THE JEWISH NEWS
A Weekly Review
VOL. LXVIII, No. 16
A New Year:
of a Barbaric
Age and Hopes
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December 26, 1975
16).S. Cabinet Allowing Saudi Bias
AJCongress Says in Court Suit
Jews Continue Protests
of Mexico's Zionism Vote
NEW YORK (JTA) — Mexico's affirmative vote in the General As-
sembly for a resolution condemning Zionism was denounced by Israel's
Ambassador to the UN, the Israeli Tourism Minister and the leaders of
Bnai Brith and Young Israel. In addition, the two Jewish organizations
affirmed that their ban on tour programs, ordered after Mexico voted
in the Assembly last month for the resolution equating Zionism with
racism, continues to be in effect.
David M. Blumberg, president of Bnai Brith, sent a letter to
Echeverria informing him that because of his nation's "astounding
vote" it could not reinstate its tours there now. Blumberg recalled
in his letter that he had been assured by Mexican Foreign Minister
Emilio Rabasa and Mexican Ambassador Benite Berlin that Mexico
"in no way regarded Zionism as a form of racism" and was commit-
ted "to the survival of Israel as a Jewish state and a genuine exam-
ple of national liberation."
Herman Rosenbaum, president of the national council of Young
Israel, said his organization was maintaining.its suspension of tours to
Mexico and stated that the explanation of the Mexican delegate to the
UN regarding its vote was contradictory and unacceptable.
The strong reaction by Israel's Ambassador to the UN Chaim Her-
zog against the Mexican vote was due to "technical failure," Foreign
Minister Yigal Allon told the Israeli Cabinet Sunday.
Allon said Herzog had not received the full papers of the Mexican
foreign minister's visit to Israel, which would have clarified to him the
"understanding" between Israel and Mexico. Had he received these clar-
ifications in time, Allon explained, his reaction would have been
As things turned out, Allon said, following Rabasa's visit the
relations between the two countries have improved and were now
even better than in the past. However, Allon added, he could not
predict how these relations would develop in the future.
Israeli observors said Mexico's non-participation in the UNESCO
Council's anti-Zionist vote in Paris last week was seen as an affirmation
of Mexico's promise to have no part in condemnations of Zionism any-
However, an advertisement in Sunday's New York Times inserted
by nearly 100 who had cancelled visits to Mexico urged a continuation
of boycotts against travel to Mexico. The ad was signed by the Vacation
Committee of North Bergen, N.J.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and three other members of
President Ford's Cabinet were named last week as defendants in a suit filed in Federal District
Court by the American Jewish Congress charging them with violating the constitutional rights of
American Jews who are excluded from participating in government-supported programs in
Saudi Arabia because of their religion.
Charging that the federal government was a "silent partner" in Saudi Arabia's "reli-
gious bigotry against Jews," the AJCongress asked for an injunction barring Kissinger,
Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, Secretary of Commerce Elliot Richardson and Inte-
rior Secretary Thomas S. Kleppe from implementing a 1974 U.S.-Saudi Arabia agreement
calling for cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economics, technology and
"We are asserting that no agency of government may cooper-
ate with or participate in any program from which American citi-
zens are barred or set apart because of their religion," Leo Pfeffer,
special counsel of the American Jewish Congress, said at a news
conference in the National Press Club following the filing of the
suit. He added:
"In seeking to establish the principle that the Constitutional
rights of American citizens may not be waived by the government
in its dealings with foreign states, this suit raises important consti-
tutional issues with long-range implications in the field of interna-
tional law. If other nations wish to benefit from American scien-
tific know-how and other forms of U.S. assistance, they must
accept the fact that the U.S. Constitution prohibits discrimination
on grounds of religion."
The suit is a class action brought by the AJCongress, four of
its officials and two private persons — Louis Kaplan of the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. and Martin Watkins of West
Chester, Pa., a professor of English. According to the complaint,
Prof. Kaplan was denied — because he is Jewish — employment in
a program sponsored by the Midwest Universities Consortium for
International Activities to help improve the library facilities of the
University of Riyadh In Saudi Arabia.
Prof. Watkins charged that because he was Jewish "and
therefore subject to the discriminatory and restrictive policy of
the government of Saudi Arabia," he was deterred from filling
out an application requiring him to list his and his parents' reli-
gion for a job teaching English to military personnel in Saudi
Arabia that had been advertised by the Bendix-Synco Corp. of
AJCongress suit noted that Kissinger and other U.S. offi-
cials have prevailed on Saudi Arabia to waive the "undesirable per-
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Swastika Cards Mailed to Metro NY Jews
NEW YORK (JTA) — Several hundred cards bearing reproductions of the black and red Nazi flag and the slogans "Hitler was
Right" and "We are Back" with no indication of the identity of the sender were received by Jewish individuals and institutions in
several New York state counties, an official of the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith reported.
The swastika-adorned missives were mailed during the week of Dec. 3 from Farmingdale, N.Y. according to Mel Cooprman,
director of the ADL Long Island regional office. He said the apparent area of the mailings was Metropolitan New York, and the
counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland.
Cooperman said the items were in the form of three-by-five-inch index cards and apparently were mailed at random to Jews
and institutions in the area. He said the lack of a zip code on the addresses suggested that the sender had gone through
telephone books looking for Jewish names for his mailing list.
Cooperman said the cards carried the Fairfax, Va. address of the National Socialist White People's Party, a miniscule neo-Nazi
group, which offers the cards in its publication. He also disclosed that a similar mailing took place a year ago exclusively to kosher
Cooperman said he had discussed the mailings with the Farmington postmaster, who said the absence of markings or return
address on the first-class mailings made it impossible to take any action and that, in any case, the cards contained no threats and hence
did not violate postal regulations.
The ADL official said there were some tiny neo-Nazi groups on Long Island, including Farmingdale, and he said a small group of
the National Renaissance Party "surfaced" occassionally with gatherings of three or four members. At the beginning of World War II
the Nazi Bund was active in the Farmingdale and Riverhead areas of Long Island.
on Vienna Terror
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Ben-Gurion Air-
port was placed under full alert Monday on
the chance that a Austrian DC-9 carrying six
Arab terrorists and 30 hostages they seized
in Vienna la,t weekend would alter course
for the Middle East.
Ben-Gurion Airport, and other interna-
tional airports in the region, have been put
on alert as a matter of routine whenever air-
craft commandeered or hijacked by Arab
terrorists are in the skies.
Five persons were killed and ministers
of the member states of the Organization of
Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
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