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January 14, 1972 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1972-01-14

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Jews and Beduin in Joint Zahal Camel. Unit in Sinai

By MOSHE -RON
Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent
Israel has revolutionized the life
of Beduin tribes.
These tribes live in the surround-
ings of Beersheba and after the
Six-Day War they spread into the
Sinai Desert, where they live in
the same manner as thousands of
years ago. For many of them,
modern times of Phantoms, Apol-
los and rockets have no effect and
they continue to live in tents and
use the same means of transporta-
tion as generations did before them
—the camel.
A few years ago, the Israeli
authorities succeeded in persuad-
ing some Beduin tribes to move
into houses in cities for part of the
year. It was a revolution. Some of
them left their tents and moved
into special buildings erected for
them near the town of Ramie. They
have become accustomed to their
new living conditions. They use
modern furniture, radio, television,
electricity and running water.
Another Beduin-quarter was built
in the lower Galilee. The Beduin
living near Beesheba, intrigued by
modern life, started building pri-
vate and modern flats and the sons

of the sheikhs acquired luxurious fect. Their task is to patror'vast
cars. Some Beduin families left areas of the Sinai Desert, day and
their tribes and moved into the night, to fight the activities of
big cities. One such group of fam- terrorists and commandos. They
ilies lives in Holon, near Tel Aviv. search Beduin to check for smug-
This group builds its own houses. gling of hashish or other drugs.
Their children are accepted into
Whenever they approach a com-
Hebrew schools, assimilated quick- pany of Beduins, they are invited
ly, and mix with Jewish children. by the sheikhs to participate in
Some Beduin children are brought meals and festivities. The Jewish
by their parents to school in pri- soldiers are careful not to speak
vate cars..
Hebrew to each other on such oc-
casions, to avoid an affront to the
In the Sinai Desert, the Israeli sheikh and to Beduin customs.
army established a special Camel
Jewish soldiers thus have the
Unit composed of Beduin and Jew-
ish soldiers. The Beduin volunteer- opportunity of enriching their
ed for this service, which is also knowledge about the mentality and
unusual. They serve with Jewish caprices of the camel. It has turned
soldiers from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem out that the camel is not only the
Haifa, etc., and with students who most patient animal, that it can
also volunteered for service in this wander around in the hot desert for
special mixed unit. Instead of serv- days without food and water, but
ing in the tank corps, or as fighter it also has a delicate nose to sense
pilots, they prefer to ride on camels things from afar. Once a Jewish
in the Sinai Desert. The Jewish soldier who rode on a camel as
the leader in a caravan saw the
soldiers are dressed like Beduin.
Jewish soldiers have to undergo camel raised its head and perk
considerable training and suffer a up its ears, drawing attention to a
great deal until they get accustom. certain direction. The soldier drew
ed to the tempers of the camel to the attention of his comrades and
they decided to follow the direction
ride on it.
The relation _ s betwen the Jewish shown by the camel. After a two-
soldiers and the Beduin are per- hour ride, the soldiers met a group
of .Beduin in the desert who were
in possession of a huge quantity of
hashish.

This Week in Jewish History

(From the files of the Jewish Telegraphic Ageney)

40 Years Ago This Week: 1932

The only Hebrew paper in Hungary, Hatzofeh, closed after 20
years for 'financial reasons.
El Siglo Futuro, Catholic organ in Madrid, insisted "the govern-
ment should adhere to the wise decision of the glorious Catholic King
(Ferinand) who saved Spain by expelling- the Jews.
JTA correspondent Pierre Van Paasen: "When (Hitler takes
power) there will not be any wholesale exodus of the Jews from the
Reich or a massacre, as some have expected. Hitler is going to crush
the Jews economically."
German Jewish banker Willy Sundhelmer: "Of course there will
be mush unpleasantness under a Hitler regime. Here and there, there
may be several Jewish heads smashed, but I don't believe that a po-
grom or mass massacre of the Jews in Germany as there used to be
in Russia will ever occur in Germany."
Baroness Helene Nostitz-Von Hindenburg, niece of German's pres-
ident: "I believe the German people recognize the qualities for good
in the Jewish people, and the contributions by Jews to Germany, and
I do not believe that anything very drastic will occur to rob the Jews
of their rights." - • -

TIM DETROIT itiV101 NEWS

22 Frieeth Jurauarrtlt,-1972



calmed them and brought them

back to the unit.

One of the most important
sheikhs in the Sinai Desert, who
is a great friend of the Jews, took
part in the event, telling the
soldiers that it was his greatest
joy in life to see how a Jewish
soldier of Zahal knows how to
handle camels in such an expert
manner.

Camels are able to wander
around in torrents of rain, provided
rain and wind strike them from
behind and not in front. If they
are struck in front, no persuasion
or blows can induce them to move
forward or backward.

The soldiers of the unit learned
that the camels have an animosity
toward their competitors; jeeps,
cars and-even planes. Once a Zahal
officer landed in a helicopter near
the camel_unit. The camels became-
scared and left the area a distance
of tens of kilometers. A Jewish
soldier riding on a camel in the
most elaborate acrobatic style fol-
lowed until he reached them,

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10 Years Ago This Week: 1962.
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Lt. Col. Israel Beer, professor of aryhistory
Milit
at Tel Aviv U.
and ex-adviser to Premier Ben-Gurion, was sentenced to 10 years in
a secret trial for passing secrets to a foreign agent -"with -the intention
of injuring the security of the State," which Beer denied.
American Zionist leader Louis Lipsky. was 85.
Of 1,152 clubs studied by the Anti:befamation League, 781 (68
per cent) practiced religious discrimination-90 of them "Jewish"
clubs barring or limiting Christians.

Nixon's Staff Has Many Jews;
but None in Cabinet, High Court

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President ments on other high levels is per-
Nixon, in his three years of office, haps not generally appreciated."
has named no Jews to either of the On the White House level, these
two "show-places" of the federal include Dr. Henry Kissinger, Leon-
government—the cabinet and the ard Garment, 'with a broad port-
Supreme Court. But there is an folio that includes civil rights, arts
impressive array of Jews on 'the and humanitiet; long-term plan-
White House and executive branch ring and much more"; William
staffs, some of them appointees of Satire, the President's chief speech
Nixon and• others holdovers from drafter; Edward David, special ad-
previous administrations, accord- viser for science. and technology;
ing to Hyman Bookbinder, Wash- and Jerome Jaffee, special con-
ington representative of the Amen sultant for narcotics and dangerous
can Jewish Committee. drugs.
In the executive office, Book.
The record of Nixon appoint-
binder pointed out, are Herbert
Stein, - chairman of the Council
Israel to Switch Site
of Economic Advisers; Ezra Sol-
omen, member of the council;
of Embassy in Brazil
Arnold Weber, executive director
RIO DE JANERO (JTA) — The
of the Cost-of•Living Council; and
Israel Embassy building here has
Ronald Berman, chairman of
been placed on th-2 market with
the National Endowment for the
an asking price cf 1,600,000 cruzie-
Humanities.
ros (approximately $250,000). Han-
In addition, Bookbinder noted,
nan Olami, first secretary of the there are Arthur Burns, chairman,
embassy, said a new embassy of the Federal Reserve Board,
building will be built in Brazil's and Jesse Steinfeld, surgeon gen-
capital city, Brasilia.
eral of the U.S.
A building has been rented in
At 'the sub-cabinet 4evel, Jews
the Copacabana section of Rio to fill posts of undersecretary of labor
house Israel's consulate and public and assistant secretaries of treas-
relations department. The embassy ury; defense; health, education
building here was the gift of the and welfare; housing and urban
local Jewish community to Israel development; and the office of
18 years ago.
management and budget. .

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