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11. 1 %TO. CIA A Toronto inventor may hold the key to Entebbe By David Jones t wo books have now been written on the daring raid which rescued 103 hijack hostages from 'Entebbe airport on July 3, 1976. Numerous inter- views and official explanations have been given, yet the punk remains. How did the Israeli rescue mission manage to elude the radar of six nations lying beneath or alongside its flight path, including that of Uganda? The answer to the Entebbe mystery may lie with a 64-year-old appliance repairman and heart patient. The first hint of Sid Hurwich's connection with the raid filtered out last June at a ceremony in Toronto's Beth Tzedec synagogue. where Hur...ich was presented with the award of Protectors of the State of Israel on behalf of the Zionist Organization of Canada for a secret military device he had given Israel seven years earlier. Six weeks later an item appeared in the Toronto Star linking the Hurwich device to the raid on Entebbe. The wire services picked it up and the story took off around the world. The most detailed account appeared in Foreign Report, a confidential diplomatic journal produced by EiNstand s presti- gious Economist magazine. In an un- signed article apparently based on Israeli sources, the publication reports that all that could be learned officially was that [Harwich's] invention had been used in the Israeli raid at Entebbe last yen" The article daints the invention "sends out electronic rays to alter the natural com- position of the magnetic fields and centres of gravity of weapons, instrument dials and mecfianical devices-On the Hurwidt principle there was no reason why the new beams could not reach and disable tanks, ground-to-ground missiles and complete radar systems. The beams could also be tacked together to form a screen that would make whole zones safe from bombs or missiles. The Israelis will not divulge what tests have been run, or how the Hurwidt ray has been developed." According to his daughter, Sylvia Winkler, Hurwich "was around 9. when he started buying broken bicycles and tus:m together, and when any- bodyutire thaout appliances. he would pick them up and put them together' By 1934, with no training beyond high school, Htuwich had won a reputation as the first private appliance repairman in Canada-before that only the manufac- turers did repairs. By the beginning of the Second Wald War he was known as a ved For Release 2001/03/07 : CIA-R I've got a secret Sid Horwicli,64,was given tions on metals used in appliances, the repair business took off By 1947 he had built it up into Shock Bic. which remains one of the hugest businesses of its kind in Toronto. In another buikling he started Sidco Co., devoted to making electrical parts. When a heart attadc in 1950 just about killed him, he sold the business and went into a comfortable retirement at the age of 36. ? he idea for the Hurwich ray came to him one evening in 1969 as he read about a rash of robberies from bank night-deposit vaults. It just clicked what to do; Hurwich says. "(picked up the phone to the police-I knew a .lot of the boys-and I told them I think I can stop those thievexies in about half an hae. ? Hurwich watt to work in his basement with $50 worth of spare parts, and within a week had assembled a waking model to test his theoryjnspedor Bill kolton. then head of the p3I-up Sciiiici; assembled police and ? bank security officials at Hurwich's home. "All I can recalr. says Bolton "is that it was under the table-the device, whatever it Was- and there was a bedspread over the table. He froze my_service revolver. . You RairtitO1P92FUND50@ealgtet ?1004- it up off the table and even on the table Which principle he won't say, just as he you couldn't pull the trigger." refuses to discuss how the device works. I Hurwich continues: "-And then I said only works on objects that will any 'Now take a look at your watches: current, he says. It can be aimed and its remember one of them said, 'When range depends on its power sounx. this happen?' and I said, The minute you *Any magnet will stop a watch." ex- r walked -through that door. You walk plains TX Howard White, a Toronto in there about 2$ minutes ago. Now look consulting engineer."It sounds to me like at. your watches. You're late about 2.5 a very high-intensity electromagnetic mmutes": - ? field that he is able to project, but don't As the smirk), officers filed out of his know how he is generating it." White borne. Humid' s wife overheard one shakes his head skeptically. From jam- them suggest that the army should be ming a few guns to jamming electronic told about the device. 'That was the equipment at long range is a very large- time it ever entered my mind for wax or leap. But anything's pogibler army purposes or anything lila that" Hurwich says. He went back to work in unvich has never patented his his basement. When he felt the device device?he doesn't believe in pat- was ready he contacted a brother living in oats. "It's so easy to copy,' he says. Israel Hurwich has never been to "I've copied things from patents. Just' himself but he felt "they needed it more make a minor change where they'd have than anybody. what with the Arabs say- a tough time in court proving I'd broken ing they d Me to push everycee into the the patent7 Nor has he received any se-a." Hurwich received a visit shortly money for his invention. Oppenheimer afterward from two high-ranking Israeli and Co. of New York wrote recently to officers. After a brief demonstratxm they "offer any service to assist you in deter- walked out with toe working, urixici rer^?,,Preill feasibility of your every plan and cksign Hutwich had. work, ind explorictg avenues to bring your Hurwich insists his device is not work to useful commercial an invention. He sa he simply Hurwich says "at this stage monP41='t one of the oldest basic principles of enter my mind. I am not a youngster electricity and put it to a different user and I can't take it with,menci For Release 2001/03/07 : CIA-RDP96M792RWYCY5trerfabia4-3