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March 01, 1974 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-03-01

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Confrontation With Egyptians

3 Detroiters

(Continued from Page 1)
UNEF team supervising the
disengagement in Sinai were
advised of the incident and
they made efforts to get the
detainees returned under the
disengagement accord which
provides for the return of
anyone who unintentionally
strays beyond the UN lines.
The UJA Young Leader-
ship Cabinet members ar-
rived in Israel do Monday.
The group comprised 60
members from various cities
the U.S., including some
ies. The men left early
inesday on a sightseeing
tour of the Sinai battlefront
where women are not per-
mitted, and the wives re-
mained to take tours inside
Israel.
When the bus reached the
westernmost Israeli outpost in
Sinai, facing Egypt's Second
Army, the visitors stopped to
take pictures near a UNEF
checkpost. The bus driver
discovered that the road at
that point was too narrow to
turn his vehicle around. UN
soldiers suggested that he
enter their zone for a short
distance to a point where a
U-turn was possible without
bogging down in the sand
dunes that line the road.
The bus was permitted to
pass the UN roadblock, pro-
ceeded for about 100 meters

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and was making its turn
when Egyptian soldiers ap-
peared and captured the en-
tire party at gunpoint. They
ignored protests by the Is-
raeli military escort and the
UN people at the nearby
checkpoint.
When Israeli authorities
received news of the incident
they contacted the tripartite
team and demanded the im-
mediate release of the bus
and its passengers. There
was no response from Egyp-
tian authorities and several
hours later the Israelis re-
peated their demand.
Meanwhile, tensions mount-
ed at the Dan Hotel in Tel
Aviv, headquarters of the
UJA mission, when the wives
returned from their tour and
learned of the incident. In-
structions were issued not to
provide a list of the UJA
people on the bus. Women,
asked by reporters if their
husbands were on the bus
replied, "No comment" or
"No names please." Army
officers were in touch with
the group at the hotel
throughout the day.
After the release to Israeli
authorities of the detainees,
a list of the UJA people was
provided. They included, in
addition to the three Detroit-
ers: Harold Siegel, Joseph
Mirbick, Allen Rothenberg
and Gene Waldman, all of
Philadelphia; Robert Cope-
land, Dr. Henry Albinder,
Dr. Allan Jaffe, Warren Ka-
resh and Dr. Warren Sachs,
all of Norfolk, Va. ; Michael
Bryan, Rabbi Fred Neulander
and Sam Lear, all of Cam-
den, N.J.; Stephen H. Cohen
and Iel Ginguld, of Syracuse,
N.Y.; Robert Gerber and
Marshall Grossman of Los
Angeles; Paul Fierstein of
Newark; Marcus Hirsch of
Baton Rouge, La.; Leonard
Wein Jr., of Miami Beach;
Howard Stone of New York:
and Sherwin Weinstein of
Rochester, N.Y.
Three others believed ' to
have been guests were iden-
tified as William Milgrom,
Howard Sherman and Leon
Miller. Their addresses were

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not immediately available.
The UJA group, upon their
release, told how the bus
driver was advised by Fin-
nish UNEF officers to pro-
ceed a short distance into
the UN zone in order to
make a turn.
"We advanced and sudden-
ly we saw a military jeep
approaching us. The soldiers
made signs for us to stop
and in a moment it was ap-
parent we were held by
Egyptians," Detroiter Nach-
man said. He said the Egyp-
tians seemed as surprised as
the people they captured.
"They simply did not know
what to do. They awaited in-
structions from, higher quar-
ters."
Dr. Sachs said the Egyp-
tions "ordered the passengers
out of the bus but did not
display force." He said the
entire party milled around
outside the bus for about two
hours while the soldiers
awaited instructions. When
lunchtime came, the Ameri-
cans and their Israeli escorts
ate their box lunches as the
Egyptians looked on.
When orders came "we
were told to mount the bus
and to cover our eyes," Mer-
bach recalled. "I put a hand-
kerchief over my eyes and
others pulled their jackets
over their heads," he said.
He said they were driven
across the canal by way of
an earthen bridge construct-
ed by Israeli engineers but
did not glimpse the water-
way. They were taken to a
large museum-like building
in which were hanging -pic-
tures of President Anwar
Sada t and the late President
Gamal Abdel Nasser, Dr.
Sachs reported.
He said the only time they
were apprehensive was when
the Egyptians separated the
Americans from their Israeli

escorts for questioning. Nach-
man said the Americans
were concerned over their
Israeli companions and
agreed not to leave without
them. But they were re-
lieved when, after four hours
of questioning, the entire
party was assembled in one
hall.
Nachman said the Egyp-
tians behaved correctly, of-
fered them soft drinks, cof-
fee, cheese and bread. After
dark they were put back on
the bus, blindfolded and
driven to the tripartite com
mand post where they were
released.
The adventure ended with
a champion supper at the
Dan Hotel in the early hours
of the morning. The wives
of the UJA leaders listened
with interest to their hus-
bands' stories. Their "busy
day" had consisted of visits
to a deaf children's school,
vocational schools and a stop
at Kfar Silver.
The group is headed by
Howard Stone of New Jersey,
director of the UJA Young
Leadership Cabinet.

Friday, March 1, 1974-5

Jewish Schooling Studied by AAJE

NEW YORK — The Ameri-
can Association for Jewish
Education (AAJE) announced
it has undertaken four nation-
wide studies dealing with
Jewish high schools, teachers
in Jewish schools, budgets
and functions or local. cen-
tral agencies of Jewish edu-
cation, and federation alloca-
tions for local Jewish educa-
tion.
The studies, each of which
is projected for completion
this year, "are expected to
reveal standards, practices
and norms that will assist
Jewish communities and
schools in evaluating local
conditions in the areas being
surveyed," said Mandell L.

Berman of Detroit, chairman
of the AAJN's national gov-
erning council.
"The high school study will
analyze trends in enrollment,
curricular practices, finances
and professional personnel,"
Berman said -.
In Atlantic City, some 80
Jewish educators will gather
March 10-12 for the AAJE
national conference focusing
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on two innovative approaches
schooling and individualized
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