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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 16th day of Tamuz, 5734, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Num. 22:2-25:9. Prophetical portion, Micah 5:6-6:8.
Scriptural Selections for Fast of Tamuz, Sunday:
Pentateuchal portions, Exod. 32:11-14, 34:1-10. Prophetical portion, (afternoon
only), Isaiah 55:6-56:8.
Candle lighting, Friday, July 5, 8:53 p.m.
VOL. LXV. NO. 17
July 5, 1974
Beware of Calamity to Israel and Jewry
Old canards are coming to roost again in the Middle East. Operating under illusions
created by the renewed friendships established by the United States with the Arab poten-
tates, incentives appear to have been given to those seeking Israel's destruction as a national
entity to revert again to claims that even under Jewish statehood the residents of Israel
should be limited to those who resided in the the Palestine before partition in the year
1947. Such an incentive had earlier even reverted to a concession, rooted in the inhuman
consideration of Jewish rights, that rights to be granted to Jews by Arabs were to be
limited to those who resided in Eretz Yisrael in 1917, prior to the issuance of the Balfour
A Kuwait diplomat was among the most recent authorities to speak in terms of Jewish
residents of 1947, and many of his associates had spoken of 1917 as the basis for recognition
of rights to be granted to Jews residing in their ancient homeland. This was advanced as
part of the arrogance that had as its foundatioi a threat to drive Jews out of their present
While this is an extreme view—in a time when some Arabs have hinted a willing-
ness to grant recognition to Israel under conditions that would reduce the Jewish state to
a ghetto, a new challenge to world Jewry may be inherent in the new attitudes of confidence
gained by Arabs from American friendships which are interpreted as introducing a domi-
nance that might well spell destruction to Jewish sovereignty.
It is not a matter to be ignored. Accompanying the new condition is a warning to
Jews as much as to Israelis to be properly readied to defend the just rights of a community
whose rebirth is based on historic realities.
It becomes necessary, under the circumstances created by new and most regrettable
conditions once again to reaffirm the status of Jewish statehood.
In recorded history, Palestine was never an independent Arab state. Jews were pre-
dominant in the Holy Land and Arab rulers had limited periods of existence there, as indi-
cated in the following historic facts:
Israel Rule (Biblical period)
Israel Autonomy (under Persian and Greco-Assyrian suzerainty)
Revolt of the Maccabeans
Rule of the Hasmoneans and their successors
Jewish Autonomy (under Roman and Byzantine suzerainty)
Rulers of Arab Caliphates
1350 BCE to
587 BCE to
538 BCE to
168 BCE to
143 BCE to
70 CE to
637 CE to
637 CE to
661 CE to
750 CE to
969 CE to
1072 CE to
1099 CE to
1175 CE to
1291 CE to
1516 CE to
1918 CE to
When the United Nations formally gave the green light to the redeemers of Zion, in
1947, two states were established—Israel and Jordan. The Arabs were to have a state in
the area, and the Hashemite Kingdom was recognized as a homeland for the Palestinian
Arabs. Actually, the administrative governments of the Palestinian area in terms of years
is historically unchallenged in the following figures:
13th Century BCE-586 BCE
586 BCE-132 CE
132 CE-637 CE
637 CE-1071 CE
1071 CE-1516 CE
1516 CE-1922 CE
1922 CE•1948 CE
(Sometimes under foreign domination)
Romans and Byzantines
Seljukes, the Crusaders, Mongols, Mamelukes
The areas occupied by 19 existing Arab states, all members of the United Nations, are
so vast that comparisons with the small territory resumed for Israel's existence are odious.
But even that small territory, for 3,500,000 people—more than 500,000 of whom are
Christians and Moslems who are not deprived of human rights in Israel — is begrudged by
more than 100,000,000 Arabs, whose sheiks keep threatening the very existence of the
It was to be believed that it would be necessary once again to organize defensive-
ly in support of Israel. But the threats exist. The new conditions do not spell security for
Israel. The Russian resurgence of Czarist anti-Semitism which has become a Communist
credo is again aimed at the Jewish people.
With regret and sorrow, these facts must be stated anew—in an appeal to mankind,
not to permit a free hand to holocaustian aims to destroy Israel. That is why the urgency
compels an admonition to Jews everywhere to be on guard impending dangers, to know the
truth and to be on the alert against any attempt at what could well turn into a national
massacre in the Middle East. Beware, is the warning to Jewry, because the implied harm to
Israel will mean calamity for all Jews.
Autobiography of Righteous
Catholic Who Resisted Nazis
Nazism was not without resistance. The record of defiance of the
terror imposed by the Hitlerites is yet to be told in its entirety. The
facts are emerging, and one of the most moving stories has just been
written by a naturalized American who, as a young girl, rejected Nazi
influence, defied the pressures that were imposed upon the Germans
and to the very end assisted the victims. In "Walls," published by
Beacon Press, Hiltgunt Zassenhaus tells how she resisted the Third
Now practicing internal medicine in Baltimore, Dr. Zassenhaus'
courage is becoming known and her fellow Catholics and the Jewish
community of Baltimore are giving due recognition to her strength of
character which enabled her to reject the Nazi regulations and to
register her protests against the oppressors whenever and wherever
She had secured a position in the censor's office in Germany during
World War II, and in that capacity was able to help many people,
especially prisoners of war.
She was especially helpful to Scandinavian war prisoners and due
appreciation was shown her by the governments of Norway and Den-
mark which gave her high decorations. The West German government,
too, awarded her deserved honors in 1969.
Recognition of Dr. Zassenhaus' fearless acts is becoming so wide-
spread that she has been recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Baltimore Jewish community is honoring her, and special services
have been arranged for her at Chizuk Amuna synagogue when Dr.
Israel B. Goldman will review her "Walls."
"Walls" justifies the award to the author of the Orders of St. Olaf
and Dannebro by Norway and Denmark and the Bundesverdienst
Kreuz given her by the West German president. It is an autobiographi-
cal story that relates how, as a young schoolgirl, Hiltgunt refused to
give the Nazi salute; how she resisted the order to echo the "Heil
Hitler" submissive shout at school or anywhere else.
Her resistance was consistent. She befriended the Jewish school-
mates and to the very end strove to assist the sufferers.
It was in the Hamburg school that she was first confronted with
Nazi challenge, and it was from there that her labors continued —
in aiding the prisoners, assisting some 1,000 to escape harm and to
return to their homes safely. It was there that she began to fulfill
her ambition for a medical career. As student and as employe of the
German government, in the censor's office, she remained faithful to
the principle of resisting tyranny.
Her story begins with an experience in East Berlin where a pub-
lisher wanted to produce her book, on condition that mention of God
was to be omitted. She refused, and on that visit in East Germany
she realized the imposing obstruction of the wall. In writing her story
she was especially motivated by a hope to overcome the obstacles
created by walls which separate humans.
Dr. Zassenhaus adds immensely to the compilation of a record to
affirm the reality of a resistance movement that operated against
Hitlerism within Germany. Minute as it was, it vindicated those who,
like Hiltgunt Zassenhaus, refused to bow to tyranny.
Regrettably, Dr. Zassenhaus was not, possibly could not, be in a
position to know the extent of the horror her people perpetrated
against Jews in concentration and extermination camps. That is why
the former are mentioned in her story, to a limited extent, the latter
remaining the secret it probably was to her. But as a story of courage
her "Walls" elevates her to a position amidst the Compassionate and
Righteous Gentiles who are deservedly honored by Jewry.