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July 03, 1970 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-03

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Soviet Missiles Down Israeli Planes

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Soviet mis- dition in Hadassalt hospital Tues-
day after undergoing four-hour
siles brought down two Israeli jets
surgery for a serious head
over the Suez Canal Zone Tues-
wound he suffered when his unit
day. Their crews baled out and
came under Egyptian fire in the
were presumably captured by the
Suez Canal Zone Monday. His
Egyptians, a military spokesman
parents were at his bedside. He
announced Wednesday.
Israeli planes nevertheless con- was visited later by his uncle,
Minister Moshe Dayan.
tinued their attacks on Egyptian
Israel air force jets attacked
targets in the northern section
military positions in the
of the canal zone Tuesday night.
Cairo claimed that four Israeli southern section of the Suez Canal
jets were downed, and they were zone intermittently throughout the
night and returned safely to their
American-made Phantom F-4s.
bases. An Israeli soldier was
By Israel's count the two
wounded by Jordanian gunfire near
planes were the 12th and 13th
Kfar Ruppin in the Jordan Valley.
to be lost over Egypt since the
June 1967 war. But they were - Several mortar shells were fired
at Kfar Yovel in Upper Galilee
the first losses conceded by
from Lebanese territory. Katyusha
Israel since its air force began
rockets were fired in the vicinity
almost around-the-clock bomb-
of Mar Blum.
ing of Egyptian targets in the
Four Gaza residents were
canal zone on May 30. They
are believed to have been hit wounded by a hand grenade that
by Soviet SAM-2 anti-aircraft

missiles which hitherto have had
little success against low flying
supersonic jets. The only ac-
knowleged Israeli loss to SAM-2s
until Tuesday was a propellor
driven Piper Cub.
Some quarters here observed

that the accuracy of the SAM-2
missiles indicated that they were
operated by Russian technicians.
But there was also speculation
and a degree of alarm over the
possibility that the two planes
were victims of the new SAM-3
missies being fired in combat and
little doubt that the highly sophis-
ticated radar guidance aparatus
was operated by Soviet personnel.
SAM-3 missile launchers are
known to be distributed widely
over central Egypt to protect such
vital targets as Alexandria, Cairo
and the Aswan High Dam. Israel's
incessant pounding of Egyptian
positions along theWest Bank of
the Suez Canal and a strip some
20 miles deep inland from the
waterway has been intended to
forstall the placement of SAM-3s
in the canal zone.
Some sources here said the
missions — SAM-2s — were prob-
ably positioned on the so called
"Red Line" which marks the
western limit of the canal zone
strip where Israel has maintained
uncontested aerial supermacy.
Israeli authorities approached
International Red Cross represen-
tatives with regard to the three
pilots who bailed out over Egypt.
They were identified as Eyal
Achkoar, Rami Har Paz and Itzhak
Fier. According to a report from
Cairo, Fier suffered a fractured
hand and some bruises but the
others sustained no injuries.
In addition to the three, Egypt
also is holding another Israeli
pilot, Avinoam Kaldes, who bailed
out several months ago, two Israeli
soldiers kidnaped in a commando
raid across the Suez Canal last
month and an Israeli officer and
two civilian canteen workers cap-
tured in another commando raid
several months ago.

Israel air force jets attacked
Egyptian military positions in
the Suez Canal Zone intermit-
tently Monday night and return-
ed safely to their bases. Israeli
jets attacked guerrilla bases in
Jordan for a half hour Tues-
day morning after Beisan Town-
ship was twice hit by Katyusha
rockets fired - from Jordanian
territory. There were no casual-
ties and the only damage was
broken glass. The planes were
called in after Israeli artillery
opened fire on the guerrilla posi-

Katyusha rockets were fired at
Yardena Tuesday morning but
caused no casualties or damage.
Several bazooka shells were fired
Monday night at an Israeli position
in the Golan Heights causing no
casualties. The fire was returned.
Several bursts of fire were aimed
at Israeli troops on Mt. Hermon
Monday night without causing cas-

Saul Weizmann, son of Trans-
port Minister Ezer Weizmann,
was reported in satisfactory con-

Israeli Counselors
at 60 U.S. Camps

JERUSALEM — Some 250 youth
counselors have just left Israel
for America to direct activities in
60 summer camps for Jewish youth
throughout the United States.
It is expected that about 125,003
boys and girls age 10-16 will be
spending their summer vacation
in camps run by Jewish organi-
zations in the United States this
year. The over-all number of coun-
selors in the Jewish summer
camps this year will near the 4,000
The counselors who have gone
to America under the auspices of
the youth and hehalutz department
of the World Zionist Organization
have been screened and selected
from a total of 4,500 candidates.
For the most part they are stu-
dents, university graduates or
members of kibutzim, and all have
had wide experience among youth.
Since they are expected to rep-
resent Israeli culture and effec-
tively to engage in the various
activities in the camps, their quali-
fications and experience must be
wide and varied.

The participation of Israeli
counselors in summer camps for
Jewish youth in the United States
commenced five years ago when
18 counselors were invited from
Israel to work in the Ramah
camps run by the Conservative
movement in America. Since
then, their number has grown
annually, reaching the peak
figure of 250 this year.

The Israeli counselors will this
year serve in camps organized by
the various central Jewish organi-
zations in the United States, affili-
ated with the Conservative, Ortho-
dox and Reform trends, as well as
with the halutzic movements.
Twelve of the counselors will be
attached to summer camps in

exploded in the Gaza market
place. The bodies of two Syrian
soldiers were found in a burnt-
out armored personnel carrier des-
troyed by Israeli gunfire during
last Friday's fighting. Bazookas
and other weapons were found
on the bodies. Syrian soldiers were
seen clearing away the rubble
of fortifications destroyed by
Israeli forces. . Syrian artillery
shelled their own positions on their
side of the cease-fire line yester-
day in the mistaken belief that
the fortifications were still oc-
cupied by Israeli troops.
troops stationed along the cease
fire line are under orders to assist
Palestinian guerrillas operating
against Israel, but only if they
have written permission for their
operation from the defense min-
istry in Damascus, an Israeli mili-
tary spokesman disclosed.
He said this and other informa-
tion was gleamed from the inter-
rogation of 38 soldiers taken pris-
oner during Israel's retaliatory
armored thrust into Syria last Fri-
day. the Syrians, all enlisted men,
disclosed that they had been aban-
doned by their company com-
mander who left just before the
battle on the pretext of gathering
more intelligence.
They said that assistance to the
guerrillas took the form of supply-
ing provisions, information and
covering fire. If Israeli opposition
at one point seems too strong,
Syrian troops redirect the guer-
rillas to other points along the
cease-fire line. Nevertheless, Da-
mascus maintains strict control
over the guerrillas' activities, the
soldiers revealed. They also re-
ported that Syrian military au-
thorities are delaying the discharge
of some conscripts due to be re-
leased from service.
The army announced the final
tally of Syrian casualties and
losses in last week's fighting. Ac-
cording to a military spokesman,
Syrian forces suffered 103 men
killed, 131 wounded, 21 tanks
burned out, 10 tanks damaged by
direct hits, nine anti-tank guns
and recoilless cannons destroyed,
along with 49 bunkers and shelters,
three vehicles and 16 other struc-
(In the battle on the Golan
Heights, 10 Israelis were killed, 37
were wounded and a pilot, 22-year-
old Boaz Eytan, was taken prisoner
after his plane was shot down. Four
of the 10 dead were members of a
medical team, on a false-alarm
mercy mission to a UN observers'
(The team, including a doctor
and orderlies, were on their way
to the outpost after hearing that
some of the UN personnel had been
wounded by Syrian gunfire and
were in need of medical attention.
Their halftrack was hit by a Syrian
tank shelL It later turned out that
the report was inaccurate and that
no UN men were wounded.)

Friday, July 3, 1970-5


Rep. Conyers, Signer of Statement
Backing Israel, Discounts Panthers

Two days after signing a strong
statement calling for American
response to Israel's request for
jets, Congressman John Conyers
(1st District-Dem.) commented on
the black community's atitude to-
ward Israel's position in the Middle
At a press conference Tuesday,
attended by Mrs. Martin Luther
King Jr. and William Clay, black
congressman from Missouri, Con-
yers said the statement represents
the attitude of most black lead-
of the community but, he admit-
ted, not the people in the com-
He explained:
"Probably most black people do
not understand the international

implications of the Mid East situa-
tion because they are too involved
with their daily existence and sur-

He said the Black Panthers'

position against Israel did not
affect most of the community.

The black identiy that the Pan-
thers have impressed on the peo-
ple, he said, is again related to
daily survival.

"The people probably don't even
realize the international implica-
tions of events in their own daily
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