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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-01

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Jordanian, Syrian Positions Bombed; Casualties Mount in Air War

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli war-
planes bombed guerrilla bases in
the foothills of Mt. Hermon on the
Syrian-Lebanese border Wednes-
day for the first time in a 15-min-
ute strike from which all planes
returned safely to base.
The area has been the scene
of increased forays by guerrillas
which have brought injuries to
three Israeli soldiers and four ci-
vilians, officials said. A series of
mining incidents, mortar shelling
and clashes with patrols culmin-
ated in a battle in which four sab-
oteurs were killed.
At the same time, officials re-
ported a 24-hour lull in activities
along the Suez Canal which for
weeks has been the scene. of re-
peated air and artillery attacks
by Egyptians and responses by
Israel which has cost Egypt the
loss or more than 30 Soviet-made
fighters and bombers.
In other incidents, an Israeli
army vehicle detonated a mine in
the southern- Golan Heights, but
no casualties occurred. Some 20
mortar shells were fired Tuesday
night at the Masada and Shaar Ha_
golan settlements in the northern
Beisan Valley. The fire was re-
turned, and no Israeli casualties
were reported. A number of ba-
zooka shells were fired at mid-
night at a Nahal settlement near
the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line.
Again no Israeli casualties oc-
curred.

Political sources, evaluating
the quiet on the Suez Canal line,
suggested that the Egyptians
might be preparing a major
blow, possibly a naval attack on
northern Sinai positions. Another
speculation, however, was that
the Egyptians may have re-
viewed their attack policy in
the area and decided to reduce
military action in view of the
damages and casualties suffered
from Israeli air and ground
blows.
In a related development, politi-

cal experts in Jerusalem noted
with satisfaction that while United
States officials have expressed
concern over the rising pace of
Suez Canal clashes, they had not

asked Israel for restraint.
The experts suggested that the
U.S. may have decided that ac-
tions by Israel have been taXen in
response to the Egyptian !policy
of military thrusts in continuous
violation of the cease-fire agree-
ment. It was indicated that the

Suez Canal situation was discussed
at a meeting between Ambassador
Uzbek Rabin and Elliott Rich-

W. German Vandals
Deface Memorials

BONN (JTA)—Unknown vandals
smeared swastikas on two memor-
ials to the anti-Nazi resistance
movement July 20 as West Ger-
many marked the 25th anniversary
of the thwarted assassination at-
tempt against Adolf Hitler.
In West Berlin, the vandals paint-
ed 15 large Nazi emblems in red-
dish-brown paint on the walls, door
and floor of the former Ploetzensee
Prison site. In Wuppertal. red paint
was splashed on a monument to
Nazi victims.
Many resistance fighters were
executed in Ploetzensee during the
war. In 1952 a memorial was built
on the site. On the wall of the
former execution room, the vandals
painted the words: "Away with the
Galinskis." Heinz Galinski is the

leader of the West Berlin Je!.Vish
community.
On the walls around the memor-
ial courtyard the intruders painted
in white letters the words: "And I
passed on the orddr to burn out,
down to the raw flesh, the cancers
our internal poisonous political
propaganda and the venom from
abroad." President Gustav Heine-
mann deplored the vandalism, de-
claring, "This attack affects all of
us. It warns us."

a

20 Friday, August 1, 1969



ardson, acting Secretary of State
in Washington.
Israeli jets Monday attacked
Egyptian positions on the west
bank of the Snez Canal for the
sixth time since July 20 and all
returned safely to base, a military
spokesman said. On Israel's east-
ern front, its jets attacked Jor-
danian targets Monday, the sec-
ond such assault in four days.
without sustaining any losses, the
spokesman said.
The 45-minute bombing and
strafmg run against the Egyptians
came on the heels of a Cairo
Radio claim that :srael was mov-
ing a large number of planes into
the occupied Sinai.
Egyptians are taking advan-
tage of nightfall to rebuild

their destroyed and damaged
positions. Israeli troops strung
out in the Bar-Lev line of forti-
fications at the canal report the
sound of heavy equipment being
used under cover of darkness.
In a related development, Pre-
mier Golda Meir said after a

cabinet meeting Sunday that
"any escalation in the canal
area has been caused purely
through Egyptian initiative" and
that "all military operations re-
cently undertaken by Israel
along the canal were solely the
outcome of consideration for an
effective response to Egyptian
agression."
Amman Radio asserted that Sun.
day's attack in Jordan was di-
rected at Irbid and that three sol-

diers, including a major, were
killed. in addition to 12 who were
wounded. In other military action,
an Israeli soldier was killed and
two wounded in an Arab com-
mando ambush on the occupied
Golan Heights. Two commandos
were killed and several others
were believed wounded.
Two Israeli soldiers who were
wounded in Egyptian attacks on
Sinai positions died Sunday. One
was injured last Friday by Egyp-
tian shelling at Port Tewfik; the

other was injured in an air raid
Sunday. A military spokesman
said that Egyptian planes swept
over the coastal strip near Port
Fuad Sunday in an attack that
lasted five minutes. Seven sol-
diers were wounded. Israeli posi-
tions were struck by rockets -be-
fore Israeli interceptors could
reach the area and before anti-
aircraft fire could be used effec-
tively.
Israel warplanes delivered a
90-minute assault against Egyp-
tian artillery emplacements last
Saturday, directing their bombs
between Kantara and the areas
around Port Tewfik and Ismalia.
A day earlier, Israeli jet s
bombed and strafed artillery po-
sitions between Kantara and
Port Said, a military spokesman
said.

All planes returned safely to
base in operations, a military com-
munique said. Egypt claimed it
shot down a total of six planes,
allegedly bringing to 34 the num-
ber of Israeli aircraft downed in
the last month. Israel reports only
two were lost in action earlier
last week when its jets began
bombing Egyptian positions at the
canal for the first time since the
1967 war.
Egypt has lost 12 fighters and
bombers and has suffered heavy
losses in casualties and equip-
'tent, Israel reports. Israel re-
ported seven injuries and two
deaths of soldiers as a result of
battles on the ground last week-
end. Egyptian fighter planes went
aloft last Saturday but did not
engage Israeli aircraft, a military
spokesman said here.
In other action earlier, Israeli
jets conducted air strikes against

Jordanian army positions. Arab
guerrillas blew up a power line
at the Nahal Oz settlement which
carried electricity to Gaza City.
Israeli and Jordanian forces
fought a tank and machine-gun
battle south of the Sea of Galilee.
A number of Katyusha rockets

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Were fired at the Yardena settle-
ment in the Beisan Valley, slightly
injuring a girl. Fire from a recoil-
less rifle was opened from a Sy-
rian position against Israelis on
the Golan Heights. There were
no Israeli casualties reported.

An Arab saboteur was killed in
a clash with an Israeli unit near
Umm Sidra pass on the Jordan
River. There were no casualties
among the Israeli troops. A trac-
tor driver was injured slightly
when his tractor hit a mine
near Neve Urr in the Beisan
Valley. Officials also reported
that a small bomb exploded
Sunday in the Jezreel Valley
near a small airstrip used for
farm-spraying planes. The bomb
was hidden near the offices of
the company which operates the
planes. The blast caused neither
damages nor casualties.
A military spokesman reports

that the new "active defense"
along the canal has generated a
number of problems for the Egyp-
tian forces, among them growing
desertions by soldiers. The latest
Egyptian air attack was seen as
a morale-boosting measure.
Lt. Gen. Haim Bar-Lev, the
army chief of staff, said in an in-
terview on the army radio station

that the new tactics were aimed
at teaching the Egyptians that
they were far from ready for war
and to increase pressure on them
in order to bring about a reduc-

tion in tension. Last week's mili-

tary operations, he said, were de-
signed to show the Egyptians

that "their activity was costing
them dearly and would continue
to cost them dearly." Despite the
shooting down of two Israeli air-
craft, there has been no improve.
ment in the Egyptian Air Force,
Gen. Bar-Lev said.

The Egyptian pilot of one
downed bomber last week bailed
out into Israeli territory and be-
came and Israeli captive. The
clash duplicated one at the start
of the week. Israeli planes went
out in force to pound Egyptian
artillery and missile positions
used in repeated violations of the
cease-fire. The Israeli air attacks
cost the Egyptians many missile
bases and artillery and mortar
positions.

The initial Egyptian air at-
tack followed by 24 hours a belli-
cose speech by Egyptian Presi-
dent Nasser declaring that the
cease-fire was null and void and
asserting Egypt's military
strength had been re-built to a

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Bazooka Provides Air Conditioning in Sinai Desert

Tucker Acclaimed at Meadow Brook

point at which Egypt was ready
for war to liberate the occupied
areas and that "we will fight."

Israel's Foreign Minister Abba
Eban said the Nasser statements
had to be taken at face value and
that in effect they confirmed what
has been the Egyptian war policy

since the 1967 Six-Day War. Eban
cited a remark by Nasser that
some Egyptians were victims of
"Zionist propaganda" who wanted
peace with Israel. Eban called this
remark one of "utmost impor-
tance" as indicating that not all
Egyptians supported Nasser's
"war-influenced" policies.
A foreign ministry spokesman

told a press conference last week-
end that Israel's position on ob-
servance of the Suez Canal cease-

fire was based on full compliance
by both sides with the cease-fire

in its entirety and added that the
deterioration along that sector was
the result of Egypt's policy of re-
jecting the cease-fire—both de jure

and de facto.

He added that there was still a
possibility of avoiding further ag-
gravation of the situation if Egypt
would adhere unconditionally to
the agreemelit in line with its corn.
mitments of June 1967, when the
Security Council ordered the cease-

Friday, August 1, 1969-21

An Israeli soldier pops his head through a hole in the roof of his but on the Sinai Peninsula

after a hit by a bazooka fired by Arab guerrillas.

fire.
Premier Golda Meir said in a
speech that President Nasser was

afraid to tell his people the truth
and instead of reporting Egypt's
drawbacks, he was "feeding them
lies" and inciting them to war.
Israel experts indicated a be-

lief that Nasser was again a vic-
tim of misinformation given him
by his field commanders as to
Egypt's readiness for major
combat and that he might again
be a prisoner of his public state-
ments which could bring him to
a point of no return where once

again he would have to face the
reality of Israel's milit a r y
power.
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan
agreed that the Nasser speech
and threats should be taken at
face value but insisted a new
war was unlikely. Minister-With-

out-Portfolio Menahem Begen said

the Nasser declaration meant that
the Egyptian armed forces had
been "given a free hand" to at-
tack Israel.
Israeli authorities disclosed that
great care was taken during
bombing strikes across the canal

to avoid bombing Sovie' ships or
personnel. The target area in-

cluded a sector just below Port
Said, a seaport where Russian
warships are based. An Israeli
spokesman said no hits were
scored on Russian warships be-
c ause Israel avoided bombing the
dock areas. There were no indi-
cations that Soviet personnel were
hit.
However, Israelis said they
could not be certain whether Rus-
sian technicians and instructors
based at ground missile sites were
killed.

Giuseppe Verdi's "Il Trovatore,"
concertized Wednesday for a vast
audience at Meadow Brook, pre-
sented by 0 a k l a n d University
School of Performing Arts, brougnt
Richard Tucker, the eminent Metro-
politan Opera star, standing ova-
tions and was another triumph for
the Meadow Brook Summer School
of Music.
The Meadow Brook Orchestra,
under the skilled direction of James
Levine, musical director at the
Oakland University music school
for the past two years, and a splen-
didly trained choir directed by
Robert Sadin, shared honors that
were well earned during an eve-
ning's performance that set high
standards for the local effort.
Tucker was flawless as Man-
rico. Guest members of the "II
Trovatore" cast included the
noted Metropolitan star Gabriella
Tucci, the equally well known
Cornell MacNeil and Fedora Bar-
bieri; the Detroiter, Ara Herber-
ian, who has risen to stardom:
Mary Moore, Richard Veale and
John Seabury.

Tucker dominated as the great
tenor, as the master interpreter of
a major role, as the possessor of a
voice that remains unmatched for
brilliance.

RICHARD TUCKER

Levine's directorial skill has won
for him and for the musicians he
directs wide recognition as a con-
ductor who is emerging among the
top men in his field.

Agnon's Condition Better

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The condi-
tion of Nobel Laureate S. Y. Agnon,
who was hospitalized earlier this
month, was reported by hospital
officials to be improving steadily.
The 80-year-old author for a time
suffered partial paralysis. He is
now receiving physiotherapy.

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