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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-08-06

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6 Friday, August 6, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

ADL Charges Spiro. Agnew Is Spewing 'Classic Anti-Semitism'

(Continued from Page 1)
conducted by Agnew, en-
closing the newsletter
and membership applica-
tion and subscription
forms offering a patron
membership for a
minimum of $500. For les-
ser sums, Agnew is offer-
ing other types of mem-
berships.
Lawrence
Peirez,
chairman of ADL's civil
rights committee, which is
conducting continuing re-
search into the new Agnew
operation, reported: "Ag-
new, in a foreword in the
first issue of 'Memoranda,'
calls on Americans to re-
gard their news media
`with the same suspicion
•and distrust that they . . .
focus on public officials or
large corporations.' Yet,
while Agnew says there is
a need to bring the vital
facts to the people,' the
lead article, entitled
`Mideast Time Bomb,"
consists of nothing more
than typical Agnew distor-
tions and misrepresenta-
tions of facts.
"What Agnew con-
tinues to spew out,"
Peirez went on, "are his
usual twisted half-truths
— pro-Arab, anti-Israel,
anti-news media."

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In the article, Agnew
sought to use statements
by the Social Action
Commission of Reform
Judaim and Rabbi
Henry Siegman, execu-
tive director of the
Synagogue Council of
America, to support the
Agnew argument that
prominent Jews and re-
spectable Jewish organi-
zations are critical of al-
leged "Israeli im-
perialism," Peirez said.
Rabbi Siegman, how-
ever, told the ADL that
"the views Agnew attri-
butes to me are a total
fabrication," and an-
nounced that he will start
a libel suit against Ag-
new.
The Social Action
Commission of Reform
Judaism has told the
League that statements
critical of Israel which
were attributed to it by
Agnew were distorted
and taken out of context
of a resolution "that is
supportive of Israel."
Agnew claimed that
Siegman "roundly
criticized Israel for the
treatment of Arabs living
in the territories con-
quered in the 1967 war."
Siegman said: "The
statement attributed to
me by Spiro Agnew is a
total fabrication, a delib-
erate and malicious
falsehood. The fact is that
not only have I never said
or written any such
thing, but I have de-
nounced those who have
leveled such reckless
charges against Israel

"It is the height of
malice to . criticize Israel
for alleged mistreatment
of Arabs in the occupied
territories when, in fact,
Israel — in the most try-
ing of circumstances —
has shown a regard for
human and civil rights
that is unheard of in the
Arab states that are Ag-
new's clients. Agnew's
attribution of such
malicious views to me is
false and libelous and I
am taking steps to press a
libel action against him."
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itself as a pro-Israel or-
ganization that proposes
alternative strategies for
achieving Israeli securi-
ty, strongly dissociated
itself from the context of
the article in
"Memoranda" in which it
was quoted. The article
said that Breira "sent an
open letter to Israeli
leaders condemning the
`unfortunate killings' of
Arabs in Galilee and de-
ploring 'violations of civil
rights and loss of life' on
the West Bank."
. Breira declared: "We
unequivocally denounce
such manipulation of re-
sponsible Jewish dissent.
While we have been criti-
cal of some ISraeli
policies, the characteriza-
tion of those policies as
synonymous with 'im-
perialism' — especially by
one so close to the manipu-
lation of global power — is
no less absurd than simi-
lar Soviet and Chinese
characterizations."
The Breira statement
added, "Agnew's anti-
Israel and anti-Jewish
biases disqualify him as a
responsible advocate for
Middle East peace."
Forster said an ADL
inquiry about Education
for Democracy, Inc.,
shows that it was initially
incorporated in Indiana
on Sept. 16, 1971, with the
alleged purpose of
educating persons with-
out regard to race, relig-
ion, color or creed for fu-
ture community leader-
ship.
Control of the organi-
zation passed through a
number of persons until
Nov. 19, 1975, when arti-
cles of amendment were
filed with the Secretary
of State of Indiana,
changing the resident
agent and the principal
office and listing Agnew
as president of Education
for Democracy. Mary

Ellen Warner, who has
been Agnew's secretary,
is listed as the organiza-
tion's corporate secret-
ary.
Forster said that John
A. Von tiannon, a
magazine publisher in
Bloomington, Ind., told
the ADL that he was the
previous president and
resident agent for the or-
ganization.
Von Kannon added that
when Agnew took over
the organization last
November, it was "just a
paper, shell organiza-
tion," which had retained
its tax exemption. The
publisher, who said he
has been an admirer of-
Agnew but is now "dis-
gusted" with Agnew's
views on Israel, declared
that the former Vice
President had told him he
planned to use the or-
ganization to hold con-
ferences and publish
books and a newsletter.
Prior to the current
nationwide mailing,
Forster said, Agnew sent
out 250 letters to a pri-
vate list to seek contribu-
tions to supplement what
Agnew claimed was a
"substantial contribu-
tion" he had made to the
organization for the pur-
pose of disseminating "to
opinion leaders and other
citizens information now
routinely supplied by the
national-impact media."
Meanwhile, Agnew de-
fended his right to
criticize Israel while de-
nying he was anti-
Semitic. "I'm entitled to
my opinion without being
followed around by the
Bnai Brith Anti-
Defamation League and
being accused of being a
bigot," he said in an in-
terview on ABC-TV's
"Good Morning America"
show. "I could be wrong,
but I'm not a bigot."
Victor Gold, Agnew's
press secretary when he

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pearing on the same newspapers were now be-
program last Thursday, coming "a little more ob-
took issue with an article jective."
Agnew said he was not
published by the founda-
tion's newsletter which charging a conspiracy in
criticized the United the media. "I say that the
States for not going along American people have
with a United Nations been routinely exposed to
General Assembly vote quite a lot of p•o-Israeli
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Agnew said I- agreed
that the article was "a
biased piece." But he ad- ix
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