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April 23, 1971 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-04-23

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Sabotage Thwarted in Israel Housing Under Way at Sharm el-Sheikh

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli po-
lice disclosed the arrests last week
of five French-trained saboteurs
working for Arab terrorist organi-
zations. The round-up was describ-
ed as one of the biggest coups of
Israel's counter-espionage service.
According to Jacob Turjeman, a
police spokesman, it forestalled a
wave of sabotage and terror in
Israel including a plot to hijack
a TWA airliner in flight from
Lydda to New York. Turjeman said
details of the affair were passed
on to Interpol and to the various
police forces in Europe which led
to the arrest of a group of terror-
ists in Rome. He told newsmen at
a press conference that the first
arrest in Israel was made April
11 at Lydda Airport.
Police seized two sisters, Nadia
and Madeleine Bardly, aged 26 and
21, who were caught with forged
passports and luggage filled with
various types of high explosives.
The girls reportedly confessed
membership in the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine in
France. Their father is Moslem
and their mother Christian.
On April 12 police arrested 26-
year-old Evelyne Brage at Lydda
Airport. The German-born woman
who was raised in France was said
to have been exposed as one of the
PFLP members who planned the
multiple airliner hijackings of last
September. She also reportedly ad-
mitted committing sabotage in a
West European country. Police did
not release further details. The
most bizarre case revealed by
Turjeman was the arrest of two
French tourists at a Tel Aviv hotel
last week who were found in pos-
session of high explosives con-
cealed in shoe heels, clothing lin-
ing and in a lady's handbag. The
pair was identified as Pierre Burg-
halter, 69, and his wife, Edith, 60.
According to police, the couple
was carrying the most sophisti-
cated sabotage device yet known
in Israel. It consisted of articles
of clothing soaked in a liquid
which, when dried, become explo-
sive. The Burghalters- allegedly
planned to detonate the impreg-
nated articles in schools and other
public places. According to police
the,gouple was paid $2,000 to corn-
mit = sabotage in Israel.

An Arab child was killed April
15 in Raffah in the southern sec-
tion of the Gaza Strip when a hand
grenade was thrown at an Israeli
Army vehicle. No Israelis were
injured. Three Raffah residents
were hurt yesterday by another
grenade. Security forces are in-
vestigating.
The arrests of five French-trained
saboteurs in Israel last week has
led to a number of arrests in
France among extreme New Lef-
tists close to Dr. George Habash's
Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine.
French police uncovered a large
cache of explosives near Paris,
presumably for use in anti-Israel
terrorist acts in Western Europe
and the Near East. According to
local authorities, the five arrested
here are cooperating with authori-
ties. They reportedly admitted join-
ing the PFLP and disclosed details
of a mission that was intended to
instill fear in foreign tourists by
detonating bombs at hotels and
other public places during the
height of the tourist season.
The ringleader, according to po-
lice, was 26-year-old Evelyn Brage,
a German-born woman reared in
France.
Police who questioned her said
today that she was the mysterious
woman who visited the hotel rooms
of Palestinian commandos in
Frankfort last summer prior to
the multiple air liner hijackings
that stunned the world last Sep-
tember. She was seen in the corn
pany of Leila Khaled and her
American companion just before
their abortive attempt to hijack
an En Al airliner. Miss Brage was
also linked by Israeli police to a
million dollar *dock fire in Rotter-
dam last March 15. Police said
she was attempting to damage
stored Israeli goods but touched
off stores of refined oil by mis-
take. Meanwhile, it was also dis-
closed that a PFLP cell was un-
covered recently by Israeli se-
curity forces in the northern dis-
tricts of Acre and Nazareth. Four
members of the group were ar-
rested while its leader, Saadi
Jaateer of Bethlehem, escaped to
Jordan. The cell was still in its
formative stage and did not carry
,but any- acts-of. sabotage.

ADS Offers $5,000 'Reward
for Information on Bombings

NEW YORK -(JTA) — Seymour
Graubard, national chairman of
the Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai. Brith, announced that the
agency will pay a $5,000 reward
"for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of the per-
son or persons responsible" for
the bombing of the Jewish Center
of West Orange, N.J.
The early Sunday morning blast
ripped a gaping hole in the temple
section of the brick and glass
structure and caused extensive
damage to other parts of the cen-
ter's complex.
Robert C. Kohler, director of the
ADL's New Jersey regional office,
is a member of the congregation
and was on the scene shortly after
the blast occurred.
In making the reward announce-
ment, Graubard called the bomb
blast "an appalling act of violence
which all Americans must abhor."
He said the reward was being of-
fered in the hope that it would
hasten bringing the bomber or
bombers to justice.

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'Graubard said the ADL is work-
ing closely with temple officialS
and all law authorities.
The blast, which shattered win-
dows, damaged structural beams,
tore the doors apart and cracked
the air conditioning unit, was
touched off the night .-that JDL
national chairman Rabbi Meir
Kahane 'had been scheduled to
address a meeting at the build-
ing. ,-
-
According to the.;synagogue's
spiritual leader, Rabbi Harold
Mozeson, several placards had
been' pasted in the town announcing
the JDL leader's appearance on
the night of the explosion. The
date, however, Rabbi Mozeson
stated, had been changed to May
2 and the posters were not cor-
rected.
Although Rabbi Mozeson declined
to link the blast with Rabbi Ka-
hane's appearance, he did note
that it was a "strange coinci-
dence."
He disclosed that he and his
congregants had agreed at a meet-
ing that. - Rabbi Kahane's invita-
tion for May 2 still stands," .,and
that the congregants , weren't "go-
ing to make our decision subject'
to this kind of hooliganism."
He dismissed the possibility that
members of the Ku Klux Klan,
who have stirred up trouble in
,Highstown, N.J., were involved in
the bombing. Rabbi Mozeson told
the JTA that Rabbi Kahane's ap-
pearance would be the first in this
North Jersey town, although he
had addressed a meeting in a
neighboring community, Living-
ston, without incident.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Housing
Minister Zev Sharef disclosed that
civilian housing is being built at
Sharm el-Sheik, the strongpoint at
the southern tip of Sinai occupied
by Israel in the 1967 war.
That disclosure and Sharef's an-
nouncement that a new settlement
to be called Hitnahalut will be
built astride the Eilat-Sharm el-
Sheikh road some 50 miles south
of Eilat, was seen by observers
here as serving notice on the
Arabs that Israel has no intention
of ever withdrawing from Sharm
el-Sheikh.
Sharef said the new housing was
in an "advanced stage" but gave
no other details.
He told newsmen that the hous-
ing would be open to anyone who
wanted to settle there. He said the
most likely candidates would be
army officers and workers em-
ployed at Sharm el-Sheikh.
Israeli leaders have insisted
that Israel must retain Sharm
el-Sheikh and an overland link
to it no matter what final peace
settlement is reached with Egypt.
The strongpoint commands the
Gulf of Tiran, Eilat's only ac-
cess to the sea.
The Israeli government has en-
couraged local and foreign in-
vestors to construct tourist facili-
ties at Sharm el-Sheikh and along
the road.
Observers said Sharef doubtless-
ly cleared the disclosure with the
government before he met with

newsmen. They said it was prob-
ably intended to make Israel's
position on Sharm el-Sheikh doubly
clear in light of the new federation
of Egypt, Libya and Syria, an-
nounced in Cairo over the week-
end.
Sharef also reported that the
first house built for Jewish settlers

in the West Bank town of Hebron
would be handed over to its ten-
ants next month. It will house 12
families. He said that one house
will be completed each month
beginning next September.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, April 23, 1971-21

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Health Law Opposed

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Hadassah
Hospital's medical council said it
would oppose a proposed new na-
tional health insurance law on
grounds that it would encroach on
individual freedom. The council
claimed the legislation would
transfer governmental powers to
the sick funds and to a national
"health authority.". The major sick
fund in Israel is Kupat Holim of
Histadrut.
Mrs. iChaika Grossman, chair-
man of the Knesset's public service
committee, conceded on a tele-
vision debate that the undeclared
purpose of the proposed law was
eventually to concentrate all health
insurance in Histadrut's sick fund.

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