Anwar Sadat's 'Open Letter' to American Jews Politely Rejected
NEW YORK (JTA)—Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in an open letter published acceptance of Egypt's full demands."
Sunday has urged the American Jewish community to "contribute" to the peace process in
Sadat's letter, copyrighted by the Miami Herald which had asked him to speak directly
the Middle East and by implication support his demands for an Israeli-Egyptian peace to the Jewish community, was also carried in the New York Daily News and the
Washington Star. The Daily News also ran a copyrighted answer from Schindler.
In a reply, Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of
In his letter, Sadat said, "I believe that the American Jewish community shares a
Major American Jewish Organizations, said that American Jews want peace but do not historic responsibility for erecting a formidable edifice of peace." He said he
agree "that the only appropriate response to your (Sadat's) initiative is an unqualified
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U.S. Is More Deeply Involved
in Effort to Find M.E. Accord
American Nazis: in Skokie and Detroit
More Challenges Seen
to Block Illinois March
CHICAGO (JTA)—More court challenges appear
certain against the ruling last Friday by the Illinois
Supreme Court that American Nazis have the con-
stitutional right to display the swastika during pro-
test marches in the heavily Jewish community of
Skokie, a Chicago suburl', where 7,000 survivors of
the Holocaust now live.
In New York, the American Jewish Congress said
that if the Illinois Supreme Court decision is ap-
pealed, the AJCongress will fine a friend of the court
brief in support of a ban on the proposed Nazi march.
Naomi Levine, AJCongress executive director, said
that in such a brief, "We
will urge that members of
the Nazi Party be barred
from marching through
Skokie wearing Nazi un-
iforms or swastikas."
Mrs. Levine said, "the
flaunting of the swastika
or a Nazi uniform in a
community that includes
so many Jewish citizens
and Holocaust victims is
not an expression of a con-
idea." She called it "a pro-
vocative and insulting
symbol which by its very nature inflicts injury and
tends to incite an immediate breach of peace."
She also said that the U.S. Supreme Court has held
illat "insulting" or "fighting words" are not protected
the First Amendment and , that "we believe the
.ih court will reach the same decision in the Skokie
The long-delayed Illinois ruling removed only one
of the obstacles to a planned march by the National
Socialist Party of America in Skokie. Other barriers
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The pace of Middle East de-
velopments slowed down perceptibly this week as Israel
prepared to wait for Egypt's response to its latest proposals
for a joint declaration of principles and the outcome of
President Anwar Sadat's meeting with President Carter at
Camp David, Maryland, this weekend.
Little movement is expected in fact until Sadat's return
his junket which includes not only Washington but
United Automobile Workers Union Local 600 at
key capitals in Western Europe.
the Ford Motor Co., the largest local in the UAW, has
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Alfred L. Atherton met
asked its members to attend a neighborhood meeting
Monday morning with Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and
7:30 p.m. Monday to organize against the Nazi
his aides to put the finishing touches to a draft of principles
bookstore on W. Vernor.
based on Carter's Jan. 4 formulation at Aswan.
Local 600 is joining with the West Vernor Com-
munity group to plan protests. The meeting is being
- An agreement on principles between Israel and
held at Sammy's Piza Hall, 8445 W. Vernor.
Egypt is expected to set the stage for resumption of
the political committee talks that were abruptly bro-
Meanwhile, court action to have the Nazis
ken off by Sadat when he recalled his delegation from
evicted from the building at 7608 W. Vernor has
been postponed until Feb. 15. Attorney Alan M.
Jerusalem on Jan. 18.
Silver, representing landlord Edward Bullock,
Hope was also expressed that it would ease the way for
told The Jewish News that he is amending Bul-
Jordan to join the Israeli-Egyptian peace-making process.
lock's complaint to show that "a lease was exe-
But there was no cause for optimism on that score when it
cuted, and the tennants are not using the pre-
was learned that King Hussein forcefully reaffirmed his
mises in accordance with the lease."
wait-and-see policy at his meeting with Atherton in
Bullock has said in the past that the building was
Amman over the weekend.
leased as -a print shop. Silver said that he would ask
Better prospects existed that Israel and Egypt would
Common Pleas Judge Henry Szymanski for a jury
an accord on principles, some sources said . The
trial, and Silver expected that the case would be
main obstacle was Israel's flat rejection of the words
heard two-four weeks after the Feb. 15 hearing. He
"legitimate rights" of the Palestinians which it views as a
said if Bullock was granted a judgement of posession
the Nazis would be given 10 days to appeal the deci-
code-word for the eventual establishment of a Palestinian
sion or vacate.
Carter used that phrase at Aswan, al-
though he has maintained consistently
that he is opposed to an independent
A fire of mysterious origin over the weekend razed the main building
of Camp Gan Israel near Fenton-as local volunteer fire-fighting crews
Another sticking point was Carter's
watched helplessly from a distance of several hundred yards, unable to
move their equipment through five-foot snow drifts.
proposal that the Palestinians be
The camp, a non-profit venture run by the Central Organization for
given the right "to participate in the
Jewish Education (a branch of Lubavitch), provides two summer ses-
determination of their own future."
sions, each for 175 children. Most are drawn from Detroit-area, low-
While this is less than "self-
income, underpriviledged families and many of them, unable to meet
determination" it seems to be more
the camp fees, are on full or partial scholarships.
than Israel's "self-rule" offer.
The main complex gutted by the fire contained dormitories for cam-
Detroit Citizen, Labor
Groups Planning Action
Arson Suspected at Camp
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Jewish Groups, Businessman OK Boycott Regulations
NEW YORK — The American Jewish Committee, American Jewish
Congress and Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith have declared their
"satisfaction with the thrust" of the U.S. Commerce Department's regula-
tions to implement the new federal anti-boycott law, but said that "some
areas of concern remain."
The three organizations announced they would establish their own
monitoring office to evaluate compliance with and implementation of the
They also said they would ask the Commerce Department to strengthen
its proposed boycott reporting requirements to alleviate some of the weak-
nesses remaining in the regulations.
Irving S. Shapiro, the chairman of E.I. du Pont de Nemours &
Company and head of the Business Roundtable, a major business
lobby group, said that the general reaction from top business leaders
has been: "I can live with it."
If there had been any major displeasure with the regulations, which went
into effect Jan. 18 and which will govern trade with Arab countries, he said
in an interview, "you can be sure I would have heard about it pretty
The joint statement issued by the Jewish groups said that the regulations
"for the most part reflect the intent of Congress to prohibit boycott com-
pliance." If vigorously enforced, they added, the regulations "should do
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