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Father of Bombing Victim Blames UN Legitimization of Arafat and the PLO for Daughter’s Death

“If I had to make a point about this I would say when the United Nations made heroes out of Yasir Arafat and the PLO, they legitimized this kind of terror.”

This was the expression today to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency of Murray Karpen, father of Ronnie Karpen Moffitt;the unintended victim of a terrorist bombing in Washington last week which also killed Orlando Letelier, a former Ambassador of Chile to the United States. Letelier also was a Cabinet member in the government of the late President Salvador Allends and is believed to have been the target of the bombing.

Mrs. Moffitt was buried in her family’s plot in King Solomon’s Cemetery in Clifton, N.J. on the eve of Rosh Hashanah after a funeral service attended by about 400 relatives and friends in the Passaic Memorial Jewish Chapel. Among them were 28 of her colleagues at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington where Mrs. Moffitt, her husband Michael and Letelier worked.

Rabbi Harold White, director of the Hillel Foundation of American University, and Marcus Raskin, a former White House aide in the Kennedy Administration and co-director of the Institute, delivered eulogies. Rabbi White married Ronnie and Michael Moffitt, who is not Jewish, at the Karpen home last May.

Murray Karpen and his wife, Hilda, are both natives of Passaic where he is in the catering business. Their parents came to the United States at the turn of the century from Galicia when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and is now in the Soviet Union.

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