Arab Commando Activities increase;
Jordan Hit in Air Force Operations
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An in-
crease in activity by Arab com-
mando forces along the Jordan
River has been accompanied by
a visibly increased degree of co-
operation between regular Jordan-
ian forces and Arab terrorists,
Israeli military sources said. This
cooperation has not only been
tactical but also operational, as
was evidenced in an attack on a
fortified Israeli position Saturday
morning when Jordanian Army ar-
tillery provided a "softening-up"
barrage for the guerrillas prior to
their attack, and later covering
fire for their retreat. In some
cases, Jordanian units went into
action but the guerrillas failed to
Israeli air force jets went into
action Monday afternoon, attack-
ing the Jordanian positions from
which mortar and tank fire con-
tinued to be directed against Israeli
patrols in the area of the Allenby
and Abdullah bridges. There were
ro Israeli casualties. A Jordanian
communique charged that the
Israeli planes had attacked the
villages of Karameh and Kurei-
mah, killing one civilian and
wounding five others.
caused no damage and no casual-
ties. A supply of mortar shells,
a bazooka and bazooka shells and
a quantity of mines were also
found abandoned by the guerrillas.
Arab guerrillas, striking from
Syrian and Jordanian bases, tried
to storm two fixed Israeli positions
during the weekend for the first
time since the Six-Day War and
were repulsed in sharp clashes in
which 15 of the marauders were
killed. One Israeli defender was
slain in the attacks and a second
was killed in all-day Jordanian
shelling apparently intended to
soften one of the target positions
for the assault, a military spokes-
man reported. Guerrillas have
struck against Israeli patrols but
no fixed positions in the past.
The first assault was aimed at a
position guarding the Elal settle-
ment in the southern Golan
Heights. The Israelis were alert
and opened fire immediately.
Three attackers were killed, and
the rest of the band retreated,
leaving behind Kalatchnikof rifles,
hand grenades, explosives and anti-
vehicle mines. That assault took
place at midnight Friday. About
two hours later, an Israeli lookout
at an outpost about four miles
south of the Damiyah bridge on
the Jordan River heard suspicious
noises outside the position. Man-
ning his machinegun, he opened
fire and immediately heard cries
of persons being hit. He continued
to shoot until the gun's magazine
was empty and only then did he
An increase in hostile activity
along the Jordanian cease-fire
line and in the number of at-
tempts at deep penetration into
Israel coincided with the May
15 anniversary of the proclama-
tion of the State of Israel. From
April 19 to May 19, military
sources reported, there were 28
terrorist attempts to cross into realize that he had stopped almost
Israel. Sixty-five saboteurs were single-handedly an attempt to over-
run the outpost.
killed in these attempts.
Jordanian forces opened fire
The gunner, David Vardi, 35, a
against Israeli patrols Sunday Tel Aviv bank clerk, is a member
night and again Monday morning of the reserve unit holding the
in the area just north of the Dead position. He was near Meir Segal,
Sea, below the Allenby Bridge. a 32-year-old medical orderly who
There were no Israeli casualties. was fatally injured in the previous
Kallia, at the northern tip of the day's shelling. Segal did not lose
Dead Sea, was the target of shell- consciousness after he was hit and
ing last night.
instructed other soldiers on treat-
Israeli pa tr.ols combing the ing him but he died 15 minutes
Arava area, south of the Dead Sea, later. After Vardi's action, other
where a guerrilla band was routed defenders fired flares which en-
Sunday, found that the guerrillas abled the outpost to attack the
had set up two 82 mm. mortars marauders, who left 12 dead be-
with which to shell the settlement hind. Bloodstains were found later,
of Hatzeva. The guerrillas got two indicating that some of the sur-
rounds off before an Israeli patrol viving guerrillas had been hit.
put them to flight, but the shells
The raiders were divided into an
assault unit and two other units,
assigned to provide cover for
Nat'l Foundation to prevent
Israeli reinforcement of
prevent Israeli reinforcemen of
for Jewish Culture to
the target position. The Jordanian
not only tried to soften up
Awards 28 Grants army
the position in the all-day shelling
NEW YORK — The history of Friday but also later shelled the
Jewish communities and move- Israeli position to provide cover
ments in Jewish life are nine of for the retreating attackers. Gen.
the 28 scholarly projects for which Moshe Dayan, Chief of Staff
the National Foundation for Jew- Chaim Bar-Lev and Gen. Rehavam
ish Culture has awarded grants Zeevi visited the post and ex-
pressed their satisfaction that a
Rabbi Daniel Jeremy Silver, reserve unit, comprised of men all
president of the foundation, in an- over 30 years of age, had per-
nouncing the awards, explained formed so effectively against an
that the grants fall into two group- organized attack.
ings: scholarships and fellowships
A potash plant on the Dead
to graduate students completing Sea near Sodom was the target
their work for the doctorate in Monday night of a Katyusba
some phase of Jewish studies; and rocket attack apparently by Arab
grants-in-aid to established schol- guerrillas. It escaped damage,
ars for significant research and and there were no Israeli in-
publication in Judaica.
The history projects for which
The attack followed Israeli air
grants were approved deal with force operations against Jordanian
such subjects as: the Jewish com- positions near the Allenby and Ab-
munity of Caesarea (Palestine) dullah Bridges. Jordanian shells
under Roman Rule; three research damaged an agricultural school in
studies on the Jewish community the area which is attended by Arab
of France (medieval Normandy, boys. Houses and sheds were dam-
mid-19th Century and the 1930s); aged, but the pupils in shelters
the Jewish community of Janina provided by the Israeli government
(Greece); the Khazars; the stu- were not injured.
dent Zionist movement in Prague,
The school, run by the Arab De-
1904-1919; and the effect of Jewish velopment Society's Boys Town, is
opposition to the Jewish Legion on owned by Moussa Alami, a former
the development of the World Palestinian nationalist leader who
has lived in Amman, London and
Martin Buber's philosophy and the United States since the Six-Day
influence is the subject of three War. The institution's manager
pre-do c t or al dissertations. Two told reporters that, contrary to
pre-doctoral students in the field of Jordanian allegations, no Israeli
sociology are conducting research military positions have been set
on the changing forms of Ameri- up near the school, which is close
to Jericho and about five miles
can Jewish identity.
from the Jordan River.
The school, with 130 pupils, most
of them orphans, and 350 staff
members and laborers, came under
heavy Jordanian shelling Sunday
and Monday. Damage was esti-
mated at $100,000.
Syrians Turning to Peking
for Arms, Technicians?
LONDON (JTA) — Arrival of a
THE DETROIT JEWISH WEVIS
12—Friday, May 23, 1969
Resignation From Knesset
Th e fused to accept Sardinas' explana.
resignation of Deputy Knesset tion that the public office he held
Speaker Moshe Sardinas has been forced him to neglect the business
requested by the moshav (small side of his farm.
holders) movement which he rep-
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resents in Israel's parliament
A committee of the faction al-
leged that Sardinas has used his
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position to obtain loans and credit
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totaling $25,000 for his family's
farm at Moshav Geva Carmel.
The committee emphasized that
it has found no evidence of fraud
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or breach of trust. However, it re-
Syrian military delegation in Pe-
king was reported here from the
New China News Agency against
a background of unconfirmed re-
ports from East European sources
that the Syrians may try to get
rockets and maintenance techni-
cians from Communist China. Ac-
cording to the Communist news
agency report, the Syrians were
greeted with pledges of "firm
support for the just struggle of
the Arab people against United
States Israeli aggressiod."
The Syrians. led by Syria's first
deputy defense Minister. Maj. Gen.
Moustapha Tiass, were reported to
have been invited by Chinese army
leaders. Most of the major weap-
ons with which Syrian forces are
equipped have come from the
Soviet Union. A Beirut report said
that Syria was turning to China.
Russia's arch-rival, because of
Soviet unwillingness to provide
new arms and demands by France
for cash payment for arms.
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