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ATROCITY IN ZURICH
EMBASSY OF ISRAEL
LASHINGTON, D .C.
FEBRUARY 22, 1970
P 0 L I C Y
ATROCITY IN ZURICH
Forty-seven people died suddenly and violently near Zurich
early Saturday morning, February 21. They were plucked from the
sky by a bomb planted in a 'Coronado' jet of Swissair, the air-
line of Switzerland, the country of neutrality and legality.
In Frankfurt, two hours earlier, 3.8 people were spared sim-
ilar fate when their aircraft, an Austrian Airline plane, mira-
culously survived an explosion in its baggage compartment and
made it back to the airport.
In Amman, Jordan, and in Beirut, Lebanon, "credit" for the
deeds was "proudly" claimed by an Arab organization known as
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Why were these people murdered? According to a communique
issued in Beirut, Lebanon, by a spokesman of this or that Arab
organization it really matters not which one they died
because they were either themselves "senior Israeli officials"
en route to Israel, or were merely flying in their company.
The mind boggles at the depravity and barbarism of these
men who sit in Beirut and in Amman and issue 'war communiques'
on the manner in which they send men, women and children to
their deaths in Zurich, Athens or Munich. But the mind also
boggles at the circumstances which have progressively and almost
inevitably led to the atrocity in Zurich.
The people who died in Zurich were not the victims only of
a cowardly band of Arab murderers. They were in no less mea-
sure the victims of the grossest case of international permis-
siveness in modern history. Let it be stated in the bluntest
terms many are the accomplices of the murderers of Swissair
flight #330 some brazenly, some consciously, and others albeit
Guilty of first degree murder are each and every Arab gov-
ernment for having been waging for twenty-one years now a cri-
minal war against Israel with the avowed purpose of exterminating
its people in violation of every norm and law, every custom and
practice of civilized society, national and international. But
how much less guilty is the international community and its con-
stituents for having consistently shut its eyes to it, tolerated
and condoned it, almost with equanimity.
Guilty of first degree murder are in this particular instance
the governments of the so-called 'moderate' regimes of Lebanon
and Jordan for having permitted their capitals and territories
to serve openly as the headquarters and bases for the gangs
of assasins such as the PFLP. How much less guilty, however,
are those who issued not a single word of protest, not a gesture
of censure and who would never consider taking any practical
Guilty of first degree murder is the Government of Syria -
a band of international brigands of long-standing an accomplice
in the crime of kidnapping two Israeli passengers who had the
misfortune of being hijacked with some eighty others on an air-
liner bound for Tel Aviv, and whose exclusive misfortune was to
have been left behind to languish in jail for months while the
others were allowed to fly out. How much less guilty are those
who instead of immediately instituting something of the order of
a total boycott of Arab civil aviation acquiesced in the Syrian
action and later even saw fit to refer to the Syrian Government
as 'compassionate' for having finally condescended to discharge
the two Israelis in exchange for a group of Arab criminals!
Guilty of first degree murder is the Government of Lebanon
for bestowing national honors on a demented French hijacker of an
'Imnriccn plane, in recognition of the 'nobility' of his animosity
towards Israel. But could we really absolve of guilt all those
who were so 'enraged' and shocked' when Israel long liberated
of any illusions concerning international justice was obliged
to resort to its own resources in an attempt to stem this latest
phenomenon of Arab lawlessness by destroying Arab airline pro-
perty, not people, in Beirut, from whence came the attackers of
an El Al plane in Athens. The PFLP and their ilk, scot free in
Beirut, could hardly fail to draw encouragement from the even-
tual condemnation of Israel at the Security Council for having
wantonly destroyed a quantity of upholstery and springs, tires
and fuselages, wheels and toilet fixtures.
The meting of justice to the attackers of the El Al plane
in Athens stands in sharp contrast to the surgical efficiency
and speed of the Security Council. Their trial, twice post-
poned already, must now await the retrieval by the Greek author-
ities of, among others, a police officer who for reasons best
known to himself and his superiors, failed to respect a summons
Guilty of first degree murder is the Government of Algeria
for having willingly collaborated with the first act of air pir-
acy against Israel by incarcerating an El Al plane and its pas-
sengers and bartering them ultimately for a group of convicted
Arab terrorists. Hou much less guilty however are all the organ-
izations and associations who failed right there and then to take
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immediate action to nip in the bud what was so obviously the
introduction of yet another dimension of Arab aggression against
Guilty of first degree murder are those who make avail-
able the arms and the means that feed and fan Arab passion for
"seas of blood and blazing horizons" (Nasser) and who in ren-
dering them the requisite political support have cynically
perverted and destroyed international organizations and instru-
ments that were conceived and designed tb thwart and prevent
these very same deeds.
And no less guilty are those who in their sophistry have
clothed and embellished a nihilistic, destructive and cowardly
phenomenon such as the PFLP and converted them in their distor-
ted imagery into 'guerillas' and 'freedom-fighters'!
The victims of Zurich did not die at the hands only of the
PFLP: they died at the hands of a callous permissiveness that
has for too long made Arab aggression against Israel a tolerable
exception, a phenomenon to be condoned, an aberration to be tol-
erated. There will be no peace in the Middle East, there will
be no peace in the sky and on the sea and on the land until once
and for all these gross wrongs are redressed, until the people
of Israel are conceded the elemental right to live in peace,
free from daily assault and from the spectre of genocide. No
'balance' can be struck between Arab lawlessness and peace for
Israel. Peace will continue to elude all of us in the Middle
East and elsewhere as bong as one tries to be 'even-handed'
between a people asking only to be left in peace and others who
consume themselves in a passionate craving to destroy it.
History has taught us this many a time and yet the world con-
tinues to be oblivious to its lessons.
If somehow the atrocity in Zurich should at least make men
ponder the true issue facing us. peace or destruction for a
people that has known very little of the first and so much of
the second, then those who died in Zurich early Saturday morn-
ing will not have died in vain.
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