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September 20, 1968 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-09-20

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Joidanians Use Czech-Made qiatynsha' Rockets Attacking Beisan

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TEL AVIV -- Eight Israeli civil-
ians, including two young school
girls, were injured Monday night
in a brief but damaging rocket
bombardment of Beisan Township
by terrorists operating from the
Jordanian side of the border. Tues-
day morning Israeli artillery fired
a burst of four shells into the Jor-
danian village of Irbid to "remind
the terrorists there that they are
vulnerable," a military spokesman
The terrorists sent eight rockets
into Beisan at about 9 o'clock local
time while people were still on the
streets. It was the first time terror-
ists used the Czech-manufactured
130 MM. rocket-launcher common-
ly known as "Katyusha." Two sis-
ters, Rachel and Lea Ab'ou, age
10 and 12, were slightly injured
as were six other civilians. Five
were treated in the hospital and
sent home. Two girls and a man
remained in the hospital Tuesday
but were not on the danger list.
A tractor driver was injured
Monday when his vehicle hit a
mine near the newly established
Negev settlement of Tzofar in the
Araba district. An army command
car going to the scene also struck
a mine but without casualties, a
military spokesman said. An army
spokesman Monday denied an
Egyptian claim that they had shot
down an Israeli plane.
The bombardment of Beisan
ended what appears to have been
a tacit understanding between Jor-
danian authorities and El Fatah
that the terrorists were not to
attack Israeli settlements. The un-
derstanding was r e a the d after
Israeli artillery blasted Irbid last
Jtine 4 in retaliation for the sus-
tained shelling of Israeli border
settlements by terrorists. There-
after, terrorist gunfire was di-
rected against Israeli army units
and border patrols, the military
spokesman said. He added that
Tuesday morning's shelling of
Irbid was a "reminder."
Army sources said that four
shells were fired into Irbid from
the Golan Heights. Jordanian au-
thorities claimed that five shells
struck and said that four civilians
were injured and two houses dam-
Israeli military sources disclosed,
meanwhile, that there were 100 in.
cidents along the Israel-Jordan
cease-fire line during the month
ending Tuesday. They said that
92 of the incidents were perpe-
trated from the Jordanian side of
the line with the consent of Jor-
danian authorities. The sources
said this was due to measures
taken by Israel which make it dif-
ficult, if not impossible, for ma-
rauders to cross the Jordan River.
(At the UnitedlNations, Ambassa-
dor Yosef Tekoah, Israel's chief
representative to the United Na-
tions presented the Security Coun-
cil details of 103 border shooting
incidents started by Jordan during
the four week period beginning last
Aug. 18. In a letter to George Igna-
tieff, of Canada, the September
President of the Security Council,
Mr. Tekoah said that five Israeli
soldiers and policemen and three
Civilians had been killed in the at-
tacks which also wounded 26 sol-
diers and 12 civilians.)
According to a military spokes-

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man, the terrorists obtained their
"Katyusha" rocket launcher from
Syria. The weapons are used by
the Syrian and Egyptian armies.
Defense Minister Gen. Moshe
Dayan visited Beisan Township
Tuesday morning where • he was
cheered by the residents. He paid
a call on the two injured' girls.
An Israeli Army officer, Lt. Yo-
ram Marlander, of Kfar Giladi,
was killed Monday and three sol-
dires were wounded in a Jordanian
attack on Israeli forces near Maoz
Cairn in the Beisan Valley.
A military spokesman disclosed
that three civilian Druze watchmen
were gunned to death Saturday by
a gang of Arab saboteurs near a
heavy equipment plant they were
guarding in the Eilat area. Their
bodies were discovered when work-
ers returned to the plant Sun-
day. According to the spokesman,
the watchmen were surprised by a
gang of marauders who tossed
hand grenades and riddled them
with bullets.
Jordanian and Israeli units
fought a three-hour artillery and
small arms duel in the Jordan
Valley south of the Sea of Galilee
Sunday night. A military spokes-
man said the clash started when
Jordanians opened fire on Israeli
troops and later brought artillery
and mortars into action. No cas-
ualties were reported. A military
spokesman reported that a bazooka
shell and small arms fire were
aimed Sunday night at an Israeli
patrol near the Umm Tutz pass
on the Jordan River south of the
Beisan Valley. He said the fire
was returned and there were no
Two Israeli border policemen
were killed and nine soldiers and
border policemen and three civil-
ians were injured in renewed out-
breaks of shooting during the
weekend along the Israel-Jordan
demarcation line and in the Sinai.
One of the border policemen was
killed and three of his companions
were injured during a Jordanian
attack on their armored car in the
northern Beisan Valley Sept. 13.
The other policeman was killed
and six soldiers were wounded in a
45-minute artilley duel that erupted
Saturday near the confluence of the
Jordan and Yarmuk rivers in the
Beisan area, a military spokesman
reported. Fire was also exchanged
with Syrian forces.
Firing broke out 'three points
along the Israel-Jordan demarca-
ticin line Tuesday. A military
spokesman said the shooting was
started by the 'Jordanians in each
case. There were no casualties on
the Israeli side.

Israeli forces near Umm Sidra
were fired on from Jordanian ter-
ritory Tuesday night and returned
the fire. Two hours later, two ba-
zooka shells were fired at the same
forces followed by an artillery
shelling. Jordanians lobbed 10 81
mm. mortar shells at the Neot
Hakivar settlement on the southern
tip of the Dead Sea. They missed
the living quarters and did no,dam-
age. A tractor in the fields of Neve
Urr, a Jordan Valley settlement,
was the target Tuesday of auto-
matic fire from Jordan.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed
an Arab fugitive who failed to obey
their orders to halt in an orange
grove on the outskirts of Gaza Sun-
day night. A man fleeing with the
fugitive was wounded and captured.
The deceased was identified as a
former Gaza magistrate, Shauki
el-Farah, who was arrested by Is-
raeli authorities on Aug. 9 for
allegedly transmitting military in-
formation to the El Fatah terrorist
organization. He escaped from
prison on Aug. 11 and had been
the object of a widespread man-
Six Jewish teen-agers have been
remanded in custody on suspicion
of having overturned an Arab-
owned car soon after a dynamite
blast here caused injuries to pas-
sers-by. The dynamite apparently
had been placed by saboteurs but
police indicated they had no clues
in the incident.
Police Arrest Two Arab Teens
in U.S. Consulate Bomb Planting
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Police ar-

rested two teen-aged Arabs Tues-
day who were alleged to be
members of the terrorist gang that
planted a bomb in the United
States Consulate in East Jerusalem
earlier this month. Police said that
the youngsters, one of them a high
school student, would be brought
before a magistrate within 48
A police spokesman said that
virtually all the terrorists involved
in the recent Jerusalem and Tel
Aviv bombings had been arrested
except for the two ring-leaders,
brothers from Hebron, who were
still at large. Their identities are
known, but they were believed to
have crossed into Jordan, the
spokesman said.
Police were expected to ask for
a 15 days extension of a remand
order issued by a Jerusalem mag-
istrate 10 days ago for 19 terrorist
suspects. The police want them
held in custody until their rial.
Four other suspects, boys of 13
and 14, have been released on bail.
But they are said to have had no
active part in the Jerusalem and
Tel Aviv bombings.
Reports That Egypt Planning
Major Blow in Suez Area
Are Discounted in Israel
c i r c l e s discounted widespread
rumors that Egypt was planning
a major military confrontation
with Israel along the Suez Canal.
They said that Egypt was not pre-
pared for a confrontation and that



despite the intensity of Sunday's
artillery barrage and other pro-
vocation incidents before and
since, Cairo authorities had in-
structed the army to exercise re-
straint. According to the Israelis,
the Egyptians appear to want only
brief, local incidents along t h e
canal for prestige and morale-
building purposes. Israel, they
said, has decided not to be pro-
voked into an escalation unless the
Egyptian incidents continue along
the lines of the Jordanian border
incidents, in which case action
would be taken.
(Cairo newspapers predicted a
"massive blow-up" along the Suez
Canal. The semi-official Al Ahram
said Egypt would attempt to "even
the score" and regain prestige.
The official Syrian. newspaper Al
Hawara proposed Sept. 12 that oil
producing Arab countries strike at
United States interests in retalia-
tion for pro-Israel statements by
presidential candidates Hubert H.
Humphrey and Richard M. Nixon).
(The Daily Express in London
reported estimates by military ob-
servers in Tel Aviv that Egypt
has up to 130,000 men dug in along
a 60-mile front equipped with new
Soviet artillery and tanks. Their
positions straddle all roads con-
necting Cairo with the Suez Canal,
the report said.)_

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Israeli Unionists
Clash with Arab
Non - Union Workers

broke up fist-fights here between
picketing members of the Jerusa-
lem building workers union and
Arab laborers from East Jerusa-
lem who showed up for work at
a construction site without having
been assigned by the Labor Ex-
change. Police sent the Arabs
away. The contractor later signed
an undertaking to employ workers
only through the Labor Exchange
in the future in accordance with
Israeli law. Workers so employed
must receive full union wages and
fringe benefits.
But many employers in Israel
have apparently been hiring West
Bank Arabs directly, by-passing
the labor exchanges in order to
pay lower wages. The controller of
manpower at the Labor Ministry
said that Israeli authorities had
overlooked this practice in the
past because of severe shortages in
Israel in skilled and semi-skilled
workers. He estimated that there
were several thousand West Bank
Arabs currently working in Israel,
many of whom got their jobs by
private arrangement.
Labor Miinster Joseph. Almogi
announced that the Labor Ex-
change would establish six
branches in the Gaza strip and the
West Bank to direct Arabs to jobs
in IsraeL


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