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March 22, 1974 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-03-22

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Blood Plot Against Syrian Jews
Charged; 2 Jewish Leaders Seized

NEW YORK (JTA)—Rabbi
Joseph Harari, director of
the Committee for the Res-
cue of Syrian Jewry, has sent
a telegram to United Na-
tions Secretary General Kurt
Waldheim, urging him to in-
vestigate the murder of four
Jewish women in Syria and
"to alleviate the plight of the
Jewish minority by calling
upon the Syrian government
to permit their departure."
At the same time, Rabbi
Harari charged that the re-
rted arrest of two Jewish
Hi along with two Moslems
for the murder was an "ap-
parent blood plot against the
small Jewish community"
which has maintained a clean
record throughout its 3,000-
year history in Syria.
The Associated Press and
the New York Times re-
ported over the weekend that
a gang of smugglers had
killed the women. The AP
said that Syrian security men
had arrested four members
of the gang who were de-
scribed as two Syrian Jews
and two Syrian Moslem
Arabs.
According to the Times, a
diplomat in Damascus said
he believed the four women
had been carrying valuables
and were robbed by the
smuggler-guides who killed
them to avoid detection.
However, Rabbi Harari
said the two Jews who were
arrested are "respectable
members of distinguished
Jewish families" and were
praised as "men of integrity
by those who know them
personally."
To believe that these two
men "would go to a cave in
the mountains to participate
in the robbery and murder
of four girls from their own
community is an insult to
the intelligence of the en-
lightened world and a slap in
the face of justice and human
decency," Rabbi Harari said.
"The courage' displayed by
the oppressed Syrian Jews
who organized a demonstra-
tion in the streets of Damas-
cus to protest the murders
despite police threats clearly
indicates that the Syrian gov-
ernment cannot succeed in
concealing the fact."
Several news reports over
the weekend reported the
bodies of the women were
found on the Lebanese border
which they had been alleg-
edly trying to cross in an
attempt to flee Syria.
The original report in the
French _daily Le Figaro, cit-
ing a "sure source" said the
bodies were found on a street
the Jewish quarter of
amascus. Israeli sources re-
fuse to rule out the possi-
bility the slayings took place
in Damascus.
The American Sephardi
Federation has condemned
the Syrian government for
the murder.
Urging the free world and
men of good will everywhere
not to remain silent about
this murder, Haim Eliachar,
chairman of the board of
ASF, declared:
We condemn the Syrian
government for their inex-
cusable barbarism against
helpless Jewish 'citizens' of
Syria who are neither per-
mitted to live and work as

Syrians, nor to leave. The
unconscionable imprisonment
and murder of women makes
their action more than a
crime against a people; it is
a crime against the world."
There are more than 150,-
000 Sephardic Jews in the
United States. Many of them
are refugees from Arab
Syria and not allowed to
leave, said Eliachar.
Eliachar also declared that
any disengagement talks be-
tween Israel and Syria under
U.S. auspices must include
a provision for the freedom
of the Jews of Syria.
He added that pressure
must be placed upon the
Syrian government to "cease
the abuse of Jews and allow
them the right to emigrate"
under the Universal Declara-
tion of Human Rights, and
urged passage in Congress of
the House Resolution 7272

r .

"For the Relief of Certain
Distressed Aliens," which
calls for the U.S. to grant
60,000 special visas for Jews
from all Arab lands.
The four Jewish women
who were murdered were
identified by the Israeli Con-
sulate as the three Zeybak
sisters — Toni, 22, Laura,
23, and Farah, 24, and Eva
Saad. According to a report
from Jerusalem, the four had
been raped and tortured to
death.
Meanwhile, Sephardic Chief
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called
on "all the enlightened na-
tions of the world to rescue
the oppressed Jews of Syria
from the barbarians sur-
rounding them." He was
speaking at a memorial
prayer service in Tel Aviv
for the four young women
slain in Damascus.

*

*

World Parley
in Support of
Israel Urged

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-
The presidents of major Jew-
ish organizations in the Uni-
ted States were called upon
"to convene a world Jewish
convention in Jerusalem with-
in 30 days to mobilize support
for Israel in the coming fate-
ful period."

The appeal was initiated by
Brith Sholom's national
administrative committee,
meeting here, on recommen-
dation by the pro-Israel fra-
ternal organization's national
president, David Young.
Young underscored the ur-
gent nature of the conference
by suggesting that "not only
organization representatives
and community leaders be
invited but also the best Jew-
ish minds in all spheres of
national life who are commit-
ted to Israel's survival."

"The conference," he said,
"would demonstrate the Jew-
ish people's solidarity with
Israel and constitute an ex-
pression of awareness that the
fate of the Jewish people and
Israel are mutually linked."
Albert Liss, Brith Sholom's
national executive director,
said that "the Jewish com-
munity must be on guard to
see that Israel's legitimate
rights and interests as a sov-
ereign power are not sacri-
ficed to the immediate eco-
nomic and geo-political goals
and prejudices of the Big
PoWers and their subordinate
nation-states."

The scheme of things
seems to be that it's easier
to make a bad matter worse
than it is to make a good
matter better.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

The paper, official publi-
cation of the governmental
"Neo Destur" party, said
that altogether 10 people
have been arrested, "most of
whom are Jews."
The Jewish Telegraphic
Agency learned from Tuni-
sian Jews now in Paris that
contrary to the "Al Alam"
report, 17 Jews have been
arrested. These include mem-
bers of such prominent Tuni-
sian Jewish families as the
Memis, Souyias and Bok-
hobzas.
Most of those arrested and
still detained at the Tunis
Central Prison are accused
of having tried to smuggle
out of the country foreign
currencies. Some are charged
with transferring moneys to
Israel.
According to these sources,
five other Tunisian Jews
wanted by the local police
have managed to flee abroad
and are now in France.
The 17 were arrested after
customs officials last week
searched the diplomatic
pouch of the South Korean
Embassy in Tunis. The pouch
was found to contain, say
these sources, over 1,000,000
U.S. dollars, as well as docu-
ments enumerating people
sending money abroad. It
also included a "code list"
of banking accounts in
Switzerland, France and Is-
rael.
Families of the arrested
men have appealed to Tuni-
sian President Habib Bour-
guiba to intervene on their
behalf. Bourguiba, according
to these sources, has refused,
saying that the case was "a
financial criminal incident
not related to the status of
the Jewish community
there."
In spite of this assurance,
a number of Tunisian. Jews
have already left the coun-
try and have applied for per-
mission to settle in France.
The sources say that more
Tunisian Jews plan to leave
their homes for either
France, the United States or
Israel. There are about 8,000
Jews left in Tunisia.

.

Friday, March 22, 1974-9

We wish to express, on behalf of the millions of Jews of
the world, great appreciation for your, response to the 1974
Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel Emergency Fund.

The 1974 Campaign was launched during an emergency
and carried through in an unconventional manner. Because
you responded with unprecedented generosity, the human-
itarian programs in Israel continue to meet the increased
problems of a society disrupted by war.

Tunisian Jews Accused
of Illegal Dealings

PARIS (JTA) — The Tuni-
sian daily "Al Alam" re-
ported Tuesday that several
French and Tunisian Jews
have been arrested and
charged with illegal dealings
in foreign currencies.

Jews
the
world
over
thank
you . . .

Because you responded with generosity, those dependent
upon us will be able to receive help. We will continue to
strengthen our own community, support vital cultural, edu-
cational and health programs, and secure human rights.

We know full well that the task is not yet complete. There
are still many things which remain to be done. And there
are still Jews who have not made their gift to the 1974
Campaign. The Detroit Jewish community can be proud of
its response to Jewish needs particularly if everyone joins
in a full measure of generous giving.

On behalf of the services we support and the people they
help and, in behalf of the organized community, we ex-
press our gratitude.

19 74 ALLIED JEWISH CAMPAIGN-

ISRAEL EMERGENCY FUND

-1 'ti.

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William M. Davidson
Lewis S. Grossman
General Chairmen

Jug

Mandell L. Berman
President, Jewish Welfare Federation
163 Madison Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226

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