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December 29, 1967 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-12-29

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Israel Army Disrupts Terrorism

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Arab terror-
ists were active again on the West
Bank and in the Gaza Strip last
weekend, but no casualties were
suffered, an Army spokesman re-
ported. On the West Bank, an hour-
long exchange of fire took place
when Jordanians shot at an Israeli
patrol south of the Beisan Valley
settlement of Tirat Zvi. In Gaza,
a hand grenade was thrown into
a coffee house on the main street,
but exploded harmlessly outside,
causing minor damage. Near Gaza
town, an army truck struck a
mine, but neither damage nor
casualties were reported.
Security sources said the arrest
of 56 terrorists in the West Bank
area wrecked plans for wide-
spread acts of terrorism against
Christian pilgrims coming to the
holy places during the Yule holi-
The report came against a
backgro'tnd of continuing Arab
guerrilla actions in the West
Bank sector. In the latest inci-
dent, an Arab infiltrator was
killed when an Israeli patrol
clashed with a group of seven
intruders, after a number of
mortar shells exploded near Yad
Hanna in the Samaria district,
east of Hadera. There were no
Israeli casualties. Security forces
began a hunt of the attackers,
and ran into the seven intruders
who were seeking to penetrate
eastward. Six others made good
their escape. Terrorists have
previously used mortar fire
against civilian areas.
The security sources said that
the 56 arrested terrorists, all mem-
bers of Ahmed Shukairy's Pales-
tine Liberation Organization, had
planned to carry out a number of
incidents in the Bethlehem area
against Christian pilgrims, and
that it was for this reason that a
large number of the intruders had
been concentrated in the area. The
intruders had found shelter in a
number of villages to avoid being
conspicuous as a large group in a
single place.
The suspects included a number
of former officers of Palestinian
units in the Egyptian, Jordanian
and Syrian armies. Officials said
a 60-mm mortar and a Soviet-
made assault gun were found near
the body of the slain Arab terrorist
near Yad Hanna.

A Ramallah lawyer, Ibrahim
Bakr, was deported to Jordan

for inciting West Bank residents
to refuse to cooperate with Is-
raeli authorities. Bakr was' ban-

ished from his home for threE
month last July for similar rea-
sons. but resumed his subversive

activities when the exile order
One Israeli soldier on the West
Bank was killed, and another was
wounded when their patrol was
attacked from behind by four
Arab terrorists who later managed
to escape to the East Bank of the
Jordan under covering fire from
Jordanian forces. A military
spokesman said that the attack,
which occurred north of the Da-
miya Bridge, appeared to have
been carefully planned. It was
carried out with hand grenades
and small arms fire, the first vol-
leys of which caused the Israeli
In the Beisan Valley, explosives
planted by saboteurs damaged a
piton carrying high tension wires,
plunging the whole region into
darkness. Electrical workers re-
paired the damage.
A military spokesman announced
that several houses were blown up
by army sappers in a small West
Bank village, after it was deter-
mined that the dwellings were
used to shelter terrorists and as a
store for arms.
Israeli forces clashed anew
with Arab marauders Wednes-
day night, killing two of them
in an encounter near Kissufim,
opposite the former Gaza Strip

demarcation line, while a third
escaped, an army spokesman re-
ported. At the same time, Is-
rael's security services an-
nounced the smashing of another
Arab terrorist ring, the second

to be uncovered in less than two into position to strike deeply into
weeks, foiling its plans for re- Egyptian defenses which are not
newed terrorist activities in the as strong or well prepared as
Nasser's words may have led some
West Bank region.

The arrest was also announced
Wednesday of two younger broth-
ers of the mayor of Gaza who were
rounded up with other suspects
believed to have thrown hand gre-
nades in Gaza streets in recent
days. The mayor himself boycot-
ted a dinner given for Arab nota-
bles by the military governor
Tuesday night, marking the end
of the Moslem holy month of
Ramadan. Seventy local Arabs
did attend, however.

The terrorists arrested in the
latest roundup by security forces
included six Israeli Arabs, mem-
bers of the outlawed El Ard na-
tionalist organization, who had
made contact with Syrian-trained
El Fatah terrorists in the Nablus
Tulkarm region and were plan-
ning new depredations against
Israel. Three of the arrested were
residents of Tabyeh village in
Israel. Two others came from
Baqua El Gharbiyeh, also in
The El Ard organization, cen-
tered in Nazareth and in other
Arab centers in Israel, was out-
lawed before the June War when
its leaders openly proclaimed their
support of Egyptian President
Nasser's declared intention of
destroying Israel. Members of the
organization took oaths on the
Koran to keep its existence a se-
cret and outwardly pretended
loyalty to Israel while making
contact with the El Fatah and
planning to establish local terror
groups, the security services re-

UN Fmicsary Sees Eban

for Second Round of Talks

dor Gunnar Jarring. Secretary-
General Thant's special United
Nations representative to the
Middle East, arrived here from
Cyprus Monday morning and met
with Foreign Minister Abba Eban
in their second round of talks.
Ambassador Jarring then left and,
according to the Egyptian radio,
was due in Cairo Thursday.

London Press Claims Israel
Readies Preventive 'Blitz'

will be charged with the preserva-
tion of academic freedom and
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The cabi- planning for the development of
net has approved in principle the existing institutions of higher
creation of an authority of higher
learning. The new authority would
education. It authorized Education
replace the present higher educa-
Minister Zalman Aranne to draw
up a bill under which the authority tion council.

Eye New Education Body

to believe, even around Cairo and
Friday, December 29, 1967-7
Alexandria." Egyptian army of- THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
ficers who fear that Nasser would
not survive as president after
another defeat by Israel, "are
itching to attack" and, if Nasser
"is unwilling to take a quick ini-
tiative in a military situation
which they honestly believe is be-
coming more dangerous every day,
they might have to take the ini-
tiative on their own," the Times
The Daily Telegraph said in its
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report from Beirut that "the trou-
ble and expense incurred in the
construction of landing strips by
Israel can only mean that Israel
contemplates a strike at the de-
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fense positions in depth, designed
to protect Cairo, Alexandria and
between 7 and 8 Mile Roads
the Nile Delta before Egypt's new
Russian weapons are deployed."
According to the report, the new
tactical landing strips are consid-
ered significant because Israel al-
ready possesses two former Egyp-
tian air bases, at Bir Gifgafa and
Bir Thamada, 70 miles east of the
Suez Canal.
A proposal that the United Na-li
acquire the Sinai Peninsula
for use as an assembly base for a
permanent United Nations world
constabulary force, a permanent
settlement area for refugees, and
a laboratory to test the large-scale
irrigation of arid regions with de-
salted seawater, was brought up
in the House of Commons. It was
outlined in the form of a question
addressed to Foreign Secretary
George Brown by Laborite MP
Peter Archer, who wanted to know
if Brown would initiate discussions
of such a project at the UN.
Replying for the government.
Joint Minister of State Goronwy
Roberts said that the foreign sec-
retary, "while favoring forthright
measures to solve the refugee
problem in the Middle East, be-
lieves that this and other points
raised in the question can best be
considered as part of a general
political settlement in the region."



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was predicted in a Beirut dis-
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the ouster of Ahmed Shukairy as
head of the Palestine Liberation
Organization. "The fact that the
guerilla organizations were large-
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LONDON (JTA)—Reports of an
alleged heavy build-up of Israeli
military striking power along the
East Bank of the Suez Canal,
which may be presumably in prep-
aration for a "blitz" deep into
Egypt before Nasser can deploy
his newly-acquired Russian weap-
ons, were featured in Cairo and
Beirut dispatches to the Times of
sels, which, though not great, is
London and the London Daily
on the increase," the Guardian
Telegraph. The Times said Egyp-
tian army officers are urging an
The Daily Telegraph asserted in
attack on Israel before Israel hits a report from Beirut Wednesday
them, but are restrained by the that Moscow's new oil agreement
Russians "who know that Egypt is with Iraq constitutes a major
not ready to fight again." Accord- breakthrough by the Russians into
ing to the Times, the Soviet am- the Arab oil market that will bring
bassador in Cairo, Y. Nogradov, them into direct competition with
has so informed Nasser and the long entrenched western oil in-
warned him that Soviet President terests. Under the agreement, Iraq
Leonid Brezhnev, who is sched- will provide Russia with crude oil
uled to visit Cairo this month, "will and the Soviets will furnish Iraq
tell the Arabs to hold their horses." with technical aid and equipment
The Times said that "foreign for her oil industry. The Russians
observers in Cairo are worried by will also aid in the development,
the sudden build-up of air and transportation and marketing of
ground forces on the East Bank Iraqi oil, the Telegraph said.
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