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June 05, 1970 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-06-05

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Israel Struck by New Wave of Terror;
Heavy Losses Sustained in Arab Attacks;
Children Targets of El Fatah Murderers

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Two Israeli
school girls were killed and 10
children and five adults were in-
jured in two rocket attacks launch-
ed at Beisan Township Wednesday
morning by Arab terrorists opera-
ting from Jordan. The attacks
were the second to hit Beisan
since Monday morning when a
9-year old girl was killed on
her way to school and five other
children and three adults were
Terrorists' rockets also were
fired Wednesday morning at Kib-
utz Maoz Chaim in the Beisan
Valley without causing casualties.
Kiryat Shcmona, near the Leban-
ese border, the target of two fatal
rocket attacks last month, was hit
by Katyusha .rockets again Tues-
day night but suffered no casual-
The second attack on Beisan in
two days to claim the lives of
children was denounced by For-
eign Minister Abba Eban Wednes-
day. "One of the factors which
encourage the activities of the
murder organizations such as El
Fatah and the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization is an impression
of international apathy and indul-
gence," Eban charged. "Every
government or religious leader,
every newspaper or public official
who raises an unqualified and
vehement voice against these out-
rages and those who perpetrate
and support them will contribute
to the struggle against the moral
decadence in which children of
Israel lose their lives and man-
kind loses its human dignity,"
Eban declared.
For the first time since a long-
range bomb struck Natanya June
5,.1967, Jordanian missiles reached
Tiberias, a distance of 10 miles
from Jordan, Wednesday. Two
Israelis were killed in the Israeli
resort town, and more than 20
were injured.
(In New York Wednesday, Is-
rael's ambassador to the United
Nations, Yosef Tekoah, sent a
letter to the president of the

Security Council holding the Jor-
danian government fully respon-
sible for the terrorist attacks from
Jordanian soil. Tekoah charged in
his letter and in a personal tele-
phone call to Secretary U Thant
that the rocket attacks amounted
to premeditated murder of chil-
dren and other civilians.)
Israel charged Jordan in a letter
to the Security Council with "full
responsibility" for the terrorist
rocket attack on Beisan township
this morning. In his letter to Secur-
ity Council President Khatri
Tekoah said Jordan was also re-
sponsible for 281 armed attacks on
Israeli civilian centers between
April 26 and the end of May in
which six Israelis were killed and
16 were wounded. "The govern-
ment of Jordan bears full respon-
sibility for all armed attacks and
acts of violence carried out from
its territory across the cease-fire
lines, in breach of the cease-fire
resolution and the United Nations
Charter," Ambassador Tekoah
wrote. He observed that today's at-
tack on Beisan was "the second
time in the last 10 days that Is-
raeli children were murdered in
this terror warfare against civilian
targets, openly proclaimed and
supported by the Arab govern-
The first rocket salvo to hit
Beisan Wednesday morning in-
stantly killed 10-year-old Shute
Levi and injured her 8-year-
old sister, Michal, while they were
on their way to school. Four other
children and three adults were
hospitalized for injuries. The sec-
ond rocket attack, two hours
later, struck the Tahkemoni
School, a wooden structure that
collapsed and caught fire trapping
children and teachers inside. Res-
cuers found one girl dead and
extricated four wounded children
and two adults. Several nearby
buildings were damaged in the
attack. The name of the second
child killed was not immediately
A government official said in

Jerusalem Wednesday that Is-
rael does not intend to seek
a Security Council meeting over
the terrorist outrage. He told
the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
"In view of the composition of
the Security Council, with its
built-in hostile majority, we have
no chance even to secure a con-
demnation of the murders."
The army Tuesday released
the names of 13 Israeli soldiers
killed in two Egyptian comman-
do ambushes on the East Bank
of the Suez Canal last Saturday.
The casualties were the heaviest
suffered by Israel in a single
day since the June 1967 war.
The dead are: Second Lieuten-
ants Ariel Angel, 21, of Jerusa-
lem; Chaim Vistmontski, 22, of
Holon; and Abraham Goren, 22,
of Kibutz Beth Oren; Sergeants
Jacob Reichler, 21, of Ashkelon;
Jacob Eichler, 22, of Kiryat Atta;
Joseph Moshe, 20, of Kiryat
Malachi; Joseph Gemer, of Kibutz
Maanit; Corporals Yaacob Fuchs,
20, of Kiryat Atta; Zion Alkobi,
20, of Hedera, and Moshe Cohen,
20, of Kiryat Atta; Privates Israel
Feldman, 20, of Beersheba; Rafael
Adni, 20, of Haifa; and Yehuda
Carmel, 20, of Kiryat Atta.
In addition, the army announced
that Sergeant Avinoam Taub, 20,
of Haifa, was killed in an exchange
of fire with Egyptian forces across
the Suez Canal that followed
Saturday's ambushes.
Israel air force jets continued
to pound Egyptian positions in the
Suez Canal zone Tuesday. A mili-
tary spokesman said all Israeli
aircraft returned to their bases.
The continuous Israeli bombing,
averaging 100 sorties a day, has
apparently taken heavy toll of
Egyptian casualties. Egypt's War
Minister Gen. Mohammed Fawzi,
claimed Monday that the Israeli
air attacks were "ineffectual." But
he informed the Egyptian National
Assembly's foreign affairs and
defense committees that Egyptian
troops along the canal have been
"reduced to a minimum" to pro-

tect them from Israeli bombing
while they train for the "war of
Gen. Fawzi also claimed success
for Egyptian commando raiders
who, he said, now operate for
several days at a time behind
Israeli lines. But he said Egyptian
forces still needed preparation for
"a decisive battle" to drive Is-
raeli forces out of the occupied
Two Syrian soldiers were killed
Monday night in separate clashes
with Israeli patrols in the Golan
Heights. There were no Israeli
casualties. The first encounter took
place south of Hispin Village and
the other near Rafid Junction.
An Israeli army survey dis-
closed Tuesday that Arab guerril-
la organizations admit the deaths
of 1,621 of their men since the
June 1967 war. In addition, there
are 2,500 guerrillas and saboteurs
in Israeli jails. Because of the
heavy losses, the guerrillas now
prefer to fire at Israelis from
their sanctuaries behind the Jor-
danian and Lebanese borders.
An Arab saboteur from Leba-
non, 41-year-old Hasan Sajayero,
was sentenced to 18 years' im-
prisonment by a military tribunal
in Lydda. He was convicted of
entering Israel witk the intention
of recruiting saboteurs for the
Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine. The defendent told
the court that Lebanese army
officers issued permits for sabo-
teurs to enter southern Lebanon
in order to infiltrate into Israel.
Palestinian guerrillas in south-
ern Lebanon begged their com-
manders to be transferred out of
the region because they feared
an Israeli attack two weeks ago.
This was learned from documents
captured in Israel's 32-hour puni-
tive raid on commando bases in
the Arkoub region May 12-13. One
document was a letter signed by
25 fedayeen and addressed to the
headquarters of the Palestine
Liberation Front. It requested

transfer to a less dangerous area
because they had no adequate
means of defense where they
were, a military spokesman dis-
According to Washington Post
correspondent William Tuohy,
reporting from Beirut, a new
explosive element has been in-
jected into Lebanon's internal
crisis in the form of farmers and
villagers in the southern border
regions who are furious at the
Palestinian guerrillas for bring-
ing Israeli retaliation on their
heads and bitter toward their
own government in Beirut for
failing to protect them from the
Tuohy stated that whatever
sympathy the Lebanese villagers
may have had for the fedayeen
has rapidly evaporated, He quoted
one farmer from Blida, a border
village as saying, "Why don't all
those Palestinians in Beirut come
down here to live. Then they would
know what it is like for us to
be shelled and killed by the Is-
raelis for what the fedayeen do."
Tuohy quoted one diplomatic an-
alyst as saying: "Most Palestinian
leaders couldn't care less about
the plight of the Lebanese. They
feel that they have been kicked
around by the Lebanese for 22
years and now they would like
to see Lebanon dragged into the
war against Israel on a full-time
Minister Moshe Dayan disclosed
that 1,298 persons are presently
being held under administrative de-
tention, 37 of them Israeli citizens
and the rest residents of the occu-
pied Arab territories. Administra-
tive detention is incarceration with-
out formal charges or trial. Gen.
Dayan said, in reply to questions in
the Knesset, that it was a preven-
tive measure rather than a puni-
tive one. He noted that administra-
tive detention orders were issued
for a maximum of one year and
had to be renewed on expiration
of the period.

Prompt Defense Aid, Sale of Phantoms
Asked of Nixon in Congressmen's Appeal

Congressman William Broom-
field joined with Congressmen
Richard L. Ottinger of New York
and Gilbert Gude of Maryland in
sponsoring a strong request ad-
dressed to President Nixon for im-
mediate supply of Phantoms Israel
needs for the state's security.
With 62 signatures appended
to the strong plea, which comple-
ments the urgent message spon-
sored along the same lines by
Senator Hugh Scott of Pennsyl-
vania, the Congressional appeal


includes, in addition to Congress-
man Broomfield, the names of the
following members of Congress
from Michigan: John D. Dingell
and Martha Griffiths. A total of 40
Democrats and 22 Republicans
signed the appeal.

The Congressional appeal to the
President states:

"Dear Mr. President,

"We are writing to express our
deep concern over the shift in the
balance of power in the Near East
adverse to Israel, which has oc-
curred recently as a result of the
introduction of Soviet pilots and
SAM sites in the United Arab Re-

"The United States has long
viewed an arms imbalance in the
area as being a prescription for
widespread hostilities. In addition,
these new developments represent
a challenge to NATO's Southeas-
tern flank. As you noted in your
report to Congress, "The U.S.
would view any effort by the So-
vient Union to seek predominance
in the Middle East as a matter
of grave concern."

"Accordingly, we hope that you
"It would appear that your ac-
tion in holding in abeyance the will now, following the administra-
sale of the additional Phantoms tion's review of this question,
and Skyhawks requested by Prime make an early and affirmative de-
Minister Golda Meir has not been cision to provide Israel with the
met by similar restraint on the additional Skyhawks and Phan-
part of the Soviet Union. Indeed, toms essential to her deterrant
the introduction of Soviet combat strength. We believe that this
pilots is unprecedented in the would serve to make clear to the
Near East with the brief exception Soviets the seriousness with which
we view their action and would be
of Yemen.
the best guarantee against the out-
break of major hostilities.
"Concomitant with this action,
we hope that you will continue to
pursue serious arms limitations
talks with the Soviets on the Near
East which would be effective
only when there is a relative arms
balance, not an arms imbalance.
We believe these steps could facili-
tate progress toward direct negoti-
ations on the Rhodes formula, con-
sistent with the Security Council
Resolution of October 1967.
"We also suggest prompt con-
sultations with 'our NATO allies
because of the Gangers posed to
their own security by the Soviet
buildup in the Middle East.
"We urge that you exert your
influence to re-establish the cease



fire as a preliminary step to
eventual peace negotiations. These
steps would demonstrate to the So-
viet Union that we do not in-
tend to abdicate our responsibili-
ties in the Middle East, as well as
our earnest desire for peace."

Friday, June 5, 1970-41


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