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April 05, 1974 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-04-05

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2 Jews Held in Murder of 4 Women
in Syria; Clay Group Fears Coverup

NEW YORK (JTA)—Azur I by the Syrians to cover their
Zalta, one of two Syrian own complicity in the mur-
Jews accused by Syrian au- ders, the sources said. The
thorities of the murders of four victims were all dress-
four Jewish women, was the makers in Damascus.
Eva Saad's parents, two
brother-in-law of one of the
victims, Eva Saad, the Jew- sisters and a brother live in
ish Telegraphic Agency Damascus, as do Abraham
and Polin Zeybak, parents of
learned from sources here.
Their relationship is further the other three women. They
evidence that Zalta is being have four other children, two
held on charges trumped up boys and two girls. The fa-
ther is a vendor of used
The Committee of Concern,
iriday, April 5, 1974-13
a nonsectarian group seeking
to alleviate the plight of min•
orities in Arab countries ex-
pressed fear that the arrest
of Zalta and another Jew in
connection with the murder
was an attempt to distract at-
tention from Syrian persecu-
tion of Jews.
"We 'fear that these two
Jewish young men, who were
17520 W. 12 Mile
known to the Syrian author-
Suite 208
ities, are being utilized as
scapegoats by the Syrians in
Southfield, Mich. 48076 order
to divert world atten-
tion from the plight of the
(313) 559-6755
Jewish community;" the
Are You Aware That: Committee stated.
The Committee of Concern,
There ore Many job
headed by Gen. Lucius D.
Clay (U. S. Army Ret.),
opepings for
called on the Syrian authori-
ties to grant Jews in that
professionals and"
country full freedom, induct=
ing the right to emigrate.
technicians in the
Persons who know Zalta
State of Israel and
and Yussel Shaluh, the Jews
alleged by authorities to be
many fax and other
part of a band of four smug-
gler-assassins who had "con-
benefits available
fessed" to' robbing and then
killing the women, were in-
to Olim.
credulous at the charges, the
We will gladly
Committee stated.
It noted that the two Jews
assist you if you're
"are both outstanding mem-
bers of the Jewish commun-
ity, known for their devotion
to the welfare of their har-
Call for interview
assed brethren. For example,
both Shaluh and Zalta regu-
larly visited Jewish prisoners
(313) 559-6755
and brought them food.
"Shaluh, the alleged ring-


leader of this murderous
band, had also intervened on
various occasions with the
Muhabarat, the Syrian secret
police controlling Jewish af-
fairs, on behalf of Jewish
prisoners. It is thus highly
inconceivable that these de-
voted members of the Jew-
ish community would murder
four of their fellow Jews."
New atrocities against
Jews in Syria, reported here
last weekend, disclosed that
Syrian authorities handed
over to the Jewish commun-
ity in Damascus the bodies
of two young Syrian Jews re-
portedly found near the Leb-
anese border close to where
the four Jewish women were
reportedly found.
The bodies of the two young
Jews were handed over five
weeks ago, according to in-
formed sources here, but
news of this did not reach
the West until now.
The two were identified as
Natan-Shiai, 18, and Kassem
Abadi, 20. Shiai and Abadi
were understood to have left
their Damascus homes about
six months ago, reportedly in
an attempt to escape from
Syria via Lebanon and had
not been heard from _until
their bodies were handed
over to Jewish leaders in Da-
The transfer was made
about a week after the fun-
erals of the four slain Jewish
Sources also reported that
three Syrian Jews have been
held by Syrian authorities
since September 1971. One
was identified as Albert Ali-
yah and the other two were
identified only by their sur-
names as Sweid and Katari.
The New York Board of
Rabbis expressed shock at
the continuing terror "en-
compassing the economic,
cultural and religious areas
of life of the Syrian Jewish
Abner J. Mikva, chairman
of the Chicago Committee of
Concern, called for "renewed
efforts on the part of all con-
cerned Americans on behalf
of the captive Syrian Jewish
corn munity."
About 25 Jews demonstrat-
ed in Bonn against the mur-
der of the four, Jewish wo-
men and for the release of
Jews held in Syria.


Thanks to Detroit's Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel Emer-
gency Fund, Yaacov, who is one of Israel's new citizens,
can look out his window at housing being constructed
for his friends. His school has re-opened, and his mother
lets him play outside again.



haven't done enough. We can do more!
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local agency programs.

Won't you mail your cash payment today?


William M. Davidson

Lewis S. Grossman

General Chairmen

Louis Berry

I. William Sherr

Chairmen, Cash Mobilization Campaign

Israel Music Festival
Set July 13-Aug. 27

- Sincere best wishes

for a joyous and

festive Passover

Ruben Gold, C.L.U. & A;sociate

1 Northland Drive, Suite 236

Southfield, Mich. 48075


Springfield, Massachusetts. Organized 1851

JERUSALEM — Israel in
summer is a music lover's
From Mozart to Mahler,
from chamber music to jazz,
something for every taste
will be 'presented at the 14th
Annual Israel Festival, which
runs from July 13 until Aug.
27 and features Israeli and
international artists.
Highlighting t h e festival
this year is the new produc-
tion of Schonberg's "Moses
and Aaron" by the H a m -
burgische Staatsoper.
Performances are held in
concert balls in Jerusalem,
Tel Aviv, Ein Hod and at the
outdoor Roman amphitheater
at Caesarea.

It is 'the customary fate of
new truths to begin as
heresies and to end as super-
stitions. — Thomas Henry

To : Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel Emergency Fund
163 Madison Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Gentlemen :

❑ I'm sending you this payment on my 1974 AJC-IEF pledge, which
I've already made.

to the 1974 AJC-IEF, and am enclosing $
❑ I now pledge $
as payment toward my pledge.





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