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April 17, 1964 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-04-17

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Once again, Jewish communities everywhere join in saluting the State of Israel. On Israel's 16th anniversary as a
sovereign state, being observed today, Detroit Jewry joins with kinsmen everywhere in extending hearty greetings
to our fellow Jews in Medinat Israel. The current Allied Jewish Campaign is one of the symbols of our unity and of Jewry's
determination to make it possible for homeless Jews to find permanent haven in the re-established Jewish Home-
land. Detroit's celebration of Israel's anniversary, on Sunday evening, will serve as our community's expression of
kinship with Israel and will provide an added assurance of the partnership in establishing security for builders of Zion,




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Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper—Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

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Israel on Alert to Repel Threats;
Marks Anniversary by Self-Defense
Emphasis Despite U.S. Guarantees

Use Anniversary Fund to Aid Needy Cypriots

Egyptian Air Force Officer
Exposes Crimes in Yemen as
Warning of Danger to Israel


(Copyright, 1964, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)

JERUSALEM—The Egyptian Air Force officer who two
months ago fled to Israel aboard the Soviet-made training plane,
met here the other day with newsmen and related to them the
reasons that prompted him to take this extraordinary step.
Lt. Mahmud Abbas Hilmi told in a quiet but intense voice
about the tasks he was made to perform in the Yemen, where
nearly 40,000 of Nasser's crack troops have been waging for
more than a year a ruthless war against the forces and the
population of Yemen that refuse to accept Egyptian domination.
The tale told by Lt. Hilmi was hair-raising. In the three
months he spent with the invading Egyptian forces, he took
part in incessant bombardment of defenseless Yemeni villages.
Three times daily—he said—his squadron, comprising Soviet
"Yak II" bombers, would sweep down upon the villages, turning
them into heaps of ashes and rubble. "We used to attack them
from a very low altitude with 80mm rockets and machine guns
and our mission was not completed until the attacked villages
were completely destroyed." He said that besides his own squad-
ron there were many other "Ilyushin" bombers using also
"napalm" incendiary bombs that caused not only fires but
inflicted terrible burns on the inhabitants.
He could take it no more; and when he learned that he
would be sent out again to Yemen to continue with the task,
he decided to flee. "I am a soldier," he said, "but I cannot attack
defenseless villages . . . I cannot go on killing women and
children . . ."
The brief statement, made of his own free will, was an
indictment that one would have expected to produce a shock
far beyond the boundaries of Israel.
Some months ago, when news began coming out of Yemen
telling of the indiscriminatory slaughter perpetrated by Nasser,
there was a brief outcry. The Yemen Royalists then charged that
besides "napalm" rockets, Nasser was also employing gas bombs
and demanded an international investigation. This was rejected
by Egypt which vehemently denied all the charges made against
her. Finally, the international Red Cross succeeded in persuad-
ing Nasser to allow a limited investigation which was carried
out under Egyptian "guidance." Under the circumstances, the
investigators found no evidence regarding the use of gas, but it
did nevertheless confirm the use of "napalm."
We have seen some photos showing the victims of these
bombs—newspapers the world over carried the photos showing
the burned bodies of women and children. Hilmi's account fur-
nished the world with the dimensions of the crime that has been
and is being perpetrated by Nasser in the Yemen.
Yet, nobody seems to stir vis-a-vis this wholesale slaughter
that borders on genocide.
Indeed, nobody seems even to question any more Nasser's
very presence in the Yemen. Many months have passed since
the deadline set for the promised withdrawal of his troops. A
clear promise was given by Nasser to Washington more than
nine months ago. Since then the number of the Egyptian troops
in the Yemen grew and is now estimated to top the 40,000
In Yemen, Nasser has shown what he is capable of doing
even to the Arabs. There can be little doubt about his sincerity
when he talks of "obliterating" Israel, when he is "ready" for
it; and he is doing his utmost to reach that stage with the
assistance of Soviet aid, German experts and with the assistance
of massive American economic aid.

Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News

NICOSIA.—The Israel Embassy. announced here Monday that, in view of the unfortunate
circumstances in which many Cypriots now find themselves, Israel Ambassador Tuvia Arazi has
decided not to hold any celebration marking Israel's 16th anniversary this year and to donate
the funds usually spent on the affair to the accredited organizations aiding the victims of un-
rest on the island.
On Thursday, the ambassador was at home to all friends of Israel wishing to offer con-
gratulations on the occasion.



TEL AVIV (JTA)—In the face of war preparations and threats by Egypt's President
Gamal Abdel Nasser„ Israel must be on the alert and maintain its deterrent power as the
way to avert attack, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol stated here Sunday.. He summarized Israel's
current defense position in an interview in the Independence Day issue of the Israeli Army's
weekly periodical, Bamacheneh. Israel celebrated the 16th anniversary of the rebirth of the
state Thursday. Anniversary events also are being held today.
Nasser's war preparations, his pursuit of more and newer arms, and his search for for-
eign know-how for modern warfare, said the Premier, "face Israel and the entire world with
a big question mark. If Nasser decides on this method of accumulating power in order to
destroy us, it is our obligation to be alert and to face such a threat."
Asked about the effect on the situation of the work of German scientists employed by
Egypt, Eshkol replied: "Without paid know-how and hired swords, Nasser could hardly pro-
vide his own modern war equipment. If Egypt
makes it a method to buy know-how, it can buy
it today from Germans—and tomorrow from oth-
ers. Israel should maintain her deterrent power
as the only means to avert attack. If, however,
the enemy decides to try his chance, despite this
power, he should know that our army will act
swiftly and forcefully."
Asked about American. guarantees given to
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
Eshkol said: "There are such guarantees,
JERUSALEM.—Ben-Zion Shkolnik, brother
no secret." However, he said, he was un-
of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, arrived Mon-
aware of any limitation on American guarantees
day from Russia for a reunion visit with the
which might, in effect, tell Israel: "You better be
Premier after a separation of nearly 50 years.
good boys." Israel's historic record, he said, makes
_ The 57-year-old engineer, who lives with
it clear that "we cannot rely on others" to main-
his family near Odessa, was visited by Mrs.
Rachel Ben-Zvi, widow of Israel's second presi-
tain Israel's security.
dent, when she was in Moscow last year.
General Yitzhak Rabin, chief of staff of
The brother expressed a desire to visit the
Israel's defense forces, also stated that, while
Premier in Israel and after Mrs. Ben-Zvi
there must be no weakening of Israel's desire for
returned to Israel and conveyed the message
and while every effort must be made to
to the Premier the brothers exchanged letters
seek peace, "Israel must maintain its military
on the matter. A request was submitted to
Soviet authorities for the engineer to visit
Both Syria and Egypt, said Gen. Rabin, are
Israel. They had not seen each other since
preparing to attack Israel — Syria over Israel's
Eshkol left for Palestine nearly a half decade
water plans connected with the use of Jordan
ago. Two more of the Premier's brothers live

Brother from Russia
Visits Eshkol After
50-Year Separation

in Moscow.


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Argentina Marks
Israel's Fete by
Naming Jew Envoy

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

BUENOS AIRES. — While the
16th anniversary of the State of
Israel was marked by the Buenos
Aires Provincial Senate in La
Plata, the Argentine government
announced the appointment of a
Jew as this country's new ambas-
sador to Israel. He is Adolfo Gass,
a prominent attorney.

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