The U.S. Navy battleship New Jersey, the only battleship in the world now on active duty, is spending a week anchored off Haifa port, to allow its 2,500 crew members seven days of rest and shore recreation.
The Israel Druze community today appealed to the Mayor of Haifa to cancel arrangements made for official receptions for the officers and crew.
They complained that the 16-inch guns of the 45,000-ton warship, which has been stationed off Beirut for the past three months, have fired on and killed many innocent Druze during bombardments to protect American marines in Beirut and against anti-Lebanese government forces in the hills overlooking Beirut.
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