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November 07, 1969 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-11-07

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Lebanon Warned to Keep Border Secure

(Continued from Page 1)
The Al Saiqa leader is a detached
Syrian army officer, Raif Alo-
•ani. The high level sources here
repeated Israel's warning that it
will not tolerate "lawlessness" on
its northern border. They said that
Israel intends to guard the lives.
wellbeing and security of all its
Reports from Cairo quoted offi-
cial Egyptian sources as saying
that the Lebanese army and Pal-
estinian commandos had reached
agreement on all points of dispute
between them. This would •free
guerrillas based in Lebanon to
continue their attacks on Israel
despite the danger of Israeli re-

The Israeli newspaper Yediot
Ahronot said Israel would not
tolerate a situation which would
leave the guerrillas free to launch
strikes on its territory without
retaliating in force. Political
sources here said Premier Golda
Meir would make that policy clear
in a message to President Helm'.
They said that Mrs. Meir has
called a high-level conference on
the Lebanese crisis. The word was
that Lebanon could expect Israel
to retaliate swiftly against any
terrorist incursions.
The two-week conflict between
the Lebanese army and Palestin-
ian guerrillas entered a cease-fire
phase at midnight Sunday. a Cairo
official announced. The agreement
to end the costly fighting was re-
portedly reached by Yassir Arafat.
El Fatah chief, and Maj. Gen.
Emile Bustani, commander-in-
chief of Lebanese armed forces.
The official statement said the
parties had decided "to halt all
military onerations . and halt
all measures which resulted in the
crisis . . . and which could lead
to further tension. An agreement
was also reached on continuing
the search for the sake of reach-
ing .complete agreement on all
President Gamal Abdel Nasser
had conferred with Arafat before
the guerrilla chief met with Maj.
Gen. Bustani. It was believed that
the antagonists were considering
a Lebanese-offered 10-point plan
that would give the commandos
free movement in certain parts of
Lebanon while not threatening
Lebanese sovereignty.
The crisis was ignited by the
Lebanese army's crackdown on
guerrillas using southern Lebanon

No Anti-Semitism Seen
in Curacao Summer Riots

LONDON (JTA) — An investiga-
tion by an official of the World
Jewish Congress has confirmed
that there was no anti-Semitic in-
tent behind the riots in the Neth-
erlands West Indies colony of Cu-
racao last summer in which the
premises of some Jewish mer-
chants were badly damaged.
A report on the incidents by
I.avy M. Becker, of Montreal,
chairman of the executive of the
Canadian Jewish Congress, was
published in the current issue of
"World Jewry," periodical of the
World Jewish Congress here.
Becker. a member of the WJCon-
gress World Executive and of
the JTA board of directors, main-
tains liaison with smaller Jew-
ish communities in the Western
Hemisphere and visited Curacao
on behalf of the WJCongress.
According to his report, Jews on
the island were not singled out for
violence although a number of
stores owned by Jews were looted
and burned.
Becker said that the rioting by
blacks was an expression of gen-
eral dissatisfaction with working
conditions directed mainly against
well-known international firms, but
merchants and shopkeepers were
classified as "bosses" by the dissi-
Anti-Semitism itself played no
part in these riots, Becker con-

as a base for strikes into Israel.
The guerrillas had demanded full
freedom for their military opera-
tions but Beirut sought to curtail
their activities out of fear of major
Israeli reprisals. Egypt had func-
timied as a mediator in trying to
resolve the conflict.
The reported cooling down in
the crisis, the most serious in the
Arab world since the 1967 war,
came in the wake of a call by King
Hussein of Jordan for an Arab
summit conference to discuss es-
tablishment of a united Arab front
against Israel. Opening the Jor-
danian parliament Saturday, the
king said, "Arab blood must not
be spilled in any Arab country.
No Arab guns should be fired ex-
cept on the battleground against
Israel." King Hussein and Presi-
dent Nasser have called frequently
in recent months for a summit
parley to work out a unified mili-
tary posture; a summit may be
arranged when Arab military com-
manders confer in Cairo on Satur-
Syrian troops were reported
massing near the Lebanon border
in the wake of a Syrian govern-
ment denial that its troops were
fighting with the guerrillas against
the Lebanese. Damascus Radio
said Beirut had issued such re-
ports "in order to create an atmos-
phere convenient for the entrance
of American troops into Lebanon."
(In a report he had telephoned
from Beirut to the Detroit News,
Col. R. D. Heinl, Jr., the paper's
military analyst, contends that
"Syria's fedayeen commandos
have apparently won their frontier
war against Lebanon," He took
seriously the report from Cairo
that the cease-fire agreement
reached between Arafat, Nasser
and Bustani represented conces-
sions that will be damaging to
Meanwhile, concern over the
fate of two Israeli hijack vic-
tims still held captive in Syria
was expressed by Dr. Salvador
Luria, this year's joint Nobel
Prize winner in medicine, in a
cable to Avraham Harman, pres-
ident of the Hebrew University.
Dr. Luria's message was read
by Harman as the university be-
gan its 1969-70 academic year,
The Nobel Laureate from Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology
said he shared the "anguish" of
the university over the fate of
Prof. Shlomo Samueloff and Salah
Muallem who are held by Syria
"in violation of all human and
international principles." Prof.
Samueloff, a member of the faculty
of Hadassah-Hebrew University
Medical School, and Muallem
were passengers aboard a TWA
airliner hijacked by Arab com-
mandos last Aug. 29 and forced to
land in Damascus.
(Reports from Damascus said
that repair work has started on
the Boeing 707 jet which was
severely damaged by a bomb
placed in its cockpit after the hi-
jacked passengers and crew mem-
bers were taken into custody.
Except for Prof. Samueloff and
Muallem. all passengers and crew
were released shortly after the
hijacking. Repairs to the jet will
cost $4,000,000 and are expected
to take 45 days to complete.)
Mrs. Shlomo Samu-loff dis-
closed that she received recently
a letter from her husband, the
first in six weeks, delivered
through the International Red
Cross. She said on a radio inter-
view that her husband said his
condition was good but that he
had no visitors for four weeks.
He reported receiving a parcel
sent through the Red Cross.
(A recent edition of the Beirut
daily Al Anwar carried an inter-
view with the two hijackers, mem-
hers of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, who were
freed by Syria. Asked how they
were treated, they said, "We
spent unforgettable days in Syria.
Nobody questioned us. We were



treated well, much better than we
would have been treated in our
country (Jordan), and besides,
each of us got a cash prize of
1,000 dinars from the Arab Na-
tional Bank.")
Pilots' Head Urges Boycott
Against Hijack Collaborators
president of the United States Air
Line Pilots' Association on Mon-
day called for a total boycott of
all transportation against coun-
tries which collaborate with aerial
hijackers and fail to punish them.
Capt. Charles H. Ruby said he
envisaged a boycott by ship, rail,
truck and by international avia-
tion companies and their person-
nel in the cases of Syria, Algeria
and other countries that collabo-
rate with hijackers.
Capt. Ruby told a press con-
ference that his association takes
"an extremely dim view" of the
sale of tickets to Damascus by an
American airline when Syria has
freed the hijackers of a TWA jet
but continues to hold two of its
passengers in jail. He said pilots
were "upset" because Syria has
not released Prof. Samueloff and
Muallem. "Our contention is that
civil aviation should not be used
for political purposes," Capt. Ruby
He called for a world-wide ap-
proach to the hijacking problem.
He said that in his view Russian
pilots are concerned about the
problem but may not be able to
influence Moscow policies. He
said that the U.S. and Soviet
Union should impose peace be-
cause the current situation en-
courages hijacking. He por-
trayed the Mid East as different
from Cuba which has promptly
returned hijacked planes and
their passengers.
Capt. Ruby expressed the belief
that an international airline pilots'
decision to boycott Syria was in
the making. He said a boycott
that might produce results would
last longer than 24 hours and
anply to all surface transportation
as well as air traffic. He said air-
lines favored international com-
Milsory extradition as a measure
to deal with hijackers with sanc-
tions and boycotts applied against
countries unwilling to release
passen"ers or to extradite hijack-
ers. Cant Ruby demanded the
extradition by Italy of an Amer-
ican who hijacked a TWA airliner
to Rome over the weekend. He
noted that the Tokyo Convention
did not provide for a compulsory
extradition. Capt. Ruby warned
that with the event of larger jets.
more passengers would be sub-
jected to hijacking. He urged the
international community to take
action before a disaster claims
many lives.
In Los Angeles, Mrs. Corrine
Kovarskv of Hollywood has start-
ed suit for $485.000 against TWA,
claiming damages while on the
hijacked Plane to Damascus on
29. She suffered a broken
bark wken she disembarked while
sliding down the chute at Damas-
cus. The TWA hijacked plane ori-
ginated from Los Angeles.
* s *
In an urgent bulletin to presi-
dents and delegates of organiza-
tions affiliated with Detroit's Jew-
ish Community Council, JCC Pres-
ident Lawrence Gubow called for
immediate action on behalf of the
two Israeli passengers still de-
tained in Syria.
Judge Gubow stated:
"As evidenced by their silence

in recent weeks, the news media
no longer consider this a news-
worthy item, and the interna-
tional organizations directly in-
volved have been ineffective
and reluctant to exert all the
pressures necessary to obtain
the release of the two men still
"We must keep this issue alive
until the Israelis are released and
Syria is appropriately condemned
for its role in this act of interna-
tional piracy. We urge you to act
"Wires and letters should be
sent to the United Nations and the
U.S. State Department demanding
that all their influence be exerted
in Syria and other Arab govern-
ments to obtain the release of the
Israelis. Write to: Hon. William
P. Rogers, U.S. Secretary of
State, Washington. D.C. 20520; and
lion. U Thant, Secretary-General
of the UN, United Nations Plaza,
New York, N.Y. 10017.

"Letters and wires should be
sent to the airline and airline
pilots association urging them to
refuse to fly to any country that
protects hijackers or unlawfully
detains innocent passengers who
are the victims of hijackers. Write
to: Knut llammarskjold, Director
General, International Air Trans-
port Assoc., Montreal, Canada;
Capt. Ola Forsberg, International
Federation of Airline Pilots' Asso-
ciation, Paris, France; and Charles
Ruby, President, Airline Pilots
Association, 1329 E. Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004.

32—Friday, November 7, 1969



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