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morality from the German authorities, we demand her release from an administrative imprisonment, an imprisonment that is entirely under the control of the executive authority. But more than this, we deliberately ignore completely all questions of legal formalities, of who is eligible to appeal and who is empowered to release. We turn to the German governmental authorities and public representatives as the authorized representatives of the Jewish people, the victims of Nazism, on the highest plane of morality: Do justice, and in the words of the prophet Isaiah – "Your hands are filled with blood, wash yourselves, remove the evil of your deeds, refrain from evil, learn to do good, seek justice."

The Jewish people shows its gratitude to its benefactors today. It is to the honor of the Knesset that members from all branches of the House, without reference to factional ideology, have united together, even amid the turmoil of current serious events that occupy us today, to stop and think a bit, thanks to Beate Klarsfeld, about from where we came and what are the principles of justice, morality, and humanism that we carry with us, and together – members of many factions – we presented the motion to hold this special discussion. It is to the honor of the Knesset and of public-mindedness in Israel that one of its members, former Supreme Court Judge Benjamin Halevi, offered his personal guarantee for Beate Klarsfeld to the German authorities. It is to our honor that one of our members, the lawyer Shmuel Tamir, dedicatedly took her defense upon himself. It is to the honor of all of us that the Speaker of the Knesset, Yisrael Yeshayahu, accepted our suggestion without delay and scheduled the immediate opening of this special session.

CONCLUSION OF THE SPECIAL SESSION
OF THE KNESSET

The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset met today to discuss the motion for the Agenda proposed by Member of Knesset Akiva Nof, concerning the arrest of Beate Klarsfeld in Germany. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Committee sent the following telegram to the German Bundestag:

"The Knesset held a special meeting on May 2, 1974, concerning the arrest of Beate Klarsfeld, and passed the matter on to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for further consideration. The Committee decided at its meeting to appeal to the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany in order to procure the immediate release from prison of Mrs. Klarsfeld and the ratification of the agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and France concerning judgment of Nazi criminals. The Committee considers that it is the moral duty of the Federal Republic of Germany to sign and ratify similar agreements concerning the trial of Nazi criminals with other nations who were
     
   
 
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