Friday, May 6, 2011

New Historical Research Tool - JTA Online Archives

If you are searching for Betar information, the new is invaluable.

Here's an example from October 17, 1966 :-

Security Council Resumes Debate Today on Israel Case Against Syria


The United Nations Security Council will resume tomorrow afternoon a session called to hear Israeli charges against murderous Syrian-based guerrilla raids. The session got under way Friday night only after a lengthy filibuster by the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Jordan. The session lasted until early yesterday morning.

Israel's Foreign Minister Abba Eban cited 30 declarations from official Syrian sources expressing "an intention to destroy Israel." Spokesmen for the United States, Britain, France and New Zealand unequivocally challenged the official Syrian stand that Damascus had no responsibility for repeated El Fatah raids in Israel territory.

Much attention was paid at the session to a vigil staged in an office in the building of the Syrian mission to the U.N. by 19 members of Betar, the Brith Trumpeldor movement of Zionist extremists. The 15 male members wore skullcaps and prayer shawls. After rushing by a guard, the Betar members locked themselves in an office and chanted "End Syrian Aggression" and "We Shall Overcome," the anthem of the American civil rights movement.

Arrested on a complaint signed by Arthur J. Goldberg, chief U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the 19 were arraigned before New York City Criminal Court Judge Hyman Solniker on charges of disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly and trespassing. They were paroled for a hearing on November 25. Israeli leaders, both here and in Jerusalem, condemned the action by the extremists severely...


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