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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta COLDER HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 45 The LetHbrtdge Herald VOD. LXIII No. 227 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 1970 i-BiCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES Leila Awaits Her Fate LEILA KHALED captured Arab commando LONDON (P) Arab guerrilla girl Leila Khaled waited comfortably in a ground floor cell in a West London police station today-with Scotland Yard marks- men guarding her life. Armed policemen were stationed at the front door of the police station at West Baling, at the back door and in the hallway leading to the 24-year-old Pales- tinian prisoner's cell. A police matron was in the cell with her. "We are not worried about her breaking out, a policeman said. "It's people breaking in that worries to release her or to attempt to kill her." Never Be Safer The Daily Sketch commented that Miss Khaled will never again be as safe as she is now. "The best she can hope for is a life under heavy guard in an Arab country It may be a quick bullet in a Middle. East street or she may find herself spirited away to face trial in Israel." The girl commando has been under police custody in London since Sunday, when she and an unnamed male accomplice tried to hijack an El Al plane frying from Amsterdam to New York. The Arab man was killed in the attempt. Israel has asked that Miss heroine in the Arab extradited to the Jewish state for trial. One Israeli in London was quoted as saying: "If she leaves this country a free woman she will never know a day without fear." Guerrillas from the Popular Front for the Libera- tion of Palestine in Jordan say they will kill the ap- proximately 280 hostages at a desert airstrip and blow up three captured jetliners stranded there unless Miss Khaled and six other guerrillas held in West Germany and Switzerland are freed. Police "sard Misj Khaled ui'f ihfusat medical treat- ment for minor injuries she got when she was pum- melled aboard the El AI plane. She also has refused most food from the police canteen and is living largely on tea, coffee and guerrilla fervor. "She spends most the day lecturing the matron in her cell about the Palestinian one policeman said. "The matron is getting a bit bloody bored hearing about the Palestinian cause." She told her guards: "There is nothing you can do. I shall soon be free." Plane Hijacks Cool Bitterness Of Palestinians By IAN MacDOWALL BEIRUT (Reuters) "We Palestinians have been suffering for 22 years; Why shouldn't the rest of the world suffer this is one answer the young guerrillas of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine give when they are asked how they can justify attacks on civil airliners such as the mass hijacking in Europe Sunday, Sept. 6. They say: "We practised moderation for 20 years and where did it get us? The Israelis drove hundreds of thousands more of our people into exile in the 1967 war. We have nothing to gain by moderation, every- thing to gain by violence." Or else they reply: "What does it matter if a few Americans or West Germans are killed? The Israelis have been killing us for 20 years while the Americans and the Germans gave them money and arms." p.'re They're Bitter This bitterness, linked with youthful idealism and the powerful ideological drive given by their grounding in Marxism Leninism, is the hallmark of the Popular Front hijackers. But bitterness and political conviction are not the monopoly of the PFLP among the Palestinian exiles. What singles them out from the other guerrilla groups is the extent to which they have adopted a Western standard of efficiency in carrying out their operations. The PFLP can claim to be the world's most ex- perienced aerial hijackers. They pulled off the first Middle East hijacking in July, 1968, when they forced an Israeli airliner to fly to Algiers at gunpoint. Their operations are marked by careful planning, cool and precise execution and a high degree of moti- vation. In hijackings so far, there have been no deaths among passengers or crew, although two Israelis were killed in ground attacks on Israeli airliners in Zurich and Athens. The aerial commandos usually operate in small teams of two or three persons, and four at most. There is usually a girl in tho hijack team. Leila Khaled, arrested in London in the foiled attempt to hijack an Israeli plane Sunday, was on her second operation. A small planning tcf.m organizes their operations under tlic over-all political supervision of Dr, George Habbasb, secretary general of the Front. Hijackers Extend Deadline For Plane Hostages Release From REUTEnS-AP AMMAN, Jordan (CP) The Popular Front for the Libera- tion of Palestine today extended by 72 hours its deadline for the release of seven Arab guerrillas held in Europe. The decision to extend the ul- timatum to 2 a.m. GMT Sunday (10 p.m. EDT Saturday) was made at a meeting of the Front's high command Wednes- day night, and a Red Cross mis- sion negotiating the release of three hijacked planes and about 280 passengers was informed. The original 72-hour ultima- tum set after the guerrillas hi- jacked two airliners to a desert airstrip ir. Jordan Sunday was scheduled to expire at 2 a.m. GMT today (10 p.m. EDT '..-A Front spokesman said the Arab passengers aboard the VC-10-the first British airliner to be released today. The guerrillas released 21 Arabs and also freed a British gir! engaged to one of the Arab passengers. Jordanian army buses took those freed to the In- tercontinental Hotel in Amman. Their release left 31 passen- gers and 10 crew hostage aboard the VC-10. Vffces, -5-4-3-2-? An indefinite extension was announced Wednesday night after a thbd airliner, a British Overseas Airways VC-10, was hi- jacked to the airstrip Wednes- day. A Front spokesman said that in extending the ultimatum pe- riod at the request of the Inter- national Red Cross the Front holds Britain, the United States and other countries concerned responsible for determining the fate of the three'detained planes and their passengers. The Front in giving the exten- sion wished to provide more chance for the concerned par- ties to act resprisibly, he said. WARN BRITAIN, U.S. Britain and the United States should understand that their pressure and activities will not serve the interests of the pas- sengers and the three planes, he added. The spokesman said the Front leaders and the Red Cross mis- sion were expected to meet today, out added there will be no tether extensions of the ulti- matunr. For 197 captives aboard' a Swissair DC-8 and a Trans World Airlines Boeing 707, it was an ordeal they already have gone through for three previous nights. The Arab commandos snatched the BOAC plane be- tween Bahrain and Beirut to strengthen their hand for a barter deal over guerrillas held in Europe. Aboard the first British airliner 103 passengers and 10 crew half of them Britons. With two of the countries ready to meet the guerrilla de- in principle and West Germany without any -Britain's continued: detention of -Arab girl guerrilla Leila 'Khaled appar- ently stands in .the way of a ne- gotiated settlement for the re- lease of the Europeans and Americans on board the planes. It was to force Britain to com-, ply that the Popular Front seized the VC-10 and forced it down in the Jordanian desert, after a stop to refuel at Beirut. With a sense of irony, the Front renamed the four-engined jet Leila. Following the latest hijacking no one among the 300 heavily armed guerrillas guarding the planes beL'eves the British gov- ernment will stand firm in the face of the guerrilla warnings about the "serious consequ- ences" for the hostages should a barter not be arrange. The guerrillas have not said what they will do with their hos- tages if the ultimatum is ig- nored, although after hijacking the first two western aircraft Sunday they threatened to blow them up if any attempt was made to recapture the planes. Ceasefire Appeal Ignored From REUTERS-AP AMMAN (CP) Heavy cas- ualties were feared in the Jor- danian capital today as Pales- tinian Arab guerrillas ,and the Jordanian army battled through the night despite appeals for a ceasefire from both sides. Guerrillas in the Jordanian capital said the fighting- centred on the Amman airport, the Jebel Hussein Citadel, the royal palaces and other sections of the city. They said many houses were destroyed. The firing began at 6 a.m. and lasted about 10 minutes. It 'restarted at troops and guerrillas en- trenched in then' positions on Jebel Amman and Jebel Webda exchanging Sire. UN Ready To Take Action UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) The Security Council stood ready today to take further ac- tion if its appeal for the imme- diate release of about 280 hijack hostages being held by Arab guerrillas in Jordan goes un- heeded. The Arab guerrillas released 22 hostages today and postponed tlie deadline for the release of about 280 others in exchange for seven guerrillas held in Europe for 72 hours. The 15-nation council Wednes- day night unanimously appealed for the release of every one of the hostages regardless of nationality and called for all possible legal steps to prevent further hijackings. The appeal was addressed "to all but was aimed mainly at those Arab govern- ments which might have influ- ence with the Palestine guerril- las, diplomatic sources ex- plained. Airlines Face Increase In Insurance Premiums Council. members also were consulting in private on other measures the world body might take if the guerrillas go through with their threat of blowing up the Trans World Airlines, Swis- sair and BOAC jetliners if their demands for release of Arab commandos held in various countries are not met, the sources said. DISCUSS BOYCOTT Many possibilities were being discussed, including that of an international airline boycott countries harboring hijackers, the sources said. HONOLULU (AP) Insur- ance policies will be renewed at higher premiums for airliners damaged in hijackings, a spokesman for the International Air Transport Association said Wednesday. Topless Girl Shoeshiners Arrested MIAMI, Fla. (CP-AP Police arrested three girls Wednesday who were giving customers topless shoe- shines that cost Police said the buffers were in the the waist up. Bernice Ward and Julie Synder, both 18, and 20- year-old Diane Jordan were released on bond after being charged with public nudity. Alfred Leitson and Allan H. Strong, owners of the Adult Bookstore, were ar- rested on charges of allow- ing an employee to apear in public nude above the waist. Both were released an bond. He also said that, the effect of the recent hijacking spree in the Middle East will be to drive up the cost of insurance. The spokesman for the asso- ciation which represents about SO per cent of the international airlines said insurance con- tracts will have to be liated with brokers in cases where airlines have been dam- aged in hijackings and other in- cidents. The IATA statement was re- leased to clarify remarks made here earlier Wednesday by the organization's president, D r. Garrit van Der Wai, who also is president of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Van Der Wai had said that all insurance on International air- lines had been cancelled. The IATA spokesman said Van Der Wai was incorrect. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN TTNIVERSITY secretary Kathy Oka accidentally throwing away the draft of an article her boss was writ- ing, and later explaining to him, "Well you know, it wasn't really a very good one anyhow" Visitor Leslie Campbell saying the dayliner trip across the high-level bridge must be almost as ex- citing as being hijacked Euclide Landry asking city council to devise a better method of marking streets in the Lakeview area after he had been unable to find a particular address after three days of searching. RELEASED HIJACKED PLANE VICTIMS-A child sits on her mother's tap under a portrait of Jordan's King Hussein as they and other'released passengers from two hijacked planes waif in the lobby of Amman's Intercontinental Hotel Wednesday during street fighting between Palestinian guerrillas and regular army troops. The hotel was hit by gun- fire but no one was injured. Increased Barley, Wheat Sale Prospects Look Good EDMONTON (CP) Pros- pects for sales of this year's grains crop still are uncertain but there may be improved prospects for increased barley and wheat sales, the Alberta ag- riculture department says. E. D. Walker, a department marketing economist, says there arc early indications wheat exports should be greater in 1970-71 than in the last three years. In an eight-page market anal- ysis issued this week, Mr. Walker says while harvest time is not the most useful time for a grains outlook, prospects for the January-December wheat har- vests in both Australia and Ar- gentina are poor. He said Australia has imposed quota restrictions to reduce wheat acreage and Argentina's wheat acreage this year is ex- pected to be 13 per cent less. "Exceptionally dry seeding conditions are reported from both countries and this may re- sult in reduced supply pressures on the market later in the crop year." In brief, Mr. Walker sees the wheat outlook improving, not much change in the oats mar. ket better prospects for barley, an eroding of prospects for flaxseed and an outlook not as good as last year for rapeseed. CREDITS GOVERNMENT He credits prospects for in- creased wheat sales to the fed- eral government which "seems intent on moving grain as ac- tively as its commitments to the international grains agreement permit." In addition to outstanding con- tracts with Russia and China, Shipping Magnate Pays Million For Vessel British Liner Escapes Scrap Heap wheat sales with subsidized credit had been made to Syria, the United Arab Republic, Peru and Brazil for shipments over a three-year period. "Forward sales to Europe also are reported to be larger than usual." This year's crop, combined with the carryover from pre- vious years, was expected to provide stocks of between 700 and 750 million bushels. While this was an improve- ment, "we are still some way from being out of the woods." He suggests a program simi- lar to this year's LIFT program to reduce acreage of wheat will be needed in 1971 "to get back to a normal carryover posi- tion." "This year wheat acreage has bsen halved and stocks arc likely io be however it will take longer than a single crop year to cut the in- ventory back to acceptable ley- els." Tanker Sunk LONDON (Reuters) The crew of the giant tanker Aquarius was reported to have abandoned ship today after a collision with a Russian vessel off the coast of Muscat and Oman. A distress signal from the Russian ship, the Svet- logorsk, asked all ships ill the area to assist her, Lloyds ship- ping igents uid. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) A Chinese shipping magnate who made the ?3.2-mil- lion high bid for the liner Queen Elizabeth says he plans to turn her into a seagoing international university. The bid by C. Y. Tung of Hong Kong at a bankruptcy auction Wednesday saved the former queen of the now tied up going to the scrap yard. Italian scrap dealers had made a pre-auclion offer of ?2.4 million for tte liner. Tung said his C, Y, Tung If land Navigation Co., which owns 100 other passenger ships and freighters, would spend million refitting the Elizabeth either in Hong Kong or Singa- pore to ply the seas as a luxury cruise ship until plans for the university are completed. He said his C. Y. Tung Foun- dation would finance the float- ing university at the start, but that he hoped to persuade the United Nations to take over per- manent sponsorship. The university. Tung said, "would be a step toward mutual underfttindjng i m o n people of the world now in con- ilict with each other." WAS QUEEN OF FLEET The Queen Elizabeth was built in Greenock. Scotland, in 1938 and was the pride of the Cunard Steam-Ship Co. until she was retired here in 19158. Cunard planned to develop her as a convention centre and hotel. But these plans fell through, and she was sold for million to Utilities Leasing Cora., S t a n t o n and Robert Miller, and Charles Williard, all of Philadelphia. Williard, Hie Millers and Utili- ties Leading formed group called Queen Ltd., and began of- fering guided tours of the ves- sel. But last May Queen Ltd. filed voluntary bankruptcy pro- ceedings, claiming assets of million and liabilities of million, and court-appointed re- ceivers ordered the auction. After receiving Tung's bid the receivers decided to see whether they could make more by selling the Queen piece by piece. But the auction of fittings added only to the Chinese scrapyard's mil- lion, leaving Tung far and away .the'high bidder. Ambassador's Home Bombed GUATEMALA CITY (Reu- ters) Two bomb explosions shook the Uruguayan ambassa- dor's residence here today fol- lowed by machine-gun fire. There were no injuries al- though the infant son of Ambas- sador Atilio Arrillaga was in one of (lie rooms where the bombs exploded. Arrillaga was not at home at the time. It is believed (he at- tack was made by the Commun- ist Armed Forces Rebel group who kidnapped and murdered West German Ambassador Count Karl von. Spreti earlier this year. ;