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3 Profs Say Mcgovern’s Real Position on Israel Distorted by Supporters

October 18, 1972
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Three Jewish academicians claiming to represent “only ourselves.” have authored a lengthy critique of Sen. George McGovern’s position on the Middle East and Israel’s security which they allege has been “distorted” by the Democratic Presidential candidate’s supporters, particularly his Jewish campaign aides.

The document, consisting of 28 pages of single-spaced typescript, was unveiled at a press conference here today at the headquarters of the Committee for the Re-Election of the President which announced that it would print and distribute “thousands” of copies of the critique.

The critique is the work of Arnold M. Solo-way, a former professor of economics on the faculties of Harvard, Boston College, and Brown University, who is presently in private business; Edwin Weiss, a professor of mathematics at Boston College; and Gerald Kaplan, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and senior psychiatric consultant to the US Peace Corps. Soloway and Weiss attended the press conference.

The thrust of their critique was that McGovern’s advocacy of reduced defense expenditures and his belief that “if we are friendly to the Russians they will be friendly to” destroys the credibility of his pledges to maintain Israel’s security. The three authors charged that McGovern’s acts and policy positions were less than pro-Israel before the Presidential campaign started.

A Gaza military tribunal Imposed three life sentences, obviously to run concurrently, on a 45-year-old Arab terrorist from Raffah, Ayad Al Manawi. Manawi was found guilty of more than a score of offenses and drew life terms for three of them. The terrorist was charged with laying mines, sabotage; firing on soldiers and smuggling Jordanian intelligence officers in and out of the Gaza Strip.

Some “29 or 30” Jews have been visited by militiamen in Moscow in recent days. Jewish sources said today.

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