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October 31, 1975 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-10-31

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October 31, 1975 21

Sadat Adds War Threat to PLO, Anti-ZionistCrusade

(Continued from Page 1)

Speaking to the National
Press Club earlier in the
week, Sadat made a strong
attack on Zionism, said that
the Palestinians must be
included in any Middle East
settlement, and declared
that normal relations be-
tween Israel and the Arab
states must be left to the
next generation.
He also called on the U.S.
to do its best to "fulfill an-
other disengagement be-
tween Syria and Israel simi-
lar to 1974" on the Golan
Sadat's harshest attack
during his press club ap-
pearance was on Zionism.
Asked if his government
equates Zionism with rac-
ism—and if not why did
Egypt support the resolu-
tion in the United Nations
Third Committee—Sadat
sought to separate Jews
from Zionists.
"We have had Jews al-
ways in our country," he
said. "The Jews had the
Arab economy in their
hands until 1952. We did not
complain. This Zionism is-
sue has changed every-

When he was asked
whether he would allow a
National Press Club dele-
gation to go directly from
Cairo to Tel Aviv, Sadat
implied he would not per-
mit this.

Expressing "my theory
for peace," he said, "I am
ready for a peace agreement
with Israel," but added that
regarding "normal rela-
tions" after 27 years of belli-
gerency "you can't take a
plane from Cairo to Israel.
That would be open bor-
Regarding Jerusalem, he
said that "my idea" is that
"no Arab, Moslem or Chris-
tian in the Arab world will
agree at any time to Israeli
sovereignty of Old Jerusa-
lem. This will never happen
at all. No one will agree to
this." He said by Old Jeru-
salem he meant not only the
Arab sector, "but all of Old
Following a meeting with
President Ford, Sadat met
with reporters and repeated
his attack on Zionism which
he said came with "hatred,"
violence, war and blood" to
the Middle East.
"This is our assessment of
Zionism," Sadat said. He
said the "Palestinians are
ready to accept a secular
state with the Jews but not
the Zionists" and accused Is-
rael of trying to impose its
peace conditions on the Ar-

Sadat said he told Ford
at their meeting that he
believed the United States
should enter into a dia-
logue with the Palestini-
ans to hasten reconvening
the Geneva conference. He
said he urged such a dia-
logue because "the United
States holds most of the
cards in this game."

Sadat said he was not
asking the U.S. to end its
special relationship with
Israel, adding, "I become
concerned when some new,
sophisticated arms go to Is-

rael, like the Pershing mis-
He disclosed that the pos-
sible sale of Pershings to
Israel came up in his talks
with Ford and said he told
the President that it would
affect the Middle East arms
balance and the prospects
for a peaceful solution.
Sadat said he had dis-
cussed U.S. arms sales to
Egypt only in a broad way
and that his main concern
was Egypt's economic re-

Meanwhile, the Senate
Tuesday by a voice vote
and without dissent
adopted a resolution con-
demning the United Na-
tions Third Committee ac-
tions against Zionism and
urged the UN General As-
sembly to repudiate that
action. The Senate acted
swiftly on the motion of
Richard Stone (D-Fla.) to
adopt the bipartisan reso-
lution sponsored by Sens.
Hubert H. Humphrey (D-
Minn.) and William Brock

The resolution was en-
dorsed before the Senate
vote by 40 Senators, includ-
ing Democratic deputy
leader Robert Byrd (W.Va.)
and minority leader Hugh
Scott (R- Pa.).
The Senate's action fol-
lowed the endorsement of
an identical resolution by
415 members of the House
of Representatives last
week. That number is be-
lieved to be a record for any

* * *

Ford Toasts
Wrong Country

On Sunday, Daniel P.
Moynihan, the U.S. Am-
bassador to the United Na-
tions, warned that the UN
Third Committee's resolu-
tion equating Zionism with
racism and colonialism
could, if adopted by the
General Assembly, legitim-
ize anti-Semitism in many
parts of the world.
Moynihan quoted the So-
viet Nobel Laureate and dis-
sident Andrei Sakharov as
saying that the resolution
"will give anti-Semitism the
appearance of international

Moynihan added, "This
is not just Israel. We are
talking about the Ukraine,
we are talking about Bra-
zil, we are talking about
our own country perhaps
and that is just appall-

The American envoy
characterized the draft reso-
lution as "not a question of
left or right but rather of
despotic governments in the
main voting against those
governments which main-
tain the tradition of liberal
He said that if the resolu-
tion is endorsed by the Gen-
eral Assembly the only way
the democracies can "re-
spond in any effective way
would he to say it is not
"And, of course, that is
saying the LN is not impor-
tant, saying we don't pay at-
tention to things like this
and in order to prevent its
impact on Israel, on the le-
gitimacy of that state, on
the whole question of anti-
Semitism in the world. we
are just going to have to act
like the United Nations is
not very important, and we
don't want to do that. We
most emphatically don't
want to do that."

Tuesday night, President
Ford offered a toast to "The
great people and govern-
ment of Israel" in the pres-
President Ford's state-
ence of Sadat and an audi-
last week assailing
ence of about 200 American
and Egyptian diplomats and the UN draft resolution
their wives attending a din- were hailed by the Confer-
ner given by President and ence of Presidents of Ma-
Mrs. Sadat in honor of Pres- jor American Jewish Or-
ganizations, the American
ident and Mrs. Ford.
Committee, the
The chief executive had
just received enthusiastic Anti-Defamation league of
Brith and other Jew-
applause when he told the Bnai
ish groups.
gathering that he had in-
The leaders of the major
structed Secretary of State
Henry A. Kissinger "to ex- Jewish religious denomina-
plore every possibility" to tions issued a joint state-
assure diplomatic success in ment through the Syn-
of America
the quest for peace in the agogue Council
* * *
Middle East.
Then, raising his glass in Israelis to Buy
a toast, Ford declared: "Let
Sadat a Radio
me say it is a pleasure and a
privilege for me to offer a
toast to you (Sadat) and the
Egyptian President Anwar
people that you represent,
Sadat may soon be able to
the great people and the get the radio he claims Zion-
government of Israel . . . of ism denied him in 1952.
Egypt . . . excuse me."
Sadat told the National
(President Ford's faux Press Club in Washington
pas inspired several Jewish
Monday that when he
News readers to turn to the sought to buy a radio at that
Bible and recall the story of time an Egyptian Jew re-
Balaam, without prejudice
fused to sell him one on or-
to Ford. Balaam was about ders from Zionists in Israel.
to curse Israel but his
After hearing of this,
tongue was twisted, and in- Eliahu Tal, head of an Is-
stead he pronounced what raeli advertising agency,
became one of the major announced that he and sev-
Jewish morning introduc- eral dozen others have
tory prayers: "My tovu ohel- formed an "Israeli-Egyptian
oekho, Yaakov, mishkene- Friendship League." The
sekho, Yisrael" . . . "How group's first step was to
goodly are thy tents, 0 Ja- place an ad in the Jerusalem
cob, thy dwelling places, 0 Post to raise money for a ra-
Israel"). dio for Sadat.

stating that Zionism, in ad-
dition to being a political
movement, is also "an ex-
pression of Jewish religious
belief and hope."
The statement added,
"For if traditional anti-
Semitism denied the indi-
vidual Jew his personhood,
this new anti-Semitism
seeks to deny the Jewish
people its nationhood."
The statement was signed
by Rabbi Joseph H. Look-
stein, Synagogue Council of
America; Rabbi Arthur J.
Lelyveld, Central Confer-
ence of American Rabbis;
Rabbi Alexander Schindler,
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations; Rabbi Mor-
decai Waserman, Rabbini-
cal Assembly; Arthur J.
Levine, United Synagogue
of America; Rabbi Fabian
S c h o n f e l d Rabbinical
Council of America and
Harold Jacobs, Union of
Orthodox Jewish Congrega-
tions of America.

At the same time, Secre-
tary of State Henry Kis-
singer told a UN Day din-
ner gathering in
Washington that the U.S.
will work to defeat the res-
olution when it comes to a
vote in the General Assem-

Other statements attack-
ing the resolution were
made by the U.S. Ambassa-
dor to Israel Malcolm Toon,
who pledged every possible
effort to kill the "poisonous
resolution," and the Boston
City Council.

* * *

Beame Refuses
to Honor Sadat

Mayor Abraham D. Beame
informed the State Depart-
ment Monday that he would
not participate in ceremon-
ial greetings for Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat
Wednesday. He said it
would be "an act of hypo-
cricy" for him to do so.
New York City's first
Jewish mayor was report-
edly under heavy pressure
from the State Department
to welcome the visiting
Egyptian leader and present
him with the ceremonial
key to the city.
Beame said it would be
hypocritical for him to greet
any chief of state who was a
party to the United Nations
resolution linking Zionism
with racism.
A spokesman for Sadat
said Beame's office re-
quested last May that Sadat
and Beame meet during
Sadat's current U.S. visit.
Beame's office said that it
had contacted Sadat as a
matter of routine to find out
his availability, and that no
meeting was ever formal-
New York Gov. Hugh Car-
ey's office at first denied
that the governor would
meet with Sadat. The gover-
nor's office later announced
that he would be willing to
meet the Egyptian presi-
dent if Carey could try to
persuade Sadat to change
his views on the anti-Zionist
There was no indication
whether Sadat and Carey
would meet.

The ADL announced a na-
tionwide educational pro-
gram "to combat the Arab-
led, anti-Semitic campaign
to defame Zionism and Jews
as a means of destroying
The American Zionist
Federation said it would
mail to every UN delegation
basic educational materials
on the origins, philosophies,
aims and achievements of

Meanwhile, Israel has
asked Brazil, Mexico and
Chile, which voted for the
anti-Zionist resolution, to
reconsider their stands be-
fore the issue is voted on by
the UN General Assembly.

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