Acclaims Air France's Pilot
Who Brought Back El Al Plane
Henri Marescot, vice president and general manager of Air
France (center) introduces Israel Minister of Information Simha
Dinitz (right) who congratulates Air France Captain Vitaly Nicolaieff,
who was instrumental in obtaining the release of the hijacked
El Al Israel Airline plane, passengers and crew from Algeria and
who himself flew the El Al plane out on Sept. 1.
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Top American Jewish leaders, associations, including the French
officials of Israel, France and Air Airline Pilots Association.
France gathered in New York to
During the luncheon, Minister
honor Air France Captain Vitaly Dinitz of Israel said his country
Nicolaieff who was instrumental in was indebted to Air France and
obtaining the release of the hi- emphasized the "long-standing
jacked El Al Israel Airline plane, friendship" between France and
passengers and crew from Algeria Israel, a friendship which is now
and who flew the El Al plane out strengthened.
on Sept. 1.
Marescot stressed the close ties
A first vice president of the - In-
. I betwene Air France and El Al.
ternational Federation of Airline
Jacques Torczyner, president of
Pilots Association (IFALPA), Capt.
Nicolaieff told the guests at the Zionist Organization of Amer-
the luncheon that his association ica, also attended and said that
condemned and rejected strongly those gathered were paying tribute
any case of hijacking and that to a man who acted as he did be-
throughout the negotiations with cause "he is a wonderful human
Algeria, he felt the French people being and he did a wonderful job
were behind him to obtain the free- for humanity. This is a sign of
dom of the Israeli plane and crew. better relations between the United
States, France and Israel."
Prominent American Jewish com-
At the luncheon, Capt. Nico-
munity leaders were at the lunch-
laieff said that he had "deep ad-
miration" for Israel and the men
Peter Brunswick, the public re- and women who built it.
lations director of El Al attended
Discussing Israel with American
Representing Israel at the lunch- Jewish community leaders, Capt.
stressed the appeal
eon was Simcha Dinitz, minister of
that Israel has on young people
information, Israel Embassy.
and he cited the fact that his 20-
Andre Nemo, assistant minister year-old son, Bernard, a political
of information of the embassy of science student, next summer
France, also was present, in addi- plans to work on a kibutz.
tion to Air France officials.
A friend of the hijacked El Al
The El Al Boeing 707 was hi-
jacked on July 23 and Capt. pilot Capt. Oded Arb a rb a ne I,
Nicolaieff often sees the
Nicolaieff— then on leave—inter-
captain and the former-
rupted his vacation and flew to Israeli
whenever he does
Algeria to open negotiations. His spot it, he and
says, proudly, "that's
round-the-clock activities to get the
plane out included a meeting with my plane."
Ralph Bunche of the United Na-
tions, The 46-year-old Air France Anti-Semitism in
captain said "it was my affair."
He is an Air France chief instruc- USSR Is Decried
In his talk before the Jewish in "Unredeemed'
leaders, he recalled that in August,
Soviet Russia's policy of anti-
IFALPA's 35,000 pilots had decided
to call for a boycott of Algerian Semitisin can only lead to "spir-
airports with the approval of all its itual genocide" and possibly global
warfare, Jewish leaders charge in
a new book scheduled for publica-
tion Dec. 27 by Quadrangle Books.
"The Unredeemed: Anti-Semi-
tism in the Soviet Union" is edited
by Ronald Rubin, and contains re-
ports by leading Jewish observers
of the latest events and issues in
the Soviet policy toward the Jews.
A foreword by Abraham J.
11 A.M. to 10 P.M.
Heschel, the noted Jewish scholar,
poses the question: "Does the
USSR, which is committed to the
of giving cultural and re-
ANTIQUES AND principle
ligious rights to the Christian
churches, insist upon a special pol-
icy in regard to the Jews, namely,
to liquidate Jewish religion and
culture?" Rabbi Heschel contin-
ues: "We are gripped with horror.
Is this the Utopian plan of Rus-
sian policy, . . . to complete the
work started by the Nazis—the liq-
uidation of the Jewish people?"
Gratiot nr. E. 10 Mile
I tell the truth, not as much as I
would but as much as I dare—and
I dare more and more as I grow
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, December 6, 1968-19
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (JTA)
—Israel told the United Nations
Special Political Committee that it
supports a "reasonable extension"
of the mandate of the United Na-
tions Relief and Works Agency for
Ambassador Michael Comay told
the committee, which is consider-
ing UNRWA's mandate, due to ex-
pire June 30, 1969, that "any sud-
den and drastic change in its pres-
ent activities, unaccompanied by a
broad program for permanent inte-
gration of the refugees, "would
only cause fresh hardship and in-
Comay said that "the first
stage in the final settlement of
the problem will have to be a
thorough factual survey that will
reveal how many bonafide refu-
gees there actually are and what
the real extent is of their ab-
sorption." This could then make
possible rehabilitation of those
Arabs that still need it and a
start toward winding up the 20-
year-old UNRWA relief opera-
tion, he said.
Comay told the committee that
Israel spent $3,500,000 in services
and contributions to UNRWA and
the Arab refugees during the year
ending June 30, 1968. The govern-
ment plans to make another spe-
cial contribution of $285,714 to
UNRWA to be utilized in cash or
building materials. Responding to
UN pleas to permit persons dis-
placed by the 1967 war an d faci ng
winter hardships to return to the
West Bank, Comay said Israel
is "doing its best to reconcile the
return" of the DPs with "responsi-
bility for the safety, welfare and
security of the local population
and the security of the state it-
self." He said that steps, promised
in the General Assembly by For-
eign Minister Abba Eban, to "in-
tensify and accelerate action to
widen" the family reunion pro-
gram and to process "hardship
cases" are being taken.
KKK Suspect Gets
30 Years for Plan
to Murder a Jew
MERIDIAN, Miss. (JTA)—A 21-
year-old alleged Klu Klux Klan
member was sentenced to 30 years
in the Mississippi Penitentiary for
attempting to dynamite the home
of a prominent Jewish businessman
June 30 in a personal vendetta
against a "Communist-Jewish con-
Lauderdale County Circuit Judge
Lester Williamson pronounced sen-
tence on Thomas Albert Tarrants
III of Mobile, Ala. Tarrants was
spotted by two detectives planting
a box containing 29 sticks of dyna-
mite and a 30-minute timing de-
vice at the fashionable home of
Meyer Davidson. Detectives were
staked out because of a wave of
anti-Semitic terror attacks by
night riders in and around Meri-
In Tarrants' possession was a
handwritten diary in which he
declared that since March 23 he
had been actively engaged in an
underground guerrilla war against
the "Communist-Jewish conspir-
acy" using any means necessary.
Defense Attorney Thomas Haas
of Mobile, told the jury that Tar-
rants' mind had become diseased
with an anti-Communist obsession
until he felt he was fighting "for
his God and his country." He
urged them to find him insane and
put him "where he can be treated
by competent physicians." District
Attorney George Warner asked for
the death penalty under Missis-
sippi's tough bombing law.
There is something about saying
"O.K." and hanging up the re-
ceiver with a bang that kids a man
into feeling that he has just pulled
off a big deal, even if he has only
called up central to find out the
correct time. —Robert Benchley.
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Donegal and ties that open wide
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