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Israelis Upset by Swiss Plans to Try Rahamim, Who Shot Terrorists

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Government circles here are deeply disturbed over the intention of Swiss authorities to prosecute Mordecai Rahamim, an El Al security guard who shot and killed one of four Arab terrorists when they attacked an El Al airliner at Zurich Airport earlier this year. The three surviving terrorists will go on trial for murder. Mr. Rahamim is charged with murder under mitigating circumstances and with the illegal use of weapons on Swiss soil.

The Israeli’s Swiss lawyers have reportedly told authorities in Zurich that the charges are grossly unfair because Mr. Rahamim had fired in defense of the aircraft and its passengers in the face of a criminal act.

Histadrut today called on the AFL-CIO and the Confederation of Free Trade Unions in Brussels to intervene on behalf of two Israeli citizens held captive in Syria since their TWA airliner was hijacked by Arab commandos and forced to land in Damascus last Friday. Hidtadrut sent the same appeal to the International Transport Workers Union.

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