab cause. Strong em-
The Libyan mission was phasis is also being given to
acclaimed a great success cultural exchange and tour-
in Argentine government- ism.
sponsored newspaper adver-
The Arab offensive is aimed
tisements and posters which at Latin American Jewry as
featured photos of Col. Qad- well as Israel. Efforts are
dafi, General Peron and being made to force a rup-
Lopez Rega. An issue of the ture in business relations be-
Peronist weekly, Las Bases, tween Arabs and Jews. An
was devoted to the Libyan Uruguayan journalist, Carlos
Maria Guttierez, reported an
Friday, May 31, 1974-11 alleged meeting between a
Libyan diplomat and the
Uruguayan Commander-in-
Chief during which the
Libyan offered to provide
Uruguay with all the oil it
needed if the Jewish mem-
ber of the cabinet resigned.
The Argentine Jewish com-
munity was greatly distressed
when Minister Lopez Rega
returned from Tripoli and
convened a special meeting
for Arab diplomats and Ar-
gentine Arabs. He told them,
according to the Buenos
Aires daily, La Prensa, that
the mission's work had been
helped by the efforts of
earlier unofficial Argentine
Arab delegations but that the
Libyans' objections to the re-
ligious identity of certain in-
dividuals in the Argentine
government had put the mis-
sion at a disadvantage. (The
Minister of Economy, Jose
Gelbard, and some of the
members of his staff are
Jewish.) In Brazil, a lead-
ing Jewish journalist was
dismissed because of Arab
pressures, which have also
resulted in more - sympathe-
tic reporting of the Arab
cause in the government cen-
sored press.

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The anti-Semitic thrust of
Arab propaganda is evident
in publications of both right
and left. The general line is
that the Arab states, as
members of the Third World,
are allies of the Latin Ameri-
can people in their war
against imperialism, that Is-
rael is a tool of imperialism
and Zionists, i.e., Jews are
disloyal to the countries in
which they live, The Arab
line was clearly articulated
in Buenos Aires during a
Feb. 27 broadcast of "Jour-
nalists' Roundtable" on a
government owned station.
There is no right to strike
Miguel Cosma, correspond-
ent for an Arab paper, linked against the public safety by
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tional sentiment, but merely
seek wealth so as to "main-
tain domination over all
humanity." A second panel-
ist was Jacques Scyzoryk,
who calls himself a Jew of
the "Mosaic religion" and
said he opposed the "anti-
social and anti-Christian Ju-
daic religion." He claimed
that Zionist commandos
were poised to set up a Jew-
ish state in Argentina and
charged that Jewish capital-
ism impoverished the coun-
try.
Although the Arab offen-
sive poses a serious threat
to Israel's relations with
Latin American nations, an
Arab victory is by no means
certain. The political contest
has been fought for a quarter
century and many of the fac-
tors that have determined
Latin American governments'
pro-Israel or neutral policy
still pertain. Among them are
Israel's technical and agri-
cultural assistance programs,
which have won many
friends, and great admiration
for Israel's courage and re-
sourcefulness.
There are other factors
working against the Arabs.
Latin American nations,
seeking to free themselves
from United States pressures,
are unwilling to bow to Arab
pressure. This sentiment was
expressed by a member of
the Uruguayan national
security council who, upon
hearing Libyan oil black-
mail demands warned that if
we yield on this point now,
we may next be asked to
give up our sovereignty.
Planning Minister Moises
Cohen retained his post in
the Uruguyan Cabinet; so
too, did Minister Gelbard in
Argentina. Las Bases quoted
Ministed Lopez Rega as hav-
ing told the Libyans that, "In
Argentina there are no Arabs
nor Jews. There are Argen-
tines."
The Arabs' precipitous in-
crease in the price of oil has
aggravated the region's per-
sistent problem of high in-
flation and is undermining
the developing nations' tenu-
ous economic advance. The
Latin Americans' growing
resentment was not lessened
by Fouad Naffah's conten-
tion that high oil prices are
due to "an international in-
flationary situation" and that
Arab states are only receiv-
ing "a small part of the in-
crease."
Latin. America need not
even depend upon Arab oil.
Brazil gets most of its oil
from Nigeria and Iran. Vene-
zuela has already guaranteed
preferential oil supplies to
Central American nations.
South America can soon be
self-sufficient because Peru,
Ecuador and Colombia are
now tapping vast, newly-
discovered oil fields.
The Arabs must also con-
tend with well-organized Jew-
ish communities, whose pop-
ulation is about 850,000. Be-
cause of Arab-inspired anti-
Semitic activity, principal
cities now have professional-
ly staffed human rights of-
fices• which uphold the
dignity of Jewish life and
expose the myths of those
who would destroy it and the
state of Israel.

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