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October 17, 1975 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-10-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

22 October 17, 1975

Anti-Semitism Found in Greece

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(Editor's note: Alexan-
der Coren is an Israeli
journalist who recently
visited Greece.)

There are Greek Orthodox
clergymen who are "fanat-
ically" anti-Semitic, accord-
ing to Joseph Lovinger, the
president of the Central
Board of Jewish Communi-
ties in Greece.
There are bishops writing'
and preaching against Juda-
ism who try to "explain"
that world Zionism sup-
ports Jehovist sects and that
the purpose is to make Jeru-
salem the "capital of the
world," he said.
Lovinger said that his
community decided to do-
nate Greek marble valued at
$30,000 for the central syn-
agogue now being built near
the Heichal Shlomo in Jeru-
salem and that special per-
mission was given by the
Minister of Commerce in
Athens for the transfer.

Another sum of $45,000
in three yearly install-
ments was pledged to the
Chair for Greek Jewish
Studies of the University
of Tel Aviv and the first
sum of $15,000 has been re-
mitted through the Bank
of Greece.

These cases are proof,
says Lovinger, that the
Greek government is favora-
bly inclined to Jews in
Greece and to Israel.
Albert Kovo, vice presi-
dent of the Board of Jewish
Communities in Greece, ex-
plained that although
Greece has consistently pro-
Arab policy, which is an es-
tablished fact, Members of
Parliament and government
officials are friendly to-
wards Jews and Israel.
He said that more than
100 young Jews from Greece
are studying in Israel. Kovo

Jewish Kids Learn
African Language

JACK
ANDERSON

Harold Beznos

By ALEXANDER COREN

JOHANNESBURG (JTA)
— The King David Primary
School, a Jewish school in
Victoria Park, is teaching
its first to fourth grade pup-
ils South Sotho, a major lan-
guage of South African
Blacks.
One 20-minute lesson a
week is given which includes
learning the morning pray-
ers in South Sotho. The
youngsters do their home-
work with the assistance of
black family servants, ac-
cording to their teacher,
Mrs. Thelma Altschuler.
She said the lessons in
South Sotho are intended to
make the Jewish youngsters
aware of the fact that black
people with whom they have
daily contact at home have a
culture of their own which
is a closed book to the aver-
age white child in South
Africa.
The King David School
museum recently held an
exhibition of the customs,
music and dress of the
South Sothos.

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never rest on him that is by
pain or grief oppress'd.
—The Talmud

explained that these and
other young persons are at-
tracted by technologically
developed countries — the
United States, Britain and
Germany.

The senior spokesman of
the Greek government and
long-time close associate
of Premier Constantine
Cargmanlis, Undersecre-
tary for Information Pan-
ayotis Lambrias, referred
frankly in a special inter-
view to allegations of ru-
mors of anti-Jewish feel-
ing in Greece connected
with the personality of
Secretary of State Henry
A. Kissinger.

Lambrias said: "The ru-
mors are substantially un-
founded. It is true that some
remnants of the junta,
which as a dictatorship, cul-
tivated a kind of anti-Semi-
tism in order to reinforce an
ultra-nationalistic spirit in
the country."
Lambrias spoke, too, of
last year's "anti-American
wave," which for some rea-
sons was justified. Anyhow
it is a fact that it existed
during the dictatorship and
after its fall, caused by the
tragedy of Cyprus, he said,
and it had a direct connec-
tion with Kissinger's role.
"I think that this anti-
American wave with its an-
ti-Semitic aspects is reduced
in size and in acuteness
now," Lambrias said.

A third cause of anti-
Semitism, he said, is the

exploitation "by the ex-
treme left, the Moscow-
oriented left, the so-called
danger of Israeli aggres-
sion in the Middle East."

Lambrias added that he
recently received two repre-
sentatives of Jewish organi-
zations in London who
asked him about anti-Semi-
tism in Greece. "I tried to
explain to them that there is
no anti-Semitism, but some
small groups seek to exploit
various emotions."

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