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August 08, 1969 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-08

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UN Truce Officer's Burial Accompanied by Thant Plea, Israeli Accusation

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
6—Friday, August 8, 1969

"In addition to its responsibility
for the deterioration of the cease-
fire and for deliberate attacks on
UN personnel and installations,
Egypt bears heavy responsibility
for persistent obstruction by armed
attack of Israeli efforts to construct
shelters for the UN military ob-
servers. Israel has expressed its
grief at the death of Major Plane
in the cause of peace. It hopes that
the UAR will abandon its policy of
aggression and will maintain the
ceasefire so that tragic casualties
may be avoided. Israel will con-
tinue to abide scrupulously by its
ceasefire obligations on a basis of
reciprocity," Israel's UN envoy
said.

Jerusalem City Council
Expanded to 31 Members
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The next
Jerusalem Municipal Council will
number 31 members, 10 more than
its current total. The decision to
add the new members was reached
by the ministry of the interior at
the request of Mayor Teddy Kollek.
Interior Minister Haim Moshe
Shapiro told Mayor Kollek that the
expansion of the council accorded
with the increase in the population
of Jerusalem which, with the
Arabs of East Jerusalem, now
totals 275,000.

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (JTA)
—A ceremony was held at United 1
Nations headquarters Tuesday to
pay homage to the memory of Ma-
jor B. Roland Plane, the 37-year-
old Swedish officer who was killed
in the Suez Canal sector July 27 1
while serving as a member of the
UN's Truce Supervision Organiza-
tion.
Maj. Plane, the first fatality sul-:
fered by UN forces in the Suez
Canal zone, was hit by fragments
of an Israeli shell at an observation
post near Port Tewfik. He was bur-
ied in Sweden. Secretary General
U Thant placed a wreath beneath
the plaque which honors UN mili-
tary observers who have lost their
lives in the service of the organi-
zation.
Thant, in a report to the Security
Council. reiterated his past pleas
to the parties to observe the cease
fire. He did not, however, indicate
that he was contemplating asking ;
the council to withdraw the cease-

fire observation mission.
He termed the death of Major
Plane a "dramhtic symptom of
the breakdown of the cease fire"
and warned that this breakdown
threatened not only Middle East
regional and world peace but
risked setting a precedent that
would jeopardize the 20-year-old
UN peace observation operations
which have been in force in the
world.

The report included in great de-
tail the findings of a UN Truce
Supervision Organization investi-
gating board of the circumstances
surrounding the death of Major
Plane, who, it said, had b e e n
struck by shrapnel from an ar-
tillery shell that landed in t h e



street directly outside a window
of his observation post.
The report did not, however,
pl a c e blame on Israel for his
death, though it indicated t h a t
there had been a lull "in Israeli
firing" just before Major Plane
headed toward the window and
that Israeli firing continued after
Israel had been notified of his
death.
Thant said that "during the re-
cent escalation of firing . . . each
of the parties has accused the oth-
er of flouting the decisions of the
Security Council. Without passing
judgment on their respective posi-
tions. I can only note that both
parties, whatever their reasons
may be, have been violating the
ceasefire with the result that the
situation in the Suez Canal sector
has greatly deteriorated and a
United Nations military observer
has died."
In his extensive report the secre-
tary general appealed "once again
the members of the Security Coun-
cil. both individually and collec-
tively, to do all within their power
to influence events in a new and
constructive direction.
i He also said that "the absence
of the implementation" of the Se-
curity Council's resolution of Nov.
22; 1967 "is one of the factors
which tends to increase the inci-
dents of ceasefire violations not

only to the
also in other sectors of the Middle
East."
Israeli Ambassador Yosef Te-
koah said that the Thant report
. "fails to remind the world that the
deterioration of the situation in
I the canal sector has been brought
about by the open disavowal by the

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United Arab Republic of the cease-
fire.
"Egypt's publicly-proclaimed pol-
icy of undermining the ceasefire
and pursuing arm e d attacks
against the Israeli forces is the
cause of the present violence of
which Major Plane was the victim.
"No report on the situation is
adequate if it omits the UAR's re-
sponsibility for the increased ten-
sion along the Suez Canal. We
note that the report does draw at-
tention to the fact that UAR mil-
itary positions are situated in 'the
nearby vicinity' of the observation
post in which Major Plane was
killed.
'‘In fact, Maj. Plane was hit

by fragments of a shell which
exploded short of these UAR po-
sitions. It will be recalled that,
as reported by the secretary gen-
eral in the past, the UAR author.
ities refused to remove their mil-
itary positions from the immedi-
ate proximity of UN observation
posts," the envoy said.

"We also noted that the secretary
general's report indicates that
from June 1 to July 29. 1969, there
were 74 instances of firing at or
near UN posts or personnel by
UAR forces and only 15 such in-
stances of firing by Israeli forces.
"This has been the case despite
the fact that the Israeli forces do
not maintain military positions ad-
jacent to UN observation posts,
while the UAR forces do. As re-
corded by the secretary general on
May 2, 1969 these Egyptian at-
tacks resulted in the wounding of
Capt. George Young of Ireland on
April 22.

Son of Jordanian
Senator Arrested
in Hebron Incident

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The son of
Jordanian senator Hashed el Kha-
tib was one of 30 Arabs arrested in
Hebron following the hurling of a
grenade at a truck, injuring 11
Kibutz members. Many of those
arrested have been released.

A number of noted Hebronites
have indicated that they want to go
to Jordan to discuss with King
Hussein prevention of saboage ac-
tivities which they regard as harm-
ful to Arab populations or towns
and villages on the West Bank.
Hebron Mayor Mouhamed ali
Jaabari met with notables and vil-
lage leaders July 28, reportedy to
discuss the prevention of sabotage
acts. He maintained that Arab pop-
ulations suffer most from these
a cts.
In a related development, three
18-year-old Nablus high school
seniors, all girls, were sentenced to
seven, five- and three-year terms
for planting a bomb last spring in
the Nablus branch of Bank Lemni.

Previously it was disclosed that
the UN had withdrawn some of its
ceasefire observers from the Suez
Canal, leaving only 14 of its 18
posts manned.

A report by Lt. Gen. Odd Bull of
Norway, chief of the UN observer
mission, said the partial withdraw-
al was made "in view of the esca-
lation of firing incidents" and the
"increasing danger" for the 90-95
observers. The report came on the
heels of the death of Maj. Plane.
Gen. Bull said that two of the now
closed posts would be manned
again "as soon as adequate shel-
ters are available."

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In another Nablus court action, a
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months, imprisonment for publish-
ing pamphlets hostile to Israel.
Lawyers in the Samaria district of
the occupied West Bank have ap-
parently ended their more than two
year old strike and have decided
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two months ago.

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