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February 20, 1970 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-02-20

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Second Outrage in Munich—Arson Killing
7 Elderly Jews—Spurs Govt. to Take Action

MUNICH (JTA)—The West Ger-
man government has posted a
75,000 mark ($20,500) reward for
information leading to the capture
of arsonists responsible for a fire
here last Friday that took the
lives of seven middle-aged and
elderly Jews.
President Gustav Heinemann of
the Federal Republic denounced
the outrage and said he was par-
ticularly disgusted because the
victims were persons who had
suffered so much in the past.
Police in all 10 West German
states and in West Berlin are
guarding Jewish centers, syna-
gogues, schools and kindergartens.
The fire gutted a four-story
stucco building that housed a com-
munity center, an old aged home
and a synagogue. Police Commis-
sioner Hans Vogel declared that
it was arson. Police discovered
a gasoline can in the stairwell
of the building.
The flames broke out on the top
floor and spread swiftly along
the wooden corridors and stairs.
The government revealed that
it had "new information" that
could lead to the capture of the
aronists but that it was not pos-
sible to say any more at this stage.
Ahlers said that President Heine-
mann would attend the funeral of
the fire victims in Munich Wed-
nesday. He said that the minister
of interior, Hans Dietrich Gen-
scher also would attend.
After announcing the reward,

the highest in post-war German
history, Interior Minister Hans
Dietrich Genscher flew to Mu-
nich where he inspected the
burned out building. A 30-man
team of federal and Bavarian
state police are investigating the
blaze. It is the same team as-
signed to the case of three Arab
terrorists who attacked El Al
passengers at Munich Airport
recently, killing one and injur-
ing 23 other persons.

According to a report from Am-
man, carried on the West German
radio, the Palestinian terrorist
organization that claimed credit
for the Munich Airport attack de-
nied any conection with the fire
in the Jewish center. The pre-
vailing opinion here is that the
fire was set by Arab agents or
by German extremists of the far
left or far right.
According to the police, two of
the victims were survivors of Nazi
concentration camps. They were
identified as David Jakubowicz, 60,
who was born in Czechoslovakia,
and George Prau, 63, born in Lem-
berg, who held German and Israeli
nationality. Both men had families
in Israel.
The other victims were listed as
Mrs. Jadwiga Pfau; Regina
Becher, 59, a Romanian-born mil-
iner who held Brazilian national-
ity; Leopold Gimpel, 50, born in
Lemberg and a resident of the
United States •for several years;
Max Blum, 71, an American citi-
zen who worked as a furrier; and
Siegfried Offenbacher, 70, a li-
brarian of German and Israeli
West German Chancellor Willy
Brandt, who is visiting Denmark,
pledged that "We will do every-
thing to capture the culprit or
culprits." Miximilian Taucher,
president of the Jewish community
of Bavaria, declares that the
outrage was aimed not only at the
Jews of Munich but at "all Jewish
communities in Germany and
throughout the world." Genscher
said the federal republic would
do everything posiblo to see that
Germany does not become "a play-
ground for terrorists." But he saw
no connection between the fire and
the Arab attack at Munich Airport.

Israel said that the Arab gov-
ernments were directly respon-
sible for the attack at Munich


In a letter to Secretary


ing and training of terror organi-
zations and in the direction of their
The Arab governments, he
charged, "are abusing the decen-
cies of diplomatic relations by
trying to extend to individual per-
petrators of murderous terror acts
—even when they have been
caught red-handed and placed on
trial—their diplomatic protection."
Tekoah said "The responsibility
of the Arab governments goes
even further, for it is they which
have encouraged the spread of a
psychosis favorable to such sneak
and cowardly attacks and have
been glamorizing them."
Tekoah's letter referred to ex-
pressions of "deep concern" by
the Security Council and the Gen-
eral Assmbly over acts of unlawful
interference with civilian aviation
such as the attack in Munich and
previous fatal attacks on El Al
airliners at Athens and Zurich.
He said that a copy of his letter
was sent to the International Civil
Aviation Organization and request-
ed that it be circulated as a docu-
ment of the Security Council and
the General Assembly.
Israeli Minister of Justice
Yaccoy Shimshon Shapiro said

that Israel would respond to the
terrorist attack at Munich and
that the response would be made
"not in words."
Shapiro made his remarks after
the Knesset passed to committee

a new draft bill aimed at punish-

ing persons who harm Israeli
lives and property abroad or the
lives and property of persons over-
seas having commercial ties with
The measure was introduced sev-
eral months ago by Shmuel Tamir
of the Free Center faction. The
Knesset moved to act on it follow-
ing the Munich attack.
(In Washington, the president
of El Al called for international
action to halt hijacking and air
piracy and called for imposition
of capital punishment in these
cases. Mordechai Ben Ari, El Al
president, told a press conference
that it was the responsibility of

tinue to London aboard planes of
other airlines. They were trans-
ferred because Capt. Cohen was
unable to continue the flight. The
El Al Boeing 707 jet returned to
Tel Aviv.
Ari observed that "These crim-
inal and barbaric acts which are
absolutely meaningless will not
hinder the loyalty of passengers
to an airlines and a country."
Cohen's act is credited with saving
many lives.)
Acting Secretary of State Elliot
L. Richardson declared that the
United States cannot "disregard
the tragic loss of life and injury
to civilians resulting from renewed
attacks by terrorists against civil-
ian passengers travelling on inter-
national air transport far from
the area of conflict" Richardson's
statement on Munich was coupled
with one deploring the Israeli
bombing of a civilian metal works
factory in Egypt with a heavy loss
of life.
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan

was at Lydda Airport to greet
his son, Assaf, who narrowly
escaped injury at Munich Air-
port. The 24 year-old film actor
arrived from London. All he
would say when asked to des-
cribe the attack was, "I'm glad
it's over."
At Cambridge, Mass., 520 stu-
dents and faculty members at Har-
vard University signed a letter
declaring that they were "pro-
voked and repelled by the mur-
der and maiming of civilians" by
Arab terrorists. According to a
Harvard instructor, Steve Cohen,
copies of the letter were sent to
Thant, the U.S. State Department,
the West German Embassy in
Washington and the International
Air Transport Association. The
letter stated that "The assassina-
tion of defenseless civilians in
international airports is an act of
war against all humanity and it
deserves universal condemna-
Jewish students in Munich or-
ganized a protest march Friday.
The West German government

36—Friday, February 20, 1970


Abba Eban Arouses German Anger
With Alleged Remark Prior to Trip

BONN (JTA)—Foreign Minister side resort where Eban attended
Abba Eban arounsed a storm of a luncheon.

Addressing the Netherlands So-
anger here on the eve of his first
visit to West Germany by a re- ciety for International Affairs in
mark he allegedly made before Amsterdam, Eban renewed his pro-
posal for an international con-
departing from Israel.
on the Palestinian refugee
Eban was quoted as having told ference
held before peace
newsmen at Lydda Airport that he problem to be
begin in the Middle
would not visit Germany in a pri- negotiations.
that such a con-
vate capacity. His visit is an offi-
by rep-
cial one, at the invitation of the ference should be attended
of the international
federal government. Newspapers resentatives
reacted violently to what they con-
sidered a rebuff, and emotions are cies of the United Nations,
running high in official quarters well as by Israeli and Arab rep-
and among the public.
Newsmen wanted to know if the proposal before the Un General
cabinet had given any considera- Assembly in 1968. He rejected the
tion to Eban's remark. The gov- idea or a large scale return to
ernment spokesman, Konrad Israel of Palestinian refugees. He
Ahlers said it had not because it said they would "inundate Israel
was not the government's business. with an Arab population which
Eban was received by Queen has been taught for years to hate
Juliana of the Netherlands Mon- Israelis."
In Brussels, the Ebans were
day in Amsterdam. He met later
with Prime Minister Pieter greeted at the station by Belgium's
deJong and with the president foreign minister, Pierre Harmel.
Before his trip Eban said the
of the Dutch Senate. Eban also
had a lengthy discussion with purpose of his tour was to ac-
quaint European leaders with the
Foreign Minister Joseph Luns.

Eban's visit to the Netherlands
was generally without incident
though as a precaution, heavy
police guards were placed around
Jewish premises in the major
cities, including the Israeli Em-
bassy at the Hague. A small group
of pro-Arab pickets demonstrated
Tuesday at Scheveningen, a sea-

situation on the Mid East. He ob-
served that Israelis sometimes
tend to forget that in addition to
the United States, Israel has
friends in Western Europe. Asked
why he omitted France from his
itinerary, Eban said, "It was
France that omitted me, not I
that have omitted France."

The newspaper with
something for every
member of the family • • •

was taking stringent security
measures to protect Israel's

governments and aviation authori-
Foreign Minister Abba Eban
ties to take the necessary mea-
when he came here on an official
sures to protect civilian aviation
from attack.
Eban's schedule and his move-
(He said that El Al had taken ments were being kept a tight
precautionary measures in con- secret. A government spokesman
junction with the Israeli govern- said that every possible measure
ment and other governments but would be taken to prevent a recur-
declined to specify the nature of rence of the Munich attack.
the safeguards. He also called
He admitted, however, that it
for international legislation re- was "quite difficult to control
quiring the extradition of those civilian passenger flights."
charged with hijacking or other
He said West Germany's alien
interference with civilian aviation. entry laws would be revised in
(Ben Arl said the attack oc- order to improve control over
curred at about 5 p.m. Munich foreigners entering the country but
time in front of Gate Five at doubted these measures would
the Munich air terminal. He said prove effective in the immediate
the bus, with 15 passengers future.

aboard, was heading for the El
Al plane which had arrived from
Tel Aviv about 45 minutes
earlier and was about to take
off for London.
He said El Al Capt. Uri Cohen
threw himself on top of an Arab as
he raised his arm to toss a

grenade into the bus. The two
other Arab terrorists opened-fire
on the bus with submachine guns.
Other reports from Munich said
two bombs exploded inside the
air terminal lounge where passen-
gers were waiting to board other

(Count Wolf Dieter Castelle, di-
rector of Munich Airport, said the
terrorists probably disembarked
from a Syrian airliner bound for
Damascus to London which landed
at Munich earlier and departed
shortly before the attack on the
El Al passengers. He said there
was no evidence to support rumors
that the attack was in retaliation
for the alleged sabotage of an
Egyptian airl in er that crash-


U Thant, Israel Ambassador Yo- day.

at Munich earlier in the

set Tekoah declared that the Arab
(Ben AH said that arrangements
governments were 'actively partici- were made for the other pas-
pating in the organization, financ- sengers on the El AI flight to con-

s • •
Acts of Vandalism Against Jewish
Institutions Linked to Extremist
Groups in South America

cent acts of vandalism against
Jewish institutions here are linked
by local Jewish leaders to ex-
tremist groups acting in concert
with Arab League agents, who are
fostering anti-Semitism in the guise
of anti-Zionism. The situation was
the subject of a letter sent to the
minister of interior, Gen. Fran-
cisco Imaz, by the DAIA, the cen-
tral representative body of Argen-
tine Jewry.
The letter noted that tar bombs

were thrown two weeks ago on
the building housing the Sociedad
Hebraica Argentina. Since then
the local WZO (Women's Zionist
Organization) and Bnal Brith

headquarters were similarly at-
tacked and shots were fired
through the windows of the Jewish
Education center.
The DAIA attributed these acts
to anti-Jewish incitement in news-
papers and books published by
extremist nationalist organizations
with which the Arab League has
had close contacts.


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