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August 29, 1969 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-29

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14—Friday, August 29, 1969

State Dept. Condemns Iraqi 'Blood Bath' l 'All Issues Open Except Jerusalem, Refugee's

tary of State William P. Rogers
called Monday for an end to the
mass executions of Iraqi citizens
allegedly spying for the United
States and Israel.
Rogers deplored the executions
at dawn Monday of 15 Iraquis, in-
cluding two Christian and two
Jews, in Baghdad. According to
Iraqi radio, six of the condemned
were military men and were shot
by a firing squad.
The nine others were hanged in
the central prison. All had been -
accused as espionage agents for
Israel and the U.S. Central Intel-
ligence Agency (CIA). Baghdad
'radio made no mention of a trial.
saying merely that the accused had
been convicted..
Rogers' statement, read by
State Department spokesman
Robert J. McCloskey, said "the
current blood bath in Iraq is a
matter of serious concern to
people everywhere. We hope
this will be recognized and serve
to bring an end to the series of
executions in Iraq."
At the United Nations . Monday.
Secretary-General U Thant dis-
closed that he had intervened in a
last-minute attempt to influence
the Iraqi government to delay
the executions. He said he asked
the Iraqi representative at the UN
Sunday night "to convey to his
government my serious concern
about the international repercus-
sions that would be likely to follow
the executions."
Thant added that he did not
"question the right of the govern-
ment of Iraq to try and sentence
anyone within its jurisdiction who
might be charged with a serious
offense. But I did question the
contemplated action on both hu-
manitarian and political grounds." •
The secretary general said he felt
the executions "will increase ten-
sion and danger in the Middle
Ea st . •

Monday's executions brou4ht to

51 the number of Iraqis put to
death for spying since last Jan. 27.

Eleven of them were Jews. Mc-

Chskey recalled that on Jan. 27.
when 14 persons. including nine
Jews were hanged and publicly
displayed in Baghdad and Basra,
Secretary of State Rogers de-
nounced Iraqi authorities for put-
ting on a "spectacle repugnant to
the conscience of the world. - The
U.S. has no diplomatic relations
with Iraq.
Thant's 11th hour attempts to
have Iraqi executions postponed
followed a meeting he had Sun-
day night with Israel's chief rep-
resentative to the UN, Ambassa-
dor • Yosef Tekoah. Tekoah in-
formed the secretary general of
Israel's appeal for intercession
with the Baghdad regime to pre-
vent the executions.
Israel called on world political
and religious leaders Monday to
"act immediately to save the re-
maining Jews in Iraq. Syria and
Egypt" by making it possible for
them to leave those countries.
Foreign Minister Abba Ehan
said Sunday night that there would
be further trials and executions in
Iraq on trumped-up spy charges
unless all the weight of world
opinion is brought to bear on Iraqi
authorities. He disclosed that Is-
raeli envoys abroad had been
alerted to approach the heads of
state and of international humani-
tarian agencies In that connection.
The Knesset was to convene in
extra-ordinary session Thursday
to discuss the situation of Iraqi
Jews at the request of the govern-


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ment. The Knesset has been in Nations had agreed to Israel sd e-
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Defense Min- future cabinet with respect to con-
mand that it investigate the con-
ditions of making war or peace,"
dition of Jews in Arab countries ister Moshe Dayan said that Israel
The Jewish Agency Executive the Iraqi regime might have "sec- I was prepared to negotiate all out- he said.
held a memorial meeting Monday and thoughts about continuing its standing issues with the Arabs ex-
for the two Jews hanged in Bagh- reign of terror."
cept for the status of Jerusalem
dad. They were identified as Itz-
and the return of refugees of the
The British Poole Zion ad-
hak Eliahu Dallal, a small shop-
1948 war. He said those issues
keeper. and Raphael Yehezkel Yaa- dressed a statement to Prime Mini- ! were "hermetically sealed" and
cob. 55, who was engaged in trade
I could not be placed on any agenda.
and commerce and was once al secretary of the British Labor
Gen. Dayan spoke to political re-
among the richest Jews of Basra. Party expressing shock over the porters in his office on the plat-
Both were married. Yaacob was Iraqi executions. The organization
the father of three children. urged the British government to form adopted by the Israel Labor
use its good offices to free the Party-Mapam alignment for the
Chief Rabbi Itzhak Nissirn said Jews
of Iraq, Egypt and Syria." Oct. 28 elections. He said the chap-
that the Iraqi executions were a : The Anglo - Jewish Association ters pertaining to future borders
"warning to mankind" to do some- "strongly condemned the senseless were intended to inform the elec-
Colt Evenings Until IP
thing about "a state which live execution 15 innocent and help- torate what the party's security
by the sword and destruction and less men" ' and called on public concept is. But "no government de-
continues to sit together with the . opinion to make itself heard cision can bind the hands of any
United Nations." against "the latest act of inhuman-
In Tel Aviv Sunday night, the
Association of Iraqi Jews in Is-
In Geneva the World Jewish
rael held a mass rally at which
Congress denounced the Iraqi ex-'
appeals were made to world ecutions as did the DAIA, the
leaders to help save Iraqi Jews central representative body of !
facing the gallows. The names of Argentine Jewry. The messages
the 15 Iraqis executed Monday said that Iraqi Jews were being
were not the same as the 12 men held as hostages and suffered per-
and women whose arrest on spy
charges was announced by the '
The International Congress of
Baghdad radio on Aug. 17. Two
Jewish Lawyers and Jurists ad-
Jewish brothers were in the lat- journed in Jerusalem after adop-
ter group. Their fate is un-
tion of a resolution condemning
known, and it is presumed that
the latest executions in Iraq. The
they and the other accused are
text of the resolution was cabled
FALL & WINTER '68-'69
awaiting trial and execution.
to Thant.
It stated: "The international
American Jewish organizations
bitterly denounced the Iraqi execu-
tions and warned that more could , and jurists from all corners of
be expected unless world opinion the free world convening in Jer-
CALL 474-3642 — 425-9370
and the United Nations acted to usalem devoted its first session on
the subject of human rights to
avert them.
the executions in Baghdad of 15
Philip H. Hoffman, president men without proper trial and in
of the American Jewish Commit- violation of all fundemental human
tee, called the executions "an ef- rights. The congress expresses its
fort by the government to lead the horror and indignation at this bar-
mass of Iraqis to believe that the baric mass execution and calls on
country's social and economic prob- the world legal community in par-
If you desire a new and relevant approach
lems have not been solved because ticular and civilized mankind in
of alleged subversive elements in- general to rise in protest and ef-
Jewish education for your children
volved in spying for Israel."
fectively outlaw such uncivilized
He said "We call upon the and inhuman methods and to have
United Nations and men of good the rule of law upheld every-
will everywhere to halt this trav- where."
esty of justice and to end once
and for all the persecution of Jews Hospital Gets Grants
and the minorities - in Iraq.
The American Jewish Congress, for Narcotics Program
with its philosophy of HUMANISTIC JUDA-
in a telegram to U Thant, urged
ISM may be what you and your family will enjoy
the secretary general to extend his adelphia hospital under Jewish
personal protection to Jews living sponsorship has received a $407,-
Please call the BIRMINGHAM TEMPLE office
in Moslem lands who face "per- 700 federal grant to develop a pro-
for information about Sunday School and
-secution and terror" as a result gram in the field of narcotics ad-
of Arabs demands for a holy war diction for Montgomery County'
Hebrew School.
against Israel.
The message. signed by Rabbi
The grant to be Ea gleville
Joachim Prinz, chairman of the AJ Hospital and Rehabilitation Center,
Congress international affairs corn- an affiliate of the Federation of
w arne d that "thebrutal Jewish agencies, was made by the
Registration: Sunday, September 7, 1969
executions of a group of alleged Center for the Study of Drug Abuse
Robert Frost Junior High School
spies for the E. S and Israel today of the National Institute of Mental
Scotia, North of Nine Mile Road in Oak Park
. . may prove to be a foretaste of Health for one year, starting next
the revenge which blood-thirsty April 1 and is subject to renewal.
Arab tyrants have sworn to wreak
against Israel as a result of the
unfortunate fire at the El Aksa
mosque in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Israel Miller, chairman of
the American Zionist Council,
noted that the execution of 15 al-
leged spies in Iraq came at a time
when spokesmen in Cairo and
other Arab capitals were "capital-
izing on a fire in Jerusalem which,
as the whole world knows, was the
work of a misguided non-Israeli"
not of the Jewish faith.
Rabbi Herschel Schacter,
chairman of the Conference of
Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations, expressed
"deep regrets" over the failure
of diplomatic efforts to save the
executed Iraqis
In Washington Rep. Leonard
Farbstein, New York Democrat
and a - member of the House For-
eign Affairs Committee, asked
Secretary of State Rogers to file
a U.S. government appeal at the
UN to deter Iraq from further ex-
ecutions and to condemn Iraq for
its past actions. Rep. Farbstein
added that a way must be found to
facilitate the emigration of Jews
Membership Chairman
Rabbi Meyer Minkowich
from Iraq before they are exter-
Mr. Irving Prizant
FE 4-4149 - FE 5 - 1740
FE 4-7031 - FE 4-4602
The Board of Deputies of British
High Holiday Seat's
Jews called the executions in Bag-
Pres. David Utley
Mr. Arnold Wine
hdad a "willfull act of savagery,"
and the Zionist Federation of Great
- - 682.3181
FE 2-4413
Britain observed that if the United



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