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The Panamanian government has determined that the explosion of a
plane two weeks ago that killed 18 people including 4 Israelis and
8 Panamanian Jews was caused by a bomb carried on board by a
suicidal terrorist belonging to the Hamas organization identified
as Ali Jamil. Zeev Shiff, one of Israel's most respected
journalists, has revealed that the United States is prepared to
sell hi-tech spy satellite equipment to Saudi Arabia.
Argentina Reneges on Bombing Promise
By Roger Wilkison (Rio de Janeiro)
Argentina says it will not break diplomatic relations
with Iran even if Iranian diplomats are found to have been
involved in the bombing of a Jewish community center last month
in Buenos Aires that killed at least 95 people. Argentine officials
frankly admit they are afraid a break in relations would lead to
reprisals on the part of terrorists.
It was not long ago that Argentine President Carlos Menem was
threatening to cut ties to Iran if diplomats from that country were
implicated in the July 18th bombing.
But on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Guido di Tella and Defense
Minister Oscar Camilion said in separate interviews that if
investigators prove a link between Iranian diplomats and the crime,
Argentina will expel the diplomats but will not break relations
News media in Buenos Aires have been reporting the existence of
an official Iranian connection to the bombing. But, so far,
investigating magistrate Juan Jose Galeano, who is in charge of
the case, has refused to confirm or deny the reports.
Di Tella and Camilion both stressed the need to be cautious even if
Iranian diplomats are involved. Di Tella said such an eventuality
would lead to problems in relations between Argentina and Iran but
not to a break. The foreign minister acknowledged the possibility
of a new terrorist attack if such a break occurred. For his part,
Camilion said any diplomatic move taken hastily could produce
A top foreign ministry official who asked not to be identified
explained that the Menem administration's new policy of caution
toward Iran is also based on economics. He said Iran is an
important buyer of Argentine grain.
But the official admitted that what he called a prudent attitude
has taken hold of Argentine officials because many of them are
afraid of an attack by Islamic fundamentalists who, he said, have
already made it known that they do not like the president's
pro-American foreign policy.
A report in Tuesday's edition of the Buenos Aires newspaper "La
Nacion" quotes an unnamed cabinet minister as telling the president
that, if he does not proceed cautiously with Iran, he might as
well live in a bunker and forget about ever again traveling
Christopher Satisfied with Progress
By Kyle King (Secretary's Plane)
Secretary of State Christopher says it is difficult to portray the
progress he made on his latest mission to bring peace between
Israel and Syria. But he and other senior US officials are
expressing satisfaction with results of their latest shuttle
Christopher says his talks with Syrian and Israeli leaders left
both sides with a lot to think about. The secretary again said the
parties are no longer self absorbed and are now discussing
substantive issues and what needs to be done to make progress. He
says both sides are now engaged in a contentious effort to
understand the needs of the other party, but he again said the
issues are difficult and intertwined.
The secretary says it is difficult to portray any concrete
progress that was made on the talks, because progress on one of
the many issues may not in the long run be significant unless
there is progress on another.
A senior State Department official traveling with the secretary
said the parties want peace, but it is not peace at any price.
He said the both sides are now discussing the issues and trying
to determine if they are willing to pay the price they are being
are being asked for by the other.
On the subject of the Palestinians, the secretary said his talks
with PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat were useful and there has been
progress in finding ways to speed development funds to Gaza and
Jericho in the West Bank.
Donor nations have pledged more than $2.4 billion in development
aid, but little of the money has been disbursed because of
questions about Palestinian bookkeeping.
Christopher said he said he and Arafat discussed new ideas that
will improve the procedures and streamline the process that will
allow the delivery of the badly needed funds.
PLO: We Will Not Annul Covenant Without Total Israeli Withdrawal
HaTikvah News Service
PLO member Farouq Kaddoumi, described as the PLO's foreign
minister, said in Cairo that the clause in the PLO covenant which
calls for the destruction of Israel will not be changed until
Israel signs a peace treaty with all Arab countries. "Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin cannot ask the Palestinians to change
or amend their charter until an Israeli withdrawal is completed
from all Arab territories," Kaddoumi said.
This contradicts repeated promises by Yasir Arafat that the PLO
would annul those clauses that call for the destruction of Israel.
Kach Forms Underground Police Force
The Associated Press reports that the outlawed anti-Arab Kach group
has formed an underground police force that masquerades as Israeli
security agents in Arab villages, a member said.
The Kach activist, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition
of anonymity, said the group's policemen drive cars usually
associated with Israeli security forces in order to drive through
police and army roadblocks barring Israelis from Arab villages.
Once inside "we lift the law off the ground," the activist said. He
said the patrols sought to deter stone throwers, but would not
elaborate on their approach.
Israel police spokesman Eric Ben-Ruby said police were looking
into the reported Kach force. "If laws are being broken, it will be
dealt with accordingly," Ben-Ruby said.
The extremist Kach movement was outlawed and its leaders jailed
after a Jewish settler shot and killed Palestinians in a Hebron
mosque in February.
Since the massacre, just sporting a T-shirt bearing the movement's
name is criminal. Kach members have sworn to continue their
extremist activity under a new name.
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Veil
By Kim Reid (Cairo)
In September, more than 10,000 people will gather in Cairo for a
UN-sponsored conference on population and development. Many
conference participants suggest the best way to control population
growth is to return control of women's bodies to women. More and
more Muslim women are following Islamic dictates to cover their
bodies almost head-to-toe in a head scarf and modest dress.
Islamic religious scholars say a woman's body is a temptation that
a man is powerless to resist. Therefore, once a girl reaches
puberty, Muslim religious texts dictate that she cover all but her
face and her hands from the outside world.
This act of veiling, as it is known, fell out of vogue in Egypt
as young women adopted Western dress and manner as vigorously as
Egypt tried to match Western economic prosperity in the 1940s
But the veil has staged a comeback in the past 15 years. Omayma
Abdel Latif, a 24-year-old journalist, now wears the headscarf
common among devout Muslim women in Egypt. She dismisses the
stereotype that women who veil are Islamic radicals, bent on
propagating an Islamic revolution to sweep away Western influence
in the Middle East. "It doesn't mean we're fundamentalists or
extremists or whatever. We're normal people. We don't have any
horn or tails."
But while proponents of the growing conservatism say they are not
anti-Western, they frequently find themselves disagreeing with
Western policies, such as those that will be discussed at the
upcoming population conference.
For veiled Egyptian singer Yasmin el Khayyam, the idea of
controlling population growth goes against Islam's notion of
letting God's will prevail.
She says the West spends a lot of time and money telling developing
countries to stop having children, while Western countries try to
increase their population.
Islamic scholar Fahmy Howeidy says developing countries should
spend their money on increasing economic growth, instead of birth
control. "It (birth control) should not be imposed as a policy
on society. It should be left to every family which should decide
about their own life."
According to sociologist Barbara Eddin Ibrahim, resentment toward
the West runs deep, inspired by centuries of colonialism. She
says the emphasis on religion and resurgence of customs like
veiling indicate a deeper search for a more-authentic, Arab
But Egyptian scholar Fatima Farag warns of what she says are
negative aspects the conservative trend, including greater male
control over women, and more aggression toward women. "I do not
conceive of my body as something which is something I cannot show.
It is something that I control, that I can clothe or undress as I
wish, which no other man has the right to cover or to uncover."
But Farag's views are considered in the minority. Headscarves
continue to spread across Egypt, clothing young and old, a symbol
of Islamic piety, and some women say, Islamic self-determination.
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