Aliya LaRegel Lifts Israel
Noted Historian Honored
The eminent American Jewish archivist, Dr. Jacob R. Marcus, is
being honored by the U.S. Jewish community for a life-time of historical
and archival research on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
His many contributions to Jewish historical scholarship includes a
lengthy list of volumes on a multitude of Jewish topics.
The eminent archivist's role in American Jewry, along with another
in a series of Bicentennial features written by him detailing the role of
Jews in America's struggle for independence, appear on Page 48.
The Moses Hess
VOL. LXVIII, No. 23
The symbol at left with the slogan, "Arise Ye and Let Us Go Up to
Zion," has been adopted as the Israel trade mark of a new campaign for
Aliya LaRegel, Jewish solidarity pilgrimage, to express U.S. Jewry's soli-
darity with Israel.
The new campaign, other efforts of the Israel Ministry of Tourism
and the achievements of the local office of El Al Israel Airlines are indica-
tive of a new interest in tourism and aliya.
A report on Israel's progress in tourism, the new campaign for
heightened solidarity and El Al's success locally appears on Page 5,
along with an editorial on Page 4.
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February 13, 1976
Staged Soviet Press Conference
Is Labeled a Propoganda Device
in Congressional Record
WASHINGTON (JTA) — An article in the February issue of Read-
ers Digest alleging that Congress was "wrecking" the Administration's
foreign policy, in some instances due to the influence of "a powerful
lobby, that of Jewish Americans," was inserted into the Congressional
Record Feb. 5 by Senate deputy minority leader Robert P. Griffin (R-
Mich.). In presenting it to Congress, Griffin observed that it was "in-
teresting and provocative" and "ought to be read by every Senator and
The article, by Prof. William E. Griffith, claimed that "of all
the examples of unwise interference by Congress in foreign policy,
the most dangerous is the unconditional support that Congress has
habitually insisted we give to the policies of Israel. In so doing, it
has disregarded not only the legitimate interests of the Arabs, but
America's own interests as well." Griffith was identified by Read-
ers Digest as a political science professor at the Massachusetts In-
stitute of Technology, of diplomatic history at the Fletcher School of
Law and of diplomacy at Tufts University.
Griffith cited.as an example of alleged Congressional "bias" toward
Israel the opposition of the sale of a "Hawk" anti-aircraft missile sys-
tem to Jordan last year. He charged that Sen. Clifford P. Case (R-NJ)
and Rep. Jonathan Bingham (D-NY) "mustered enough opposeition to
the sale so that the Administration had to postpone consideration of the
proposal." He noted that "a compromise of sorts" had since been
reached "on their deployment and use imposed at the demand of pro-
Israeli Congressional forces."
Griffith asserted that the U.S. "must make clear by deeds as well
as words, our commitment to her (Israel's) survival and our moral and
political outrage at such Arab maneuvers as the recent UN General
Assembly vote that equated Zionism with racism" because "if we don't,
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BRUSSELS (JTA) — Organizers of the Second World Conference on Soviet Jewry, scheduled
to open Tuesday, charged that a Moscow press conference last Friday featuring seven Jewish
emigres who had returned from Israel was a "transparent propaganda device that will deceive
neither the Jews of the USSR nor the millions of Christians around the world who support the
Soviet Jewish struggle."
(As the Jewish News went to press, the Soviet press agency Novosti announced plans to hold
a similar press conference in Brussels yesterday featuring former Soviet citizens who had emi-
grated to Israel and decided to return.)
The elaborate news conference in Moscow organized by the Soviet Foreign Ministry and
Novosti, a feature press agency, was held just 11 days before the Brussels assembly on Soviet
Jewry was scheduled to begin.
Some of the Jews speaking at the Moscow conference read from prepared statements and
said that Israel is a racist state. Vsevolod N. Sofinsky, chief of the Foreign Ministry's press
department who conducted the conference, asserted that 90 percent of Soviet Jews abroad
wanted to return to the Soviet Union.
David Susskind, chairman of the Brussels secretariat, said that of more than 100,000
Soviet Jews who had emigrated to Israel since 1970 only 45 had returned to the USSR. He
quoted a report on the situation of Soviet Jews adopted by the parliamentary assembly of
the Council of Europe Jan. 29, which said: "Considering the fact that most of the 45 have
been since their return, used by the Soviet government in its campaign against emigration
and that, moreover, some of them had spent only a few weeks in Israel, it might be supposed
that these people were, from the outset, immigrants 'with a mission.' "
Susskind commented, "The problem does not lie in the unwillingness of the Jews to emigrate
but rather in the Kremlin's refusal to let Jews out and in its harassment and intimidation of
Jews who apply to leave." He said that Soviet authorities had cut back sharply in the number of
exit visas granted to Jews — from 35,000 in 1973 to 20,000 in 1974 to 12,000 in 1975.
Currently, Susskind noted, there was a backlog inside the USSR of about 160,000 Jews who
had begun the emigration process by requesting family reunification from relatives in Israel.
"Soviet Jews who apply to emigrate face public vilification, dismissal from their jobs, expulsion
from universities, enforced military conscription, arrest, trial and imprisonment," Susskind said.
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New York's Official Protest: Re-Name UN Plaza 'Zion Square'
tion and of affirming support of Israel. Jack M. Elkin, chairman of the New York Metro-
NEW YORK (JTA) — A public hearing last week by a City Council committee to
politan Council of the American Jewish Congress, said that "Zion Square will
rename a street across from the United Nations as Zion Square drew nearly 20 persons
demonstrate that the people of the City of New York repudiate and reject the UN's con-
speaking in its favor and only two against. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
demnation (of Zionism)." He said the creation of a Zion Square in New York will be the
.:',ommittee, which deals with street name changes, voted 10-0 with one abstention to
answer to the Palestine Liberation Organization's terrorist bombing of Jerusalem's Zion
approve the change. Approval by the full City Council is expected since Council President
Paul O'Dwyer and 41 of its 43 members have endorsed it.
Square last fall.
Norman Kaish, a Queens resident, said that he would provide all
Councilman Henry J. Stern of Manhattan, who introduced the mea-
the money needed for the changeover so there could be no claim that it
sure last November after the United Nations adopted the resolution
was costing the city money during a time of financial crisis.
equating Zionism with racism, last Thursday moved that Zion Square
The only opponents to the measure were Dr. T. M. Mehdi, secretary
be located on the west side of First Avenue between 42nd and 43rd
general of the Action Committee on American-Arab Relations, and Alfred
Streets in front of the Isaiah Wall. He changed the location from his
M. Lilienthal, chairman of the American Council on the Middle East.
original designation three blocks north after the New York City Com-
Mehdi called the Council's proposed action an "emotional reaction"
mission for the United Nations had objected, citing among the reasons
which was not only "childish" but "also obscene." He said if the Council goes
that two major firms would have to change their stationery.
through with the plan the southwest corner of First Avenue and 44th Street
Mrs. Frances Loeb, New York City Commissioner for the UN, said she
should be named Palestine Liberation Organization or Palestine Square be-
approved the change and that it also had the endorsement of Daniel P. Moy-
cause if peace comes to the Mideast it must come through talks between
nihan, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN.
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Israel and the Palestinians.
Stern said the naming of the street as Zion Square was an "affirmation
Lilienthal, a long-time opponent of Israel and formerly connected with
of New Yorkers' respect for the aspirations of the Jewish people for a na-
the American Council for Judaism, accused the City Council of declaring
tional homeland." Councilman Walter Ward of Queens, chairman of the
war on the UN, the Arab states and the Third World by its action.
committee, said that "speaking as a non-Jew, when you attack Israel you
PROPOSED ZION PLAZ
He accused the U.S. of subordinating its foreign policy for domestic
attack all of us."
interests and said that when the American people realize the cost of U.S.
Speakers representing Jewish organizations and themselves as individ-
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uals applauded the action as a means of answering the anti-Zionist resolu