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January 03, 1969 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-01-03

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Soviet Union Pushes Tough Penalty for Israel

(Continued from Page 37)
and that he was convinced that A special team of Israeli investiga-
world opinion would be shocked tors was flown to Athens to exam-
by the incident. El Al officials said ine all aspects of the attack on the

near Cairo. The saboteur, Ahmed
Raddad, who comes from Amman,
Jordan, said the camp - was open
to volunteers from various Arab
countries. He said that after com-
pleting training there, his group
was flown to Syria from where
they were assigned to various
guerrilla units. Raddad and six
other El Fatah commandoes were
captured in a clash with an Israeli
army unit near the Jordan River
several days ago.
Saboteurs captured near Jericho

enough and that the Security Conn- scheduled flights would continue Israeli airliner. The Israel mission
ell had to take action that would as usual.
in Athens is a small one without
compel Israel to heed its man-
sufficient staff to handle a matter
Details of the 40-minute night
raid were disclosed by a military of this nature.
El Al investigators disclosed that
The Soviet representative chal- spokesman at a midnight press
lenged the United States to go conference from reports from the the plane would be out of service
least three weeks. One of its en-
along with this position to prove commandos, all of whom re-
its good faith and to show that the turned safely. The spokesman gines must be regarded as a total
denunciation of the Israeli reprisal said the helicopters swooped down loss and another was badly dam-
attack by Ambassador Wiggins on the airport without detection. aged. Some 50 bullet holes in the
during the Sunday night Council One group of commandos moved fuselage will have to be filled in.
meeting was not mere "oral con- on the airport, another set off The plane is one of the newest in
smoke bombs on the connecting El Al service.
In New York, Rabbi Israel Mil-
Lord Boothby, once Winston highway to Beirut to block traffic
military reinforcements. The ler, chairman of the American Zi-
Churchill's private secretary and
Council, said "These insane
a longtime friend of the Zionist
movement, quoted the late Chaim Arab planes and placed detonation actions will continue as long as the
feel that American and
Weizmann Tuesday to deplore the
Israeli reprisal raid on Beirut air- four turbo-prop airliners, including world public opinion is on their
port. In a letter published in the Boeings, Tavalles and Tridents. side. Such periodicals as Life and
Times, Lord Boothby quoted Dr. Seven belonged to Middle East Air- Time, which have glorified the
Weizmann's words: "We are an lines, a Lebanese firm, three to Arab terror organizations, must as-
impetuous people and we spoil and Lebanese International Airways sume their share of responsibility
sometimes destroy what it has and two to Trans-Mediterranean for such acts, which stem not from
Airways, a cargo operator. Middle a genuine people's resistance move-
taken generations to build."
Airlines, one of the main ment within Israel's border but
As president of the Anglo-Israel East
passenger carriers, is partly from outside bands created and
Association, Lord Boothby wrote,
by several Arab countries. supported by reactionary Arab gov-
"I cannot help wondering whether
A Pan-American Airlines Boeing ernments."
the raid on the Beirut airport, jet
a British Overseas Air-
In Paris, F r en c h police
which he would never have per-
mitted, may not be yet another ways Comet parked nearby were and security services have taken
measures to protect El Al
example of his prescient wisdom."
The Israeli raiders were unop- planes at French airports and to
The Dutch foreign office spokes-
the Israel Embassy and
man said Tuesday in the Hague posed except for some sporadic other official buildings against pos-
that the Dutch government con- shots, apparently from airport po- sible attacks by Arab terrorists.
demned the Israeli reprisal raid lice. Using portable loundspeak-
Police have set up a special
on the Beirut airport and Arab ter- ers, the commandos warned people
rorist actions since they could only at the airport, in Arabic and in "operational headquarters" at Orly
lead to increased tensions in the English, to take cover. The raid- Airport to guard Israeli planes and
ers also destroyed fuel dumps. One to check all departing passengers
Middle East.
burning plane touched off fuel in and their luggage. The headquar-
The Dutch authorities disclosed an underground tank, which ex- ters is in constant radio communi-
Monday that special precautions ploded, setting fire to a hanger. cation with police forces on the
have been taken at Schiphol air- After making sure all explosive airfield, customs officials and fire-
port and additional security meas- charges had detonated, the com- fighting brigades.
ures taken with regard to El Al mandos left for their bases. The
(The London Telegraph reported
planes. The El Al office in Am- airport, one of the busiest in the
sterdam received a number of Mideast, is about 100 miles from from Athens that both uniformed
plainclothes police were posted
anonymous telephone threats.
the Israeli border.
at the Israel legation and at the
In Boston the Christian Science
Athens airport police seized the offices of El Al in Athens after
Monitor said Tuesday that "the terrorists soon after they fired at anonymous telephone threats were
speed, unanimity and severity" of the airliner with submachine guns received.)
the Security Council's verbal con- and hand grenades. The plane, with
Washington police have taken
demnation of Israel for the Beirut 41 passengers, had been awaiting
airport reprisal attack stemmed permission for takeoff to Paris en special security precautions to pro-
the Israel Embassy because of
from two factors—"a deep concern route from Tel Aviv when the at-
that the Middle East has moved tack took place. The Haifa engi- the spread of Arab terrorism, au-
one step nearer another outbreak neer, Leon Shurdan, 50, was killed thorities revealed Tuesday. A
of hostilities which could pull the I by one of the bullets as he sat in permanent police guard is main-
great powers into a confrontation" his seat. Hana Spira, one of the tained at the embassy now and
and, secondly, "increasing anxiety stewardesses suffered a broken radio links established with sur-
over interference with interna- back and leg when she jumped veillance vehicles.
tional air traffic whether by from the plane. Another stewardess Loaned El Al Plane
Cubans. pro-Cubans, Arab guerrilla suffered minor bullet wounds. The Searched at London Airport
groups or Israelis."
LONDON (JTA)—An Aer Lin-
assault caused damage to one en-
The Monitor dispatch from gine of the Boeing 70'7 and touched gus Boeing 70'7 Airliner, on loan
United Nations headquarters noted off a small fire in the baggage sec- to El Al airlines, with 50 passen-
that the hijacking of the El Al tion which was quickly put out.
gers abroad, was stopped and
plane last summer "caused inter-
Menelaos Pegiadis, the Athens searched Monday just as it was
national concern." The attack on prosecutor, identified the gunmen about to take off from London air-
the El Al airliner in Athens by as Naheb Suleiman, born in Tripoli port. The search produced 'nothing
Arab terrorists, it said "twitched of Palestinian parents, and Mah- and the plane took off 45 minutes
the international conscience once moud Mohamad, born in Palestine late for Zurich and Tel Aviv.
again." But the massiveness of in 1943. He said they had been
Dayan Says Beirut Raid
the Israel attack on, the Beirut charged with a variety of offenses,
Represents 'New Dimension'
airport "gradually became appar- including intentional homicide, ille-
in Israel's Foreign Policy
ent over the weekend" and the gal carrying of arms, illegal use of
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Defense Min-
United States, deeply concerned arms and intentional damage of
ister Moshe Dayan defined the
over interference with air travel property. Under laws of the pres-
commando raid on Beirut airport
"almost found itself in agreement ent Greek regime, the terrorists as a "new dimension" of Israeli
with the Soviet Union, at least to could be executed on conviction.
policy. He said the previous retal-
the extent of condemning Israel Police said the Arabs claimed they iatory raids into Jordan which
for the attack on the planes."
were members of the El Fatah ter- destroyed key highways and
The newspaper also gave much rorist group and that they had bridges were also part of the same
space to a Tel Aviv dispatch from flown to Athens from Beirut ear- policy designed to convince the
its correspondent explaining why lier in the day with the intention Arabs that their guerilla warfare
Israel had to take the reprisal ac- of destroying the jet and all its against Israel is not worthwhile
tion. The dispatch noted that Is- Israeli passengers.
in the long run.
raeli belief that the attack "serves
The Greek government's diplo-
not only the interests of Israel's matic representative in Israel, Ba- Damage, Death of Girl
civil aviation but also those of sil Eleftheriades, called on Eban at Blamed on El Fatah
JERUSALEM — Renewed El Fa-
commercial aviation around the the foreign ministry at Eban's re-
globe." Had the Israelis not quest to discuss the Arab terrorist tah attacks on Israel resulted in
damage and the death of an
struck "Arab terror attacks against attack. Eban expressed Israel's
Israeli aircraft would have grown shock at the insane methods used Israeli girl soldier,
Israeli soldier,
to worldwide proportion," it said. by the Palestine terror gangs and
Premier Levi Eshkol called the his conviction that the Greek gov- Yehoshua Madaii, was killed when
the vehicle he was driving struck
attack an act of "insane terrorism" ernment would deal appropriately
a mine in the Jordan Valley south
which was a danger not only to with the perpetrators.
of the Allenby Bridge. Another sol-
Israeli air travelers but "to all
dier was injured.
people." Transport Minister Moshe in Greece, Yakov Karoz, it was
An Israeli soldier was injured
Carmel warned that Israel would learned here, has asked the Greek when the command car he was
not accept a situation in which El authorities for observer status at driving struck a mine near Nahal
Al planes were attacked and those the forthcoming trial of the two
Oz, a settlement just east of the
of Arab countries could fly in terrorists accused of murder and Gaza Strip.
peace and safety. Foreign Minister other charges in connection with
A captured El Fatah saboteur
Abba Eban said on Kol Israel that the attack. Greece and Israel do
has disclosed that Egyptian army
the murderous attack was a viola- not exchange embassies but are officers are training recruits to the
tion of the right of free airways represented by diplomatic missions.

38—Friday, January 3, 1969

have confessed that they were
planning activities in Jerusalem
during Christmas to frighten off
tourists and pilgrims, a military
spokesman said. Pilgrims neverthe-
less arrived at Lydda Airport
aboard regular planes and-on char-
ter flights from Europe. A decrease
in the number of pilgrims from
England was attributed to that
country's monetary regulations. But
the usual numbers arrived from
France and other Catholic coun-

Crown Heights' Poor Negroes, Jews
Join to Create Anti-Poverty Unit

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(JTA Staff Correspondent)

NEW YORK (JTA)—An interim
anti-poverty agency for the Crown
Heights section of Brooklyn, di-
rected by a board of 12 Negroes
and 12 Jews, is awaiting a grant
of $575,000 to implement 14 projects
for the area's poor Jews and Ne-
groes and to conduct an election
for a permanent anti-poverty or-
After some initial problems, dif-
ferences between Negroes and
Jews over creation of the Crown
Heights planning committee, the
interim agency, were resolved
amicably several weeks ago, and
the planning committee is now
functioning without friction, ac-
cording to Dr. A. I. Wolf, presi-
dent of the Crown Heights Jewish
Community Council, which spon-
sored the Jewish candidates for
the interim agency elections.
Crown Heights, one of New
York City's 24 designated poverty
areas, has about 225,000 residents,
of whom about 125,000 are Jews.
Many of them are members of
Hasidic sects, and many are in
the category defined as "poor" by
the Co mmunity Development
The CDA is a unit in the city's
human resources administration,
the central agency for all city
anti-poverty programs. The CDA
has approved the application of
the interim committee for the
funds, which are expected shortly,
according to Joseph Newman, a
Jew who was chosen by the plan-

ning committee to be its delegate
to the Council Against Poverty, the
citys' policy-making agency for
poverty programs. The interim
agency board also elected a Has-
idic Jew, Sidney Frankel, as its

He said the Jan. 14 election will
be an all-day affair and that the
planning committee was now seek-
ing 12 sites for the balloting.
There will be four candidates for
each of the six districts into which
the area is dividcd for voting pur-
poses. Each applicant for the board
of the permanent agency must
submit a petition bearing 50 sig-
natures, and 60 candidates have
done so, Newman said. Those
elected on Jan. 14 will serve for
two years and they will probably
include a majority of the mem-
bers of the board of the interim
The 24 permanent board mem-
bers are required under CDA
guidelines to elect an additional
12 members, and it is expected
that the final 36-member board
will probably remain equally di-
vided between Jews and Negroes.
The interim agency operates out
of rented quarters in an apartment
building with a current staff of
five members, including a Negro
office director and two associate
directors, one a Negro and one a
However, the permanent com-
munity corporation will need larg-
er quarters, since a staff of 25 to
30 persons is expected to be need-
ed. Crown Heights Jewish leaders
emphasized the friendly and ef-
fective relations prevailing be
tween the Jewish and Negro com-
munities reflected in the day-to-day
operations of the planning commit-

Five Book Exhibitions
Visitors to Jerusalem in March
will be able to see five exhibitions

on books: The Israel Museum will
be showing an exhibition of some
of the finest publications since the
Newman, an insurance sales- Guttenberg Bible, including the
man who is volunteering his serv- prize winners of the new Inter-
ices to the interim agency, said national bi-annual Israel Museum
that $200,000 of the CDA grant will Art Book Prize. The museum will
be used for poverty projects for also an exhibition of Children's
the Crown Heights Jewish com- Books. The Book Fair will exhibit,
munity and $230,000 for the Negro apart from the books on the Old
community. The remaining $145,000 Testament and the Archaeology of
will be used for °pending funds the country, all those submitted
by the planning committee, includ- for the Art Book contest. A fifth
ing the costs of holding an elec- exhibition will be about the history
tion to choose a 24-member board of printing, which will be at the
for the permanent community cor- International Cultural Center for
The date for the election, orig-

inally Dec. 30, bad been moved
to Jan. 14, Newman said. The
$575,000 grant is for the 12-month
period between Oct. 1, 1968 and
Sept. 30, 1969.

He said 46 anti-poverty projects
for youth, jobless, senior citizens
and other beneficiaries had been
submitted to the planning commit-

tee, which had screened the list
to 14, which were approved and
submitted to the CDA for funding.

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