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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-03-21

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Anti-Zionist Vincent Sheean Dead

Obituary stories of James
Vincent Sheean, the vi-
trolic, militant, hard drink-
ing, brilliant Irish author,
who died in Italy, March 15,
mention his anti-Zionist

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tine which might very well
have been written by an ex-
treme Arab nationalist. In it
the marvelous Jewish
achievements in Palestine,
the heroic efforts of the
chalutzim are glossed over
to make room for and dis-
play the array of Arab argu-
ments which, as we know,
are increasingly being sup-
ported by the curved sword
and the hatchet of the mur-
Mr. Sheean was in Pales-
tine during the riots of 1929.
He saw the havoc wrought
by the Arab pillagers and he
followed the bloody trail of
Arab murderers of innocent
Jewish'men and women and
children in Jerusalem, He-
bron and Safed. , Instead of
siding with the attacked
Jews, he sided with the per-
petrators of the attack.
He explained , that the
unsatisfactory financial ar-
rangements which he had
made with the Zionist Or-
ganization and which ena-
bled him to go to Palestine
during that year had noth-
ing to do with his sudden
switch away from the Jews
and to the Arabs. Maybe
that is so and maybe it is
I am not charging that
Mr. Sheean had sold himself
to the Arab side, but the
fact remains that that part
of his book which deals with
Palestine could not have
been more pro-Arab and
anti-Jewish had it been
bought with Arab gold.

He had gone to Palestine
in 1929 in behalf of the New
Palestine, was there during
the Arab riots and turned
into a bitter enemy of the
Zionist movement. He con-
tinued his venomous cam-
paign against Israel through
the years.
In the early 1940s, Dr.
Samuel Margoshes, then
editor- of the Jewish Daily
Day-Morning Journal, com-
mented on the filming of
Sheean's "Personal His-
tory." The late Dr. Mar-
goshes wrote:
Of all the books I have
read, it is Vincent Sheean's
"Personal History" which,
from a Jewish point of view,
I would least like to see
dramatized and shown to
countless movie audiences.
As a travel book, as a rec-
ord of stirring reminisc-
ences in various parts of the
world, it makes very good
reading. Mr. Sheean wields
a trenchant pen and he can
be very eloquent as well as
caustic on occasion. But I do
hold that Mr. Sheean has
been most unfair to the Jew-
ish people and particularly
to that supreme effort of the
Jewish people directed to-
wards the establishment of
a Jewish national home in
Sheean, had been assigned
In his "Personal History" •to the Palestine reportorial
he has a chapter on Pales- mission by Meyer Weisgal,

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then editor of the New Pa-
lestine. The Weisgal explan-
ation of the incident is,
therefore, of major import-
ance. In his autobiography,
"Meyer Weisgal — So Far,"
Weisgal, the eminent chan-
cellor of the Weizmann In-
stitute in Rehovot, Israel,
My experierice with Vin-
cent Sheean was very differ-
ent. A young Irish newspa-
perman, Sheean had a wide
audience. He was attracted
by the ideaOf a visit to Pa-
lestine; the Zionist idea, too,
interested him — I believe it
was Dorothy Thompson,
herself a convert at that
time, who introduced him to
Sheean understood that
he would be free to write ex-
actly as he felt, and I was
perfectly certain that our
Palestine would seduce him.
And seduced he was, but not
by the Jews. He was taken
in hand by Mrs. Kitty An-
tonius, the wife of George
Antonius, the leading Arab
intellectual of the time, and
became convinced that the
Arabs, not the Jews, were
the coming force in Pales-
tine. I must record that he
returned all the money we
advanced him, because he
refused to write a single
word for us.

El Al to Get
New Jumbo Jet

new $41 million Boeing 747
jumbo jet that El Al will
add to its fleet before the
end of this year will be able
to be converted from a pas-
senger aircraft to a cargo
carrier within 24 hours.
Modifications enabling
the swift conversion were
ordered as a result of les-
sons learned from the Yom
Kippur War.


U.S. Aircraft Firms
Lure Arab Buyers

NEW YORK — American
aircraft manufacturers are
trying to sell warplanes to
Egypt and Syria for the
first time in many years.
One ,firm, McDonnell
Douglas Corp., exhibited its
wares at the recent
Cairo International Trade
Fair. The firm's main ex-
hibit showed a large model
of a Skyhawk, currently
used by both the' American
and Igiaeli air forces.
McDonnell Douglas is the
first American company to
have an exhibit at the an-
nual fair. The firm also sent
a. sales force to •Egypt to
promote sales of Skyhawks.


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Vienna College
Offers Yiddish

University of Vienna has
started courses in Yiddish,
attended by 15 students.
One of them is Jewish, the
others Christian. The lee.-
turer, Dr. Jacob Allerhand
from the Judaic .Institute of
the university, said that
Yiddish, in the near future,
may become a dying lan-

Lubavitcher Rebbe
Calls for the Use
of Shmura Matzot

NEW YORK — In his
public address last Shabat
at Lubavitch world head-
quarters in New York, the
Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi
Menachem M. Schneerson,
- called upon rabbis and Jew-
ish leaders to advise their
congregants and adherents
to use "Shmura Matzot" on
the Passover holiday.
"Shmura," which means
guarded, describes these
special matzot because the
wheat used in their baking
is carefully protected
against any contact with
water from the instant it is
reaped. Water could cause
leavening and thereby dis-,
qualify its use on. Passover.
The Rebbe also urged the
observance of selling all ha-
metz before Passover.
In his address the Rebbe
reissued his call for a world-
wide mitzva campaign to
designate time every day for
Torah study; that all men 13
and over put on tefillin ev-
ery weekday; that kosher
mezuzot be properly affixed
to doorposts; that every
home have the basic sacred
books, namely, a Humash
(Bible), siddur (prayer book)
and tehillim (Book of
Psalms) conveniently at
hand; and that every home
have a charity box for fre-
quent contributions to a
worthwhile cause.
The Rebbe again called
upon all Jewish women, in-
cluding young girls from the
age of 3, to light Sabbath
candles at the proper time,
before sunset on Friday eve-
nings, and to also kindle hol-
iday candles at the proper


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