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November 29, 1974 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-11-29

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24—Friday, Nov. 29, 1974




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Boris Smolar's

'Between You
. . . and Me'

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1974, JTA Inc.)

AN UNENVIABLE RECORD: The United Nations is
now closing its annual General Assembly under a cloud of
possible renewed outbreak of war between the Arab coun-
tries and Israel to which this world body contributed little
by opening its doors to Yassir Arafat, the leader of the
Arab terrorists.
This is not the first time that the United Nations—which
was established to prevent wars—has contributed to Arab
warfare against Israel. Still fresh in memory is the fact
that UN Secretary General U Thant had ordered in 1967
the withdrawal of the UN Emergency Forces stationed as
a buffer between Egypt and Israel, only to please the
Egyptian dictator Nasser. He thereby left the road to Israel
open for the Egyptian army.
This is also not the first time that the UN has displayed
anti-Jewish inclinations for the sake of pleasing Afro-Asian
countries and the Soviet bloc. During the. first years of its
existence the outlawing of racial and religious discrimina-
tion was one of its major principles. Racial and religious
discrimination was considered in UN documents as one and
the same thing and was pronounced in the same breath.
Quietly—without even Jewish organizations noticing it—
the UN began to make - a distinction between racial dis-
crimination and religious discrimination. It separated the•
two in its program. While being active on the issue of racial
discrimination under pressure of the Afro-Asian countries,
the UN has - fallen into a slumber on the issue of religious
discrimination to please the Soviet Union. The subject of
religious discrimination is being raised from time to time
by Israeli representatives in committees when the question
of human rights comes up for discussion, but it remains
buried there. It never reaches the General Assembly.
UN IN CAPTIVITY: The tragedy of the United Nations
now lies in the fact that it has ceased to be the institution
established in 1945. The UN today is a "captive" body
dominated by the Afro-Asian bloc with the help of the
Communist bloc.
The votes at the UN Assembly are not cast today by a
majority of civilized countries but by a majority of delegates
from under-developed countries, many of which just came
into existence. Some of these delegates do not even know
the full scope of the works of the UN. Some do not know
any other language except their own.
World affairs, as such, are not really of any interest to
these delegates. Their interest lies primarily in protecting
the existence of their countries and in advancing demands
to the civilized world. Together with the votes of the Com-
munist bloc countries, they now hold control over the UN
as the largest voting group in the UN Assembly.
One hears now in the lobbies of the United Nations the
question: "How long can such a situation last? Is it not
ridiculous that a small newly-born backward country in Asia
or Africa should have the same vote in the UN as the
United States, Britain, France and other "founding fathers"
of the UN? Where can a permanent majority of Afro-Asian
- nations lead the United Nations?"
One hears these _questions in the UN diplomatic lobbies,
but only in the lobbies. There is even a suggestion that the
UN Charter be amended to permit the voting of a new
nation in the Assembly only after serving an "apprentice
period" as a UN member-state without voting rights. Offi-
cials of the UN admit that some delegates of backward
countries must be -'guided" in the UN for one or two years
before they understand what is actually going on in the UN.
No practical step has so far been made to correct the
absurdity of new countries, ignorant of world affairs, en-
joying an equal vote in the Assembly with countries of
international experience. As long as this situation exists,
not only Israel stands to lose in the UN, but also the mighty
democratic countries. The strength of the United States,
Britain and France in the UN lies now only in their veto
power at the Security Council. They can never hope to win
a majority in the Assembly under the present composition
of the United Nations unless the Afro-Asian bloc supports
their proposals. They are in captivity by their own creation.

Nazi Survivors Protest Terrorism

ly 500 survivors of Nazi con-
centration camps demon-
strated for two hours to pro-
test the latest outbreak of
terrorism against Israeli ci-
vilians by the Palestine Lib-
eration Organization.
The demonstration w a s
sponsored by the American
Federation of Survivors of
the Holocaust, an umbrella
group which includes the
Warsaw Ghetto Resistance
Organization, the Federation
of Former Fighters Against

Nazism, the Organization for
Nazi Victims and Masada
Branch of the Labor Zionist
The group was led by Jos-
eph Tekulsky, chairman of
the federation.

Religion, occupying herself
with personal destinies and
keeping thus in contact with
the only absolute realities
which we know, must neces-
sarily play an eternal part in
human history. —Wil-
liam James



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