18—Friday, May 23, 1969
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Bonn Ministers Brandt, Ehmke Pledge
to Fie-lit Efforts to Keep Statute
Dr. Joachim Prinz of New-
NEW YORK (JTA) — Kurt
of New York, an Amer- ark, N.J., chairman of the
ican authority on German affairs, AlCongress' commission on in-
released letters he had received ternational affairs, said in a
cable to Bonn that "political bar-
from West German Foreign Min-
ister Willy Brandt and Justice ter of the principle that Nazi
Minister Horst Ehmke pledging to war criminals must be held ac-
resist efforts to alter the cabinet's countable affronts every canon
decision to abolish the statute of of public decency." Dr. Prinz
limitations on genocide and mur- cited reports from West Ger-
many that members of the CDU
Brandt said in his letter that and the CSU would seek legisla-
tion in the Bundestag differenti-
"desk murderers would escape
prosecution for their deeds" an- acing between major - war crim-
and those who allegedly
der the measure .
only followed orders.
The latter group would no long-
er be liable to prosecution if the
statute of limitations is amended.
Dr. Prinz said that under present
German law "persons guilty of les-
ser war crimes are already pro-
tected against prosecution."
Dr. Prinz, a former rabbi of
Berlin expelled by Hitler from
Nazi Germany, declared in his
message to Chancellor Kiesinger,
"The world simply cannot be ex-
pected to sit back indifferently
and allow those who carried out
Egypt Returns Body of Israeli Officer Killed in Suez
Lt. Ben Yona's body was found flippers, submachine gun, hand
floating in the canal by the Egyp- grenades, signal flares and walkic
tians, who claimed he was part of talkie said to have been found with
a team of Israeli commandos at- the body. An Israeli spokesman
tempting to cross the canal into denied the charges. Lt. Ben Yona
was buried Wednesday at Kibutz
An Israeli army spokesman said Yehiam in western Galilee.
that Lt. Ben Yona had been killed
by Egyptian gunfire during an in-
No man is a hypocrite in his
Civil Aviation Body to Deal cident eight days ago and had pleasures.—Samuel
TEL AVIV — The remains of
2nd Lt. Chaim Ben Yona, a 21-
year-old officer in the Israeli army
killed May 14 in the Suez Canal,
were returned by Egypt to Israeli
authorities Tuesday through Red
fallen into the water.
According to Cairo reports,
three Israeli rubber assault
boats attempted to infiltrate
Egyptian positions south of Port
Said. Gunfire was reported to
have sunk one of the boats and
its occupants and forced the
and procedures to protect interna-
other two to turn back.
tional civil aviation against unlaw-
With Aircraft Security
MONTREAL (JTA)—The coun-
cil of the International Civil Avia-
tion Organization (ICAO) has set
up a special, 11-member commit-
tee from among the 27 council
members to consider measures
ful seizure of aircraft, sabotage
or armed attack against air trans-
port and ground facilities used in
international civilian air transport.
The Cairo press, which reported
that the officer was wearing frog-
man flippers, claimed its discovery
The committee has been em-
powered to deal only with future
problems and not with "any
previous incident." It will deal
"only with the aeronautical
aspects of cases involving unlaw-
ful interference and shall re-
frain from considering any case
tures of the body as well as the
A representative of Lebanon will
serve on the special committee.
proved the "falsehood of Israeli
Cairo newspapers printed pic-
which may involve matters of a
political nature of controversy
between two or more nations."
The committee is authorized to
The editorial appeared in the
Chicago Daily Defender here
and in other newspapers in Pitts-
burgh and Memphis published
by John H. Seagstacke. It de-
scribed Israeli aid to young Af-
rican students receiving training
in Israeli institutions and Israel's
"mutually profitable" trade
agreements with a number of
new African countries. "The Is-
raelis," the editorial declared,
"have done and are doing much
to help Africa attain its des-
The editorial concluded with the
declaration that "it is because of
its deep and broad sense of hu-
man identity and its moral right
to exist as a sovereign state that
we wish eternal life and well-being
to the great state of Israel on its
B-G Insists He Didn't Wed
Paula Under a Canopy
TEL AVIV (ZINS) — In a letter
to writer Sylvi Keshet, former
Premier David Ben-Gurion repud-
iated a description by Miss Keshet
in her book, depicting Ben-Gur-
ion's wedding to his late wife
Paula, as having taken place under
a canopy, in accordance with the
Ben-Gurion stressed that the
wedding took place in the munici-
pal building in a civil ceremony.
He concluded his letter: "At that
time I had a friend in New York,
Rabbi Michelson, who had asked
me to bring Paula, so that he
would perform the ceremony un-
der a canopy, but I had refused
to do s0."
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Black Newspapers Hail
Israel on 21st Year
CHICAGO (JTA)—A leading
group of American Negro news-
papers, in a 21st anniversary sal-
ute to the state of Israel, declared
editorially that "Black people of
the world owe a greeat debt of
gratitude to the state of Israel for
the unflagging assistance given to
the newly independent African na-
Hitler's brutal programs 30 years
ago to escape trial and account-
ability because of the growing in- invite the advice and recommenda-
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) fluence of those who would today tions of ICAO member states on
and its sister party in Bavaria. reintroduce those same Nazi doc- "nonpolitical aspects" of cases.
the Christian Social Union (CSU). trines into German public life."
the announcement pointed out. and
Ehmke's letter also cited the Meanwhile, the West German through the states, from airlines.
"danger" that "organizers of mur- Federal Republic has subscribed airport authorities and other pos-
der programs . . . will benefit" to the International Convention on sible sources of information.
from any legislation seeking to the Elimination of All Forms of
In view of its terms of reference.
distinguish between active and Racial Discrimination and has de- the ICAO committee will not deal
passive war criminals.
posited its instrument of ratifica- with the complaints Israel made
The American Jewish Congress tion with the United Nations. West to the ICAO following the hijack-
called on West German Chancel- Germany became the 36th state to ing of an El Al airliner to Algeria
lor Kurt George Kiesinger to re- ratify the convention which en- and the attacks on El Al planes at
ject ;pressures by "neo-Nazi and tered into force last Jan. 4.
Athens and Zurich.
other' right wiffrellements" aimed
at watering down the Cabinet de-
cision to press for abolition of the
statute of limitations, which is due
to take effect Dec. 31.
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