JERUSALEM (Sep. 10)
President Zalman Sharzar appealed to “the conscience of the world” not to rest “until the evil arm is out off those who committed murder in cold blood at the Munich massacre.” The President made the appeal in his annual Rosh Hashana message broad cast over Israeli radio.
Israelis began the new Jewish year in a mood of gloom and depression stemming from the slaughter of 11 of its athletes in Munich. The usual rush of pre-holiday shopping failed to materialize on the evening of Rosh Hashana. But preparations for the High Holy Day observances had been completed before the tragic event and the synagogues were ready for the many thousands planning to attend the services to usher in the new year and to mourn for the dead wantonly murdered by Arab terrorists.
In his New Year greeting to world Jewry, Shazar declared, in part: “Throughout the year, from its beginning and until its end, the Jews of the world have labored uninterruptedly in aid of our brothers struggling for life and spiritual revival…. Our hearts have been shattered by the moans of the remnant Isolated and captive in Arab states. The increasing number of Soviet Jews who have reached Israel this year and have been at the center of our people’s concern are being absorbed with growing efficacy in an economy which continues to develop.”
Continuing, Shazar stated: “Even though peace is not yet here and economic boycott shuts off neighboring countries, there is a steady stream of new immigrants not only from lands of oppression but also, though still in inadequate measure, from lands of affluence.” He also commented on the groups in Israel hit by poverty and concluded his message by saying: “And in 5733, both in the land and throughout the diaspora, the 25th year of Israel’s independence will be celebrated in all thankfulness and humility in awareness of the responsibilities incumbent upon us and in striving for greater oneness and deeper roots.”