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May 31, 1968 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-05-31

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18—Friday, May 31, 1968


Temporary International Custodian
of Occupied • Land Is British Idea

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

LONDON—Foreign Secretary Mi-
chael Stewart disclosed in the
House of Commons that his govern-
ment had considered the idea of a
temporary international custodian-
ship of the Arab territories occu-

Ex-Israeli Soldier Gets
6 Years for Espionage

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TEL AVIV—A 35-year-old former
Israeli soldier who defected to
Egypt in 1962 was sentenced to
six years' imprisonment for espi-
onage by the Tel Aviv District
Court Tuesday.
Shimon Kramer, who lived in
Rishon LeZion and is the father
of three, was found guilty of hav-
ing given Egyptian intelligence in-
formation on Israel security mat-
ters and border settlement de-
Kramer had served in the army
and as a border policeman. He
made his way into the Gaza Strip
in 1962 and, according the prose-
cution, subsequently broadcast on
Cairo Radio. Later, he went to
Belgium and joined the French
Foreign Legion with which he
served as a paratrooper in Al-
geria. He deserted from the legion
and went to Italy and returned to
Israel last August. Kramer denied
that he voluntarily gave military
secrets to the Egyptians. He said
they were extracted from him
while he was under the influence
of drugs.


Rain or Shine!


pied by Israel in the Six-Day War
as one of several proposals should
the peace-seeking mission of United
Nations Envoy Gunnar V. Jarring
end in failure. Stewart spoke in
reply to a question by Dennis Wal-
ters, Conservative MP, who has
consistently championed the Arab
cause against Israel. Walters
brought up the custodianship plan.
Walters also wanted to know if
the government took any action
in the UN Security Council on Is-
rael's decision to hold its May 2
Independence Day military parade
in Jerusalem, a city, according to
Walters, that does not belong, to
Israel. Stewart replied that the
government's stand has already
been made known. Britain sup-
ported the Security Council reso-
lution urging Israel to cancel the
The British government takes
the view that the continued shut-
down of the Suez Canal, in which
15 merchant ships have been
stranded since June, is not an
isolated problem but part of the
whole Arab-Israel dispute, Stew-
art said in reply to Labor MP
Emanuel Shinwell, who asked if
pressure was being applied on
Egypt to reopen the canal.
Laborite J. T. Price expressed
the view that the Egyptians, by
their closure of the canal, are try-
ing to hold Britain up for ransom.
"Are they not looking to this coun-
try for a massive loan?" he asked.
Stewart replied that the govern-
ment was in touch with Egypt and
Israel and is doing all that is pos-
sible to obtain the release of the
stranded ships. He said he could
not forecast when practical results
could be expected.
The British foreign ministry
Monday thwarted an attempt by
Sir Barnett Janner, Labor MP,
to reopen the issue of Saudi Ara-
bia's reneging on its acceptance
of Horace Phillips, a born Jew,
as British ambassador. Sir Bar-
nett asked the foreign secretary
whether he will take steps in the
future to implement the univer-
sal declaration of human rights
in view of Arabia's rejection of
Phillips on the grounds of his
Sir Barnett received a letter from
Foreign Undersecretary William
Rogers, who wrote, "The articles
of (the) Universal Declaration of
Human Rights to which you refer
are not concerned with the ap-
pointment of ambassadors to for-
eign states."

Israel Paid Reparations to Liberty Crew's Families in U.S.

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

WASHINGTON — State Depart-
ment spokesman Robert McClos-
key announced Tuesday that the
govermnent of Israel has paid the
full amount claimed by the U.S.
government on behalf of the fami-
lies of the 34 Americans killed in
the June 8, .1967 attack on the
USS Liberty.
The intelligence ship was acci-
dentally attacked in the Mediter-
ranean off the Sinai coast during
the Six-Day War.
The compensation paid to the
U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on May
27 totaled $3,323,506.
The Department of State is pre-
paring other categories of claims
against Israel including claims on
behalf of men injured in the inci-
dent. It was learned that the
claims will also include a bill for

Brisbane Jewish Community
Dedicates Holocaust Memorial
BRISBANE, Australia (JTA) —
The small Jewish community of
this city has dedicated a monu-
ment to the memory of the six
million Jews who died in the Nazi
Holocaust. The monument was
built through the efforts of a small
group of concentration camp sur-
vivors with the support of the na-
tive Jewish community. It was
unveiled by the president of the
Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, A.

damages to ship. This bill is now
being computed by the U.S. gov-
ernment and will be rendered. The
ship was subsequently decommis-
Earlier, Israel agreed to pay
compensation to three major
churches in Jerusalem for dam-
ages to their property in fight-
ing since the 1948 War of Inde-
pendence, regardless of which
side was responsible for the
damage. The amount was not
disclosed but it is believed to run
into several million I s r a e l
The churches involved, the chief
holders of church property in Jeru-
salem, are the Greek Orthodox,
the Armenian Orthodox and the

custodians of Terra Sancta, an 'or-
gan of the Vatican. Some of the
property is located in what was a
"no-man's land" between the Old
and New Cities of Jerusalem. Un-
der the agreement, the Greek and
Latin churches have placed a 9,-
800-s guar e-yard belt of land
around the Old City wall at Is-
rael's disposal. It will be trans-
formed into a landscaped area.

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