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July 25, 1969 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-07-25

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Six Young Immigrants From Argentina Among 11 Hurt in Hebron

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Officials re-
ported Wednesday that none of the
11 kibutz members who were the
targets of a hand grenade explo-
sion in the market place in Hebron
in the occupied West Bank were
injured seriously. They were flown
to Hadassah Hospital by helicopter
after the blast Tuesday. A number
of suspects have been detained in
Hebron in the search for the young
Arab who threw the grenade into
their passenger truck.
Six of the 11 members are new
immigrants from Argentina, offi-
cials said, clarifying an earlier re-
port that all 11 had emigrated from
that country. The 11 are part of
a group of 20 young men and wo-
men, between 14 and 18, most of
whom are members of the Lamber-
hav Pioneer Movement. They are
staying one year at Neot Morde-
cai in Upper Galilee and later will
join a unit of Nahal, the para-mili-
tary program combining agricul-
tural and security functions in new
border settlements.
The Argentine newcomers were
touring Israel with a group of
kibutz members and were just end-
ing their visit to Hebron when the
grenade hit their vehicle.
Officials also reported that not
a single Arab came to the aid :of
the victims from the hundreds
filling the market square when
the grenade detonated. Instead,
they closed their shops and dis-
appeared in alleys, just as the
young Arab suspect had done.
Seven Nahal soldiers, includ-
ing two girls, were injured Tues-
day when several bazooka shells
exploded in their settlement in

Kibutz Hanita Again
Pays Price of Freedom

HANITA (JTA) — This kibutz
near the Lebanese border, attack-
ed by Arab hordes on its first day
of existence and long the symbol
of heroism against great odds,
Monday buried one of its mem-
bers. Capt. Ehud Ram. who was
killed in the Israeli raid on Egyp-
tian-held Green Island. just south
of the Suez Canal.
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan,
attending the funeral, said: "We
join you, parents of sons lost in
battle, we join you in your be-
reavement. We are here together
in mourning, together with all our
hearts and souls."
Capt. Ram. he said, "represents
a legend, which became' reality.
reality of independence, homeland,
Jerusalem, mountains and deserts,
waters, trees and flowers. But it
is also a reality of blood, battles.
funerals; bullet-pocked bodies re-
turned to us on stretchers at dawn.
"All that is left for us to do
is embrace them with our in-
describable love and with knowl-
edge that nothing is dearer or
more beautiful to us than they."
Established in the late 1930s dur-
ing the height of Arab disturbances,
Hanita was attacked the night of
its establishment by hundreds of
Arabs. The defenders repulsed the
attack and the two bodies of its
defenders were buried in the new
"We thought that we had paid
the dearest price so that our chil-
dren could live in peace and work
the land," one Hanita elder said.
"However this hope did not ma-
terialize. Our children are paying
the price themselves."

the Sinai Peninsula, east of Kan-
They were members of Nahal
Yam, a fishing settlement—Is- ,
rael's first—on a lagoon on the
An investigation revealed that
several bazookas had been set up
to be fired in the direction of the
pioneer settlement. Unified shells
were dismantled. Nahal Yam had
escaped attack previously.
Artillery duels broke out anew
Monday along the Suez Canal
following a four-hour ground and
air battle Sunday that saw
the first Israeli air attack on
Egyptian ground installations in
nearly two years. An artillery
and tank battle near the Bitter
Lakes, Firdan Bridge spanning
the canal and north of Kantara
injured two Israelis, according
to a military spokesman.
Egyptian authorities invit e d
newsmen to see remnants of 19
Israeli planes which they claimed
were shot down in Sunday's fight-
ing near Port Suez but canceled the
tour at the last minute. claiming
that the area was under heavy
heavy shelling. An Israeli spokes-
shelling in that area Tuesday.
A military spokesman said that
Israel bombed and strafed Egyp-
tian ground-to-air missile bases,
anti-aircraft positions and artillery
installations between Port Said
and Kantara. The Israeli Air
Force was reported to have lost
two jets, but the pilots bailed out
safely into Israeli-occupied Sinai.
Israel said Egypt lost five jets—
two Sukhoi-7s. two MIG-17s and
MIG-21s—all of which were said
to have crashed in Egypt. Cairo
Radio claimed that its pilots and
anti-aircraft artillery downed 19
Israeli planes and that Egyptian
aircraft struck a tank column,
three radar installations, artillery
emplacements. an ammunition
dump and a Hawk missile site in
the Israeli-occupied Sinai. Egypt
reported one plane lost.
An Israeli military spokesman
said that the attack was the cost-
liest since military operations of
this nature began last year. He re-
jected Egyptian claims that 30 Is-
raelis were killed and a Mirage
jet was shot down in the raid on
the artificial island fortress con-
structed atop a submerged rock in
shallow waters, some two miles
south of Port Tewfik. The fortified
base safeguarded the southern en-
trance to the 100-mile-long canal.
It has long buildings and a wide
courtyard and housed radar-con-
trolled anti-aircraft guns and other
weapons. Egyptian artillery con-
tinued pounding the island during
and after the raid, an army
spokesman said.
The clashes came after "850
violations of the ceasefire by
the Egyptian forces" across the
, canal, said Kol Israel, Israel's
national radio. It accused Egypt
of staging at least 10 commando
raids and 50 mining incidents.
Another spokesman said that Is-
raeli jets attacked Egyptian po-
sitions because of Cairo's "total
disregard" of the 1967 cease fire
agreement. Dr. Mohammed H.
el-Zayyat, the Egyptian govern-
ment spokesman who will soon be
ambassador to the United Nations,
termed Israel's air raid "vindic-
tive operations against civilian as
well as military targets and very
serious escalation, escalation to-
ward what I don't know."
President Gamal Abdel Nasser
of Egypt was reported Monday to

Mrs. Meir to Visit Nixon Sept. 25

Premier's office Tuesday confirm-
ed the White House announcement
that Mrs. Golda Meir will visit
Washington Sept. 25-26 as Presi-
dent Richard Id. Nixon's guest.
"It seems obvious that one of
the major subjects to be discussed
in Washington will be the strength-

30 Friday, July 25, 1969

ening of Israel's power so it can
balance the influx of Russian
arms to Egypt and other Arab
states," a kell-placed diplomatic
source said.
Mrs. Meir will spend three days
in New York meeting with Jewish
community leaders. The visit to
the United States will be her first
as premier.

have conferred with his top mili-
tary officials. The clashes Sun-
day were the most violent since
last March 8 when Egyptians in-
tensified their military action
along the canal, action that has
continued daily together with
threats and open statements of
belligerence, an Israeli official
noted. He said the latest measures
were designed to prevent further
(In a speech at Cairo University
Wednesday, Nasser said the Arab
world now had the military strength
to fight Israel and regain land oc-
cupied in the Six-Day War. He
accused the United States of in-
creasing arms shipments to Israel
in an attempt to force an Arab
("It is not only our right, but our
duty to fight to regain the occupied
land and evict the Israeli forces,"
Nasser said in his speech marking
the 17th anniversary of the over-
throw of King Farouk.
(He listed Jerusalem first as the
occupied territory to be regained.
Then, he said, Egypt would take the
West Bank, Golan Heights and
Gaza. The Arab plan was to wear
down Israel. "We are prepared for
a long battle," he said.
(Nasser "defined" the meaning
of a cease fire: "It means that we
are implemeting Israel's policy and
the policy of the United States
which supports Israel in order to
usurp parts of Arab land. There-
fore, we have to fight." he said.)
Egyptian forces lobbed mortar
shells at Red Cross and United
Nations personnel to frustrate
attempts to return the bodies of
three Egyptian soldiers killed
several wet ks ago during a com-
mando raid on Israeli positions
on the east bank of the Suez
Canal. Israeli forces returned
the fire, but recovery of the
bodies had to be abandoned.
The return was to have taken
place two weeks ago at Kantara
under Red Cross supervision. But
Egyptian gunners fired on the ap-
proaches to the town making it
impossible. Egypt afterwards ac-
cused Israel of "inhuman behav-
ior" for allowing the bodies to
"moulder" on the sun-baked
shores of the waterway. Israeli
officials noted that it was Egypt's
aggressive action that prevented
the removal of the dead soldiers.

Fire Ruins Rabbi's
Many Valued Records

A fire, apparently set by arsonists,
gutted the rabbi's study at Temple
Adath Yeshurun here and destroyed
valuable records and other docu-
ments including all copies of the
manuscript of a book the rabbi
was writing, the Boston Jewish Ad-
vocate reports. But Rabbi Samuel
Umen hesitated to attribute the act
to anti-Semitism. He noted that
there had been similar attacks re-
cently on buildings of other reli-
gious denominations. "Anti-Semit-
ism just isn't something you charge
without real concrete indications —
I really hope my fears are un-
grounded," he said.
Adath Yeshurun, one of two
synagogues in this town, was not
the only Jewish target. Four
months ago an attempt was made
to set fire to the Jewish Commun-
ity Center across the street from
the temple. According to Raymond
M. Kalman, director of the Center
which serves Manchester's 500 Jew-
ish families, vandals spread chemi-
cats in the building ' s hallway last
I February but they failed to ignite.

New Tree-Planting Center

JERUSALEM — A tree-planting
center for tourists was recently
dedicated in the Jerusalem Peace
Forest, situated in the former de-
militarized zone of the "high com-
missioner's palace." Minister of
Tourism and Development Moshe
Kol called the forest "a contribu-
tion to our efforts for peace in this
beautiful and holy city once torn

Today's events bore out the Israeli
An Arab saboteur was killed in
an encounter with Israeli units in
the Jordan Valley after his com-
rades retreated across the river.
A military spokesman said that a
Russian-made Kalachnikof rifle
was found on the body.
A military tribunal in Nablus
has sentenced an El Fatah mem-
ber, convicted of participating
in a clash with an Israeli army
patrol that left one soldier and
two officers dead, to life im-
Sentenced was Yussef Sayid
Abed Mustaffa, 22, a resident of
Kuwait, who was one of nine El
Fatah members in the incident.
Seven of the saboteurs were killed
and the other escaped.
The defendant refused a court-
appointed lawyer and stated he
was a freedom fighter and had

asked to be permitted to take up
arms to "liberate" his homeland.
He was born in a village near
Nablus on the West Bank.
The saboteurs had crossed the
Jordan River reportedly under the
eye of El Fatah leader Yassir
Arafat, and was encircled by an
Israeli unit the next day. Hiding
in a cave, they placed an Arab
woman with a baby at its en-
trance, and when the woman told
Israeli soldiers she had not seen
any strangers, they opened fire,
killing the three.


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