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September 10, 1976 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-10

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Friday, September 10, 1976 2


Dutch Premier Thanks Israel for Role in Halting Hijacking

Netherlands Premier
Joop Den Uyl telephoned
thanks to Foreign Minis-
ter Yigal Allon for Is-
rael's cooperation in sav-
ing the lives of 75 passen-
gers and five crew mem-
bers held hostage aboard
a hijacked Dutch airliner.
The three hijackers,
identified as Palestinian
terrorists, released their
victims at Larnaca air-
port in exchange for safe
conduct from Greek Cyp-
riot authorities.
The airliner was seized
over France shortly after
taking off from Nice on a
flight from Malaga to
Israel Air Force Phan-
tom jets intercepted the
plane over the Mediterra-


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raeli airspace. The Phan-
toms were called off, how-
ever, at the urgent tele-
phone request of Nether-
lands Foreign Minister
Max Van Der Stoel who
said that radio messages
from the hijacked KLM
DC-9 indicated that the
hijackers were becoming
The sight of the Phan-
toms and the inability to
find a landing place, ap-
parently was responsible
for the hijackers' decision
to release the plane and
its occupants unharmed.
Earlier they had
threatened to blow up the
aircraft and all on board
unless Israel released
imprisoned terrorists.
Premier Yitzhak Rabin
told the Cabinet that
there was no contact with
the hijackers or any
negotiations with them,
directly or indirectly, dur-
ing the day-long ordeal.
Van Der Stoel warned
Allon by telephone that
the plane might attempt
to enter Israeli airspace
from Syrian or Jordanian
territory. He urged the
Israeli authorities to
exercise caution and re-
straint, not to shoot at the
plane or force it to crash
Allon was briefed regu-
larly by Den Uyl who said
he wanted to make sure
both countries were "on
the same wave-length."
Allon reportedly told the
Dutch leader that he did
not believe either Israel or
The Netherlands should
become involved and
suggested that the affair
be left to the Cypriot au-
thorities and the Arab
The hijackers repor-
tedly are members of the
Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine,
headed by George
Habash. Their demands
reportedly included re-
lease of Kozo Okamoto,
the Japanese terrorist

serving a life sentence in
Israel for his part in the
1972 Lod Airport mas-
sacre and Greek Catholic
Archbishop Hilarion
Capucci, serving a 12-
year sentence for smuggl-
ing arms to terrorists.
The same names were
on the list of the Air Fr-
ance hijackers whose
hostages were rescued by
Israeli forces at Entebbe
airport, Uganda last July
The gunmen who had
seized the plane after it
took off from Nice on a
flight from Malaga to
Amsterdam, were more
nervous than their cap-
tives, the released hos-
tages reported.
Their courage failed al-
most from the start of the
incident. For one thing, Is-
rael adamantly refused to
have any contact with
them. Their radio mes-
sages demanding the re-
lease of terrorists impris-
oned in Israel went un-
A flight of Israeli Ph an-
torn jets appeared when
the hijacked plane was
100 miles off the Israeli
coast. According to mes-
sages radioed by the cap-
tain of the Dutch plane,
the terrorists almost

panicked at the sight of
the Israeli interceptors.
Fresh recollections of
what happened at En-
tebbe airport last July 3
doubtlessly entered the
minds of the terrorists.
They had remained at
Larnaca only long
enough to refuel, fearing
an Israeli commando
raid, although as far as is
known, there were no Is-
raeli citizens aboard the
Dutch plane.
Another factor that con-
tributed to the terrorists'
failure was the refusal of
any Arab state to admit
them. Immediately after
the hijacking, the KLM
plane landed at Tunisia to
refuel. The Tunisian au-
thorities gave them five
hours to take on fuel and
repair damage sustained
in the landing but made it
clear that the hijackers
and their hostages would
not be permitted to remain
on Tunisian soil.
The terrorists repor-
tedly told the Tunisians
their destination was
Damascus. But appa-
rently they received a
firm "no" from the Syrian
authorities and from sev-
eral other Arab capitals
to which they appealed
for landing permission.


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Brooklyn Center
Is Vandalized

The Jewish Center of
Brownsville in Brooklyn,
Hatzila II, a project of the
Council for the Jewish
Poor, was vandalized and
robbed last week.
member of the Council's
board said police were
notified and made an in-
vestigation but they
found no clues to the van-
dals. He said the center
was the only one in
Brownsville for the 400 to
500 elderly Jews still liv-
ing there.
He said the burglars
had . destroyed all of the
center's Jewish books, re-
cords and newspapers
and had stolen a televi-
sion set, a radio and a re-
cord player.
Rosen reported that
the center is still open but
operating on a limited
basis because of the los-
ses of equipment and
materials used by the
Jewish elderly. He said it
was the first vandalism-
theft since the center
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