THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, January 29, 1969
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clemency for all 86 prisoners they
have been holding for months.
The prisoners face espionage and
"All those involved appear to be
Iraqi citizens," Chalfont said.
"Therefore there was no question
of direct intervention. But we
took up the matter informally on
humanitarian grounds, pointing
out the effect on Iraqi's reputa-
pealed to Britain, among other
Israeli's government had ap-
pealed to Britain, among o t h e r
countries, to exercise its good
offices with the Iraquis in the
hope of heading off the execu-
British authorities said that
Iraq's ruling Socialist Baathists
may have been using the affair
for two purposes:
- To distract attention from
feuding within the regime.
- To move against some of
the regime's political opponents,
scores of whom have been ar-
rested as suspected accomplices of
real or imagined Israeli agents.
The Vatican Newspaper, L'Os-
servatore Romano disclosed that
Pope Paul also had appealed for
clemency through the apostoic
delegate in Baghdad.
Iraq has replied to criticism by
saying that Israeli propaganda
machinery was "out in full force
to slander Iraq and feature the
hangings as a program against
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ON THE ALLENBY BRIDGE:
Trade between Israel, Jordan
f lourishes despite hostility
By MARCUS ELIASON
ALLENBY BRIDGE, Occupied
Jordan (IP)-Israeli and Jordanian
troops take frequent shots at each
other, but that doesn't hinder the
stream of traffic across this bridge
between countries of the warring
The span, just north of the
Dead Sea, links Israel with its
enemy of more than two decades,
the kingdom of Jordan, in an
Taxis carry Arabs to visit their
families, trucks haul agricultural
produce from the Jordan River's
fertile west bank to Amman, dip-
lomats cross in limousines, pass-
ing ragged Arab refugees trudging
All are armed with permits from
the Israelis allowing them to use
the bridge for peaceful purposes.
The bridge was named after
Gen. Edmund Allenby, who led
British forces in Palestine against
the Turks in 1917. i
Today it is a Bailey-type bridge,
built by the Israeli army after
Jordanian troops blew up the or-'
iginal on their retreat eastward
in the 1967 war.
It has a customs house, parking
lots for trucks waiting to cross
and a roadblock.
The biblical Jordan River, which
serves as a cease-fire line between
Israel, and Jordan, smolders end-
lessly with border incidents and
But last year, traffic across the
river via the Allenby Bridge in-
creased so much that the Israelis
had to open an extra entrance-
exit point at the Damiya Bridge
17 miles to the north.
The military government proud-
ly reports the two bridges "are Al-
most as busy as Israel's inter-
In the past year about 170,0001
bridge crossings in both directions
At peak agricultural season,
about 200 trucks cross daily into
Then don't join
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Jordan carrying west bank pro-,
Soon after the war, nearly $25
million worth of goods had flowed
from Jordan into Israel and the
Arab territory it rules, officials!
Payments are made in Jorda-
nian dinars and converted into
Israeli currency at the bridge.
"We let them market their pro-
duce, and we make dinars, which
are harder than Israeli pounds,
so we both profit from the set-
up. says a military government
Israeli businessmen report grow-
ing sales, mainly of electrical ap-
pliances, to Jordan. Officials try
to minimize the extent of this
trade, which sprang up when
closure of the Suez Canal cut off
European exports to Jordan, for
fear of embarrassing the Jorda-
No figures are available.
Manufacturers at times forget
to erase the "Made in Israel" label
from an article headed for Jordan.
The result: deep public indigna-
tion in Jordan, and official in-
quiries into "how enemy products
found their way into the Hashe-
"We have a good thing going
here," said an army officer.
"But it's embarrassing for Jor-
dan because it's officially at war
with us. We don't want it pub-
licized too much."
Israel regards the bridge as an
official point of entry into Israeli
territory. Jordan hotly disagrees,
viewing Israel's attitude as de
facto annexation of the west bank.
How badly the bridges are
needed was revealed recently when
the Israelis clamped anti-guerrilla
restrictions on bridge traffic. First,
all vehicle crossings were halted.
After Arab protests, the Israelis
Jordanian trucks are not per-
mitted to cross into the occupied
territory for fear weapons and ex-
plosives will be secreted in them.
Their west bank-bound cargoes
olerate our staff !)
are transferred to trucks waiting
on the Israeli side of the span.
Commented Michael Sheshar.
west bank military government
spokesman: "We might be at war
with Jordan, but one fact is clear
-we both need the Allenby and
Damiya bridges open, and busy."
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