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April 11, 1980 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-04-11

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Israeli Atomic Capabilities Is Topic of Censored Book

Israel government censor
has banned from publica-
tion a book by two Israeli
journalists on whether Is-
rael has the atomic bomb.
The authors, Eli Teicher
and Ami Doron, both former
members of the editorial
staff of Haaretz, also told a
press conference last week

that they have also had to
turn over to the censor all
their notes and other perti-
nent material.
The two journalists said
that after holding the
manuscript of the book for
45 days the censor ruled the
book contains material that
is harmful to Israel's secu-
rity. The authors have also

Israeli Journalist Becomes
Focus of His Own Reportage


World Zionist
Press Service

On the evening of Sept.
19, 1979, I was sitting on a
bench in Ben Yehuda Street
in the heart of downtown
Jerusalem thinking of a
subject for my next story,
when suddenly something
struck me.
Unfortunately it was
neither a thought nor an
idea, but a piece of shrapnel
from a bomb which had
exploded less than 20 yards
away. The shrapnel had hit
me just above the eye and I
was bleeding profusely. I
had found my story, indeed I the hospital overnight for
had become part of my observation.
It was difficult to sleep.
As I later learned, the _Furthermore, "observation"
lxinibliad tragically killed meant being awakened
31-year-old Kami Rofeh. A every hour and having a
total of 51 others, including light shone in my eyes. For-
myself, were injured, six of tunately my eyes reacted
them very seriously. The each time to indicate that I
explosives had been placed had sustained no brain
in the three tubes that form damage. Then came the
the triangle of a bicycle morning and another round
of visits by doctors.
The bicycle had been
Finally came a box of
left leaning innocently chocolates from Jerusalem
against the window of the Mayor Teddy Kollek and a
Alno Cafe by a member of visit from Deputy Prime
the PLO. It was deto- Minister Yigael Yadin. I
nated by remote control was discharged after a
at 6:45 p.m., when the hearty lunch and told that
streets were packed with the state would foot my hos-
evening shoppers.
pital bill.
Due to the kindness of two
As a journalist I had got
onlookers, I was away from my story — and as a new
the scene of the bomb within immigrant to Israel I had
30 seconds and being learned another aspect of
treated in a Magen David Israeli life — and learned it
Adorn first aid station the hard way.
within five minutes.
I was then taken in an JWB Parley
ambulance, along with four
others who like me were Honors Jackier
lightly injured, to Hadassah
NEW YORK — The 1980
University Hospital on Biennial Convention of the
Mount Scopus.
Jewish Welfare Board's
Clearly the hospital North American Associa-
authorities are well pre- tion of Jewish Community
pared for such emergencies. Centers, YM and YWHAs,
Entering the casualty de- and Camps, will be held
partment was rather like April 30 - May 4 at the Cen-
sliding onto a well oiled tury Plaza in Los Angeles.
conveyor belt. One man fil-
Among the 100 young
led out an admission form men and women receiving
and led me to a bed in the JWB Leadership Recogni-
casualty examination ward. tion Awards will be De-
Suddenly, five or six troiter Shelley Jackier, di-
doctors rushed through rector of the Israel Informa-
the curtains of my com- tion and Resource Center,
partment and stripped which is based at the Jewish
me with whirlwind effi- Community Center.
ciency. While one doctor
looked at the cut above
Moses Michael Hays was
my eye, others searched
even the most private such a patriotic citizen of
parts of my body. They ' Newport, R.I., in the 1700s
hurried onto the next vic- that he resented being
tim, leaving behind a doc- asked to sign a Test of Loy-
alty. Still, he pledged his
tor to fill out forms. -
Their search had found an devotion to his government
additional cut at the top of and presented his own chal-
my leg that I had not lenge: Why were the Jews
realized was there. I later not allowed to vote? Later,
found a small piece of metal when the British occupied
lodged in my jeans that had Newport, he fled to
made the cut. I was kept in Philadelphia.

been prohibited from di- the book, the Defense
vulging any details of the Ministry said "the,book con-
tains nothing secret, it con-
tains lies and untruths and
"We asked the censor it cannot harm the state se-
to allow us to have the - cunty.

Yet now, the fact
manuscript for two more that the book is banned ap-
days so as to enable our parently means something
attorney to study mate- else." Teicher, while careful
rial for an order nisi" not to reveal what the book
(show cause order), contains, stressed it was
Teicher said. "But the non-fiction.
censor refused." They
The CBS correspondent
now have asked their at• avoided the censor on the
torney to seek an injunc- story by flying to Rome to
tion from the Supreme broadcast it. His credentials
Court ordering the cen- were later lifted by Israel.
sor to return the manu- The CBS story said that Is-
script even for a short rael and South Africa have
jointly exploded a nuclear
The two authors said that device. "This story is not in-
when CBS correspondent cluded in the book," Teicher
Dan Raviv first reported on and Doron stressed.

Jewish Family Service
provided counseling or
other assistance to 4,116
persons, including 1,100
senior adults, last year.

Frytail_ yril 11, 1980 21


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