JERUSALEM (Feb. 10)
More than 100 ministers, former Cabinet ministers, Knesset members and members of the faculties of four Israeli universities have nominated Germanborn anti-Nazi activist Beate Klarsfeld for the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination, with the appended signatures, was sent to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway before Feb. 1 as required by the rules.
The nomination cited Mrs. Klarsfeld for her activities over the past 10 years in fighting anti-Semitism and tracking down wanted Nazi war criminals all over the world, often at the risk of her life and liberty. It also cited her actions for Arab-Israeli peace.
The academicians who joined in the nomination include professors of law, philosophy, history and political science on the faculties of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University and Haifa University. Among the 56 members of the Knesset were Tourism Minister Moshe Kol, Transport Minister Gad Yaacobi, Abba Eban, Menachem Beigin, Yosef Burg, Elimelech Rimalt, Zevulun Hammer. Shulamit Aloni, Hillel Seidel, Arye Eliav, Yitzhak Navon and Yitzhak Ben Aharon.
Mrs. Klarsfeld, who is not Jewish, told a press conference yesterday: “As a German, I feel greatly honored by the action of the Israeli parliamentarians and professors….I shall continue in my struggle against neo-Nazism and for Israel-Arab peace.” She also said that Israel should be more active in protesting the growing activities of neo-Nazism in Germany.