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September 18, 1970 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-09-18

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Corruption Reported Among Terrorists; Arabs Lie About 'Victories'

Special Jewish News
Israel Correspondent
TEL AVIV — Some interesting
things were revealed in some guer-
rilla camps in Lebanon. when a
Zahal unit occupied them for a
few hours. Captured documents re-
veal horror stories and how the El
Fatah "patriots" used the funds
which they had received for their
liberation struggle against Israel.
These documents were revealed
by the Arab Liberation Front,
which accused members of El
Fatah of occupying themselves
with prostitution and drunkenness
and using their funds for similar
One of these documents reveals
that the leader of El Fatah in Le-
banon. Abdul Khalib, arranged
parties with the participation of
members of the Lebanese Security
Service. He also bought a luxurious
car from the funds for the libera-
tion army. When he was caught
and deposed, he created his own
terrorist organization.
Arab girls helped him to collect
more than 75,000 Lebanese
pounds. This sum he spent in
several cabarets in Beirut. At
last the purpose of this money
collection was revealed, and the
Lebanese press published arti-
cles and photos about the case,
in order to prove to the Leba-
nese population how the "ter-
rorists" fight against Israel.
In a second document, published
by the guerrilla organization of Dr.
George Habash, which is support-
ed by China, it is revealed that
during the last weeks 58 El Fatah
members were dismissed, as they
were caught committing murders,
fights and other crimes. The com-
manders of El Fatah keep a re-
gime of despotism, and there are
bad relations between the com-
manders and the soldiers.
. Many terrorists spread defama-
tory ideas, and there are many
defectors. Therefore, the command-
ers have introduced a rule of fear.
The document teals also with
the competition and mutual accu-
sations between the guerrilla or-
- ganizations and their leaders..
These are only a few facts. One
can imagine what really happens
within the 11 Palestinian guerrilla
organizations, events which are not


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Dr. George Habash, the Marx-
ist leader of the Arab Popular
Front, who is said to have been
in North Korea for more than
three weeks, assisted in engi-
neering the hijacking and ada-
mantly encourages continuation
of these tactics in defiance of the
moderate Arab elements.

published in such documents and
remain therefore unknown.
• • •
In Israel and in the world, one
is accustomed to the fantastic re-
ports from the Arab spokesmen
about the war against Israel. No-
body takes the figures about Is-
raeli losses seriously. Everybody
reveals a smile when official
spokesmen and guerrilla speakers
boast about their successful at-
tacks on Zahal positions and the
heavy losses inflicted on Israeli
Of course, there are some actions
in which there are losses and dam-
About these there are accu-
rate reports by the spokesmen of
the Israeli Army, who states dis-
tinctly how many soldiers were
killed or wounded and how many
planes were shot down.
During the last days, some
Arab newspapers started criti-
cizing the Arab reports on "vic-
tories" against Israel. We had
the opportunity to bear from
some newspapers in Cairo and
Beirut, that the Arab reader and
radio listener have ceased to be-
lieve in the boastful and false
reports about great Arab vic-
tcries against Israel.
The Cairo newspaper Al Gum-
houriya wrote that the Arab ter-
rorists boast about the losses they
have inflicted on the Israeli Army
during the last three years.
Israeli spokesmen ridicule their
fantastic stories and figures. They
are intended for internal use and
completely unfounded.
The Arabic newspapers maintain
that owing to unfounded stories
and figures, the world has lost con-
fidence in the Arab reports. The
Lebanese newspaper El Jadid
writes that it would be better to
tell the truth, because the untrue
reports and boastings have an
opposite effect on the readers.
The Cairo paper Al Ahram de-
clares that boastings of victories
is one of the characteristics of the
Arabs. People have no confidence
in untrue reports. There is a dan-
ger that if the Arabs would start
to report what really happens on
the front, nobody would believe
these stories.
Al Ahram referred to the Arab
reports during the Six-Day War.
The Arab spokesmen spread a pack
of lies, that 117 Israeli warplanes
were shot down, when the Arab
air force practically did not exist
any more. When the Israeli army
came near to the Suez Canal, Arab
military spokesmen spread stories ;
that Beersheba is going to fall into
Egyptian hands.
The untrue reports were contin-
ued after the Six-Day War, Al
Ahram writes. According to these
reports, all Israeli positions on the
eastern side of the Suez Canal had
been destroyed.
It should be noted that this Is
a new tone in the' most famous
Egyptian newspaper, which took
part in the past in 'spreading
many unfounded stories about
Egyptian victories tliat had never
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taken place. The change in tone
came only after the chief editor
of Al Ahram, Hassein Heykahl, a
close friend and associate of
President Nasser, had been ap-
pointed minister of information
and became acquainted with the
damage these untrue reports
had on public opinion.
The Lebanese newspaper El
Hiyot writes that owing to the un-
true reports, the Arab world ex-
pects that all attacks on Israel end
with Arab victories. It should know
that in every war there are risks,
and one can be defeated also. Un-
true reports about victories would
have a very damaging effect on
public opinion, if it would be con-
fronted eventually with the truth.
The chief of the press depart-
ment of the Lebanese government,
Charles Rasok, admitted that the
propaganda channels of the Arabs
did not distinguish for a long time
between truth and lies. Heykhal
said that the organizations spill
more fantasy-stories than blood of
the enemy.
Reports from international
news agencies about the situation
on the Suez Canal give a differ-
ent picture. The Egyptian side of
the canal Is full of graveyards,
they say. In one of them about
1,800 graves were counted. Nas-

ser recently attacked Iraq that
it only talks instead of fighting,
whereas the Egyptians have to
keep up the front against Israel
with dozens of losses daily. The
Arabs do not reveal figures about
their planes which have been shot
down by the Israelis.
For weeks, they do not report
losses to members of the families,
and many of them do not know
at all that their next of kin were
killed. Now the Egyptian minister
of information wishes to change
this situation. But it is hard to be-
lieve, that he would succeed in

this, as the population of his coun-
try is so used to lies that they
would not believe in the truth.

10—Friday, September 18, 1970

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