Levi Eshkol Laid to Rest Alongside Founders of Israel
general of Israel representing of the Weizmann Institute of Sci-
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prim e the official delegations from ary chairman, director and mem- sul
ber of the executive committee, his government; Dr. Joachim ence. Cantor David Kusevitsky
Minister Levi Eshkol was buried abroad.
Prinz, former Presidents' Confer- chanted the El Moleh Rahamin.
last Friday on Mount Herzl. be-
Behind them stood the members
tween the graves of Eliezer Kap- of the diplomatic corps and dele-
gations from every town and vil-
and that of Joseph Sprinzak, the lage, from institutions and organ-
first speaker of the Knesset.
izations, from the army and the
The bier of Israel's third premier police.. David Ben-Gurion did not
State at the Knesset Plaza for a
Maj. Gen. Shlomo Goren, the
full day 300,000
by army chief chaplain, intoned the
verse "A prince and a great man
ft in tribute.
has fallen in Israel." Chief Rabbi
The mourners included many Untermann read a chapter of
leaders, but it was mostly the the Psalms. Ben Zion Sklonik
plain people who came—young of- recited the Kaddish.
flee girls in miniskirts and old
women in long coats, groups of President Shazar briefly describ-
Whispering school children and ed the:prime minister's career, re-
dignified turbaned Sephardic rab- marking t•zii. "the blue veins" of
his, tourists, laborers in overalls, underground water had become a
eassocked priests, Arabs in tradi- vision to — Mr. Eshkol which "gave
tional garb and army officers in wings" to his dreams of mass
Joint Distribution Committee.
In accordance with a rabbinical
decree against mourning during
the Hebrew month of Adar, official
state mourning ended at 5 p.m. of
the funeral day. Israeli radio re-
sumed its broadcasts, and Purim
festivals were not canceled.
Official delegates to the rites
were received by acting Premier
Anon and later were luncheon
guests of Foreign Minister Abba
Eban. They included the Australian
parliamentary speaker, W. J. Ash-
ton, former Canadian Foreign
Minister Paul Martin and many
other members and delegates from
Socialist parties and Jewish com-
munities and organizations.
dress uniform. " settlement.
Yizkor was recited, and the cof-
A few Arabs from East 4eru- fin was lifted by army and police
seem and the occupied areas officials as the major generals ar-
also came. Two of their leaders ranged themselves as an honor
.—Jordan's former defense min- guard. The coffin was placed in an
ister, Anwar Nuseibeb, and Heb- open army command car. Presi-
ron Mayor Sheikh Mohammed
Ali Jasbari—publicly expressed
dent Shazar and the Eshkol family
members entered their cars. All
other participants, including the
Cabinet's ministers, were led to
The procession moved from
Knesset Plaza to Mount Herzl at
a walking pace along roads lined
by hundreds of thousands of
mourners. At the gravesite, Speak-
er Luz delivered another apprecia-
tion and the traditional tearing of
family clothing was done.
The coffin was covered with
Judean marble and then lowered
into the opening. The grave was
filled with 'soil from all parts of
Israel, including Mr. Eshkol's
home kibutz, Degania.
Wreaths were placed around the
fresh grave, including one from
President Nixon, one from the
government and those of
sorrow over Mr. Eshkol's death. France, Romania and Canada and
The burial proceedings began _
many overseas institutions
when leaders headed by Preside
and p 'es. A participant remark-
Shazar and delegations frKra' ed as the mourners departed that
abroad set out for the K . esset "it was a state funeral but still a
Plaza shortly after dawn.
simple traditional Jewish burial."
They included the president of
Chosen by President Nixon as
the Bundesrat, West Germany's his representatives at the fu-
upper house, Prof. Herbert Weich-
neral of Israel Prime Minister
mann; and Robert Finch, the Levi Eshkol were Max M.
American secretary of health,
education and welfare. Six major Fisher; Secretary of Health,
ence chairman; Pinchas Cruso, Amir said he was "the same man
honorary president of the United from his farm-kibutz days until the
Labor Zionist Organization, a long- days of his talks with the United
time personal friend of Mr. Esh- States president."
kol; and Meyer Weisgal, president (Related stories Pages 14, 38)
411100..has a bettor idea
Because they have
In New York, an overflow
crowd jammed the auditorium of
the Jewish Agency building Fri-
day to attend memorial services
for Mr. Eshkol. The memorial
was sponsored by the American
Section of the Jewish Agency for
Israel in cooperation with the
Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organ-
izations and took the form of a
national tribute by American
14240 W. 7 Mile Road at the Lodge X - Way
Dr. Emanuel Neumann, Amer-
ican Section chairman, presided.
The audience was addressed by
Sen. Javits; Rehaveam Amir, con-
'THE JOYS OF YIDDISH
El Fatah Orphans Housed
AMMAN—Fifty-four girls orphan-
ed by the continuing conflict in the
Middle East are being housed at a
Holy Home School founded here by
a Libyan shoe manufacturer. The
girls are children of El Fatah
Baba Yussef, the donor, said he
established the home because the
Fatah was "best" of all revolution-
ary movements. "Fatah stands for
the true revolution; it interferes
with no Arab government."
Friday, March 7, 1969-7
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proached the coffin. sixty officer
Candidates lined up behind them.
A woman officer bore the late
premier's medals and decorations
If. Finch; Assistant Secretary of
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On a blue cushion. Flowers placed her husband, Senator Javits of
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positions — his widow, his four Jewish organizations:
daughters and his brother Ben Zion Rabbi Isadore Breslau of Wash-
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