PHILADELPHIA (May. 19)
Americans and Christians will be presented with an ominous challenge this fall if Third World countries in the UN General Assembly seek to suspend or expel Israel from that body. This warning was made last week by the Rev. Robert F, Drinan, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, in a commencement address to St. Joseph’s College students.
“Arab nations, made proud and arrogant by their possession of sixty percent of the known oil reserves of the world, will use their economic power to intimidate nations of Africa and Asia to join the enemies of Israel in seeking to humiliate this tiny nation of three million Jews, “he said.
This movement to alter Israel’s status in the United Nations may emerge next October or November, the Democratic legislator predicted, Several non-aligned nations met recently in Havana to plan the details of their conspiracy to suspend Israel, he said, “A more graphic example of” an early warning to Christians about a new form of anti-Semitism could hardly be imagined,” stated Father Drinan, who added:
“Will Christians finally act affirmatively to expiate their guilt about the slaughter of six million Jews and the ingathering of the exiles in Israel after they had been excluded from the nations of the West7” In our post-Vietnam turmoil over foreign commitments, “there can be no debate that the United States has an abiding commitment to our friendship with Israel,” the Jesuit Congressman said.