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600 at Campus Memorial Service for 11 Olympians

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Some 600 students, faculty members and residents of West Lafayette attended a campus-wide memorial service at Purdue University for the slain 11 Israeli athletes. A portion of the service was held outdoors. It was addressed by Arthur Hansen, university president, who expressed grief over the “senseless act.” Bob Ford, a former Purdue basketball star, was one of the 150 members of the university’s athletic department who attended. He said, “I feel defeat tonight. We were here and could do nothing.”

Rain began to fall, ruining efforts to kindle 11 candles for the dead athletes. The service was then moved to a university building where the candle lighting ceremony was completed. Rabbi Gerald Engel, Purdue Hillel director, led the planning for the event, which also included a letter to President Nixon and a petition to the Senate. The letters urged that United States officials spearhead an international effort to persuade all governments to take official action against any nation providing asylum for terrorists.

An American demand for British cooperation in combatting terrorism will be discussed in talks between Dr. Henry Kissinger and British Prime Minister Edward Heath, it was reliably learned in London today. Dr. Kissinger arrives in London tomorrow from Moscow.

Yaacov Shimshon Shapiro was sworn in by the Knesset as Minister of Justice yesterday three months after he resigned that portfolio amid a controversy over allegedly excessive legal fees approved by his ministry. Two motions of non-confidence introduced by opposition factions that opposed Shapiro’s reappointment were decisively defeated by the Knesset.

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