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November 25, 1966 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-11-25

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Security Problem in Border Areas


Friday, November 25, 1966-9

there was some criticism to the of its inherent right to strike back
Chief JTA Correspondent in Israel affect that actually only the name
in self defense, at the bases of the Trial Is Set for Rabbi in Sculptor's Death
(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)
of the system has been changed. marauders. But the government
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An offi- after the chain was put in place
JERUSALEM—To many Israelis However, it was pointed out that presumably wants more flexibility cial of the ministry for religious on that Sabbath. The defendant
the two announcements made by it was exactly the name — imply- to act when and where it deems affairs pleaded not guilty Nov. 16 is not related to the leader of the
Prime Minister Eshkol on the ing as it did that those living in most suitable, instead of being to charges of negligence in the Naturei Karta zealots organiza-
same day seemed rather contra- the areas involved were considered compelled to "reflex reactions." death of David Palombo, the inter- tion, who has the same name.
dictory in their implications. In less reliable citizens than the rest Extending the military service, nationally known Israeli Sculptor,
the afternoon session of the Knes- — which irritated most of Israel's and increasing the patroling of who was killed last August when
set, one day in mid-November, Mr. Arab population. The abolition of the borders, as well as other pre- his scooter crashed into a chain
Eshkol announced the abolition of the system was intended to remove ventive measures, should also prove across the road to Mount Zion
the military government which this irritant. Another, possibly to the members of the UN Security an a Saturday night.
existed for eighteen years in cer- more valid, criticism involved the Council, friendly and not-so-friend-
The accident revived the con-
tain, mostly Arab-populated, bor- timing of the decision. Was this ly, that Israel is making an utmost troversy in Israel over the role
2270 Penobscot Bldg.
der areas of the country. In the the right moment to do it, now, effort to block infiltration on her of rabbinic law in Israel.
evening session, Eshkol told the when the acts of murder and sabo- side of the border. Again, it does
The magistrate ordered the trial
Knesset that the compulsory mili- tage by Syrian-directed El Fatah by no means indicate that Israel to start in January for Rabbi Am-
Excellent Passenger Accommoda-
tary service for men, which about infiltrators were becoming more considers the Arab governments ram Blau, who is in charge of
tions to U.K., Continent, Carib-
two years ago was reduced to 26 and more frequent? less obligated to prevent infiltra- Mount Zion maintenance. One of bean, Venezuela.
months, will again be extended to
The obvious purpose for ex- tion from their territory, in accord- his assignments is to black the
30 months.
tending the compulsory military ance with the Armistice Agree- road on the Sabbath.
For information call 962-8530
The purpose of the military gov- service to two-and-a-half years ments.
The indictment charged that
Cargo Space Available
ernment system was to make it is to increase the number of men
Theoretically, the assumption Rabbi Blau failed to take neces-
Call 962-8313
easier for the security authorities under arms and thus augment seems valid that more soldiers sary measures to warn drivers
to prevent illegal activities in those the number of units available patroling the border more fre-
sensitive areas, particularly their for border patroling. This, ap- quently should reduce the chances
becoming a "transit stage" for in- parently, was in line with the of marauders entering Israel un-
filtration from across the border. government's policy aimed at re- noticed. However, nobody claims
For those 250,000 people living in ducing the number of incidents, that such measures can close off
military government areas — and if possible, and thus reducing the borders hermetically. It will,
for those wishing to enter those also public opinion pressure for therefore, require a rather sig-
areas from other parts of the coun- retaliatory action after each ma- nificant reduction of incidents to
try — the practical effect of the jor incident. prove that added patrols, and other
One may safely assume that in- means of technical nature, can
system was that they had to ob-
tain exit or entry permits. The creased patroling does not imply substantially improve the security
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military governor also had the any renunciation on Israel's part of Israel's border areas.
authority to banish for limited
periods of time from particularly
sensitive places people suspected
of activities that might endanger
national security.


Few persons — probably less
than half a score at any time in
recent years — were banished
under the above authority. Also,
the permit system was a mere
formality for the overwhelming
majority of people involved.
Moreover, the actual contact of
the military government with the
citizens was normally through
the local civilian police stations,
acting on its behalf. The staff of
the military government in the
entire country was about 30 peo-
ple altogether. Eshkol made it
clear that the authority vested
in the military government will
now be transferred to the local
civilian authorities. It was dis-
closed later that movement and
other reserictions will continue
to apply to several hundred citi-
zens when the military govern-
ment is abolished Dec. 1; per-
sons who in the past have com-
mitted breaches of security or
suspected security risks will still
have to obtain travel permits
from the police.

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Evangelical Protestants
Ready to Fight Bias, ADL
Observer Notes of Parley

NEW YORK—American evange-
lical seminaries and colleges are
"ready to institute programs for
combating anti-Semitism," accord-
ing to the only Jewish observer at
the World Congress on Evange-
lism held in Berlin.
The observer, Rabbi Arthur Gil-
bert, director of the department
-of religious curriculum research of
the Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith, said presidents and
deans of evangelical educational
institutions he met at the confer-
ence voiced willingness and "in
some cases, eagerness, to rethink
their theology on Jews and begin
a new relationship."
Evangelical Protestants, Rabbi
Gilbert declared, have been largely
inaccessible to conversation with
Jewish community leadership de-
spite the fact that Jews have en-
gaged in education programs at an
ever-increasing pace with liberal
Protestants and Catholics. He said
he interpreted his invitation, ex-
tended by Dr. Carl F. Henry, edi-
tor of "Christianity Today," as
"a first sign" of change.
"It was for this reason that I
accepted," Rabbi Gilbert said,
"after hesitating because of the
traditionally strong evangelical be-
lief that Jews must be converted."

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