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February 14, 1975 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-02-14

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Jackson Urges Probe/on U.S Contract to Train Saudi Troops

Senate Armed Services Com-
mittee has been asked by Sen.
Henry M. Jackson (D.-Wash.)
to scrutinize the $77 million
contract let by the Defense
Department to a private Cali-
fornia company to train Saudi
Arabian troops.
At the same time the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency was in-
formed at the Capitol that "a
real problem" would arise if the
contract did not contain the
dard clauses in all govern-

ment agreements regarding
equal rights and opportunity or
employment for all Americans.
This element is considered of
paramount importance now
that American universities and
business concerns are seeking
contracts with Arab govern-
ments and may be restrained
from employing American Jews
because of discrimination being
enforced by Arabs.
The Defense Department
has given the Vinnell Corp. of
Los Angeles the contract to

Kahane May Lose Probation
Due to Kidnap, Arms Charges

NEW YORK — Rabbi Meir
Kahane, head of the militant
Jewish Defense League, may
lose his probation due to
charges of having conspired to
kidnap or assassinate a Soviet
diplomat, to bomb the Iraqi
Embassy in Washington and to
ship arms abroad from Israel
when he was there in 1972.

the time to conspiracy to manu-
facture a bomb.

The report said that Ka-
hane, while in Israel in 1971,
corresponded with a JDL
member in New York de-
manding "the immediate kid-
napping and or killing of one
Aroskovitz, a Soviet diplo-
mat." The report confirmed
that the Soviet diplomat was
in the U.S. at the time.
The report also said the rabbi
demanded that bombs be hid-
den in the offices of the Occi-
dental Petroleum Corp. and the
Chase Manhattan Bank to dis-
courage trade with the Rus-
sians. He also urged the taking
over of a building behind the
Russian Embassy to position a_
sniper to shoot into the em-
bassy, and the blowing up of
the Iraqi Embassy in Washing-

A hearing on the revocation is
slated for Feb. 21 before U.S.
District Court Judge Jack B.
Weinstein in Brooklyn.

The accusations were made
by James F. flaxen; chief pro-
bation officer for the Federal
District Court, in a report filed
with Judge Weinstein, who had
put Rabbi Kahane on five years
of probation in a sentence
handed down in July 1971.
Rabbi Kahane pleaded guilty at

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_ Kahane also was alleged to
have attempted to retaliate for
the Munich Massacre, in which
11 Israeli athletes were mur-
dered during the 1972 Olympics
in Munich. He decided upon a
courter-terrorist course of vi-
olent action in direct violation
of the conditions of his proba-
tion. It was reported'that he
plotted with several individuals
to ship arms to Europe so that
Jews might avenge the deaths
of the athletes.
According to the report; the
Israeli government thwarted
the attempt to ship arms
abroad when officials found a
wealth of arms in a suspiciously
marked box at Lod Airport.
Kahane also was said to
have been convicted in Israel
and sentenced to two years in
jail, but his sentence was sus-
pended because Israel
thought his motives were
more patriotic than selfish.

The alleged threat to the
Iraqi Embassy was said to have
grown out of the rabbi's belief
that Iraq was mistreating Jews.

Rabbi Kahane pleaded guilty
in Brooklyn Federal Court on
July 9, 1971 to one count of con-
spiracy to manufacture a bomb.
He was fined $5,000 and sent-
enced to five years in jail, but
the prison term was suspended
and he was placed on five years'
probation on condition that he
not be involved with weapons in
any way.

ORT Israel Parley

TEL AVIV — A two-day
meeting of principals, technical
directors and the senior staff of
ORT Israel was held recently at
the Natanya Center.
Split into lecture-discussion
meetings and panel workshops,
the topics covered the whole
range of services offered by
ORT in Israel.
Newly-arrived immigrant
teachers, primarily from the
Soviet Union, also attended.

train the Saudi' National
Guard. It is believed to be the
first such agreement ever
made with a private Ameri-
can company to train a for-
eign army.
In a letter delivered Monday
to Sen. John C. Stennis (D-
Miss.), the committee chair-
man, Jackson asked for a
"thorough inquiry into the ar-
rangements concluded by the
Department of Defense to pro-
vide technical military assist-
ance to Saudi Arabia, particu-
larly the reported contract that
has been let to a private corpo-
ration to train Saudi Arabian
military and internal security
The Vinnell situation was
seen as a test case on - whether
Arab states that boycott Jewish
-firms and prohibit Jews from
normal entry can enforce a con-
tract — either in writing or by
tacit understanding — that will
discriminate against Jews.
Saudi Arabia is especially fla-
grant in opposing Jews of what-

ever nationality, including U.S.
It is known that the State De-
partment, at the behest of Arab
governments, does not assign
known Jewish personnel to
Arab countries. Jewish news
correspondents traveling with
Secretary of State Henry A.
Kissinger have been allowed to
enter Saudi Arabia only under
special authorization.
Defense James R. Schlesin-
ger said that "We may be fac-
ing a situation where the Mid-
dle East is the potential
tinderbox that the Balkans
actually were in 1914."
He made the statement in
prepared testimony before the
Senate Armed Services Com-
mittee on the Administration's
$92.8 billion defense budget for
fiscal 1976. He warned that fur-
ther reductions of American
armed forces would n6t advance
arms control negotiations and
detente, but would instead
create a weakness that might
invite miscalculation.

Friday, February 14, 1975 9







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