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November 13, 1987 - Image 133

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-11-13

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her: "I have wanted to meet
you for a long time," to which
she replied, "Mr. President, I
have waited a long time to
meet you." Then he kissed her
on the cheek.
Jerusalem Mayor Teddy
Kollek, when he greeted
Sadat, commented with a
smile: "You have taken over
our city bloodlessly!"
While the Egyptian Presi-
dent was getting settled in
his King David suite, from
which he could get a splendid
view of the walled city of
Jerusalem, captured by the
Israelis just ten years earlier,
most of the Arab world was
aflame with protest.
In Damascus a day of mour-
ning had been declared. In
Beirut angry mobs burned
tires, tipped over automobiles
and staged such a riot in front

of the Egyptian Embassy that
troops were called out.
Several demonstrators were
killed in the confrontation. In
Libya the Egyptian Embassy
was stormed. But in Israel
there were only minor Arab
disturbances. A PLO call for
a strike in Judea and
Samaria had fizzled out.
After making his historic
address to the Knesset and
before departing for Cairo,
Sadat visited a Christian
church, prayed at the mosque
of Al Aksa and spent con-
siderable time in Yad
Vashem, showing noticeable
emotion over the tribute to
the six million Jews.
It was a bizarre chapter in
Egyptian-Jewish relations;
an episode in world history
that is still well-remembered
ten years late er.



Mystery Surrounds
Yacht Hijacking

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Mystery
compounded by confusion sur-
rounds the 40-foot yacht Silco
and its passengers, hijacked
at sea last Sunday off the
Gaza coast, apparently by ter-
rorists of the dissident Abu
Nidal faction of the Palestine
Liberation Organi-
The 17-ton vessel and its
eight passengers — six adults
and two children — were
brought to Moslem West
Beirut. At a news conference
there, a spokesman for the
Abu Nidal gang, Walid Khal-
ed, claimed that some of the
passengers carried Israeli
passports and described the
children as Hebrew-speaking.
The names of the adults
were released. A thorough
check of the Israel Interior
Ministry's computer index of
identity cards failed to match
any of the names with Israeli
citizens. Israelis must have
ID cards to obtain passports.
A preliminary check of
visitors and tourists failed to
come up with the names. The
Ports Authority and the
various marinas in Israel con-
firmed that the Silco had not
called at an Israeli port,
though it might have been en
route to Israel when seized.
Khaled said at his news
conference that the episode
was "a slap for the Zionized
king of Amman," a reference
to King Hussein of Jordan,

and for the "Zionized leaders"
participating in the Arab
summit conference now tak-
ing place in Amman.
Israeli Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin said that the
seizure of the yacht was clear-
ly timed to coincide with the
Arab summit and planned to
draw attention to the Abu
Nidal faction. He said that if
it was hijacked, as claimed, it
was not in Israeli territorial
waters, which the terrorists
dare not approach for fear of
Israel's navy.
He said Israel is in contact
with the governments of
France and Belgium, whose
nationals were said to be
among the hijacked passen-
gers. The names released by
the Abu Nidal spokesman are
Fernand Houtekins, 40; Em-
manuel Houtekins, 42;
Valerie Emmanuel
Houtekins, 16; Laurent Em-
manuel Houtekins, 17;
Godlieve Kets; and Jac-
queline Valente, 30, described
as a French national.
In Paris, French authorities
said they had no information
about any of the passengers.
But the Belgian Interior
Ministry confirmed that Em-
manuel Houtekins; his wife,
Godlieve, 48, born Kets —
possibly Katz — and their
children, Valerie and
Laurent, are Belgian citizens,
but are believed to live in
Lyon, France.

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