NEW YORK (Jan. 5)
The American Jewish Congress has called on the Borg-Wamer Corporation to withdraw from circulation its 1978 “world travel and recipe calendar,” which places the Old City of Jerusalem in Jordan and credits Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of Turkey in 1542, with building the “Wailing Wall.”
Phil Baum, director of the AJCongress Commission an International Affairs, charged the company with a “startling distortion of political fact and rewriting of modern and Biblical history. He called the calendar a “gratuitous affront to the State of Israel and indeed to all Jewish shareholders and customers of the Bang-Wamer Corporation.”
The calendars, which contain recipes and scenes from various countries around the world were sent to clients of Bang-Wamer’s York Division as a taken of the holiday season. The photo accompanying the calendar for December 1978 shows a view of the Old City of Jerusalem as seen froes Mt. Scopes.
“If the authenticity of the descriptive texts are indicative of the accuracy of the adjoining, recipes, one would be well addend not to cine at the table of a Bang-Wamer chef,” Baum said, adding: “The fact is that Jerusalem, the united city, incorporating both its old and new parts, is the capital of the State of Israel. It is crookedly not located in Jerks.”
Baum stated that “a minimum of research would have revealed that the ca-called ‘Welting Wall,’ a tem which is inaccurate and offensive to most Jews, is not past of the wall that rings the Old City but actually stands inside below the Temple Mount. Property referred to as the Western Wall, the structure is the reasoning section of the wall constructed by Herod (37-4 B.C.E.) to surround and protect the Second Temple… and is a site sacred to the Jewish people.”
Baum demanded that the company withdrawn its calendar “at once and sudation a corrected page for the December 1978 entry. The material as it stands is crudely biased and offensive.”