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September 13, 1974 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-09-13

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Israeli UN Complaint Against Syria Details Maltreatment of Prisoners

-A 15-page document detail-
ing the "complaint by the
government of Israel against
(:l he government of Syria con-
erning grave breaches of
Ae Geneva Convention re-
ating to the treatment of
prisoners of war" was sub-
mitted to Secretary General
Waldheim today by Is-
rael's Ambassador to the
sited Nations, Yosef
The complaint specified in-
-. .dents of murder, torture,
fredation and other cruel-
practiced against Israeli



soldiers and airmen on the
battlefield and imprisoned
after their capture by Syrian
forces during the Yom Kip-
pur War.
Appended to the document
submitted to Waldheim was

the copy of the findings of
Red Cross Representatives
who visited the Syrian jails
which confirmed, in more
general terms, the abhorrent
condictions cited in detail
in the Israeli complaint.

The Israeli document cited
two incidents involving four
Israeli airmen who, after
parachuting to safety over

raeli Couples Among Victims
c- --1 TWA Plane Crash in Greece

AVIV, (JTA) — Two
eli couples died in the
c otil :-. 4,,,4,_.140.....alPither- off
Greece Sunday which took
the lives of all 88 persons
The Israeli ' victims were
identified as Ben Zion Shai,
;0, his wife Elishevs, 27, and
,L". Richard Katzman, 36 and
'--: ----(,ife, Alida, whose_ age
-,mans, the parents
ildren, were not
) identified as Is-
7 "
______ ___, , cause they held
c- - .can as well as Israeli
,---*- ports. They settled a
...,.....- ago at Rehovot where
)r, Katzman was employed
.4 biophysicist at the Weiz-
:an Institute of Science.
lig, wife was employed by


dren, aged 6 and 4. Shai, who
owned a shoe molds work-
shop was traveling to Europe
with his wife on business.
They had planned to continue
on to Canada to visit rela-
The Boeing 707 jet took off
from Ben-Gurion Airport Sun-
day morning on a flight to
Athens, Rome, New York
and Los Angeles with 105
persons aboard. Most of the
passengers . who embarked
at Ben-Gurion left the plane
at Athens where 35 new pas-
sengers joined the flight. The
plane went down in the Ion-
ian Sea shortly after leaving
Athens Airport.
A report from Athens
Monday said the pilot of the
TWA jet had radioed that an
absorption ministry at engine failed just before
.1-Gurion Airport where Athens Airport lost contact
helped process new im- with the plane.

ants. The couple planned
turn permanently to the
ed States and therefore
sent their children, John,
Aggie, 9, and - Tony, 5, to
Angeles, several weeks
to enroll in school.

n Zion (Barry) Shai was
in Canada and grew uto
iruguay. He settled in Is-
12 years ago and mar-.
, his wffe who was a Sa-
I. The couple had two chil-

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cially their faces, the Israeli
The complaint stated that jailers "systematically pre-
account said.
POWs were kept in isolation vented the POWs from going
The complaint char ged cells called "drawers" for to the lavatory for long spell
that "many of the prisoners periods of four to five months so that they were forced to
who were wounded on the "that were totally unfit for exercise their bodily func-
battlefield were not given the human habitation."
tions in their cells, dressed
According to the docu- with no possibility of wash-
minimum of medical treat-
"who was beaten on the nape ment on capture." In hos- mentary report, the Syrian ing themselves or changing."
of his neck and lost consci- pitals they were given better
ousness, and was subsequent- treatment, but Syrian au- THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, Sept. 13, 1974-3
ly stripped naked, blind- thorities did not "assign posi-
folded, his feet and socks tions with the specialized
elevated at an angle of about knowledge for particular
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90 degrees and subjected to therapy required."
and the Staff of
electric shock on sensitive
parts of his body in the
course of interrogation.
Electric shock, particularly
applied to the genitals, was
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Syrian territory and surren-
dering, were shot repeatedly
at point-blank range by the
The complaint cited among
others the ordeal of an Is-
raeli pilot, Gabi Gerzon,

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A Happy, Healthy

A spokesman for the Pales-
tine Liberation Organization
in Beirut said Monday that
neither the PLO nor any or-
ganization affiliated with it
had anything to do with the
TWA crash.

A group calling itself the
Arab Nationalist Youth for
the Liberation of Palestine
claimed it had planted a
bomb aboard the American
airliner. The PLO 'spokes-
man described that claim as
"an attempt by the anti-
Palestinian Zionist quarters
to discredit the struggle of
this heroic people at this par-
ticular time during which the
Palestine case was gaining
an excellent publicity on the
international level."
Also included among the
victims in the crash was an
American, Mrs. Katherine
Hadley Michel of Pough-
keepsie, N. Y., chairman of
the board of trustees of the
American College in Jeru-
salem. Her youngest son,
Jeremiah, was traveling
with hei.
She is the daughter of a
New York attorney and the
granddaughter of the late
Arthur Twining Hadley, who
was president of Yale Uni-
versity from 1899-1921.

— -
"May you be inscribed in the book of life for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year."

S. America to Send

20;000 Olim Yearly




There is an aliya potential of
20,000 a year from South
America if Israel can pro-
vide adequate housing and
improve the social absorp-
tion of immigrants, Pinhas
Sapir, chairman - of the Jew-
ish Agency and World Zion-
ist Organization Executives
told a WZO executive meet-
ing here Sept. 5.

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