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November 21, 1969 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-11-21

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Greek Govt. Criticized for Delaying Trial of El Al Attackers

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Is- demand the adoption of aggressive
raeli Foreign Ministry Monday measures to restrain, put on trial
sharply criticized the Greek gov- and punish the perpetrators of pi-
ernment for postponing the mur- racy in the air, a trend that has
der trial of Arab commandos who found energetic support in the
attacked an El Al airliner at United Nations General Assem-
Athens airport last December, kill- lbly."
ing one passenger and wounding a
The Athens attack was followed
up by an Israeli retaliatory raid
The commandos have been ac- on
Beirut Airport in Lebanon,
cused of premeditated murder in where
the Arab commandos came
the death of the late Leon Shirdan, from. More than a dozen planes
an Israeli, and the attempted mur were destroyed in the action,
der of other passengers and crew which brought Israel a censure by
members aboard the airliner.
the UN Security Council although
In a statement issued here, no lives were lost.
the foreign ministry said "To
The Greek government's action
postpone the legal proceedings was contrasted by observers here
required for the punishment of with that of Switzerland, which
criminals of this kind is to ignore will soon try three Arab comman-
the due process of law and jus. dos who attacked an El Al airliner
tIce." The ministry's statement at Zurich airport Feb. 18, fatally
also condemned the Athens gov- wounding an Israeli pilot trainee.
ernment's motive in granting a
postponement—Greece did not

carries a maximum penalty of 10 air and later set off a bomb in its
years imprisonment. The three cockpit after passengers and crew
Arabs face life sentences.
were evacuated at the Damascus
Meanwhile, the Syrian news airport.

agency Sana reported that repairs
have been completed to the TWA THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
jet airliner that was badly dam-
Friday, November 21, 1969-19
aged after it was hijacked to
Damascus by Arab commandos
last Aug. 29.
But there was no indication that
the two Israeli passengers held
captive by Syria will be permitted
to leave when the airliner finally
takes off for the United States.
The Israelis, Prof. Shlomo Sam-
ueloff and Salta Muallem, were
detained after all the other pas-
sengers and crew members were
Designers of Fine Furs
released last August. Also re-
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leased by Syrian authorities were
the two Palestinian commandos
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"This is surprising, yielding as
it does, the legal principles that
oblige all governments to prevent
acts of terror and murder against
a friendly nation on its soil in
favor of political expediency," the
ministry said.
It added, "The postponement of
the trial comes at a moment when
all enlightened governments, and
with them the air-traveling public,

That trial is scheduled to open
Thursday in a Zurich district
court sitting in Winterhur. Some
200 journalists have applied for
accreditation to the trial, which
has already brought threats from
Arab groups.
The Arabs claim that the Swiss
conducted their pre-trial investiga-
tions unfairly. The Arab defend-
ants, two men and a woman, were
formally charged with murder in
the death of Yoram Peress, an
Israeli pilot trainee who died of
wounds he suffered in the attack.
Also attracting wide attention is
the forthcoming trial of Mordehai
Rahamim, an El Al security
guard who gunned down a fourth
Arab terrorist.
Rachamim, who is free on bail,
faces a charge of murder under
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Mahmouct Mohamed Issa (left),
25, one of two Arab commandos
who attacked an El Al airliner
at Athens Airport, is led to court
in Athens to testify at a pre-trial
examination almost a year ago.
He still has not been brought to


Lend a


Moderate Blacks Remain
in Majority, Says Study

NEW YORK (JTA) — The mod-
erate attitude of most Negroes
toward whites generally and Jews
in particular that prevailed several
years ago remains basically un-
changed, according to a Harvard
sociologist whose 1964 study of
protest and prejudice in the black
community was conducted under
a grant from the Bnai Brith's
Anti-Defamation League.
But Dr. Gary T. Marx reports
that his earlier conclusions that
most Negroes favor integration.
oppose indiscriminate violence and
are not consistently anti-white or
anti-Semitic still hold in 1969 but
"perhaps not as strongly."
Dr. Marx's original study was
conducted by the University of
California's Research Center un-
der an ADL grant and published
in 196'7 as a book "Protest and
Prejudice: A Study of Belief in the
Black Community."
Now an assistant professor in
the department of social relations
at Harvard, Dr. Marx has updated
his findings. He has based his
latest conclusions on 15 studies of
Negro opinion made in 1967 and
1968 involving two national and 34
city samples. He observed that
1, the lack of change in mass atti-
tude does not mean that "black
: anger is insignificant."
According to Dr. Marx, while

Moderation still prevails. - 5 to
20 per cent of the black popula-
tion (from 1 to 4,000.00 0 people)

hold attitudes indicating a depth
of estrangement and bitterness
unique in American history."

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