UNITED NATIONS (Dec. 3)
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency obtained today a copy of the draft resolution sponsored by 19 Third World countries due to be introduced into the General Assembly debate on the Middle East, probably tomorrow, which requests all states “to desist from supplying Israel with any military or economic aid as long as it continues to occupy Arab territories and denies the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people.”
The draft also requests the Security Council “to take all necessary measures for the speedy implementation, according to an appropriate time-table of all relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council aiming at the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the region through a comprehensive settlement worked out with the participation of all parties concerned, including the Palestine Liberation Organization….”
The draft resolution also calls for the condemnation of Israel for its occupation of Arab territories and calls for reaffirmation that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissable and must be returned.
The last part of the draft resolution requests the Secretary General to inform “all concerned, including the co-chairmen of the peace convention on the Middle East and to follow up the implementation of the present resolution and report thereon to the Security Council and to the General Assembly at its 31st session,” in the fall of 1976.
MOYNIHAN WARNS OF DIFFICULT TIME
Meanwhile, Lebanon and Egypt today called for an urgent Security Council meeting to deal with Israel’s air strike yesterday at Lebanese territory Egypt also requested that the Palestine Liberation Organization take part in the debate. The Council was expected to meet either tonight or tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, Daniel P. Moynihan, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said that informal consultations between Security Council members were underway on the request for a Council meeting. Addressing 75 leading members of the book publishing industry at a luncheon on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies Joint Campaign in New York, Moynihan said that “a very difficult time” is ahead because the odds are in favor of the PLO being allowed to attend the Council session on Egypt’s request.
“Today, we meet in a crisis atmosphere,” he said, in referring to the consultations at the UN, American sources told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the U.S. will oppose a PLO presence at the Council meeting.
Moynihan also told the luncheon meeting that the resolution equating Zionism with racism adopted by the UN was possible because of “the distortion of language” and the decline in the meaning of language in the UN. The word “racism,” he said, does not appear in the UN Declaration and Convention on Human Rights, Racism, he stated, is a doctrine, while racial discrimination is a practice.
The envoy pointed out that Zionism might be “a terrible thing,” but it definitely is not racism. Whatever the practice of Israel, it is not racism by definition, he added. The meaning of the resolution is that any time racism is deplored, Israel will be deplored, Moynihan said. He added that “every time someone will call to wipe out racism” the demand will be wipe out Israel.