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October 04, 1974 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-10-04

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Israel Thwarts Arab Terrorist Invaders

(Continued from Page 1)
for the terrorist infiltrator.
Israeli artillery shelled tar-
gets in southern Lebanon
Tuesday in what was de-
scribed as a preventive meas-
ure against terrorist concen-
trations. The fire was di-
rected at the outskirts of
Mazraat, at Sharda and Kil-
lah villages. The incident fol-
lowed by a week an Israeli air
force strike against terrorist
strongholds in the same area.
The pre-Yom Kippur air
strike was similar to an Is-
raeli bombing raid prior to
Rosh Hashana, which spokes-
men said were intended to
prevent any terrorist incur-
sions - during the holiday
At the United Nations, Is
rael declared that the Leb-
anese government was being
imperiled by the same ter-
rorist "murder squads" for
whom "p ressure is being
brought to bear to accord
some kind of standing" in the
General Assembly. In a let-
ter Sept. 27 to Secretary
General Kurt Waldheim, Is-
raeli Ambassador Yosef Te-
koah cited a statement on
Sept. 11 by Kazem Khalil,
the Lebanese Justice Minis-
ter, that "it is not just the
Palestinians should conquer
a small country like our and
turn us into a scapegoat."
Tekoah prefaced his state-
ment with a review of new
efforts by the terrorist groups
to infiltrate Israel from their
bases in southern Lebanon to
carry out missions of sabo-
tage, kidnap and murder.
Tekoah declared that "even
Jamal Jumblatt, a well-known
Lebanese politician and
strong supporter of the ter-
rorist organizations, found it
necessary to declare, as re-
ported in the Beirut daily,
Al Hayat on Sept. 17, that 'I
regret that some of the fe-
dayeen in the south are not
implementing the clear or-
ders and instructions of sev-
eral months ago to withdraw
from the villages.' "
Tekoah cited the discovery
on the eve of Yom Kippur of
two breaches of the border
at which footprints of ter-
rorists leading from Lebanon
into Israel and back to
Lebanon were found. He re-
ported that the terror squad
left weapons, ammunition
and leaflets in Arabic and
Hebrew, demanding the re-
lease of 10 persons in Israel
for terrorist activities.
He said one of the names
was that of Archbishop Hil-
larion Capucci, now on trial
in Israel on charges of in-
volvement in supplying weap-
ons to terrorists. He said the
leaflets were signed in the
name of El Fatah. On Sept.
8, he renorted, the Zarit area
was shelled from Lebanese
territory and on Sept. 11, an
Israeli patrol north of Zarit
was attacked by automatic
rifle fire from across the
Lebanese b o r de r. "These
criminal attacks," Tekoah, de-
clared, "demonstrate time
and again that the Palestinian
murder organizations in Leb-
anon maintain what is in fact
a regime of their own, com-
pletely unfettered in its odi-
ous operations."
He said Israel was defend-

48 Friday, October 4, 1974

ing the lives of its citizens
"by taking appropriate meas-
ures against the murder or-
ganizations." He added that
the Lebanese government
"which permits the terror ac-
tivities to continue f r o m
Lebanese territory, must bear
sole responsibility for the
consequences of this situa-
Meanwhile, in Paris, the
executive committee of
UNESCO will deliberate the
question of admitting the
Palestine Liberation Organi-
zation to the organization as
an observer. Political an-
alysts are predicting that the
UNESCO vote will mirror the
predicted majority which is
forming in the United Nations
General Assembly to sponsor
the admission of the PLO.
The Israeli delegation to
UNESCO is strongly oppos-
ing the resolution.
Terrorists Says Lebanon
Allows Same to Move
Across the Border
tured terrorist who admitted
he was on a mission to seize
hostages in Israel said in a
television interview Sunday
that the Lebanese authorities
and army are fully aware of
terrorist movements in south-
ern Lebanon and could stop
them at any time if they so
Haled Mahmoud Yassin,
28, of Tripoli, was captured
by Israeli forces during a
skirmish near Fassouta in
Upper Galilee on Sept. 3 in
which two of his companions
and two Israeli soldiers died.
Yassin said that he and
his fellow terrorists infiltrat-
ed Israel under orders to cap-
ture hostages and hold them
for the release of terrorists
in Israeli jails. He said their
orders were to blow them-
selves up. along with their
hostages should Israeli au-
thorities refuse to make the
According to Yassin, ter-
rorists come and go at will
in southern Lebanon despite
the fact that the region -is
a military area, heavily pa-
troled by the Lebanese army
which knows of the terror-
ists' movement and could
stop them from entering Is-
rael. He said that he and
his companions passed
through Lebanese villages in
broad daylight, in full view
bf soldiers and civilians who
knew their identity.
Police identified an Arab
laborer killed when a bomb
exploded in an Egged bus
Sunday morning as a mem-
ber of a terrorist gang in
Gaza. They said that Ibrahim
Hilmi, 23, died when the
bomb he intended to leave in
the Tel Aviv central bus ter-
minal exploded prematurely
as his bus carrying workers
from Gaza entered Tel Aviv.
Hilmi was employed in the
bus garage in Gaza. A search
of his home yielded a quanti-
ty of potash, the chemical
base used in the manufacture
of explosives, police said.
Another terrorist suspect,
Ahmed Mouhamed Yassin,
30, was arraigned before a
military tribunal in Nablus
Monday on charges of mem-
bership in the National Pal-
estinian Front, the military


arm of the Palestinian Com-
munist Party. According to
the charges, Yassin, who
was employed as a city en-
gineer in Nablus, underwent
training near Moscow for acts
of sabotage to be carried out
in Israeli territory.
Gen. Zeevi Named
to Co-ordinate Battle
Against the Terrorists
ranking Israeli general will
direct the nation's war
against terrorists. Sources
believe this is the assignment
given Res. Gen. Rehavim
Zeevi whose appointment as
special adviser to Premier
Yitzhak Rabin was approved
Sunday by the cabinet.
The official communique
announcing his appointment
said only that he would ad-
vise the premier in certain
spheres. But his primary task
will be to coordinate the bat-
tle against terrorists whose
activities have increased in
recent weeks, cabinet sources
Zeevi, known to his friends
as "Gandhi," was formerly
commander of the central
front and later held a top
post at general headquarters.
Former Gen. Aharon Yariv,
who is now information
minister, said in a radio in-
terview that the recent wave
of terror could definitely be
regarded as organized, timed
to coincide with the Palestine
Liberation Organization's
drive for observer status at
the General Assembly.
The increase of terrorists
activity this month also has
been attributed to Israel's
policy of permitting summer
travel by Arabs.
Yariv praised the alertness
of the public in thwarting ter-
rorist acts and sabotage and
urged continued caution. Ya-
riv said terrorist groups were
apparently* trying to pene-
trate Israel from Jordan
without the approval of Jor-
danian authorities.
He said there was evidence
that Jordan was trying to
stop the terrorists and he was

confident that they would be
able to.
Meanwhile, Israeli army
units have seized a road in
southern Lebanon that paral-
lels the Israeli border and
are stopping and searching
vehicles for arms and explo-
sives destined for terrorist
According to milit a r y
sources Sunday, Israeli
troops began setting up road-
blocks on the road last week.
They took the action after
a sudden increase in traffic
along the road aroused su s -
picion that large quantities
of arms were being trans-
ported to terrorists in the
Army Officer Killed
in Ambush of Patrol
on Mt. Hermon Slope
Raz of Tel Aviv, was fatally
wounded Saturday when ter-
rorists ambushed his infantry
patrol on the western slopes
of •Mt. Hermon near Har Dov.
One terrorist was killed in a
skirmish that followed, but
another escaped leaving be-
hind a Kalachnikoff rifle. Lt.
Raz was evacuated by heli-
copter but died on the way
to the hospital.
A small explosive device
was found in a Jerusalem
bus Sunday and defused be-
fore it exploded. The device
was spotted by the bus driver
on a rear seat while making
a routine inspection of the
vehicle after it reached the
bus terminal.
A driver on the way to
Eilat was fired on by two
unidentified persons on the
road who had signaled him to
stop. He reported the incident
to police who combed the
area and captured two sus-
pects on a hillside near Beer
Orah north of Eilat.
According to police, the
two men were heavily armed
and carrying leaflets de-
manding the release of 20
terrorists in Israeli custody.
Security sources also re-
ported several recent inci-
dents in which terrorist infil-

Brazil Jews Show Concern Over
Israel Policy and Anti-Semitism

— Leaders of Brazil's Jewish
community have been as-
sured by a high government
official that y the regime of
President Ernesto Geisel has
not altered the nation's
"even-handed" policy in the
Middle East conflict. The
Jewish leaders were also
promised by Gen. Golbery
do Couto E. Silva, chief of
cabinet, that the government
will look into alleged anti-
Semitism in Brazil.
Similar assurances were
given to Israeli Ambassador
Mordechai Shneerson by the
director general of the for-
eign ministry in Brasilia,
Ambassador Ramiro Elisio
Saraiva Guerreiro. The Is-
rael envoy was told that the
traditionally friendly rela-
tions between Brazil and Is-
rael remain unchanged.
But, according to sources,
the attitude of the Geisel gov-
ernment toward the Israeli-
Arab conflict was indicated
two weeks ago in a joint dec-
laration by Foreign Minister
Azeredo Da Silveira and

the visiting foreign minister
of Saudi Arabia, Omar Sa-
qa af.
It affirmed that "a con-
structive treatment of the
Middle East question have as
fundamental components the
de-occupation of all territor-
ies seized by force and the
recognition of the legitimate
rights of the Palestinian
The declaration heightened
the Jewish community's an-
xiety and prompted the visit
by the Jewish delegation to
the chief of cabinet. The del-
egation stressed the Jewish
community's commitment to
Israel and concern over the
possible deterioration in Bra-
zil's traditional pro-Israel
policy which, they noted,
dated from the establishment
of the Jewish state in 1948.
They also expressed the
community's growing concern
over "anti-Zionist" attacks in
some newspapers and in
radio and television commen-
taries and the hawking of the
anti-Semitic "Protocols of the
Elders of Zion" in Brazilian


trators who entered Israel re-
turned to Lebanon without
perpetrating any acts. Arms
and leaflets were left behind
by infiltrators near Fassouta,
Hanita and Malakiyeh in
northern Israeli.
Israeli security forces have
been strengthened along the
Lebanese border and on the
infiltration routes from Syria.
As a result, security sources
said, terrorists are attempt-
ing to enter Israel via Jor-
dan, risking capture by Jor-
danian forces. The Jordan-
ians do not cooperate with
terrorists seeking to use their
territory as a corridor to
Last week a unit of the
Jordanian Arab Legion re-
portedly clashed with ter-
rorists who shelled the Is-
raeli Arab settlement of
Ne'ot Hakikar. Jordanian
soldiers have been seen pa-
trolling the east side of the
Jordan Valley in recent days,




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apparently on the look-out
for terrorists.
Israeli Civilian Shot
in Vegetable Market;
Assailant Flees
TEL AVIV (JTA) — A 50-
year-old Israeli was fatally
wounded Sept. 4 by a ter-
rorist in the crowded vege-
table market in Jenin. The
assailant fled after firing a
single shot into the back of
Avraham Wexler of Tel Ha-
nan, near Haifa, who was
walking with his wife and
daughter and two friends
among the fruit and vegetable

Police said the n.
weapon was appare.Liy
equipped with a silencer.
Wexler collapsed and was
rushed to a hospital but was
dead on arrival. A curfew
was clamped on the West
Bank town and several hun-
dred Arabs were detained for

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Boris Smolar's

'Between You
.. . and Me'


Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1974, JTA Inc.)

NEW FACES: There is always something stimulating
at the meetings of the board of directors of the Council of
Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. The board meets
four times a year to review and analyze problems faced
by the American Jewish community. These are meetings
of action. Each lasts four days.
Invited to participate in these meetings also are more
than 200 communal leaders and top executives from
various cities. The gatherings are therefore a kind of a
mini-parlament of the Jewsh communities. All phases of
communal life affecting American Jewry—and also Jews
overseas, including Israel—are discussed at the four-day
What impressed me most at the September meeting
in New York was the preponderance of young people
among the participants. For years I have known most
intimately almost 90 per cent of those who attend the
CJFWF board meetings. They were like members of a
large family. This time, I admit, more than half of the
participants were to me "new faces"—young people either
holding already, or aspiring to hold, top leadership posi-
tions in their communities.
Looking at the predominance of the young faces in the
audience, it was easy to predict that within a few years
the majority of federation leaders throughout the , country
will be composed of persons between 35 and 45 years of
age. The young elements at the . meeting displayed not
only eagerness but also enthusiasm in their observations
and attitudes. They were a guarantee for normal con-
tinuity of organized Jewish communal life, in spite of pre-
vailing assimilation, increase in mixed marriages and
other factors that undermine the American Jewish com-

WOMEN LEADERSHIP: Even more impressive at the
CJFWF board meeting was the number of young women
who came from various cities to participate in the se. ,.
The CJFWF's Young Leadership development progi—o,
obviously had its impact on many highly educated American-
born young women.
The CJFWF had for a number of years inspired w
to take an active part in communal affairs in their
communities. The women's groups of the federations have
been raising millions of dollars yearly among themselves
for Jewish communal causes. However, the aspirations of
many of the young women now is not merely to become
a leader among women but also to assume positions of
leadership in Jewish communal life in general.

FACTS AND FIGURES: All this leads the CJFWF
leaders to believe that the future of the American Jewish
communal structure—as exemplified by the community
federations—is safe and sound.
The federations, of which the CJFWF is the central
body, are now a $725,000,000 a year enterprise. That
amount raised by the federations, together with other in-
come of their beneficiaries, actually represents a total
annual expenditure of over $1.5 billion.

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