Israel Lodges Compl aint With Red Cross
Over Treatment of Prisoners by Egyptians
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israel lodged
a complaint with the International
Red Cross Monday charging Egypt
with violation of the Geneva Con -
vention governing the treatment of
prisoners of war.
The Israel government charged
that two downed fighter pilots.
Maj. Nissim Ashkenazi and Capt.
Giora Romm, were subjected to in-
human treatment and physical as-
sault and were denied their nor-
mal rights as prisoners, including
visits by Red Cross representa-
tives within a reasonable period
The two pilots were repatriated
a week ago in a three-cornered ex-
change in which Israel returned
72 Egyptian and 13 Syrian prison-
ers of war for them and for two
Israeli civilians who were held
captive by Syria after TWA air-
liner was hijacked to Damascus
last Aug. 29.
Both flyers are in a military
hospital undergoing treatment for
severe injuries they suffered when
they bailed out over Egypt.
Israel complained that Egyptian
authorities refused to permit Red
Cross representatives to visit
either of them for 45-46 days after
they were taken prisoner. It was
further charged that Maj. Ashke-
nazi and Capt. Romm were kept
separately in solitary confinement
under inhuman conditions and
were transferred to a Cairo hos-
pital only one or two days before
Red Cross representatives were
finally allowed to visit them.
The Israelis rejected an
tian explanation that
were held incommunicado be-
cause of their condition. They
were suffering from fractures of
hands and legs but were sub-
jected to constant interrogation
and were visited by an Egyptian
photographer who took pictures
for propaganda purposes, Israel
Damaged Israel Freighter
Heads for Japan, Repairs
TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Israeli
freighter Dahlia. damaged by Arab
frogmen at Eilat three weeks ago,
has sailed from that port with
14.000 tons of phosphates and gen-
eral cargo bound for the Far East.
Damaged underwater plates were
temporarly repaired at Eilat. Per-
manent repairs will be made in
drydock when the vessel reaches
The frogmen, apparently Egyp-
tians based on Jordanian territory,
also damaged the Israeli sight-
seeing boat Hey Daroma, which
carried tourists from Eilat to
Sharm el Sheikh. The vessel was
beached to prevent it from sinking.
and repairs were carried out local-
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Establishment of Zionist
Federation Crucial: Pincus
NEW YORK. (JTA)—The chair-
While in solitary confinement, man of the Jewish Agency told a
audience here that the
• Nlaj. Ashkenazi was beaten and
kicked by Egyptians. and in one establishment of an American
during the next
instance his fractured ankle was
stepped on. The prisoners were few months comes at a crucial
denied permission to write or re- moment in the history of Israel
- ceive letters or parcels until they and the Jewish people.
Louis A. Pincus addressed a
were finally visited by the Red
' - request luncheon of the Labor Zionist Or-
of America honoring
to see a rabbi was refused in yin- -
lation of the Geneva code, Israel Hy Faine - a past president.
Federation," he said.
"will serve both to consolidate the
Although admittedly severely in- considerable existing strength of
jured, both men were confined to American Zionism and to expand
hare cells that had neither mat- it by welcoming the affiliation of
tresses nor blankets. The Israelis new elements from the community
said, however, that the medical at large." He said that in view of
treatment they received at the the present situation affecting the
hands of Egyptian physicians was security of Israel, the strengthen-
fair and correct.
ing effects of an American Zionist
Israel demanded that the Red Federation would be "particularly
Cross ask Egypt to punish those timely."
responsible for the brutal treat-
ment of the pilots and to give as-
surances that such behavior would
not be permitted in the future.
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