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February 17, 1984 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-02-17

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Report on Law Enforcement in Territories Is Defended

Attorney General Yitzhak
Zamir flatly rejected
charges that his deputy,
Yehudit Karp, had dis-
torted the facts in her report
on law enforcement in the
administered territories.
He denied specifically
that her references to
Jewish vigilantism going
unpunished was politically
Zamir appeared before a
joint meeting of the Knes-
set's legal committee and its
state control committee.
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discuss the Karp report
which aroused a fierce out-

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cry from Jewish settlers on
the West Bank when it was
released by the government
last week.
The police, too, did not
take kindly to Karp's find-
ings that law enforcement
in the territories was ham-
pered by poor police work,
although they agreed with
the deputy attorney general
that they were short of
Zamir told the MKs that
former Premier
Menahem Begin had rec-

ognized the need to estab-
lish a committee to inves-
tigate law enforcement in
the territories and that
Karp, who headed it,
adhered strictly to the
guidelines given her.
At a press conference la-
ter, Zamir stressed that all
of the findings in the report
were well documented. He
quoted police sources who
termed the report "an objec-
tive document which re-
flected the real situation."
Zamir said that while

Planned Waffen SS Reunion
Sparks Protest in Germany

BONN (JTA) — Protests
are mounting against the
annual reunion meeting of
former members of the Waf-
fen SS "Totenkopf' (Death's
Head) Division, planned for
March 30 in the town of
Oberaula, state of Hesse.
But while the various
organizations and trade
unions are urging the state
minister of interior to ban
the rally on constitutional
grounds, the community of
3,500 seems less disturbed
by the prospect of SS vete-
rans in their midst than
they are fearful of possible
demonstrations by anti-
Nazi groups.
The local authorities,
members of the ruling
Christian Democratic
Union (CDU), have rented a
public hall to the ex-Nazis.
Hotel and restaurant own-
ers are looking forward to
the influx of 500-odd SS vet-
erans and their families.
They are concerned,
however, that their
town's image as a tourist
resort will be tarnished
by protesters. They recall
in particular the
thousands of people who
protested against the
meeting of a different
group of Waffen SS vete-
rans in the town of Bad
Hersfeld last summer.
Dieter Pfalzgraf, chair-
man of the Oberaula Com-
munity Council, told re-
porters, "There are many
who think that they should
protest here and make a cir-
cus like in Bad Hersfeld. We
are not going to introduce
controls on who comes to
this place. Fortunately,
100,000 people come here
each year and none of them
ever resorted to violence.
We have no means to keep
anyone from coming."
According to "The Volun-
teer," a magazine published
by HIAG, the umbrella
organization of former Waf-
fen SS members, the "Waf-
fen SS comrades" met in
Oberaula in 1982 and 1983
and were very well received
by the local population.
This was borne out by the
reply of a 54 year-old resi-
dent when a reporter re-
minded him that the "To-
tenkopf' Division regularly
served in concentration
camps during the Nazi era
and was assigned to "special
missions" against • the
Jewish population in East-
ern Europe. "This does not
disturb me particularly. I do
not see any problem in their
coming here," the man said.

The tolerant attitude
toward the SS veterans
may stem in part from
Chancellor Helmut
Kohl's recent description
of HIAG as nothing more
than a social club for
mutual assistance.
The members of the "To-
tenkopf" Division have reg-
istered their year as a
society of people who want
to spend their vacation to-
gether in Oberaula. That
may have been done to ward
off protest demonstrations
such as has occurred in Bad

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Moriah Hotel
Fire Labeled
Arson in Report

most Jewish settlers in the
territories are law-abiding,
"there is an extremist
minority responsibile for
serious violations of the "Malicious arson" was re-
law." He cited a pamphlet sponsible for the fire that
circulated by -the town took two lives and injured
council of Kiryat Arba two 11 people in the Moriah
years ago ordering resi- Hotel at Sdom on the Dead
dents not to cooperate with Sea Feb. 5, according to a
the attorney general and preliminary police report
released last week.
the state prosecutor.
Moshe Tiomkin, who
Kiryat Arba, adjacent to
Hebron, is a Gush Emunim heads a committee ap-
pointed by the Interior
Justice Minister Moshe Ministry to investigate the
Nissim said on a Voice of blaze, said the fact that the
Israel Radio interview fire appeared to have
that the Karp report was broken out simultaneously
"helpful" insofar as• it in three separate parts of
clarified the situation in the resort hotel and the
the territories. He also re- speed with which it spread
jected charges by Jewish indicated it was not acci-
settlers of distortion. Un- dental.
Tiomkin, a former Tel
like Zamir, however, Nis-
sim was lukewarm in de- Aviv district police com-
fense of Karp's integrity. mander, cited the eye-
Karp completed her re- witness accounts of fire
port 18 months ago. She res- fighters who rushed to the
igned last year to protest scene within minutes after
the government's failure to the alarm was sounded.
act on it. Portions of the re- They saw what appeared to
port leaked to the press at be three fires burning inde-
the time reflected poorly on pendently of each other. The
the conduct of Jewish flames spread rapidly from
settlers and implied that the fourth floor to the top
the police and civil floor of the building, "too
authorities were less than quickly to be accidental,"
vigorous in pressing the fire fighters reported.
Police also suspect arson
charges against Jews ac-
cused of offenses against in a fire that broke out last
Thursday night among fruit
Karp withdrew her resig- and vegetable stands near
nation after her report came the central bus station in
under review at the highest Tel Aviv. Fire fighters
level of government. The fought that blaze for several
controversy surrounding it hours before it was brought
was renewed, however, under control. Electric
when the report was be- power was cut off in the area
of the bus terminal.
latedly released last week.

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