Robert Kennedy Victim of Hatred That Inflames Mid-East
Detroit Jewry joined fellow Americans today in expressing shock and grief
over the death of New York's Senator Robert Kennedy, the victim of an assassin's
bullet in Los Angeles. Upon the news of his death Thursday, President Johnson
declared Sunday a national day of mourning for the 42-year-old Presidential candidate,
Silo was cut down soon after making a victory speech in the California primary.
Sen. Kennedy's accused assassin is Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, 24, a Jordanian
Ilailve of Jerusalem, living near Los Angeles since his teens. Although Sirhan was
silent upon questioning, he was known to have a deep hatred for Israel and was
angered by pro-Israel statements of the senator.
No Cause for
Found in Sirhan's possession at the time of arrest were clippings of articles
criticizing the senator and outlining his itinerary in California. Sirhan also carried
four $100 bills.
In New York, Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi, secretary general of the Action
Committee on American-Arab Relations, said the accused "may have been inflamed"
by a statement of Sen. Kennedy made in a televised campaign debate Saturday
night, urging that the United States honor its commitments to Israel.
Sirhan, arraigned and held under $250,000 bail in the Los Angeles County Jail,
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sritiel Air Force Strikes at Jordan
Ater 3 Israelis Killed, 7 Wounded
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HIAS Praises State Dept.
Readiness to Aid Polish Jews
NEW YORK (JTA) — The president of United Hias Service,
the Worldwide Jewish migration society, hailed the intention of the
State Department to provide visas to Polish Jews wishing to emigrate
to the United States. A State Department source was quoted in the
May 29 New York Post as saying that the department was prepared
t accommodate "any foreseeable demand" -by Jews who seek to
emigrate. He gave assurances that enough visa and refugee openings
were available to handle as many as could come.
Carlos L. Israels, HIAS president, said the agency is "extremely
pleased" with the department's humanitarian concern. "As in the
past our agency is ready to assist any Jew in Poland who succeeds
in leaving that country to come to the United States should he wish
tit do so.
-_ "Our agency," he said, "is in constant touch with the depart-
ment and. other government agencies with respect to working out
viable plans and procedures for the admission of oppressed and
persecuted Polish Jews. We urge relatives of Polish Jews who wish
tat effect family reunion with them in this country to contact United
!Has or local cooperating family service agencies for counseling
and technical assistance," Israels said.
The Post article said that under the current immigration law,
the. U.S. could accommodate large numbers of .Polish Jews by using
national quotas. A law which takes effect July 1 abolishes these
quotas but allows 10,000 visas for refugees to be applied as needed.
The State Department source told the Post that should there
13 a mass exodus to the U.S., the department would be willing to
seek extraordinary authority under immigration laws to admit the
refugees if it was needed. -
The department -is apparently not expecting an immediate influx
of Polish Jews. The official noted that their big problem is getting
out of the country, since, under normal procedures, applications for
exit visas take from two to four months to process.
Last week, columnist Drew Pearson reported that President
Johnson was personally eager to provide a haven in the U.S .for
Polish Jews who want to escape the anti-Semitic campaign in their
Former Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith and Prof. George
Wald, a Nobel Prize winner, headed a 'group of 55 American scho-
lars and artists who signed a petition urging the Polish government
"to repudiate unequivocally all anti-Semitism, including that dis-
guised as anti-Zionism," it was reported this week.
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TEL AVIV — Beisan Valley settlements mourned their dead and totaled up the dam-
age resulting from Tuesday's ferocious artillery barrage by Jordanian long-range guns
that were silenced only after Israeli air force jets went into action against them.
The dead were identified as 32-year old Ovadia Beracha, the mother of three small
children, who was killed in the shelling of Kibutz Neveh Ur; Chaim Trevis, a student
from Jerusalem who was killed as he entered the bomb shelter at Ashdot Yaacov; and a
24-year old member of Kibutz Kineret, whose name was not given. He was killed when
shells struck the plywood factory at Sefen. Seven person were injured.
The chief of staff of Israel's armed forces. Maj. Gen. Chaim Bar Lev. visited
Neveh Ur Tuesday night.
Referring to the air strike against the Jordanian gun emplacements, he said he
hoped the Amman regime had learned a lesson that Israeli villages cannot be attacked
with impunity and that it would restrain itself in the future. According to eye-witness
reports, Israeli gunners and pilots scored direct hits on the Jordanian positions. Fires
were seen burning for hours, mainly around Jordanian artillery batteries.
But Israeli settlements suffered heavy damages, apart from the loss of lives. At
least 250 shells struck Ashbob Yaacov, which is not a single settlement but two neigh-
boring ones whose members belong to different factions with the Israel Labor. Party.
In both, water pipes and electric lines were destroyed, and the dining rooms and
cowsheds suffered direct hits. Kibutz Gesher was hit by at least 50 shells which destroy-
ed a barn and a fuel storage tank and blasted a fish breeding pond. Several houses
were damaged at Beth Joseph. The Sefen plywood factory was closed until the dam-
age it sustained is repaired.
The Beisan Valley was quiet this morning for the first time in four days. Settlers
who spent most of Tuesday in bomb shelters were working their fields Wednesday.
Ripening wheat fields and harvested crops representing a full year's work were
burned or destroyed by fires set by the shells.
A military spokesman said the air force was called to action when Israeli return
fire fell short of the Jordanian guns that were dug in around the town of Irbid, about
18 miles east of the Israeli border. The planes pinpointed targets for Israeli artillery and
attacked targets that were beyond the range of the Israeli guns. The planes were un-
opposed by Jordanian aircraft and all returned safely to their bases, a military spokesman
reported. The fighting was reported to have ended at 6:15 p.m. local time.
Jordan complained to the United States Embassy in Amman and in the United Na-
tions that Israel had used ground-to-ground rockets to "blow up" the city of Irbid. The
Jordanians claimed that 30 persons were killed and 60 injured, most of them civilians.
The Jordanian complaint to the UN was contained in a letter from Ambassador Muham-
med H. El-Farra to Goldberg.
Tuesday's battle escalated from a series of shellings started by the Jordanians around
midnight Monday and resumed by them between 11 a.m. and noon Tuesday. The initial
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Israel Cabinet Members and Educators Honor Stolimans at Bar-Ilan
World Leaders, UJA and American
Ambassador Acclaim Detroiters'
Generosity; Shazar Receives DHL
By PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
._. The Stollman Family with President Zalman Schneour Shazar (center) at the
ifecTIcation of the Stollman Administration Building at Bar-Han University in Ramat
ai%, May 29. Rabbi and Mrs. Isaac Stollman, who now make their home in Jerusalem,
are on the left with Phillip Stollman and Mrs. Max (Frieda) •Stoilman.
are interspaced in photo and on the right with Dr. Joseph H. Lookstein, chancellor of
Bar-Han, are Max Stollman and Mrs. Shazar.
RAMAT GAN. Israel—Prominent world leaders, members of the
Israel Cabinet, U.S. Ambassador Walworth Barbour, spokesmen for the
United Jewish Appeal and representatives of numerous Israeli groups
joined on May 29 in extending honors to the Stollman Family of Detroit
for their generosity to numerous pro-Israel causes and for their pioneering
efforts which assisted in establishing Bar-Ilan University here.
The occasion was the dedication of the Stollman Administration
Building on the Bar-Ilan campus here. The dedication was preceded by
the ceremony of the awarding of the honorary degree of Doctor of Hebrew
Letters to President Zalman Schneour Shazar of Israel.
While the occasion marked the completion of another building as
part of the rapidly growing Bar-Ilan complex, the event served to call
attention to the numerous Stollman Family gifts to the university, their
inauguration of many projects which resulted in the enrollment of scores
of Detroiters in projects in Bar-Ilan's behalf and the continued labors in
support of the school of higher learning under the leadership of Phillip
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