Eban Holds Greek Govt. Partly to Blame for El Al Office Blast
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Foreign
Nlinister Abba Eban holds alleged
vacillation by the Greek govern-
ment partly to blame for a gren-
ade attack last Thursday on the
El Al ticket office in the heart of
Athens, which killed a Greek child
and injured 14.
Eban claimed in a radio inter
view that it was no coincidence
that the terrorists selected Greece
for the second time to attack El
Al installations. He said they may
have felt encouraged by a report
announcement by the Greek gov-
ernment that it was postponing the
murder trial of two Arab sabo-
teurs who attacked an El Al plane
at Athens airport. 11 months ago.
The Athens government has
since announced that the terrorists
will be brought to trial in Febru-
ary. Israeli sources said that
Greek authorities had been warn-
ed in advance of the presence of
Arab terrorists in Athens and the
likelihood of an attack on the El
Al office. They said the warning
came from Israeli intelligence
agents, but the Greek authorities
took no preventitive measures.
Premier Golda heir Monday
cabled condolences to the father of
2-year-old George Nastos.
The message said. "I am deeply
grieved to hear of the death of
your dear child, George, a victim
of a criminal and insensate act of
lie was identified as Dergara-
brutal terrorists. Those responsible
It was reported from Athens
hetian, 23, a tailor from Amman
for this cowardly and inhuman act that Greek public opinion has been
have put themselves beyond the aroused against the Jordanian
and a member of a minor guer-
was carrying two other grenades
pale of civibied society. May God grenade hurler and on accomplice
rilla group. The police said he
comfort von and your wife in your as a result of the death of the two-
when he was caught. After the
grief. Every good wish for the year-old Greek. The youngster was
capture, police went to a hotel
rapid recovery of your wife and in the El Al_ office with his par-
where they arrested Murad.
ents, who were preparing to go to
The street outside the terminal
Nastos' wife, Katina, suffered
painful flesh wounds; Athana- injuries.
was crowded with pedestrians,
Sios, 4, lost an eye and was list-
Grigorios -Lazaridis, an advertis- cars and hoses at the time. An El
ed in - critical" condition. Neith-
ing executive saw a man run Al woman employe. said. "I heard
er terrorist expressed any re-
from the El Al,- office and tackled a blast and I was so confused.
When I turned around, I saw blood
him after a brief chase.
Meanwhile, it was reported that
the condition of an American wo-
man, one of 14 persons injured in
the attack, has worsened. Doctors
in Athens said that Mrs. Nancy ,
McClain, of Dallas, has developed
a clot in her lungs which forced
postponement - of surgery to re - ;
move shrapnel from her body.
Mrs. McClain's condition was de-
scribed as serious.
The two Jordanian suspects in
the case entered their pleas to var-
ious charges including premeditat-
ed murder. They are Elias Der-
karabetian, 23, who reportedly
threw the grendae, and Mansour
Mora, 21, who has been charged
as his accomplice.
The Greek government announc-
ed a ban Monday on entry of all
Palestinian Arabs with travel do-
cuments instead of regular pass-
ports. It warned that further .ter-
on Greek soil would lead to
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Mrs. Sterling McClain, Dallas, is rushed to rmergency surgery
Friday, December 5, 1969-45 "unfavorable political repercus-
in an Athens hospital following a grenade explosion in a crowded
office of Israel's El Al Airlines in this Greek city. Mrs. McClain
In New York. commenting on the
and her husband were among 14 persons injured when an Arab
bombing, Rabbi Israel Miller,
terrorist tossed the grenade,
chairman of the American Zionist
Council, said "it once again points
up the need for immediate - and
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effective action by all governMents
against acts of terrorism commit-
a Kalachnikof automatic rifle.
WINTERTHU R. Switzerland
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ted by Arab guerrillas outside the (JTA)—Two police officers and a
and made what appeared to he
a threatening gesture before he
Middle East." .
lieutenant of the Zurich airport
lie said that "it was obvious fire brigade testified against Mor- opened fire. The prosecution
that bombs cannot distinguish be- dechai Rahamim. the El Al secur-
said the terrorist was unarmed
citizens of one country and ity guard who gunned down one of
at the moment he was shot.
another—and unless the full penal- four Arab terrorists attacking an
Lt. Hans Ilenig, of the fire brig-
Israeli airliner at the airport last ade said that when he arrived
terrorists, the governments upon Feb. 18.
on the scene he saw Rahamim
. RENDERING CO. . whose territories these insane ac- Rahamim is on trial for man- shoot an Arab who had his hands
tions are perpetrated are inviting ' slaughter and faces a sentence of in the air. The defense attorney
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chaos and terror to be the order up to five years imprisonment. however quoted a previous state-
of the day in international civil His lawyer, Hans Meisner, manag- ment by Henig which indicated
ed to discredit part of the testi- that he could not have seen the
mony given by the prosecution shooting because he was wrestling
witnesses by demonstrating that it at the time with an armed Arab.
contradicted statements they had
A member of the Zurich Canton-
made during the earlier prelimin- al police force testified that he
Edith Eckstat, R.E.
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held the Arab terrorist at gun
The case hinges on whether
point at a range of less than a yard
Albert Wolgin, R.E.
Rahamim shot the Arab terrorist when Rahamim fired three shots
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o= iceman had made contradictory
statements the day after the shoot-
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all over the place and sonic chil-
dren were crying. A inan next to
me was lying on the floor. He was
the ticket agent. -
In Amman, a spokesman for the
little-known Arab guerrilla organi-
zation, the Popular Struggle Front,
said, "We did it because El Al is
an extension of the Israeli enemy."
Ile said the grenade incident
should serve as a warning to the
public not to use El Al. Not much
is known about the Front except
that it was formed in East Jeru-
salem following the Six-Day War.
Sonic of its cells were uncovered
and its members were arrested. It
then moved to Amman.
El Al's head office in JerUsalem
said that all flights to and from
Athens will continue as usual. Two
El Al officials flew to Athens to
help get the office hack to normal.
Repairs were expected to he
cosZly. At the same time, the Is-
raeli government protested the
incident to the Greek government.
An El Al spokesman- said, "in spite
of the vicious numerous attacks,
El Al continues—and will continue
—to fly on all its routes according
to. schedule. We .do not anticipate
any decrease in business. In fact,
previous experience has shown the
opposite to he the case."
Polish Jews Welcomed
in Scandinavian Lands •
Agency circles in Jerusalem voiced
pessimism about the possibility of
attracting fleeing Polish Jews to
Israel. The emigres from Poland
not only have a twisted image of
Israel. but are basically alienated
from Jewish life altogether.
According to figures in Agency
files, there are approximately 2,000
Polish- Jews in Sweden, Denmark
and Norway and their number is
expected to increase in the coming
The several host governments
display a generally sympathetic
attitude towards these escapees,
awarding each family a one-time
grant of S300, housing and two
meals a day. In addition, the
refugees enjoy substantial help
from the local Jewish communi-
ties which are interested in en-
couraging the Jews to stay.
The Jewish communty in Nor-
way, for' example, is attempting,
with the help of its own govern-
ment, to influence the emigres to
remain in Norway.
Special emissaries have been
dispatched to Vienna by the Jew-
ish community - of Oslo With the
object of encouraging Polish Jews
to come to their. country.
Boasts 2,300 Grads
TEL AVIV (JTA)—The Hebrew
University announced that over
2,300 foreign students from 81
countries have completed courses
at the Afro-Asian Institute for
Labor and Economic Cooperation
since it was founded 10 years aga
by Ilistadrut, Israel's labor feder-
The announcement was made
at a special session of Histadrut's
Central Committee. Aharon Becker,
general secretary, pledged contin-
ued support for the institute.
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