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August 22, 1973 - Image 11

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Wednesdoy, August 22, 1973


Page Eleven

Prejud..ice ra cks 1G-ames
Jeers greet Israelis
soldiers subdue Jews

Associated Press Writer
MOSCOW (g'-Uniformed Red
Army soldiers ripped apart an
Israeli flg yesterday during a
basketball game between Israel
and Puerto Rico at the World
University Games.
Part of the partisan anti-Is-
raeli crowd at the tiny Central
Army Club gym where the game
was played shouted "kikes,
kikes" at the Soviet Jews who
had been holding the paper flag
with a blue Star of David on it.
The flag was about a yard long.
Throughout the game, soldiers
in blue sweatsuits who made up
one-fourth of the crowd jeered
and whistled derisively at the
Israeli athletes.
THE SOLDIERS in sweatsuits
filled the bottom row of the four-
tier bleachers. They were there
ostensibly as monitors for crowd
It was the third straight game
in which Russian soldiers were
used to harass and jeer the Is-
raeli basketball players. The first
incident was last Saturday when
Israel played Cuba. It was re-
peated Sunday in the game
against Brazil.
Adin Talbar, Israeli delegation
official, protested Sunday morn-
ing to the International Univer-
sity Sports Federation (FISU)
and asked that FISU delegate a
member of its executive commit-
tee "to observe that no organized
harassment of any kind be al-
"THE TEAM WAS, harassed
and had no one to protest to,"
Talbar said in a written report
to the executive committee.
FISU did not send an observer
to Sunday's game but promised
AP Phase to have Claude Pineau of France,
an executive committee mem-
ber, at yesterday's game.
Talbar said after the game yes-
akes a lei- terday, "There was no one from
ture shows. FISU here. I don't know what
to do now."
Pineau was not immediately
available for comment.

Soviet organization of the
World University Games, which
began Aug. 15 and concludes Aug.
25, was being viewed as a test
of their ability to host the 1980
THE ISRAELIS took an early
lead in the game and went on to
defeat Puerto Rico 77-61, giving
about 30 Soviet Jews occasion to
chant "El El Israel" (Go, Go,
Israel) and wave tehir paper ban-
The soldiers replied with ear-
splitting whistles. Several people
in civilian clothes were heard to
chant "kikes, kikes."
A Jewish woman told a reporter
she had asked the police to inter-
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Sources close to Chrysler
have revealed to the Daily that
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running star of the early 1950's,
has been named the first black
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vene-racial slurs are prohibited
by law in the Soviet Union. The
police spoke only to the Jews and
did nothing about the anti-
semitic shouts.
"WE ARE NOT kikes," the
woman told a reporter, 'We are
During the second half of the
game, when Israel had increased
its lead to 47-36 and appeared to
have a safe margin for victory,
the Soviet Jeews, who sat to-
gether at one end of the court,
stood up and held the Israeli
flag aloft. .
S e v e r a 1 uniformed soldiers
made their way to where they
were holding the flag, snatched
it from the Jews' hands and
ripped it into pieces. There was
a brief scuffle while the police
looked on.
After the game, Talbar said,
"this causes a lot of anxiety.
This is the organized creation of
a hostile atmosphere."
A FRENCH basketball player,
whose team was to play England
following the Israel-Puerto Rice
game, commented, "It made me
want to vomit."
A member of the Danish wom-
en's team, who came to watch
the game, said, "This is terrible."
Indicating the jeering soldiers
in sweatclothes, she said, "They
are so awful."
The Soviet Jews who came to
support Israel left the gym to-
gether. Outside they were sur-
rounded by uniformed soldiers
all the way to the gate.
A police colonel ordered his
men to prevent a reporter from
approaching them.

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MUHAMED ALI, training in Deer Lake, Pa. for his up coming fight with Kenny Norton, t
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