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Israel Maintains 'Low
Profile' On Waldheim
Jerusalem (JTA) — Prime ter Moshe Nissim warned that
Minister Shimon Peres side- Israel must"carfully consider"
stepped World Jewish Congress future relations with Walheim
urgings last Sunday that Israel should he become Austria's
take an official position on Kurt President.
Meanwhile, the WJC's secre- •
Waldheim, the former United
Nations Secretary General ac- tary-general, Israel Singer,
cused by the WJC and others of denied his organization was try-
ing to influence the Austrian
having a Nazi past.
Waldheim, at this time, is a elections and defended it for
private citizen and nothing has raising the issue of Waldheim
yet been proven against him in alleged Nazi past at this time.
The WJC's charges against
a court of law, Peres told re-
Waldheim were supported by
porters shortly before leaving on
a four-day visit to the United Yugoslavian newspapers. The
Belgrade daily Vacernje Novosti
States. His remarks were seen
as a means of heading off media reported that Waldheim's name
appeared on a 1947 list of
pressure over the Waldheim
issue while he is in the U.S. and wanted war criminals published
by the United Nations War
an indirect rebuff to the WJC.
The WJC sent a letter to Crimes Commission.
There have been no indica-
Peres calling on the Prime Min-
tions here from present or past
ister and his government to de-
officers of the Israel foreign ser-
mand clarification from Wald-
heim who is running for the vice as to whether Israel knew
of or suspected Waldheim's
Presidency of Austria in en elec-
alleged Nazi activities during
tion to be held May 5. The. let-
his two terms as UN Secretary
ter, sent also to Foreign Minis-
General — 1972-81.
ter Yitzhak Shamir and Knesset
Waldheim denied any Nazi
Speaker Shlomo Hillel, was
past in an interview with Israel
signed by Yitzhak Korn, execu-
Radio from Vienna. He said his
tive chairman of the WJC'S
wartime service in the Balkans
Israel branch and Avvi Bekker,
was limited to acting as an inter-
preter for the German High
"It is clear that Waldheim lied
about, and deliberately con-
However, two Yugoslavian
ce4led, details about his ac-
newspapers and the Austrian
tivities in the Balkans in the
years 1942-43, during the depor-
documents found in a Belgrade
tation of the Jews of Salonika to
archive which reveal that Wald-
Auschwitz and the mass murder
heim was wanted for war crimes
of partisans, women and child-
in 1947 in connection with
ren in Yugoslavia," the letter
atrocities committed against
partisans and civilians during
It added that Israel must take
the German occupation.
a position "especially in view of
Waldheim's special status (as
Secretary General) when the UN
was engaged in efforts to under-
mine Israel's very existence." Hart, Johnston
The letter pointed out that
members of the U.S. Congress Cancel Trips
have called for an investigation To Mideast
Washington (JTA) — Sens.
' This was a reference to a resol-
ution introduced on the Senate Gary Hart (D. Colo.) and Ben-
floor. by Sen. Pete WilsOn (R. nett Johnston (D. La.) cancelled
Calif.) asking the Justice scheduled visits' to the Middle
Department to examine docu- East last week, which Were to in-
ments submitted to it by the clude a stop,inilsrael, after the
WJC Co determine Whet part he Reagan Achninistration urged
had in Nazi war crimes. The that members of 0:ingress 're-
resolution has the support of assess" their travel plans to the
Senate Majority Leader Robert region.
A State Department official •
Dole (R. Kan.), according, to the
WJC; and will acted upon soon. told a press briefing that the ad-
• But Israel, for the time,being, visory to Congressional officials
is officially non-committal. "We . was in response to recent threats
are following the issue but will by Libyan ' lead Muammar
not, react until there is definite Kaddafi that would launch a
." a Foreign Ministr
Ministry wave of terrorism against
Americans in the region.'
Hart announced" that he was
Tvio Knesset members, Chai-
ka Grossman of Map= and cancelling his ,:trip to Israel,
Shevach Weiss, of Labor, both Egypt and Jordan after he was
Holocaust survivors, spoke out advised by ,Administration
strongly against Walheirn in in- sources that ,,the > visit would
terviews. Grossman said it "divert limited security
would be a "mark of disgrace" resources.".
State Department spokesman
if the Austrian .people elect
Waldheim. Weiss said it was un- Charles Redthaii;hoWever, at an
believable that a Nazi may be earlier briefing; stressed that
elected President of the country the administration's request on-
ly related to visits by members
where Hitler was born.
Both called for Knesset de of Congress and thatno general
.1141 on Mr 0!10P • , J,us tice Minis- travel advisoryladheen issued.