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October 20, 1967 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-10-20

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Arab Terrorist Gang Captured After Wild Chase; Syrian Ties Admitted

(Continued from Page 13)
dered shuttered were permitted to
linking the terrorists with so-called reopen, and permits to operate 65
Arab-owned buses were restored.
The Port of Gaza was opened to
The capture of the terrorist gang
involved a wild automobile chase shipping Sunday for the first time
since Israel occupied the Gaza
and a roadblock in typical movie
Strip in June. The first shipment
style. The terrorists' car yielded
was a cargo of Gaza oranges
a small arsenal of guns, shells and
bound for Yugoslavia aboard an
high explosives.
Israeli freighter.
The gang members themselves
More than 4,000 Arab farmers
are said to range in age between from the West Bank area were
22 and 26 and have no known oc- given a demonstration of modern
cupations. Two of them admitted farming methods and machinery
that the group , operated under the organized for their benefit by the
auspices of the Syrian terrorist or- military government and the Israel
ganization, El Fatah. One of the Ministry of Agriculture.
two gang chiefs, known as "Dr.
The demonstration, held at the
Noor," was identified as the man village of Kabatiya in the Samaria
who planted the bomb in the Zion district, was assisted by former
officials of the Jordanian Ministry
Two Israeli border policemen, of Agriculture who participated
one a Jew and the other a Druze,
along with Israeli agricultural ex-
will be brought to trial shortly
perts. The farmers inspected
on charges of murdering two models of agricultural equipment
Arabs on a road near Ramallah
and were instructed in the use of
after a near traffic accident. The
insecticide and fertilizers. Accord-
incident has created a furor in
ing to the Ministry of Agriculture,
Israel where it has been head- they were most impressed by the
lined in the press. The Cabinet new methods of plowing and olive
was expected to publicly decry I cultivation. The insecticides were
the act following a meeting be-
reportedly sold out on the spot.
tween Prime Minister Eshkol
Another 850 Egyptian civilians
and several Cabinet ministers.
were repatriated Monday with
The Israel Finance Ministry said their belongings. They were
it intended to permit the continua- loaded on buses at El Arish and
tion of unofficial trade between
driven to Kantara on the Suez
Israel and Jordan, despite acts of Canal which they crossed by
terror and civil disobedience by
boat. Two more groups of Egyp-
residents of the occupied West
tians will be returned during
Bank. Vegetables and other pro-
the next few weeks.
,. duce of the West Bank move daily
Reports are circulating here to
across the Jordan River to be mar- the effect that the Soviet Union
keted on the East Bank. The main may be supplying Egypt with
beneficiaries of this trade are the ground-to-ground missiles.
East Bank residents.
It is known that Egypt has ask-
Mayors of six West Bank towns ed the Soviets for the Luna I
pledged that they would make series of missiles with a range of
every effort to reopen all their 90 kilometers, just beyond the
schools. Most of the schools in range of the heaviest artillery.
their towns have been boycotted Egypt is also seeking the Luna H
by the Arab teachers, who refuse and Luna III series which have
to work under the Israeli regime ranges of 120 and 150 kilometers
or with the curricula and new text- respectively. Egypt's home-made
books introduced by the Israeli' missiles proved a dismal failure
in the Six-Day War.
The mayors were from the towns Failure to Provide
of Nablus. Tulkarm, Jenin, Salfit,
With Pledged Jets Protested
Tubas and Ibta. They met with
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
Gen. Moshe Dayan, the minister
WASHINGTON — State Depart-
of Defense.
Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek ment officials disclosed Tuesday
told Arab merchants doing busi- that detailed consultations with
ness in the reunified sections of Congressional leaders must be held
the city that they would have to before any decision is taken on
pay the same taxes as all other Israel's desire to purchase U. S.
business concerns in Israel have military equipment.
Officials said that the arms sale
to pay. He told the grumbling
merchants, however, that the new issue remained under "study" des-
higher rates would be introduced pite the resupply by the Soviet
gradually. The Israeli taxes av- Union of arms to the Arabs.
High-ranking State Department
erage out higher than the taxes
assessed when East Jerusalem officials must consult with ranking
of the Senate and House
was in Jordanian hands.
Dayan, heeding the request of before a decision is taken, officials
the mayor and leading citizens of said. They made it clear that arms
Nablus, ordered the lifting of spe- for Jordan were under "study"
cial restrictions imposed on that along with Israeli applications.
Rep. Seymour Halpern, New
city after its merchants had heed-
ed instructions from Amman radio York Republican, told the House
and had shut their shops in observ- Tuesday that "the Department of
State is using Congress as an ex-
ance of a general protest strike.
Curfew in Nablus was reduced cuse for failing to meet the ad-
to the same hours prevailing all ministration's commitment of the
through the West Bank area; spring of 1966 to sell two squad-
Nablus shops that had been or- rons of Douglas A14 Skyhawk Jet
Bombers to Israel." He said Israel
needed the U.S. planes to offset
losses and noted that France re-
fused to provide replacements.
Rep. Halpern said that "some
concern was expressed in Congress
that the administration secretly
financed arms sales to the Arabs
through U.S. Export-Import Bank.
The State Department has seized
on this reportedly to misinterpret
the concern of Congress and to use
it as a pretext for holding back
We didn't say this about the Shera-
on the promised shipment of the
ton-Tel Aviv. Hundreds of visiting
jets. It was never the intention of
tourists did — when polled by a lead-
Congress to obstruct the arming
ing Israeli newspaper!
of Israel," it was indicated.
Sheraton-Tel Aviv: enjoy its private
Rep. Halpern charged that "the
beach beside the Mediterranean, air-
arbitrary denial now being exer-
conditioned rooms, superb food,
cised by the State Department is
nearby golf, spectacular entertain-
masked in sophistry, cynicism and
ment in the hotel's own night-
club. Far Insured Reserva-
He said that "at stake is not
tions at Guaranteed
only the security of a friendly
Rates, see your
Israel, but also the en-
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all WO 14000.
the Middle East and Mediterran-
ean:"We are permitting the Soviet
Union to recoup losses of last June
and encouraging the Arabs to fur-


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in a class
by itself"


ther extremism by shirking our
responsibility to implement the
arms deal we completed last year
with Israel. This is a breach of
honor that the State Department
must explain," he said.
Rep. Halpern recalled that the
jet deal had already been studied
and approved. He said partial pay-
ment was made before the Six-Day
Secretary of State Dean Rusk
told a press conference that the
big powers were continuing con-
sultations on the Middle East
situation but stressed that, in
the rmal analysis, peace rested
with the people of the region.
He said that the Israelis and
Arabs should seek an urgent
solution because "time is not
working for a peaceful settle-
ment." He expressed disappoint-
ment over the Soviet response
to American proposals for limi-
tation of arms deliveries to the
Middle East.
Discussing prospects for a solu-
tion emerging at the UN, Rusk
said "progress is possible" there,
and noted that there were "private
consultations", going on continu-
ously with the countries of the
Middle East. He pointed out that
major differences were more likely
to prevail among the countries of
the area than between the great
powers. "I hope," he said, "that
before too long, we find a formula
for which we desperately hope."
Official United States sources
suggested Wednesday that the cur-
rent talks between Ambassador
Arthur J. Goldberg and Egyptian
Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad
were aimed at the restoration of
diplomatic relations between the
United States and Egypt which
were broken by Cairo following
the Six-Day war. According to
these sources, this would be a
step toward a settlement of the
Middle Eastern crisis.
(At the United Nations, dele-
gates reported that the Brazilian
delegation was circulating a draft
resolution on the Middle East for
possible submission to the General
Assembly. calling. for apnointment
of a representative of the secre-
tary-general to be charged with
negotiating between Israel and the
Arab states on withdrawal of Is-
raeli forces behind the June 4 ar-
mistice lines, the end of the state
of belligerence, claimed by the
Arab states, freedom of passage
through the Strait of Tiran and the
Suez Canal, and other matters in
With the "high priority" debate
on the Middle East crisis in the
General Assembly postponed for
a week, strenuous efforts
were under way here to work out
some kind of formula, to be laid
before the Security Council, to
which both Israel and the Arab
states could agree so as to get the
Israeli-Arab dispute off dead cen-
(The assembly, in session since
Sept. 19, had been scheduled to
open debate Monday on the Mid-
dle East crisis, as a matter of
"urgency." However, on Friday
night, Corneliu Manescu, of Ro-
mania, president of the Assembly,
announced suspension of all plen-
ary meetings "for a short while.")
(Israel Ambassador Gideon Rafael
protested to the Security Council
Monday against the "new wave of
incidents and continued propa-
ganda and incitement against Israel
by Jordanian authorities." He also
advised Secretary-General Thant
that his government had "incon-
trovertible proof" of Syrian in-
volvement In subversive activities

against Israel.)

Rusk was asked about the heavy
arms shipments by the Soviet
Union to the Arab states immedi-
ately following the Six-Day War
in June. Jrime Minister Levi Esh-
kol of Israel was quoted in anin-
terview with the New York Times
as having charged that the Soviet
Union had already replaced 80 per
cent of the planes, tanks and ar-
tillery that Egypt had lost during
the Six-Day War, and that Syrian
arms were virtually at their pre-

war level. Eshkol said that the in- was their failure to recognize that
flow of Soviet arms "has again up- "it was Israel which launched the
set the balance of power in the aggression."
Later, Vice President Aly Sabry
Middle East" and had made Is-
rael's position "more precarious." of Egypt warned residents of the
Bank of the Suez Canal Wed-
The secretary of state declined
to make any assessment of the nesday to prepare for all eventual-
Soviet arms shipments, but did say ities "including renewal of fighting
that some "significant supplies" as ferocious as the political battle
had been sent into the area after preesntly going on," according to
the war. American diplomatic and press dispatches from Cairo.
Some sources here believed that
defense officials said that Esh-
kol's estimates of the Soviet ship- Sabry's warning, stated on a visit
the West Bank of the canal,
ments to the Arabs appeared to
be exaggerated. They asserted that intimated that Egypt is thinking of
Egypt had, at the most, received renewing the war on that front.
• • •
one-third of the tanks it had be-
fore the war and not more than Bourguiba Attacked
two-thirds of the aircraft. The
PARIS (JTA) — President Ha-
American experts also stressed bib Bourguiba of Tunisia, who last
that, regardless of the quantity of week called on the Arab countries
new equipment, Egypt needed to end their state of belligerence
much more time to train a new against Israel and proposed that
President Nasser of Egypt resign,
• • •
was bitterly attacked Tuesday in
Feisal Slaps 'Aggressors'
the Algerian nationalist news week-
LONDON (JTA) — King Feisal ly revolution Africaine, organ of
of Saudi Arabia told newsmen at the FLN.
Referring to Bourguiba, the
the oil port of Dahran Tuesday
that the only solution of the Middle paper said that, "paradoxically,
East crisis was "the repression of those who by their past and present
Israeli aggression and condemna- acts are the least worried about
tion and punishment of the ag- the question of Palestine are now
gressor." Feisal criticized the the strongest fighters for a revi-
Western nations for what he said sion of Arab policy."


14—Friday, October 20, 1967



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