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November 23, 1979 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-11-23

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israelis Return Diary of Slain
Egyptian Soldier to His Family

By MOSHE RON

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

TEL AVIV — The diary,
found on the body of an
Egyptian diver killed in the
Yom Kippur War, 22-year-
old Mohamed Mahmoud
Nada, said, it had to be de-
livered to his father. Sgt.
Nada was killed in battle
near Kabrit. He and six
Egyptian soldiers tried to
escape from the Israeli
encirclement of the Third
Egyptian Army.
Six years after his death
his will has been carried out
by an Israeli emissary. He
visited Nada's family in
Alexandria, his parents and
his brother and sister. The
father was bewildered when
he was handed his dead
son's diary. He was deeply
moved and said to the emis-

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sary: "May Allah bless you."
The mother pressed the
diary to her breast. She had
tears in her eyes and could
not utter a word. She
showed the emissary her
son's little room. There was
only an old iron bed and a
small table in it. There were
some pictures of her in
military uniform hanging
on the wall. Also some of
him as a student at the Uni-
versity of Alexandria.
The father handed a
photo of his son to the Is-
raeli emissary. "My son
was not like you may
think," he said. "He did
not wish to be a hero. He
was enlisted against his
will and was sent to the
Sea Commandos. Before
the war he had plans to
go to Germany or France
in order to work there as
a diver and support his
family. He had a difficult
military job and his
health was not good. He
became sick, often losing
his balance. Sometimes it
was too hard for him and
he escaped and came
home.
"During his military
service he started to study
in the university. He
studied literature in the
evenings," the father said.
We knew, that Mohamed
started to write a diary. He
was kindhearted. He was
sorry that his family was
poor and lived under dif-
ficult conditions. He always
tried to help his family.
"Mohamed was a senti-
mental and sensitive man.
He liked classical music,
like Beethoven, Bach,
Brahms, Mozart, etc. He
liked movies. My son was a
fatalist," the father said.
"He prophesied in his diary,
that he might be killed in
the war with Israel. We do
not feel any enmity towards
Israel. We know that you
have also suffered much
from the wars. We are
happy with the peace,
brought by President Sadat.
With God's help there will
be no further wars."
Nada's younger brother
Majid, said that he was
happy about the peace with
Israel.
Among the entries in the
diary are the following:
Saturday, Oct. 20: "I
hate this war. I hope it will
end soon. I sleep very little
in spite of tiredness. The
word 'war' is the dirtiest
word invented in human
language."
Sunday, Oct. 28: "Our

El Al Gets
New President

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Ab-
raham Shavit, a prominent
industrialist and president
of the Israel Manufacturers
Association, assumed his
new post last week as
chairman of El Al, Israel's
national airline, in a new
attempt to put the troubled
carrier on a sound economic
footing. He replaced Mor-
dechai Ben Ari, a leading
civil aviation figure, who
has been associated with El
Al for 29 years.

military situation is dif-
ficult. We are encircled. We
trust in God and the UN. We
have no water. I found a
cigarette and smoked.
Sadat should capitulate and
negotiate with Isarel in
order to save 25,000 soldiers
on the Eastern side of the
Suez Canal. The Third
Army is encircled. The
bridges are destroyed. Be
healthy, my family. Think
of me in the critical mo-
ment. I fought for my coun-
try because millions of my
people live with the dream
of peace."

Friday, November 23, 1919 21

Buying the Land

Yeshiva U. Joins
Community Unit

"In 1944, Jews paid be-
tween $1,000 and $1,100
per acre in Palestine,
mostly for arid or semi-arid
land; in the same year, rich
black soil in Iowa was sell-
ing for about $110 per acre
(U.S. Department of Ag-
riculture)."

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Yeshiva University, which
moved its main center to the
Washington Heights sec-
tion of Manhattan in 1928,
has joined with four corn-
munity agencies to stabilize
and strengthen the Wash-
ington Heights-Inwood
community.

Things get worse under
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security and lighting. It is
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