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February 13, 1970 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-02-13

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JWV Commander Meets With President Nixon

Friday, February 13, 1970-19


Israel Denies Alleg ation She Sent
Captured Soviet A rms to Biafra

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A govern- hostility on the part of Nigerian
ment spokesman has categorically authorities toward Israel and other

denied that Israel sent captured
Russian arms to Biafra during its
two-year war of secession with
Nigeria. That allegation was made
by an unnamed source at the
United Nations.
A foreign ministry spokesman
said it was a "transparent at-
tempt" by the Arabs to inject fur-
ther disruptive elements into the
somewhat strained relations be-
tween Israel and Nigeria.
The allegation was picked up by
UN correspondents and widely re-
ported in the world press as com-
ing from a "reliable soure." The
claim was that Israel sent to Bi-
afra at least two planeloads of
Soviet-made weapons captured
from the Arabs in the Six-Day

According to the source, Israel
had two motives—to bolster the
Biafrans who are mainly Chris-
tian, against Nigeria which is
largely Moslem and a "potential
ally" of the Arab states; and to
discredit the Soviet Union.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The national commander of the Jewish War Veterans, Bernard B. Direnfeld of
Cleveland, presented the JWV "Medal of Merit" to President Richard M. Nixon at a meeting in the
White House. Commander Direnfeld was accompanied by national executive director Felix M. Putter.
man of Washington and national consultant Dr. Seymour Weisman, of Norwalk, Conn. According to
Direnfeld, his talk with the President was wide-ranging and included Vietnam, the Middle East, and the
status of the draft. In making the presentation, Direnfeld cited the President's long interest in veterans'
work. He pointed out that Nixon, as vice president, in 1954, officiated at the dedication of the National
Shrine to Jewish War Dead in Washington.

The foreign ministry spokesman
said Israel neither sold nor gave
weapons, Soviet or otherwise, to
Biafra. But Israel, along with
many other nations and interna-
tional relief organizations, sent
food and medical supplies to Biafra
through the International Red
This has led to a pronounced

There were no reports of an
Immediate slackening of busi-
ness in shops that specialize in
American cigarettes, and such
Imported delicacies as sausages,
caviar, sardines and salmon,
which have doubled in price
overnight because of higher tar-
iffs. Locally-made beers, wines
and brandies of better than aver-
age quality also have gone up
in price as a result of the new
sales taxes.

For the time being, however, the
prices of television sets, tape tee-
orders and various electrical appli-

•ances remain the same following
a heavy tax rise on them last year.

Government sources noted that
automobiles and other hard goods
affected by the new taxes account
for less than half of 1 per cent of
Israel's cost of living index.
Meanwhile, some leaks have ap-
peared in the labor-management-
government "package deal" that is
supposed to curb wage, price and
tax increases for the coming fiscal
Professional employes are de-

manding wage hikes far in excess
of the 8 per cent agreed to in the
three-party deal.





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per cent behind the income of self-
employed professionals during a
four-year period in which wages
were ostensibly frozen.

The government agreed to keep
taxes from soaring in return for a
management pledge to keep prices
down and an agreement by Hista-
drut, the labor federation, to an
across-the-board wage raise of 4
per cent in cash cost-of-living al-
lowances and 4 per cent in govern-
ment defense bonds. But the gov- POST will hold a Valentine's affair
Sunday at the Jewish War
ernment insisted that it needs an-
Veterans headquarters. There will
other $35 000 000 in revenue .
be games, refreshments and prizes.
A ministerial committee met to For reservations, call Sam Alpert,
decide where the "bite" will be. VE 5-2474, Sol Levin, LI 5-6724, or
Most economic experts believe it auxiliary president Ruth Benach,
will fall on automobile owners in LI 3-1014. The post and auxiliary
the form of new taxes on main- will not hold meetings Feb. 16.
tenance costs and higher license Auxiliary President Ruth Benach
fees. Also expected are heavier and Post Commander Harry Hoff-
sales taxes on imported cigaretts, man ask members to bring in jour-
alcoholic beverages and such nal entries for the department
luxury imports as salmon and annual ball to be held in March.
Tickets may be obtained from
Salaried professionals were sched- senior vice president Yetta Glass,
uled to meet this week with Yeru- I KE 5-4133, or senior vice com-
cham Meshel, deputy secretary mander Lou Gobdman, 353-3387.
general of Histadrut, to discuss
BALE POST will hold a blood
their demand for a 20 per cent
wage increase. The group has al- drive Feb. 25 at the Oak Park
Center. from 2 to 8
ready served notice on Histadrut
that it does not consider itself p.m. For each pint contributed,
bound by the wage package deal. the donor will receive two tickets
It cited a research study under- to "Hello, Dolly." The post will
taken on behalf of professional em- meet 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at JWV head-
ployes which showed that their quarters. There will be refresh-
salaries lagged by an average of 17 ments and entertainment.

We never really feel older than
other people but only different, to
our advantage or disadvantage, in
some particular; whereas we al-
ways do feel definitely younger
than other people.
— J. B. Priestley.

We are pleased to announce
the appointment of .. .

U.S. Auto in Israel Costs $11,500 as Sales Taxes Soar

automobiles cost Israelis today as
much as four times more than they
would have paid Sunday as a re-
sult of new sales taxes posted by
the government Monday.
The sales taxes, plus increased
ownership and license plate fees
and defense surcharges are ex-
pected to yield about half of the
$35,000,000 additional revenue that
the government says it must have
this year. The balance will come
from higher levies on local and
imported beers, wines, foodstuffs,
stoves, cameras, office machinery
and a welter of other items.
A Chrysler Valiant, an Ameri-
can compact car, now costs $11,500
FOB. A European medium-size
car, such as the French Peugeot,
a favorite of the Israel middle
class, is priced at just under $7.-
000. Licenses and other fees have
gone up in the amount of $30 a
year for small cars and $70 for
medium-size vehicles.
But Israeli Treasury sources
said that they didn't think car
sales would fall off. They based
their opinion on the fact that there
are no appreciable declines in car
sales when taxes were raised the
last time, less than a year ago.

countries that supplied humani-
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February 17
March 16

U.S. to Remove 'Strategic' Materiel at Wheelus

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The "pos-
sibility" that the U.S. Wheelus Air
Base might be used by the Arabs
for military operations against
Israel "cannot be ruled out," the
U.S. State Department informed
the Jewish War Veterans of the
Replying on behalf of President
Nixon to questions raised by JWV
National Commander Bernard B.
Direnfeld about the abandonment
of the base to the new leftist re-
gime in Libya, a State Department
official told of steps to be taken to
remove strategic equipment. David
D. Newsom, asistant secretary of
state for African affairs, wrote at
the request of the President.

Newsom said that "we are
under no obligation whatever to
provide the Libyan government

with an equipped or useful facil-
ity. Material and equipment
required for missions being
transferred elsewhere are being
removed. All other U.S. property
and equipment is being carefully
screened according to strict cri-
teria before any final decision
affecting ultimate disposition is

Newsom indicated that perma-
nent construction at the $77,000,000
base, including buildings, roads,
runways, would be left for the
Libyan air force.
While conceding that Wheelus
could become a base for attacks
against Israel, Newsom pointed out
that other airfields exist in Libya
and also that there is a factor in-
volving the distance of Wheelus
from Israeli targets.

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