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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 me LtmDKiuvE nciiMiu neanesaay, uctobtr 10, 1973 Austria was 'looking for excuse9 to close Jewish camp B> OSWALD JOHNSTON Star-News NKW YORK The Austrian government was looking lor an excuse to close the Schoenau Castle transit camp for emigrating Soviet Jews. and the threats posed by Palestinian terrorist ivcentl" gave Vienna its opportumtv to act Austria in- toncK to keep the facility open until an alternative route lot Soviet Jews hound lor Israel can be devised, despite continuing Palestinian threats These seemingly diverse explanations ol Austria's stance on this delicate question have begun to emerge Irorn statements by Austrian diplomats at the United Nations in re- cent days Foreign Minister Rudolf Kirschlaeger gave official allirmation ol an in- triguing aspect ot the inci- dent when he admitted to reporters that "the idea of closing the castle came Irom the Austrian government" rather than Irom the terrorists. At the same time, he spelled out a series of reasons why the castle, which has been operated as a transit point (or several years and has played a part in the passage through Austria ol some Israel-bound Soviet Jews since 1960. had become a problem Austrian sovereignty Schoenau. owned by a Dutch national and rented lor emigrant processing by the Jewish Agency, an arm ol the Israeli government, was taken over by Israeli security guards and in- telligence operatives to the extent that Austrian neutrality a delicate balance in Central Europe seemed threatened Schoenau "is not fully under Austrian jurisdic- tion." Kirschlaeger told reporters The highly organized Israeli control ol Soviet emigres at Schoenau, he added. "makes tor the implication that there is no Austria, but rather another coun- try's sovereignty Terrorist threats Starling early this year, it was 1eared that Schoenau would be a target ol Arab terrorist Palestinian guerrilla bands were intercepted in Italy and Switzerland on two occasions, both times apparently bound tor the Soviet Jewish transit camp One ot the groups was caught with maps and charts ol the facility, which is some 20 miles south ol Vienna. Communist block complicity Kirschlaeger hinted, and other Austrian diplomats charged openly, that the two terrorists who held three emigres and an Austrian guard hostage had spent 10 days in Bratislava before carrying oul their scheme, in which the> were armed with Czech weapons "It is this lack ol inter- national co-operation that allowed this to happen." Kirschlaeger said. Private- ly, an Austrian diplomat made the point more bluntly "The Czechs closed their eyes deliberately to the terrorist plot The upshot, in the Austrian view, was an in- tolerable combination ol Soviet, Aiab and internal pressures that made closing the camp the salest and easiest course when the terrorists struck At the same tune, the Austnans insist that the passage of Jewish emigrants Irom the Soviet Union need not be slowed despite their decision to close Schoenau Kirschlaeger flatly re- jected the claim of the Isiaelis and ot some American Jewish groups that the new Austrian ban on group travel by Soviet emigrants would shut the How altogether because (lie Soviets issue only exit visas THIS IS AGRICULTURAL What Alberta Makes CREAMED CORN Town House Canada Fancy 14 fl. oz. tin FRESH EGGS Breakfast Gems ALPHA BUTTER Canada First Grade 11b. Print this is .product CANADA Grade A Large Size Dozen each this is ICING SUGAR POLLY ANN BREAD Alberta 2 Ib. Pkg. White or Brown Sliced Fresh 20 oz. net wt. Loaf GREEN PEAS Bel Air or Kernel Corn this is productl ea, Canada Fancy Frozen 2lb. pkg. this is an PRICES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridae Oct. 10-13. 1973 GET A LOAD OF THESE VALUES AT SAFEWAY Good Value Argood Pure. 48 fl. oz. tin. Each Mushrooms Peach Jam Graham Wafers Puddings Muffin Mixes Girdenside Taiwan Choice Stems Pieces. 1011. oz. tin TOMATOES California Vine Ripe Can. No.] SPECIAL Busy Biker Sugar Honey pkg. Lettuce California Canada No.1. Firm Heads Monarch 6 Flavors 9 oz. net wt. Pkg. B.C. Macs Canada Fancy flpsles. 4 Quart Basket. Each Alberta Grown Products! Betty Crocker Sunkist Lemon. Butter Pecan Blueberry 13 oz. net wl. pkg.......... Sauce Mix Cottage Cheese Eggo Waffles Cabbage Liwrys Spaghetti 1% oz. net wl. pkg. Lucerne Fresh Creamed with Chives. Pineapple or Fruit Salad. 12 oz. net wt. ctn. Alia. Prod. Mixes Frozen 11 oz. net wl. pkg. Rokln Hood Supreme 4 Flavours ie-19oz.nitwl.pki...... 39' 2s Large Heads for Sauerkraut Canada No.1.50 Ib. sack. Each Gems e- Canada NO. 2 20 Ib. cello bag. Each Canada No. Lib. Hubbard, Banana. Butternut. Ib. WE RE SERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES SAFEWAY ;