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Pressure from several Muslim and Arab American groups has forced 20th Century Fox to add a disclaimer to the credits for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, "True Lies." The disclaimer will read, "This film is a work of fiction and does not represent the actions or beliefs of a particular culture or religion." The film is about Middle Eastern terrorists who plant nuclear bombs in six American cities. The bombs are set to go off one at a time unless the US agrees to remove its troops from the Mideast.

Cockroach Slain, Husband Badly Hurt

(Reuters) An Israeli housewife's fight with a stubborn cockroach put her husband in the hospital with burns, a broken pelvis and broken ribs, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The wife, frightened by the insect when she found it in their living room, stepped on it, threw it in a toilet and sprayed a full can of insecticide on it when it refused to die.

Her husband came home from work, went to the toilet and lit a cigarette. When he threw the cigarette butt into the bowl, the insecticide fumes ignited, "seriously burning his sensitive parts," the Post wrote.

When paramedics were called to the home in Tel Aviv, they laughed so hard when they learned what had happened that they dropped the stretcher down the stairs, breaking the unidentified man's pelvis and ribs.

Palestinians Riot on Israel's Border

By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)

At least two Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and scores of others injured in the worst rioting since the beginning of autonomy two months ago. The wounded included both Israeli and Palestinian security forces. The riots broke out Sunday morning as Palestinian workers became frustrated over delays as they headed to jobs inside Israel.

The disturbances went on for hours, as rioting Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops, setting fire to Israeli buses and burning down a gas station.

There are conflicting reports as to how it started, but frustration over the long wait at the Erez crossing was clearly a factor. It can take hours for Gaza residents to pass through both Palestinian and Israeli checkpoints on the way to their jobs in Israel.

Israeli security forces used gunfire and tear gas to disperse the thousands of rioters who threw stones and firebombs at the Israeli troops.

Reports say Israeli and Palestinian security forces traded fire during the clashes. Members of the two forces have participated in joint patrols for the past two months with no serious problems.

The rioting followed similar but less-intense clashes at the same place last Sunday. That led Israel to impose a 24-hour closure on the Gaza Strip.

Tens of thousands of Gaza residents travel every day to jobs in Israel. They work mostly in agriculture and construction, and earn more than they would at home -- assuming they can find work in the Gaza Strip, where the unemployment rate is more than 50 percent.

Scattered disturbances also broke out in the West Bank, in areas still under Israeli occupation. Curfews were imposed in the towns of Ramallah and Hebron.

The disturbances in Gaza cast a cloud over the Arab-Israeli peace process at a time when progress on the Israel-Jordan front seems to have turned a corner. Although the riots in Gaza are not expected to directly affect the Jordan talks, they do illustrate that -- despite apparent progress -- peace-making in the Middle East is still a very fragile thing.

Rabin and Hussein Set For D.C. Meet

By David Borgida (White House)

President Clinton has announced that Jordan's King Hussein and Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin will meet at the White House July 25. US officials say they do not expect a peace treaty to be signed between the two. But they say it reflects accelerating progress toward one.

In announcing the White House meeting, Clinton described it as "historic -- another step toward achievement of a comprehensive and lasting Middle East peace."

"The meeting will build on the dramatic progress made in the tri-lateral US/Israel/Jordan meetings here in Washington last month and King Hussein's recent declaration in parliament that he was prepared to meet with Prime Minister Rabin. It reflects the courageous leadership and the bold vision with which both King Hussein and Prime Minister Rabin have displayed as they work together to create a new future for their people and for all the region."

The president said the two will address a joint meeting of Congress and then attend a White House dinner.

Clinton called Syrian President Hafez Assad before making his public announcement about the upcoming talks between Hussein and Rabin.

Preparations Take Place in Jordan

By Art Chimes and Patricia Golan (Jerusalem) Israel and Jordan are preparing for three meetings set to culminate next week in the first public summit between leaders of the two countries. The series of talks gets underway today with low-key negotiations at a border tent camp south of the Dead Sea.

Officials are preparing for talks about issues including water-sharing and a border dispute. Discussions begin just a few miles north of the twin port and resort towns of Aqaba, Jordan, and Eilat, Israel.

These talks will set the stage for Wednesday's ministerial meeting in Jordan with US Secretary of State Warren Christopher and his counterparts from Jordan and Israel. That meeting will pave the way for next Monday's historic summit between Jordan's King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, hosted by President Clinton at the White House.

King Hussein has met top Israeli leaders in the past, but this will be the first time he has had this kind of meeting in public.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian known to be close to King Hussein says he expects the Jordanian leader to visit Jerusalem later this year. Nasser Eddin Nashashibi says the schedule would depend on the Jordan-Israel peace talks. He says during the visit King Hussein would pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam.

Jordanian and Israeli officials met in Jordan at a Dead Sea hotel to prepare for the historic meeting of Christopher and his Israeli and Jordanian counterparts. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres will be the first Israeli official to set foot -- publicly -- in Jordan.

Israel and Jordan have been formally at war since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. They have had three years of bilateral talks, which began in Madrid and have continued mainly in Washington. This week, when Christopher meets with Peres and Jordan's Premier and Foreign Minister Abdul-Salam al-Majali, it will be the highest-level meeting between the sides to take place, and the first time in the Middle East.

On Friday, an Israeli team headed by the Director of the Foreign Ministry crossed into Jordan via the Allenby Bridge -- another historic first. They met with their Jordanian counterparts at a hotel on the Dead Sea to prepare for the meeting, which will focus on regional development and joint economic cooperation.

Details are to be worked out between lower level Jordanian and Israeli teams who will meet at a desert outpost on the Jordan-Israeli cease-fire line just north of Jordan's port of Aqaba and Israel's port of Eilat, both on the Red Sea. The negotiators will tackle border and water disputes and security arrangements.

Christopher will also go to Syria while in the Middle East. So far, there has been no indication of any breakthrough in Israeli-Syrian negotiations. On Friday, Syria's official news media accused Prime Minister Rabin of preparing the Israeli army for a new war to capture more Arab land. Earlier this week Rabin told graduating officers that the danger of war has not yet passed.

Syria is demanding the return of all of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 and 1973 Middle East wars, before it will sign any kind of peace treaty with Israel. The Jordanians, sensitive to Syria's concern that they may make a separate agreement with Israel, have been careful not to define next week's talks as being aimed at drafting a peace agreement.

Syria Upset at Israel's Gesture

By Peyman Pejman (Cairo)

Syria has reacted coolly to what was considered a conciliatory gesture by Israel. The Syrian government newspaper Tishreen said remarks by Israel's Foreign Minister Shimon Peres do not go far enough to revive the deadlocked Syrian-Israeli peace talks.

In a newspaper interview Peres said the Israeli government had repeatedly accepted the concept of Syria's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israeli officials described his remark as a step toward breaking the deadlock in peace talks between Israel and Syria. But in its editorial, Tishreen said the remarks added nothing new because he was simply stating facts.

Israeli-Syrian talks have been stalled for many months. Israel wants full diplomatic and trade relations restored before it pulls out completely from the Golan Heights. Syria wants the withdrawal to come first.

Opinion: Peace or Holocaust by Yehuda Poch

Every April, the Jewish nation observes the anniversary of the defeat of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The event, in 1943, was one of the greatest acts of Jewish heroism in history, and is duly observed every year with melancholy, remembrance and mournful silence. A section of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem is dedicated to the fighters of the ghettos of Poland. The spirit of the ghetto rebels lives on in all Jews who survived that time, and in many of their children, as an example of the Jewish drive to survive or to die free...

But what is happening to Israel now? Where have the spirit and the memory gone? How is today's Jewish state carrying on the memory of the Holocaust? The regime of Rabin and Peres denies its importance and ignores its existence.

In 1992, then Minister of Education Shulamit Aloni remarked that Holocaust education was now irrelevant and should be removed from the curriculum of Israeli schools. In 1993, the chairman of the Knesset Education Committee, and number three on the Labor list, Avraham Burg, released a fabricated poll indicating that most Israelis felt that Israeli authorities were more racist in their treatment of Palestinian Arabs than the Nazis had been in their treatment of the Jews. Aloni was forced to resign her position; Burg was not.

We continue our examination with a comparison between various policies surrounding the Holocaust and those surrounding the Israeli abdication to the PLO. In 1938, the allies forced Czechoslovakia to cede one-third of its territory to Germany in the interests of "Peace in our time." In 1993-4, the current allies, the United States, Europe and Russia, have convinced Israel to cede roughly one-third of its territory to the PLO on the same reasoning. In both cases, hegemonic rhetoric on the part of the beneficiaries grew only more vicious.

The most important comparison, however, lies in the treatment of minority populations. During the Holocaust, Nazi policy was to concentrate the Jews in urban ghettos and rural concentration camps for the purposes of later transporting them to their deaths in the death camps. Currently, it seems to be that Israeli policy is leaning in similar directions. Israeli officials such as Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin have already mentioned that the Jewish villages and towns in Judea and Samaria will be kept under the control of Israeli military authorities temporarily until the residents are removed to what is left of Israel. Thus, Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria and Gaza will now live in ghettos under the watchful eyes of military authorities whose orders come from a government that is opposed to the existence of these people.

Rest assured that the PLO will not allow this state of affairs to continue indefinitely. Arafat rightly recognizes these villages as impediments to a Palestinian state, which he already proclaims with every utterance of his mouth. It is therefore not unreasonable to expect that the PLO might take the initiative in "relocating" the Jews of the villages. And here we come to our last comparison.

Adolf Hitler is the man singly responsible for more Jewish death and suffering than any other person in history. This is unchallenged -- for now. What was, perhaps, most disturbing at that time was the apparent willingness of the rest of the world to allow Hitler the opportunities he had to kill so many innocent people.

Hitler's position may soon be challenged though. Yasir Arafat is the man singly responsible for more Jewish death and suffering than any other person alive today. This is plain and common knowledge, and is also unchallenged. There is one important difference between Hitler and Arafat, though. Arafat is still alive.

Prior to 1948, there was no government to assume responsibility to Jewish defense. There was no State of Israel, and no Jewish army. Today, there is such a government, and there is such an army. That these institutions are so willing to give the modern Hitler the opportunity to accomplish that which his predecessor could only dream of is unimaginable. That they are doing so is inexcusable.

The ghettoization of the Jews in Israel is just the first step, just as it was in Europe. The next step is the transport and liquidation of whole Jewish populations. In Europe they died fighting in the ghettos or concentrated in Auschwitz. In Israel, the PLO would kill them fighting in the villages, or concentrated in the "Auschwitz borders." In the 1940s the British government of Israel wouldn't allow refugees into Israel to escape the Nazis. In the 1990s the Jewish government of Israel is willing to give these Jews into the hands of the successors to the Nazi legacy.

I feel I must ask the world: What would you do if Hitler were alive today? Likely you would try and convict him as an enemy of humanity. Yet, what do you do to Arafat -- a man with the same aims, and similar methodology, as Hitler? You elevate him to a statesman, leader of a nation, and heir apparent to the land of Israel. After all, if Rabin and Peres and their comrades are so willing and able to give Israel away to the arch enemies of the Jews, and the Jewish people doesn't stop them, then perhaps the Jewish people doesn't deserve Israel in the first place.

(Yehuda Poch is a senior research student of International Relations and History at the University of Toronto.)

Free Speech

(HaTikvah News Service) The news that Israeli Ambassador Itamar Rabinovitch has instructed Israeli Consulates in the U.S. to try to suppress Jewish dissent from Rabin government polices "is an outrageous infringement upon free speech," says Herbert Zweibon, chairman of Americans For A Safe Israel.

Israel Radio reported on July 7 that Rabinovitch instructed Israeli consular offices throughout the United States "on how to deal with the anti-government campaign, organized by the (Jewish) right-wing, against peace agreements with the Arabs." Rabinovitch was reported to have told them to take steps to ensure that Jewish dissent "should not be dragged into the area of public debate, which is the aim of opponents of the peace process."

"American citizens have a right to engage in public debate about issues which concern and affect them, and any attempt by Israeli officials to interfere would be unconscionable;" Zweibon said. "Jewish liberal organizations that care about civil rights matters should be horrified by Rabinovitch's behavior and should speak out against it."

Zweibon said that the decision of the Rabin government to take such extreme steps "is another indication of the government's awareness of how little support it has among either Israelis Jews or Diaspora Jews." Prime Minister Rabin "knows that most American Jews have deep suspicions about his policies, and the only way for him to stop those suspicions from spreading is to try and stifle free speech," Zweibon said.

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