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December 07, 1973 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-12-07

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Israel Pays Homage to a Patriarch

By DAVID LANDAU
JTA Jerusalem Bureau Chief
JERUSALEM (JTA) — In
a moving and meticulously
arranged ceremony in the
Knesset precincts Monday
morning, the leaders of the
nation and representatives of
world Jewry and of friendly
foreign governments took
their last leave of the found-
er of modern Israel, David
Ben-Gurion.
After a 28-minute religious
ceremony during which—at
the decedent's request — no
eulogies were given — the
small pine coffin draped in
the national colors was flown
by helicopter to Sde Boker
in the Negev where Ben-
Gurion was buried alongside
his wife, Paula, in the stark
desert setting that he him-
self chose as his final resting
place.
The interment at Sde
Boker was a private cere-
mony — principally because
of the emergency situation.
The roads to the kibutz were
closed and the 150 partici-

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pants — including the cabi-
net and Zionist executive —
flew from the Knesset in five
helicopters which landed and
took off one after the other
with air force precision.
The Knesset ceremony be-
gan on the dot at 11 a.m.
when air raid sirens sounded
throughout the land. Traffic
halted everywhere, work
ceased, and the nation — as
one person — paid homage
to its greatest leader, and
one of the great statesmen
of this century.
The coffin on a black cata-
falque before the bronze
Knesset doors was surround-
ed by the eight pallbearers—
colonels of the three armed
services and the police.
Chief Army Chaplain Mor-
dechai Firon opened the pro-
ceedings with a short prayer
he had specially composed
for "the pure and noble soul
of the chosen one of the
people. David son of Avigdor,
architect of Israel's inde-
pendence. May the whole
House of Israel be blessed
in your memory for ever-
more."
Israel Radio's veteran
newsreader, Moshe Hovav,
took the rostrum to read
from the Declaration of In-
dependence which Ben-
Gurion himself had read out
that memorable Friday after-
noon in 1948 at the Tel Aviv
museum.
The two chief rabbis,
Shlomo Goren and Ovadiah
Yosef, then read sections of
Psalms, and the Chief Army
Cantor rendered a special
"El Mole Rahamim" for
"David Ben Avigdor, leader
of Israel."
The ceremony ended with
Ben-Gurion's son, Amos,
reading the Kadish. As Amos
read "He who makes peace
on his high places — may
He make peace upon us,"
Premier Golda Meir, somber
in black, began to weep put-
ting a handkerchief to her
eyes. But she quickly regain-
ed her composure. The cor-
tege moved off to waiting
command cars and buses,
which took it the short dis-
tance to the helipad. It was
preceded by girl soldiers
carrying wreaths.
Heading the U. S. contin-
gent was Agriculture Secre-
tary Earl Butz and Assistant

In His Life We Were
Blessed. In His Death
We, of the JEWISH
NATIONAL FUND,
Stand Bereaved. May
the Blessing of His
Memory Serve to Guide
and Strengthen Us.

Secretary of State Kenneth
Rush. Britain was represent-
ed by the Jewish cabinet
minister, Sir Keith Joseph.
The coffin had been lying in
state all night. An estimated
250,000 Israelis of all walks
of life passed before it in
homage. The rest of the
country watched or listened
to the ceremony on radio and
TV.

Nephew of El Al Manager Is Killed in War

Nedzi Hopeful
oii M.E. Peace

WASHINGTON—Rep. Lu-
cien N. Nedzi (D., Mich.)
said upon his return from
the Middle East he feels
"some cause for optimism"
about a settlement there.
"Both Mrs. (Golda) Meir
and (Anwar) Sadat reflected
a tone of compromise that at
least should give negotiations
a good start," he said.

Sde Boker Resting Place
Rep. Nedzi was among 20
for Former Premier
members of the House

By YITZHAK SHARGIL
JTA Tel Aviv Correspondent
SDE BOKER (JTA) —
David Ben-Gurion's body was
laid to rest here in a simple
grave dug on a sandstone
cliff overlooking a Negev
desert landscape—the bibli-
cal "Wilderness of Zin."
The helicopter bearing the
simple pine coffin draped in
a prayer shawl and the Is-
raeli flag was the last of five
to land. The other four car-
ried Ben-Gurion's children
and grandchildren; President
Ephraim Katzir , Premier
Golda Meir and other mili-
tary and civilian dignitaries.
Little more than 100 persons
attended, watching the casket
lowered into the ground next
to Paula Ben-Gurion.
For the time being, Ben-
Gurion's grave is marked by
a temporary wooden sign —
identical to the markers
placed on the graves of Is-
raeli soldiers fallen in battle.
In New York, more than
20,000 persons paid a memo-
rial tribute Monday night to
Ben-Gurion, at a "Tribute
to Israel's Maccabees of
1973," at Madison Square
Garden, under the sponsor-
ship of State of Israel Bonds.
Ira Guilden, chairman of the
board of the Israel Bond Or-
ganization, hailed Ben-Gurion
as, "the greatest Maccabee
of modern times." He recall-
ed that "Twenty-two years
ago in Madison Square Gar-
den, David Ben-Gurion, the
father of Israel's independ-
ence and the first prime
minister of Israel in 2,000
years, launched the Israel
Bond drive."
(Earlier in the day some
200 members of the Israel
Consulate and Israel mis-
sions in New York gathered
at the consulate to pay
tribute to Ben-Gurion.)
Ben-Gurion Leaves
House, Library to Nation
JERUSALEM (JTA) —
David Ben-Gurion left his
home in Tel Aviv and the
extensive library in it to the
nation of Israel under the
terms of his will filed in the
Jerusalem District Court by
Yaacov Shimson Shapiro, the
former justice minister to
whom Ben-Gurion assigned
the task in 1969.
He left his home and li-
brary at Sde Boker to the
Midrasha College which he
established there. Similarly,
he bequeathed his living
rights at the kibutz to the
Midrasha.
His writings and papers
will be published and edited
by a special association
which, the will stipulates,
must be set up within one
year. Any profits realized
on these works are to be turn-
ed over to the "Paula Ben-
Gurion Foundation" which
supports schools and other
educational institutions.

Usual
The foolish man wonders
at the unusual, but the wise
man at the usual.—Ralph
Waldo Emerson.

Armed Services Committee
who visited Israel and Egypt
last month, and met with
Prime Minister Meir and
President Sadat.

He said, however, that
peace negotiations may be
hampered due to the Israeli
elections scheduled for Dec.
31 and the current debate on
the war. Sadat, at the same
time, cannot make any great
concessions, because of Arab
extremists such as Col.
Muammar Qadaffi of Libya
and the Syrians, said Nedzi.
He added that returning
the occupied land to Arab
sovereignty, and giving Is-
rael the protection of a buf-
fer zone through demilitar-
ized areas around her bor-
ders made a reasonable com-
promise.
He quoted Sadat as saying
"We know Israel is a fact,"
significant in that the Arabs
in the past have refused to
recognize the Jewish state.
He also quoted Sadat as say-
ing King Faisal of Saudia
Arabia, the largest Arab oil-
producing country, would
double oil sales to the U.S.
if Israel withdraws from the
Arab territory it occupies.

Joseph Hershkovitz, 20-
year-old nephew of El Al dis-
trict manager Benjamin
Hershkovitz, was killed while
serving in the Sinai as a tank
commander in the Israeli
Army.
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partment of El Al's head
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administration student in Tel
Aviv. The other Hershkovitz
son was serving in the Golan
Heights.

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