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May 03, 1968 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-05-03

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Israeli Troops Answer El Fatah Force With Force

(Continued from Page 12)

and that 4 Israelis are being at-
tacked and su'fering casualties"
while the Council was "deliberat-
ing on how Israel should celebrate
its national holiday."
Israeli Patrols Kill 19
El Fatah Intruders
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli
forces, supported by helicopter-
borne paratroopers, killed 13 heav-
ily armed El Fatah marauders in
a short, fierce battle in the barren
hills north of Jericho Sunday.
Three Israeli soldiers were report-
ed to have been hit in the battle,
according to an account given by
another soldier to newsmen on the
scene. The action brought to 19 the
number of El Fata saboteurs
killed by Israeli forces since last
Thursday night. One El Fatah man
was wounded and captured in
Sunday's action.
A military spokesman announced
that two Israeli soldiers were
wounded when Egyptian forces
opened fire from the west bank of
the Suez Canal. (Lt. Gen. Odd Bull,
chief of the United Nations cease-
fire observer corps in the Middle
East, reported to the Security
Council that Israel had "breached"
the cease fire several times that
day in the Suez Canal area. He al-
leged that in each case Israeli
troops had opened fire.)
PARIS (JTA) — Abdel Haimid,
an Iraqi intellectual, was attacked
and beaten by Egyptian students
here following a letter published
in the newspaper Le Monde in
which he urged Arabs to accept
the existence of Israel.
Israel Dons Festive Garb
for Anniversary of Independence

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM—Half-a-million Is-
raelis and tourists from abroad
viewed the Independence Day Pa-
rade Thursday in a Jerusalem all
decked out with lanterns of silver
and gold strung along the streets.
Giant murals depicting scenes
from Israel's history hung from the
walls of buildings in the main
squares. Many streets were closed
to traffic. The principal highways
leading to and from Jerusalem be-
came one way in order to speed
traffic. In the morning, they car-
ried vehicles entering the city only.
In late afternoon, when the festivi-
ties were over, the direction was
reversed for the outward rush. -


Israeli military forces and po-
lice took elaborate precautions to
protect the celebrations from
possible sabotage and terrorist
strikes - by Arab marauders. Po-
lice check posts were set up on
all major highways leading to
the big cities and all vehicles
coming from occupied territories
were meticulously inspected.
A heavily armed El Fatah band
that was waylaid and destroyed by
Israeli forces north of Jericho Sun-
day morning is believed to have
been on a special sabotage mis-
sion, the target of which was the
Independence Day parade in Jeru-
salem. Two Israeli soldiers, one of
them an officer, were killed and
another soldier wounded in that
encounter. Thirteen El Fatah men
were killed.
It was disclosed that the El
Fatah carried civilian clothing in
addition to large quantities of am-
munition, assault weapons, food
supplies and first aid equipment.
Apparently, some of them planned
to mingle with the crowds along
the parade route.
There was considerable nervous-
ness and in some cases near panic
among Arabs and Jews in the Old
City over possible terrorist strikes
at Israel's Independence Day Pa-
rade. The London Telegraph's cor-
respondent said one Arab told him
"There are more El Fatah com-
mandos inside Israel than the Is-
raelis suspect. What will happen
to us if one of them throws a
Israel was urged to cancel the
parade in a letter published in the
Times Wednesday from Archdea-
con C. Witton-Davies, secretary of

the council of Christians and Jews, Israeli return fire. The settlements
who has just returned from a visit of Kfar Ruppin and Maoz Chaim
to Israel. were the Jordanian targets in the
"I appeal to the Israelis to Beisan region.)
desist from what I can only re-
Israel Wednesday observed Me-
gard as provocative madness,"
morial Day, an occasion of na-
the archdeacon wrote. "I appeal
tional mourning for the nation's
to the Arabs to respond by an
war dead.
immediate indication to Dr. Jar-
The observance was officially
ring that they are ready to
opened when President Zalman
discuss peace."
Shazar kindled a memorial can-
The Times was sharply critical dle in his home Tuesday night.
of the United Nations protest to Wednesday he lit a memorial
Tsrael over the parade. It called flame in Bar Kokhba Square in
the Security Council resolution Jerusalem in the presence of an
org- ing that the parade be can- honor guard of veterans of Ha-
celled "pointless" in view of cur- gana, the Irgun and the Stern-
rent events in the Middle East. ists, the para-military organiza-
"Continuing battles across the tions of pre-statehood days.
cease-fire line. the infiltration of But Israel, in effect, observed
terrorists, the failure of the Jarring Memorial Day throughout the en-
mission and the depressing possi- tire week before the celebration.
bility that there will be yet another Moments of silence and prayer
Arab-Israel war in a few years' were observed in the principal
time should surely concern the cities several days before. The
United Nations more than protest- memorials included not only Is-
ing at Israel's celebration of an rael's fallen soldiers but the Six
event 20 years in the past," the Million, and particularly the War-
Times said.
saw Ghetto fighters whose uprising
The Paris daily Aurore advised against German military might 25
Israel not to give in to the Security years ago was the first instance of
Council.. and to hold its Indepen- organized Jewish resistance to the
dence Day military parade in campaign of extermination.
Jerusalem as scheduled.
Wednesday, as in memorial ob-
Leading American newspapers servances earlier this week, movie
voiced sharp criticism of Israel. houses, cafes and restaurants were
Informed sources said that top- closed. Street lights were dimmed
ranking State Department officials Tuesday night and the streets par-
may have inspired the criticism of tially deserted. Thousands of Is-
Israel on this issue. They noted raelis attended public memorial
that Secretary of State Dean Rusk meetings in Tel Aviv, in Jerusa-
accepted the view of his Depart- lem, Haifa, Petah Tikva, Ramat
ment's Near East Division that Gan and in scores of other towns
Israel was undermining King Hus- and settlements. Primary and sec-
sein of Jordan by staging the pa- ondary school students were as-
rade in Jerusalem. sembled in auditoriums for remem-
Washington's two I e a d i n g brance services.
dailies, The Post and the Eve-
A special air force memorial
ning Star, both severely rebuked service was held in the hills out-
Israel for its "provocative" ac- side of Jerusalem, near the spot
tion in holding the parade in where the first Israeli pilot lost
Jerusalem. The New York Times his life in a crash during the 1948
said the parade could "destroy War for Independence. Other serv 7
the Jarring mission" and result ices were conducted at military
in "a new explosion of costly • cemeteries, attended by military
and perhaps fatal conflict with
leaders and cabinet ministers.
the Arab states." Gideon Rafael, director gen-
Jordan again complained Wed- eral of Israel's foreign ministry,
nesday to the United Nations
declared Wednesday that the Se-
against the parade in Jerusalem
curity Council's Nov. 22, 1967
and called upon Secretary General resolution on the Middle East
U Thant "to take adequate steps was accepted, from the very
to remedy the situation and to
start, by Israel as "a point of
ensure that the Israel authorities reference or a framework for a
will desist forthwith from holding negotiated settlement" but never
their parade, which constitutes yet by any of the Arab countries.
another violation of the United
Rafael, in a statement issued on
Nations resolution."
the eve of Israel's 20th anniversary
Attached to the letter was a observances, said that his govern-
photostat map of "Arab" Jerusa- ment had consistently voiced its
lem which the Jordanians said support of the resolution, publicly
"proves beyond doubt Israel's per- and in private discussions, from
sistence and continuing steps 'to- the day it was adopted. He cited
ward the complete annexation of in thiS respect, his own statement
Jerusalem in complete defiance of delivered in the Security Council
the UN authority."
on Nov 22 when he was head of
In a letter to UN Secretary
the Israeli delegation to the United
General U Thant, Israel Foreign Nations, the statement by Prime
Minister Abba Eban declared
Minister Eshkol on Dec. 1 and
that the anniversary parade in-
"various clarifications made both
jures no one and does not en-
publicly and to Ambassador .
danger lives and that Middle
East tensions "spring not from
"Anyone who reads those state-
p e a c e f u l ceremonies within
ments would have to reach the con-
cease-fire lines" but from Arab
clusion that Israel has indicated its
commandos' terrorist acts.
acceptance of the Security Council.
(Jordanians fired on I s r a e l i resolution for. the promotion of a
forces along the demarcation line just and durable peace," Rafael
in three separate incidents Tues- said: "We have also said that we
day but no casualties were sus- are willing to seek agreement with
tained, a military spokesman re- each Arab state on all the matters
included in the 'resolution. More
(An Israel army jeep was fired recently, we have accepted the
on as it moved along the Arava proposals of Ambassador Jarring
road near Beer Ora in the Negev. to bring about meetings between
The fire was not returned, and the Israel and each of its neighbors
occupants escaped unhurt.
under his auspices in fulfillment
(Several hours later, Jordanians of his mandate under the resolu-
again fired on Israelis in the same tion which is to assist the parties
region. This time, the fire was re- to reach a peaceful accepted
turned in an exchange that lasted settle m en t."
almost an hour. In the evening,
Rafael pointed out that no Arab
Jordanians opened fire from the state has so far accepted this pro-
Umm Shurt region, north of Jeri- posal.
cho, precipitating a 15-minute ex-
Prime Minister Eshkol said at a
change with Israeli units.
press conference here that he does
(Artillery duels developed in the not regard United Nations Ambas-
Beisan and Jordan valleys Mon- sador Jarring's mission as having
day night. There were no casual- brought peace nearer but that he
ties and in both regions the Jor- believes, in general, that "we are
probably nearer peace now than
danian guns were silenced by

we have been at any time since Secretary-General U Thant who is
the Six-Day War."
held responsible by many here for
The prime minister chided UN
(Continued on Page 14)


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