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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-12-23

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, December 23, 1977 17

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Protests Greet Nazi Bookstore Opening Here;
ACLU Meets Jewish Leaders on Member Drop

An eviction notice, fire-
- bombing attempt and peace-
ful picketing have followed
'" the opening last Saturday of
a Nazi bookstore at 7608 W.
Vernor, Detroit.
The landlord of the build-
ink said he rented the store-
front two months ago to "a
publisher." On Saturday,
- the store opened by the Na-
tional Socialist White
People's Party displayed a
sign reading "White Pow-
er" with swastikas on each
-,
'e. The store sells anti-
'- ___,,,ck and anti-Semitic liter-
attire. •
Some 200 pickets began
demonstrating in front of
the store Monday, and have
continued demonstrations
during the week. Two De-
troit policemen passing the
store at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday
discovered a fire on the
sidewalk int front of the.
store and extinguished the
flames.
Meanwhile, an official of
the American Jewish Com-
mittee has confirmed that a
number of Jewish organiza-
tional leaders met with
American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU) officials in
New York this month, at the
request of the ACLU, to

discuss a drop in Jewish
support because of the
ACLU defense of First
Amendment claims of
Nazis.

Seymour Samet, director
of the AJCommittee's. do-
mestic 'affairs department;
said the meeting was held
Dec. 7 at the offices of the
National Jewish Community
Relations Advisory Council,
one of the Jewish organiza-
tions participating in the
meeting. The others, in ad-
dition to the AJCommittee,
were the American Jewish
Congress, the Anti-Defama-
tion League of Bnai Brith,
and the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations.
The ACLU was represent-
ed by its president, Norman
Dorsen, and its executive
director, Arye Neier. The
ACLU officials reported
that in September, the
ACLU lost 2,100 of its 250,000
members as a result of the
ACLU decision to defend the
tiny American Nazi Party
which is seeking court per-
mission to stage a march
and demonstration, in full
Nazi regalia, in Skokie, Ill.,
home of some 7,000 survi-
vors of the Holocaust.
The ACLU is supporting a

African States Are Preparing
to Renew Relations With Israel

PARIS (JTA)—A number
of African countries are pre-
paring to resume diplomatic
relations with Israel should
the Cairo talks show some
progress on the way to
peace.
African diplomats in
Paris told the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency that several
countries, including the.
Ivory Coast, Senegal and
Kenya, have indicated their
willingness to start negotia-
tions with Israel "as soon as
some progress is made" in
Cairo.
The diplomats say these
negotiations should be rela-
tively simple as there are
no major obstacles on the
way to a resumption of nor-
mal relations.
-
Practically all the African
countries bioke off diplo-
matic relations with tsrael
at the time of the Yom
Kippur War. In spite of this,
Israel has maintained eco-
nomic relations with most
of them and Israeli leaders
have conferred with several
African presidents.
Foremost among these
ve been Senegal's Leop-

old Senghor and the Ivory
Coast's Houphouet Boigny.
Kenya's President Jomo
Kenyata has steered a
steadfast pro-Israeli course
and helped Israel carry out
the rescue at Entebbe Air-
port in Uganda on July 4,
1976.
African diplomats say
that after Egyptian Presi-
dent Anwar Sadat's trip to
Jerusalem last month, sev-
eral countries in West Af-
rica told Egypt they intend
to resume relations with Is-
rael. Egypt, these sources
say, has asked them to post-
pone any concrete steps in
this direction until after
peace is concluded.
After an exchange of in-
formal notes, the Africans
said they will hold off till
"some concrete progress"
is made on the way to
peace.
The sources say the Afri-
can countries will negotiate
with Isreal on an individual
basis and not as a bloc. The
negotiations will probably
take place within the frame-
work of the United Nations
in New York.

First Amendment appeal by
Frank Collin, "head" of the
American Nazi Party, to the -
Illinois Supreme Court to
quash an injunction which
bars the Skokie march.
According to Samet, the
ACLU officials told the Jew-
ish leaders that while no
organization likes to lose
members, the ACLU mem-
bership loss was not the key
factor in their concern.
It was reported that the
ACLU either has held or is
planning to hold similar
meetings with non-Jewish
groups whose -members are
equally offended by ACLU
determination to act in de-
fense of extremist groups
First Amendment grounds.
Samet said that the ACLU
officials sought the coopera-
tion of the Jewish leaders in ,
understanding that the
_ACLU is committed to de-
fending the rights of all
groups, not just those objec-
tionable to Jews.
The ACLU leaders told
the Jewish leaders they had
sought the meeting for an
opportunity to explain the
ACLU continued com-
mitment to First Amend-
ment rights, in principle,
and to get reassurances that,
the Jewish organizations
also continued their support
of those rights.
The ACLU officials
stressed, according to Sa-
met, that their basic con-
cern- was a fear that the
hostile reaction of Jews and
others indicated an erosion
of support for the First
Amendment and that they
hoped the Jewish leaders
would stimulate consid-
eration and continued dis-
cussion of that issue among
their organizations' mem-
bers.
Mrs. Naomi Levine,., AJ-

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It contains 72 pages filled Jackie Weissman, is a Chil-
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Congress executive direc-
tor, 'said at the Dec. 7 meet-
ing that "when you march
through Skokie with swas-
tikas, you are doing it not to
generate ideas but to spread
fear and terror and to pro-
voke."
She said the issues for
First Amendment rights
posed by such activities as
those of the Nazis in Skokie
would be examined at a
_meeting of the AJCongress
National Governing Council
on Jan. 8.
Samet said that the AJ-
Committee has organized
an ad hoc committee, with
Jules Whitman of Phila-
delphia as chairman, which
will seek to develop means
for "reasonable and effec-
tive responses" to extremist
actions within the frame-
work of the First Amend-
ment. He said the ad hoc
committee will seek an-
swers to the question of
what- happens when civil
rights come in conflict.

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