HAIFA (Dec. 6)
Yugoslav authorities have become openly pro-Egyptian and anti-Israel, Israeli seamen just back from the Yugoslav port of Rijeka reported today. They said, however, that the Yugoslav people are as friendly as ever.
Arriving at the port November 8, the crewmen of the S. S. Nachson received a reception which they characterized as unfriendly, “unlike anything” they had ever experienced in any port. Police, secret servicemen, customs officials and others herded the crew into a room where they were held for seven hours while their ship was searched. When they returned to the vessel they were not allowed on shore for 14 days. When they landed, however, they found that the attitude of the people had not changed.
The Yugoslav newspapers, the Israeli seamen said, describe Nasser as a “defender of peace.” An Egyptian freighter, the Ismail, which was in port at the same time had 60 MIG planes aboard.