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July 30, 1982 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-07-30

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

40 Friday, July 30, 1982

Norwegian Interview Refutes Torture Charges Against Israel

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NEW YORK — The fol-
lowing article, date-lined
Sidon, Lebanon was pub-
lished in the Norwegian
newspaper Agadbladet on

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July 13:
It is absolutely not cor-
rect that Israeli soldiers
maltreated and tortured
prisoners after the invasion
of the City Saida (Sidon) in
south Lebanon, as the two
Norwegians Steinar Berge
and Ivind Miller claimed.
This was said by a promi-
nent Lebanese who himself
was interned for seven days
and was in proximity to the
two Norwegians during the
48 hours they were kept in a
schoolyard in Saida. The

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name of the Lebanese is
Salim Mamlook, adminis-
trative director at the
biggest hospital in Saida, a
city of about 300,000 in-
habitants. He was among
the first to be arrested and
interned by the Israelis,
suspected of being con-
nected with the PLO. He
was also among the last to
be freed from his imprison-
ment in the schoolyard in
Saida.
In an open conversati-

school for girls. It has 1,100 their gun if he did not obey
pupils and the schoolyard is orders to move quickly
divided into sections of a enough, but I also saw that
total of 2,000 square meters. those soldiers were im-
Here several hundred of the mediately talked to by their
city's men where interned officers.
"Were you yourself hit or
during the period June 6-12.
Some were held only a maltreated? -
"No, and I had every rea-
couple of hours before they
His statement is con- were released after interro- son to expect rough treat-
firmed by other Lebanese gation, while others were ment since I was suspected
to be a terrorist. On their
who were interned in the kept for about a week.
backs all the prisoners had a
schoolyard, and indirectly
The nuns at the school
by the nuns who are run- saw the prisoners every day label saying what they were
ning this school, a convent and never did witness any suspected of, so the soldiers
knew very well why I was
torture or maltreatment. there, and that was also the
Doctor Steinar Berge said
reason why they detained
crowded coastal plain to the that during the two days he me for so long.
mountainous hinterland — was interned in the school-
"How would you describe
meaning the West Bank. yard approximately 10 pris- the treatment of the pris-
oners
were
carried
out
as
a
-
Tehiya has demanded the
oners?
prompt annexation of that result of violence and beat-
"They were at war and
ings.
This,
the
nuns
at
the
territory.
many of the young soldiers
Before he was sworn in, school say, they have never were nervous and short
the Justice Ministry im- heard about, and that it tempered. But I don't think
posed a 125,000 Shekel would have been difficult the treatment could have
fine ($5,000) on Neeman not to notice so many dead been much different. We got
for what it called a tech- bodies.
Salim Mamlook also says food and water several
nical violation of Israel's
times a day: When I was re-
currency regulations. categorically that he never leased after seven days' im-
saw
dead
prisoners
being
The public committee
prisonment I just went
which investigated the carried out. People could home to take a shower be-
faint
because
of
the
heat,
violation said that con-
fore going to work."
trary to regulations, but they were treated by
Neeman held a foreign doctors on the spot.
THE JEWISH
currency account in the
"The Norwegians say
U.S. during the years that the Israeli soldiers
COMMUNITY COUNCIL
1968-1978, when he lived were hitting some pris-
INFORMATION &
most of the time in the oners systematically all
RESOURCE
OFFICE
U.S.
over and that an elderly
According to the commit- man was hit unconcious
in Southfield
tee, the violation was tech- by four, five soldiers.
will be closed from
nical because had Neeman
August 2 to
"That is absolutely not
asked permission for the ac-,
true.
I
was
in
a
position
to
August 20
count, it would have been
see most of the other pris-
For information, assistance
granted.
oners and nobody was
and programming service
treated like that. It could
during this period, please
happen that the soldiers hit
call
962-1880
a prisoner with the butt of
June 18 broadcast in which
a chapter from Hitler's
"Mein Kampf' was read
with the substitute of the
words "Palestinian" and
"Palestine people" for "Jew"
and "the Jewish nation."
Disc Jockey
They charged this was slan-
derous and anti-Semitic, de-
"The Best Music in Town"
filed the memory of the
Holocaust victims and was a
Parties, Dances &
direct attack on Swiss Jews.
Special Occasions
Swiss Jews are concerned
over what they perceive to
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be an increase in anti-
Semitism following Israel's
invasion of Lebanon, par-
. ticularly among young
people between the ages of
15-20.

non Mamlook says that
he has no reason to rose-
color the Israeli behavior
in Lebanon, but it would
be unreasonable to ac-
cuse them of torture and
systematic maltreatment
of the prisoners in Saida.

Tehiya Boosts Likud Margin

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The Knesset voted 57-49 on
Tuesday to approve the
entry of the ultra-
nationalist Tehiya faction
into Premier Menahem Be-
gin's coalition government.
The addition of Tehiya's
three Knesset mandates
gives the government a
comfortable eight-seat par-
liamentary majority (64-
56). One coalition MK, Dror
Seigerman of Likud's Lib-
eral Party wing, abstained.
Shortly afterwards,
Tehiya leader Yuval
Neeman, a professor of
physics at Tel Aviv Univer-
sity, was sworn into the
Cabinet as Minister of Sci-
ence and Development, a
newly-created portfolio.
Neeman, an outspoken ad-
vocate of "Greater Israel,"
said he would devote him-
self to using science and
technology to shift Israel's
population center from the

Broadcast Called Biased

GENEVA (JTA) — The
Zurich Jewish weekly, Is-
raelitische Wochenblatt,
has lodged a complaint of
anti-Semitism against the
Swiss National Radio for
comparing Hitler's plans for
the extermination of Jews
with Israel's policies toward
the Palestinians.
The editors referred to a

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