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September 15, 1989 - Image 120

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-09-15

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AJCommittee Plans
To Quit Organization

New York (JTA) — In a
highly controversial move, the
American Jewish Committee
informed members of the In-
ternational Jewish Commit-
tee for Interreligious Con-
sultations last week of its in-
tention to withdraw from the
organization.
Other member groups said
AJCorarnittee's action will
seriously threaten the cause
of Jewish unity in the midst
of the dispute with the Polish
Catholic Church over the
Carmelite convent at
Auschwitz.
AJCommittee made the an-
nouncement after the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency reported
last Thursday that an alter-
native organization to IJCIC
is being planned by AJCom-
mittee, the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith and
the American Jewish Con-
gress. Neither ADL nor
AJCongress is currently a
member of IJCIC.
Organizations who are
IJCIC members are now
strongly urging AJCommit-
tee to reconsider its decision.
"It is harmful to Jewish in-
terests — indeed, some might
call it a piece of insanity — to
tear apart the Jewish com-
munity and choose the path
of disunity at any time," said
Seymour Reich, president of
B'nai B'rith International.
Reich, who is also chairman
of the -Conference of
Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations, called
on ADL, AJCongress and
AJCommittee "to step back
from the brink and reconsider

the effects of any such action."
Rabbi Alexander Schindler,
president of the Union of
American Hebrew Congrega-
tions, said that "to advertise
our differences is to reveal our
weakness!'
Schindler said that division
among Jews "can only play
into the hands of those in the
Catholic Church who seek to
renege on the commitment to
remove the Carmelite con-
vent from Auschwitz!'
But Rabbi James Rudin,
who is both director of inter-
religious affairs for the
American Jewish Committee
and the current chairman of
IJCIC, defended his organiza-
tion's decision to leave.
"The Jewish community is
very pluralistic and this just
reflects the pluralism," Rudin
said. The new group "will
enrich and strengthen the
Jewish dialogue universally!'
Rudin dismissed -criticism
that the decision hampers
Jewish unity during the crisis
over the Auschwitz convent. A
crisis often "brings out new
configurations that can be
very enriching," he said.
Rudin's status as chairman
of IJCIC after the AJCoramit-
tee's announcement is now in
doubt.
Elan Steinberg, executive
director for the World Jewish
Congress, said that his group
has informed the IJCIC
secretariat that it no longer
considers Rudin chairman of
IJCIC, since AJCommittee
has announced its intention
to withdraw.



WJC Charges Convent
Violates UNESCO Rules

New York (JTA) — The
World Jewish Congress has
convinced the director
general of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization that
the Carmelite convent in
Auschwitz is a violation of the
Convention for the Protection
of the World Cultural and Na-
tional Heritage, adopted by
UNESCO in 1972, reported
WJC Vice President Kalman
Sultanik, who participated in
the meeting in Paris. Poland
ratified that convention in
1976. Auschwitz was added to
the World Heritage List in
1979 by a proposal of both the
World Jewish Congress and
Poland.
WJC Vice President
Sultanik reported that
UNESCO Director General

Federico Mayor Zaragoza
agreed with their complaint
and transmitted it to the
organization's World Heritage
Committee, composed of the
signatories to the convention
and charged with upholding
it.
The World Heritage Com-
mittee is now going to in-
vestigate the matter and
report back to UNESCO.

"Under terms of the
UNESCO convention, Poland
is obligated to ensure that the
character of the Auschwitz
site is not altered. The
establishment of the convent
five years after the designa-
tion of Auschwitz as a pro-
tected site is a flagrant viola-
tion of the UNESCO conven-
tion," Sultanik said.

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