NEW YORK (Aug. 10)
A delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has called on the Greek Consulate here to express its deep concern over the projected release of Arab terrorists duly convicted of murder in Greek courts. The delegation pointed out that the promise made by Greek authorities under duress when the terrorists held guns against them has no “moral or pragmatic” validity. For the Greek government to let convicted murderers free is to encourage, in effect, further acts of terrorism not only in Greece but against the safety of international air travel in general the Conference asserted. The delegation pointed out to the Consulate that Americans of many different persuasions would feel that the Greek government had needlessly paid a heavy moral ransom if the terrorists were permitted to go free and continue their warfare against innocent civilians. The Greek government promised to release the Arab prisoners after six Arab terrorists seized an Olympic airliner last month, held its crew and a Red Cross representative as hostages and ordered them to fly the airliner to Egypt.