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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-09-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Friday, September 21, 1919 11

Anti-Israel German Terrorists Given 10-Year Prison Terms

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Two
West German nationals im-
prisoned in Israel following
their arrest in Nairobi,
Kenya, in January 1976 for
attempting to shoot down
an Israeli airliner, were
given 10-year prison sen-
tences byea military tri-
bunal after a lengthy closed
trial that ended last week.
But the defendants, Brigitte
Schulte, 28, and Thomas
Reuter, 27, will be released
and deported from Israel
in 1982 after five
years' incarceration.
The reduced prison term
was part of a deal between
the State Attorney and the
defense under which the de-
fendants pleaded guilty to
lesser charges and the pros-
ecution withdrew its de-
mand for life sentences.

Three Arab accomplices ar-
rested at the same time are
standing trial separately.

The trial and the incident
that led to it were shrouded
in secrecy from the start and
strained relations between
Israel and the West German
government. (The Bonn
Foreign Ministry said that
it was surprised by the sen-
tencing.)
Israeli authorities had
also come under mount-
ing international pres-
sure, to dispose of the
three-year-old case
which, for reasons un-
known did not come to
trial until 10 months ago.
Except for the an-
nouncement of the sen-
tences and the plea bar-
gaining deal, no further

Ex-Refusnik Marks Freedom
at Western Wall in Israel

information was pro-
vided.
According to an account
of events by foreign sources,
Schulte, Reuter and the
three Arabs had been under
surveillance by Israeli and
Kenyan security agents for
some time before their ar-
rest near Nairobi Interna-
tional Airport. During that
period they visited the air-
port several times, appar-
ently to gather intelligence.
They were seized shortly
before an El Al airliner with
150 passengers aboard was
due to land at Nairobi from
Johannesburg. According to
the accounts, the five sus-
pects were in possession of
Russian-made shoulder
missiles of the SAM-7 type
known as "Strela."
They were jailed in
Kenya until February 1976,
when at the request of
President Jomo Kenyatta,
they were transferred to Is-
rael and held incom-
municado.
Israel refused for many
months to acknowledge
their presence but finally
did -so after repeated re-
presentations by West
German authorities and
the parents of the two
German suspects. The
latter began a campaign
to secure the release of
the suspects, assisted by
the Red Cross, Amnesty
International and West
German authorities.
No outsiders were admit-
ted to the trial but the mili-
tary tribunal allowed a
representative of the West
German Embassy to be pre-

sent and a representative of
the International Red
Cross.
(A Bonn Foreign Ministry

spokesman said that the
embassy was not informed
in advance when the sen-
tence would be pronounced

and he was not certain
whether the embassy repre-
sentative was in the court
room at the time.)

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Former Soviet Jewish refusnik Prof. Benjamin
Levich, right, meets with World Zionist Organization
leader Leon Dulzin at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Prof. Levich is on the faculty of Tel Aviv University.

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Hospitality a Tradition
Evidenced During Holy Days

By RABBI WOLFE
KELMAN
Executive Vice President,
The Rabbinical Assembly
(Copyright 1979, JTA, Inc.)

Abraham is enshrined in
Jewish tradition as the
exemplar of hospitality,
providing shelter and food
for the stranger and the
wanderer. Abraham is de-
picted as a man of great
means who cares for kin and
strangers alike.
The liturgy and scrip-
tures recited on Rosh
Hashana challenge us to fol-
Rw Abraham's example by
showing our concern for our
contemporaries in need, for
our kinfolk in the Soviet
Union, to strangers aban-
doned in boats on the South
China Sea.
The Jewish concept of
hospitality embraces the
revolutionary notion of re-
verence for spiritual and in-
tellectual diversity, cul-
tural pluralism. Centuries
before the universal Dec-
laration of Human Rights,
generations of rabbis in-
structed their disciples that
the righteous of all nations
have an equal portion in the
world to come.
Rabbinic Judaism did

not hesitate to fix the
blame for the fall of
Jerusalem on causeless
hatred and the violence
of polemics which de-
legitimize those with
whom we differ.
The Torah reminds us
that Isaac and Ishmael
found reconciliation at Ab-
raham's graveside at
Machpelah, near Hebron,
east of Mamre. This period
of reflection and repentance
should remind us that ulti-
mately all who claim Ab-
raham as father, whether
through Isaac or Ishmael,
must learn to share and
care, one for the other, and
thus bring nearer the day
when the covenant of,peace
will be the reality of the
Promised Land.

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