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August 11, 1967 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-08-11

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Israel Arrests 50 Arabs Suspected
of El Fatah Ties, Jerusalem Notables

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

zation whose members were might stop aid to the refugees
trained and equipped by Syria who did not go back "to help his
for raids into Israel until the ; brothers to continue their political
ties issued detention orders Tues- June war halted the terrorist !action and remain a thorn in the
day night against two more Arab incursions.
flesh of the aggressor until the
notables in East Jerusalem as Indicating that more Fatah ar- crisis had been solved."
Israeli security units pushed a rests were likely, Israeli officials
International Red Cross officials
search for members of the El !said that Fatah members in the left Wednesday for Jordan carrying
Fatah terrorist group following the West Bank had a meeting with
questionnaires for returnees which
arrest of 50 persons suspected of .,Jordanian and Syrian intelligence
Israel requires as part of its se-
El Fatah connections. officials on plans to resume ter- curity clearance program to screen
Hafez Tahboub, 49, an attorney. rorist activities in the West Bank
out potential saboteurs and gueril-
and Moussa el Bitar, director of area.
las. The questionnaires bear the
an Arab insurance company and
The strike by virtually all Arab- stamp of Israel, Jordan and the In-
one-time candidate for the Jordan- owned enterprises in old Jerusa- ternational Red Cross in accord-
ian parliament, were charged with lem. the first major challenge to ance with a formula worked out
initiating and inciting in connec- Israel's authority, ended Tuesday , to satisfy Jordanion officials who
tion with the one-day general as shops reopened and buses and rejected the initial questionnaire
strike of Arab merchants in Old taxis resumed operation. The strike form because it contained only the
Monday. They were began Monday morning.
imprint of the state of Israel.
taken to Ramie Prison to serve a
One youth was arrested Monday The officials said that Israel's
three-month detention ordered by
night for threatening an Arab agreed willingness to permit the
the Israeli military administra-
bread peddler who refused to stop refugees to return to the Israel-
tion. The detention orders were his selling. i held West Bank will cause Jordan-
issued by the West Bank command.
Teddy Kollek, mayor of Jer- ian authorities to press for the re-
er acting under emergency regu-
, usalem, said that while the shut- turn of a maximum number of
lations issued by the British Man-
ting down of a shop presented refugees, particularly a large num-
datory Regime in 1945 and still in
no serious problem, halting of ber living on United Nations aid.
effect in Israel. Four Arab nota-
bus and taxi transportation was The officials said the returnees
bles were banished on July 31 to
another matter, have always been an unruly ele-
towns in northern Israel on earlier
nt for the King Hussein regime.
The Israeli press was unanimous
incitement charges
Sending them back to Israel
in condemning the shutdown but
itwas reported that more ar-
is a particularly useful solution
flaaretz, the independent daily,
rests of Arab leaders were likely
and the Jerusalem Post noted that for the Hussein regime, the of-
and that some of the Arabs who
will rid
strikes and demonstrations had ficials said. The regime
helped incite the Monday shut-
itself of a disruptive element
been going on steadily during the
down came to Jerusalem from
19 years that Jordan controlled while imposing that element on
Jordan. A number of Arab shops
the 01(1 City and suggested that Israel, they said.
which were closed in the strike
The officials discounted the
harsness might not necessarily by
and an Arab bus firm -which
statement by Jordanian officials
the proper approach initially.
halted service to nearby villages,
Police also reported that leaf- that the refugees were being sent
had their licenses revoked.
lets calling for the strike had been hack to be "a thorn in the side of
distributed by about one dozen the aggressor." declaring that the
The security units seized a large
number of Fatah terrorists and dis-
Arab youths. They said also that Jordan regime must somehow jus-
tify its haste in pushing them out
covered an arms cache in an Arab
they were looking for evidence
refugee camp near .Jericho. Ac-
linking the shutdown with orders of Jordan.
Seven thousand Arabs have been
cording to an official statement
from Jordan. The Jordanian radio
issued Tuesday night by Israeli
gave extensive and well-informed given permanent employment in
officials, the terrorists. who caused
coverage to the strike. One corn- the West Bank area, it was re-
ported by Israel's military govern-
widespread property destruction
plaint in the leaflets was the im-
and loss of life in Israel border , position of income taxes by Is- meet in that region. Of the total,
settlements with sneak raids, were raeli authorities on East Jerusalem 4,000 are teachers. The others are
employed in various government
revealed to have been preparing
residents and purchase tax on
agencies as day laborers.
a resumption of such actions, in-
stocks of Arab merchants. There
chiding planting of mines and ex-
The wage scales for employes
were no demonstrations during
plosives and inciting the Arab
hired on a monthly basis have
the strike.
population against Israel.
been fixed at the same rates paid
The action as called for by Radio
by the Jordanian government.
The El Fatah roundup began
Amman, was linked to the fact
five days ago when an Israeli that Nils-Govan Cussing, the per- However, to ensure a decent stan-
of living, the minimum
security agent recognized an El sonal United Nations representa- dard
salaries have been raised from
Fatah member from a photograph tive for humanitarian issues sent
eight Jordanian dinars a month to
found on a Jordanian intelligence
by Secretary-General U Thant.
document seized by Israeli units arrived here Sunday night to be- 15 dinars a month. The dinar,
pegged to the British pound ster-
in the brief war against Jordan in
gin talks with the Israeli Foreign
ling, is valued at $2.80.
June. The suspect was shadowed
Ministry. He had come here from
Israel Labor Ministry sources
and seen to enter a coffee house
conversations on the Arab ref-
in Bethlehem where he met with
ugee problem with Jordanian of- said that about 1,000 Arab work-
ers in the occupied West Bank
several other Fatah men. The place ficials.
was surrounded and the men were
Police and military surveillance area have been given relief work
was increased early Monday morn- in road-building, afforestation and
During interrogation, the sus-
ing throughout the Old Jerusalem irrigation projects. The Bank of Is-
pects admitted their plans for re-
sections of the city, while heli- rael has advocated urgent meas-
flew overhead watching ores to reactivate the economy of
newal of terrorist activity and


Israeli authori



gave Israeli security officials the
names of other Fatah men in refu-
gee camps in Hebron. Bethlehem
and Jericho in the occupied West
Bank. A search of the camps dis-
closed quantities of Communist
Chinese submachine guns, ammu-
nition. explosives. hand grenades
and other military equipment.

The detainees included Fata
members who infiltrated into
Israeli-held territory from Jor-
dan. The El Fatah was an arm of
the Palestine Liberation Organi-



Bu i

342.7 '00

14500 W. 7 MILE

for possible trouble. the West Bank.
Half of the credit resources of
In the view of the Israel gov-
ernment, Gussing's assignment the area are in Jordanian banks.
Credit sponsored by the Israel gov-
concerns only the situation faced
by the Arab civilian population ' ernment for West Bank merchants
and relief jobs are two of the prin-
in the occupied areas, and to see
cipal government moves to aid the
whether Israel observes the Gen-

eva Convention on this score and West Bank economy.
Israel is also planning a major
others of a similar nature.
Israeli officials reported that change in agricultural production ;
Arab residents in the West Bank in the occupied West Bank section
sector appeared to have ignoredinvolving cutbacks in some crops

the call from Jordanian Radio to and efforts to induce West Bank
follow the example of the .Arabs Arab farmers to plant new kinds
in the old section of Jerusalem. of crops to meet conditions creat-
The Amman Radio incitement was ed by Israel's June victory. an '
directed particularly to merchants Israeli official said here.
Ariel Amiad, director general
in Hebron and Nablus.
of the ministry of agriculture,
The radio appeal followed a
here a long-range de-
statement by Abdel Wahab Majali.
velopment program to speed
the Jordanian finance minister.
settlement of Arab refugees in
urging all Jordanian refugees
Arab territory now under Is-
from the West Bank to return to
raeli control. The plans provide
the area as quickly is possible to
for more intensive cultivation
serve as "a thorn in the flesh of
and irrigation which could make
, the aggressor." He made the ap-
the Jordan River Valley between
peal as chairman of the Jordanian
Jericho and Beisan "a paradise."
Higher Committee for Refugees at
a meeting in Amman of members j He stressed that such projects
were being planned for imple-
of the Jordanian Parliament and
mentation, if a political deci-
West Bank Arab leaders now liv-
about the future of the occu-
ing in Jordan as refugees.
pied sections made such a pro-
The Jordanian government of-

fered a three-months food supply

gram necessary.

The official said that the crop
changes will include cutbacks in
watermelon and sweet
gees who returned to their

and Jordanian currency
about $4.20 to all West Bank refu-

The finance minister warned also melons because normal markets
that the Jordanian government (Continued on Page 11)


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