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July 11, 1975 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-07-11

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Leaders Hit Resolution
Equating Zionism to Colonialism

JERUSALEM, (JTA) —
A resolution equating Zion-
ism with colonialism and
calling for the elimination
of both which was adopted
last week by the Interna-
tional 'Women's Year Con-
ference in Mexico City was
condemned here and by
:ewish leaders throughout
he world.
The Foreign Ministry,
expressing disgust, de-
scribed the resolution as
"another chapter in the
moral bankruptcy of the
UN."

.Political circles here ex-
pressed surprise that a con-
ference called to discuss the
advancement of worsens'
rights should condemn
Zionism when Israel was
the first. country to intro-
duce women's emancipation
and voting rights in the Mid-
dle East.
The United States joined
Israel in voting against
the resolution. Britain was
among the abstainers. The
resolution was pushed
through the conference by
the Arab states with the
overwhelming support. of
the Third World countries,
China and the Soviet Com-
munist bloc. It was gener-
ally opposed by the West-_
ern powers.
In Buenos Aires, the Ar-
gentine Zionist Organiza-
tion protested to Foreign
Minister Alberto J. Vignes
over Argentina's co-sponsor-
ship of the Mexico City reso-
lution identifying Zionism
with neo-colonialism and.
imperialism.
A telegram signed by Dr.
Lazaro Rubinson and Nata-

ho Zugman, president and
secretary, respectively of
the AZO, expressed deep
concern over "this manifest
distortion of Zionism \vhich
has always respected hu-
man rights."

In Amsterdam, Sophie
Vanemde, the president of
the Netherlands Zionist Or-
ganization and former
chairman of the Dutch
branch of WIZO, condensed
the resolution and declared
it would have been prefera-
ble if the Dutch delegation
had protested even more
strongly on the section of
the resolution which con-
demned Zionism.
In London, the Board of
Deputies of British Jews
expressed its "dismay and
protest" at the abstention
of the British delegates on
the resolution.
Board President Lord
Fisher, in a statement of
protest sent to British For-
eign Secretary James Cal-
laghan, stated, in part: "It is
tragic irony that British
women representatives
should lack courage in op-
posing resolutions which
are manifestly untrue, and
an insult to a pioneering
movement like Zionism, to
the Jewish people, and to Is-
raeli women i.vhose con-
structive achievements
must he a source of pride to
women everywhere."
Meanwhile, in Tuesday's
New York Times, a state-
ment corrects an earlier
editorial complimenting the
Danish delegation.
"In an editorial Sunday
entitled 'Danish Example,'
we complimented the Dan-

ish delegation to the United
Nations Conference on
Women in Mexico City for
having voted against the
"Declarat ion of Mexico"_ be-
cause it contained irrelevant
and deliberately provocative
Arab-inspired political im-
plications directed against
Israel.
"We have since learned,
however, that although
Denmark was indeed one of
only three states to vote
against the declaration at
first, (the United States and
Israel were the others),
Denmark subsequently an-
nounced that it had in-
tended to abstain, and was
so recorded."

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Israeli Hospitals Treat Arabs

An Israeli doctor is examining an Arab baby, one of
many Arab patients from beyond Israel's borders who
receive medical treatment in Israel.

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JERUSALEM — More
than 800 Arab patients from
beyond Israel's borders
came to Israel for medical
treatment during 1974.
Those in need of help took
advantage of the medical
standards in Israel and ob-
tained treatment by enter-
ing the country through Is-
rael's "open bridges" policy,
which has seen more than
150,000 Arabs cross the Jor-
dan River in a year to visit
the West Bank and else-
where in Israel.

Many of the Arab pa-
tients from Jordan, Kuwait
and other countries come to
Hadassah Medical Center
for open heart surgery. Of
the 120 open heart opera-
tions done at the hospital
each year, a large percen-
tage are on Arabs.

Many Arab patients
heard about the health ben-
efits Israel had to offer from
their relatives and wel-
comed the opportunity to
utilize them.

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