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May 04, 1973 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-05-04

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22—Friday, May 4, 1973


El Al Employe May Have Been
Wrong Man Killed by Terrorists

ROME (JTA) — Vittorio
Olivares, an Italian employe
of El Al, shot to death by a
self-styled Black September
agent here, may have been
the wrong man, police said.
They said the intended
victim could have been
Moshe Adad, 40, the El Al
office manager, who bears
a slight resemblance to the
murdered man.
Olivares, 35. was a prac-
ticing Catholic and was in
no way connected with
Middle East politics.
The accused killer, arrest-
ed after a chase, was identi-
fied as Zakariah Kamel Abou
Saleh, 23. He was carrying
an Egyptian-made Halwan 9-
caliber pistol equipped with
a silencer when he was ar-
Olivares was shot twice in
the abdomen and once in
the chest in front of one of
'Rome's busiest department
stores during the evening
rush hour. He died on the
way to a hospital.
The accused reportedly told
police interrogators that he
was sent to Rome by the
Black September to execute
Olivares whom he knew
only by photograph, not by
name. He said the killing
was revenge for last Oc-
tober's murder of Wail Adel
Ouaiter, believed to (have
been an El Fatah representa-
tive in Italy.
Zuaiter's killers have not
been apprehended and are
believed in some quarters to
have been Israeli agents.
Abou Saleh reportedly told
police that Black September
had sent an investigative
team to Italy and established
that Olivares was the man
behind Zuaiter's death.
Police noted, however, that
both Olivares and Adad
drove the same make of car
which they parked in the
same garage. They said those
facts and the slight resembl-
ance between them may
have caused the killer to stalk
and shoot the wrong man.

Make News

WITZ of Temple Beth Jacob,
Pontiac, will represent the
Jewish Chautauqua Society
as lecturer at Macomb
County Community College
in Warren, Mich., 11 a.m.,
Tuesday. He will lecture on
the subject "The Function of
Religion in Modern Society."
president of Consumer's Pe-
troleum Company, in De-
troit, has been named a
member of the 1973 National
United Nations Day Commit-
tee of which Donald S. Mac-
Naughton, president of Pru-
dential Life Insurance of
New Jersey, is chairman.
The program will culminate
on UN Day, Oct. 24. Am-
bassador John Scali, U. S.
representative to the UN in-
vited the National UN Day
Committee to hold its first
meeting May 1 at the United
Nations Plaza in New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Feldman at-
tended a private reception
sponsored by Secretary-Gen-
eral Kurt Waldheim follow-
ing the meeting.

The murder caused deep
shock in Italy and created
another dilemma for Italian
authorities. Although the
murder and capture of the
gunman took place before
dozens of witnesses, it re-
mains to be seen whether
the Italian government will
run the risk of Black Sep-
tember reprisals by sentenc-
ing him to prison here.
Abou Saleh reportedly
talked freely to investigators
about the killing which he
called a "victorious mission."
He told police that Black
September leaders in Beirut
gave him money, an airline
ticket, a pistol and details of
the victim and that he ar-
rived here April 19.
Police are trying to estab-
lish whether he made con-
tacts with local Arab groups.
Abou Saleh said he acted
alone and he had intended to
return to Beirut after the
Olivares had been a coun-
ter clerk for BOAC. fie
joined El Al two years ago,
but was seeking an other
job because of the tension
and security measures at
El Al.
Meanwhile, in La
Bolivia, police said they de-
fused a letter •b3inb address-
ed to Ambassador Moshe
Avidar of Israel. An Israeli
military attache became sus-
picious of the envelope post-
marked Sept. 18, 1972 in
Amsterdam, and notified

A rummage sale apd
Mother's Day boutique fea-
turing handmade items will
be held by the RETINITIS
TION of MICHIGAN 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. May 10 and 10 a.m.-9
p.m. May 11 at the Orchard
United Methodist Church.
For call the
foundation, 292-8216 frcirn
noon to 6 p.m. The founda-
tion funds res,-- arch into r
nits pigmen
erative eye LI,
100,000 childr''n

World Jewry Recalls the Martyrs

knew that we could not gain
a physical victory in the long
run, but we were determined
to sell our lives at a very
high price. Let it be said
that had we received some
assistance from outside, we
would have inflicted much
greater losses on on the
Speaking in Yiddish,
Stephen Grayek, one of the
leaders and founders of the
Jewish underground in Po-
land duruing World War II,
thus recalled the events of
April 1943 when the Jews
of the Warsaw Ghetto took
arms against the German
Army in the first organized
resistance to Nazi occupation
on the European contenent.
Grayek delivered the key-
note speech at the corn-.
memorative assembly at the
St. Pancras Town Hall mark-
ing the 30th anniversary of
the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
and paying homage to the
six million.
Grayek said the official
Polish underground pos-
sessed huge stocks of arms
and equipment but refused
to provide any for the War-
saw Ghetto fighters. He said
that after many months of
protracted negotiations they
managed to obtain between
40 and 50 guns and about 30
hand grenades. "For the rest
we had to buy our arms out-
side the ghetto," he said.
"Poles bought the arms
from German and Italian
soldiers and sold them to us
at a good price, simply for
gain," Grayek said. "We had
the money from two sources:
collections in the ghetto and
monies smuggled to us
illegally by the Jews of what
was then Palestine. The ob-
jective of the battle was to
give the enemy an answer,
to avenge the bloodshed.
This objective we achieved
. . . (but) the world stood
by during the massacres as
well as during the battle of
ghetto, as we know."
Israel came to a standstill
Sunday during a one-minute
blast of the nation's air raid
sirens in memory of the Six
Motorists stood in silence

with pedestrians as the dirge
echoed throughout the land.
Officially the period of
mourning began at sundown
Saturday with an official can-
dle-dighting ceremony at the
Wailing Wall.
President Zalman Shazar
and the armed forces chief
of staff, Lt. Gen. David
Elazar, took part in the serv-
ice as flags were being low-
ered to half-staff around the
Restaurants, movie thea-
ters and other places of enter-
tainment closed for other
memorial services attended
by government and military
officials in settlements
throughout the nation.
Most of the 120 members
of the Knesset visited Yad
Vashem, the national me-
morial to those who died in
the holocaust, and attended
a special session of parlia-
ment marking the 30th an-
niversary of the Warsaw
Ghetto uprising.
In the Knesset, Finance
Minister Pinhas Sapir likened
the outrages committed
by the Black September
with those of the Nazis three
decades ago. "There is no
difference between what the
Nazis did and what the Black
September is doing," he said.
"Both want to annihilate and
to strike at the very being
of the Jewish people."
A brief commotion was
precipitated when Communist
MK Meir Wilner objected to
references by Knesset Speak-
er Israel Yeshayahu to the
mistreament of Jews in the
Soviet Union.
Addressing a memorial as-
sembly in Haifa, Gen. Chaim
Laskov (Res.) claimed that
a quarter of a million Jews
from Central and Eastern
Europe fought against the
Nazis as partisans during
World War II. He said that
neither the French, the Bel-
gians, the Russians nor the
Poles could clain such a rec-
ord. Laskov said that who-
ever tried to portray Euro-
pean Jews as lambs led to
the slaughter was doing them
and their memory a grave
In New York close to 10,000
assembled in Temple Eman-

Look how little it costs toe'

uel for memorial services
addressed by Sen. Jacob K.
Javits, the largest single
comemoration of the Ghetto
anniversary ever held in the
Javits, in his remarks, said
that Senate ratification of the
United Nations Genocide Con-
vention which has been
awaiting action for 23 years,
would be a "tangible and
substantive act of commem-
oration of the Warsaw Ghetto
Uprising." He said he antici-
pated that the Convention
would be favorably reported
by the Senate Foreign Re-
lations Committee and would
be voted on this summer.
"Those who survived the
Nazi holocaust know full well
the meaning of genocide,"
Javits said.

"A World Dictionary of
Hebrew Slang," by Dan Ben
Amotz and Netiva Ben Ye-
huda, has been published.

Reader Is Right:
`z' in Nietzsche

A sharp-eyed reader gets
an A in spelling for spotting
the missing Z in Nietzsche.
The review of Dr. Wayne
Andrews' "S iegfrie d's
Curse!" in the April 20 issue
of The Jewish News carried
a misspelling—consistently-
of Nietzsche's name. Thanks
to a faithful reader, it was
brought to our attention. Of
course, it's all the printer's
fault . . .?!?



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