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March 18, 1977 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-03-18

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14 Friday; March $18.,.. 1977



Terrorists Scar Bnai Brith Building, Hostages


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room to deliver one of his
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cases. Ask for water and
you get it. They allow
medication. The women
are treated courteously.
They abused Eddie the
painter inhumanly.
Gutsy Eddie. He never
whimpered. Then they
eased up on him and
praised his courage."
In the wake of the af-
fair, Bnai Brith leaders
have called for national
and international mea-
sures to combat ter-
Sidney H. Closter, direc-
tor of the Bani Brith
Foundation, said the
Hanafis behaved "alter-
nately with civility and
great cruelty." He said
anti-Semitic tirades and
epithets were hurled fre-
quently at the hostages
who :were told that "we
were responsible for all
the ills of the world."
Simon said the Jewish
hostages were not singled
out for special attention
by the gunmen even
through the Hanafis said
repeatedly they were
anti-Zionist. Old met"
were told they would be
decapitated by the
Hanafis who wielded
machetes and automatic
Some men were pistol
whipped and kicked, ap-
parently without provo-
cation, one released hos-
tage said. The women,
however, were left un-
tied, unlike the men, most
of whom were tied with -
electric cords and
When the terrorists en-
tered the Bnai Brith
headquarters, which has
gold-lettered Hebrew
teachings prominently
displayed on its exterior,
they brandished their
weapons and shouted
anti-Semitic curses.
Khaalis, the Hanafi
leader who stationed him-
self at the Bnai Brith

Bernard Simon, public relations director for Bnai
Brith, is shown looking at the eigth floor rubble in the
Bnai Brith building where terrorists held 107 hostages
last week.
* ,*
building and directed the W. Va) and Sen. Lloyd
city-wide rampage from Bentsen (D. Tex.) assailed
there, asked someone to the decision to free
assist him with phone Khaalis, and three of his
calls. Betty J. , Neal, sec- followers without bail.
retary to Bnai Brith's per-
The question was raised
sonnel director, volun
as to why the more than
Khaalis asked if she 150 men and women in the
was Jewish and she said Bnai Brith building did
no.' He replied, "OK, I not resist more forcefully
the terrorists began
don't want any of those when
floor by floor round-
Jew bastards taking my their
calls." She also reported
Some hostages who
that he refused to charge
long-distance phone calls spoke of it afterwards
said they were too sur-
to Bnai Brith. _
Several of the hostages prised and failed to
said the captives.had very realize what was happen-
little to eat during the ing till they were within
siege. One reported that range of the guns and
they were fed coffee and machetes.
doughnuts in the morn-
Another said: "In a way
ing and "lousy" corned
it's very simple. We all be-
beef sandwiches in the came sheep. People talk
evening. "Who, eats about Nazi Germany,
corned beef with mayon- they ask why the Jews did
naise?" asked one of the not fight back, why they
hostages. "For a Jew, didn't do something. If
that's a travesty."
these people had been 'at
Majority Bnai Brith, they would
Leader Robert Byrd (D. have understood."

Vitality of 'Roots' in Jewish Life
Emphasized at Pinsker Celebration

"Roots" as an impor- and introduced 20 families
tant factor in cementing as newly enrolled mem-
the generations were de- bers, thus indicating that
fined at the 50th anniver- the Pinsker Society re-
sary dinner of the Pinsker mains a vital factor in the
Progressive Aid Society, community.
Sunday evening, at Adat
Harry Laker, presi-
Shalom Synagogue. •
dent, who has held that
Rabbi Milton Arm, the office for four other terms
guest speaker at the since 1935, spoke about
event which was at- the philanthropic goals of
tended by 300' members the group. He em-
and guests from impor- phasized the perpetuated
tant philanthropic and desire by the 200 mem-
social service move- bers to serve the commu-
ments, gave a history of nity and to remember the
the city of Pinsk,, whence origin of the group when
originated the organizers it aided the landsleit
and members of the soci- provided assistance loc-
ety, and spoke on the im- ally to many causes, sup-
portance of continuity in ported the U.S. War
remembering history and Bonds and conducted
thereby strengthening regular cultural pro-
Jewish traditions.
grams. He stated that all
" 'Roots' serve as a -door these aims continue and
to the past," Rabbi Arm he announced gifts total-
ling more than $10,000, to
Louis Levine, a former mark the 50th anniver-
president of the society, sary, to the following
now its historian, as causes:
toastmaster, added to
Akiva Hebrew Day
Rabbi Arm's historical School, Allied, Jewish
analysis of Pinsk by de- Campaign, American Red
scribing the group's dedi- Magen David for Israel.
cated labors in, Detroit. He Bicur Holim Hospital,
expressed pride in its sur- City of Hope/Detroit
vival as a landsmanshaft Businessmen's Group,

Detroit Round Table of
National Conference of
Christians and Jews,
Igud Lema'an Hahayal
(USO of Israel), Histad-
rut, Israel Emergency
Fund, Jewish Home for
the Aged, Jewish Na-
tional Fund, Mizrachi,
Mo'os Hitim Organiza-
tion of Detroit, Inc., Na-
tional Federation o _ f the
Blind, Penrickton Nur-
sery for Blind Children,
Pioneer Women Child Re-
scue, Yeshiva Beth
Yehudah and Hillel Day
Eric Rosenow provid
a musical program."'

Irvin Forman, the Pins-
ker vice president, dis-
tributed awards to a group
of the most active mem-
Brief addresses also
were delivered by Sarah
(Mrs. Harry) Laker,
Diane _ (Mrs. Louis)
Slomovitz. •

Rabbi Herbert Eskin
gave the invocation and
Cantor Simon Bermanis
led in the Benshen.

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