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Sept 20, 1994 Volume 2, #170 / /\__/_/\
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PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat has announced his intent to visit the
Temple Mount this coming Friday, Chol Hamoed Sukkot.
Golan Settlers Protest Possibility of Withdrawal on Golan
Settlers from the Golan Heights have erected a tent camp at Gamla,
the site of an ancient Jewish settlement in the Golan, and have
begun a hunger strike to protest the government's policy regarding
the Golan Heights. Many Israelis visited the protesters over the
weekend, including members of Kibbutz El Rom, located in the Golan
There has been speculation in the media that the kibbutz could be
the first Jewish settlement on the Golan Heights evacuated by
Israel. The kibbutz members sent a letter to Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin asking him to comment on the reports. Kibbutz El Rom
Secretary General Shimon Brown said "members of the kibbutz will
struggle against a planned evacuation using all legal methods
Brown added that the kibbutz members will abide by whatever
decision the government takes on the issue, emphasizing that there
are some settlers in the Golan Heights who are prepared to leave
the area in exchange for a "real" peace with Syria. Several members
of Knesset, some ministers and a group of Druze residents of the
Golan Heights were among those who visited the Gamla tent camp over
Hatzofeh notes that Kibbutz El Rom -- slated to be the first Jewish
community on the Golan Heights to be evacuated -- belongs to the
Labor Party-affiliated United Kibbutz Movement. Thus, the paper
feels that Prime Minister Rabin can not dismiss its members who
have decided to join the hunger-strikers at Gamla as, 'right-wing
protesters, as he is seeking to present those who oppose the
withdrawal policies of the government he heads.' The paper calls
upon the public to go up to the Golan during the Sukkot holiday,
'and identify with the struggle of the Golan's residents, because
their struggle is all of Israel's.'
Rabin Invites Assad to Visit Jerusalem
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said he has invited "(Syrian)
President Assad to visit Jerusalem." Rabin added that he has
extended several invitations to Assad to visit Jerusalem, saying "I
invited Assad several times, both officially and through the
Americans, but he refused."
Rabin said that even though Assad does not support using a secret
direct channel of negotiations, secret talks are being conducted
through the United States. Regarding a possible national referendum
on an eventual agreement with Syria, Rabin said that the referendum
would include the stages of a withdrawal on the Golan Heights, the
depth of a withdrawal, a timetable and security arrangements.
Two Israelis Injured in Separate Stabbing Incidents
IDF soldier El'ad Saban was stabbed Sunday at the Ge'ah junction
near Petah Tikva by two Arab assailants. One of the attackers, a 19
year-old from the West Bank village of Beit Surif, was captured by bystanders
while the second assailant escaped. Saban, who was on
the way to his base, was taken to a nearby hospital. In an
unrelated incident, an Israeli was stabbed in the Arab village of
Ib Ta'an Sunday.
Ten Arab and Muslim Countries Agree to Establish Postal Links with Israel
The move came at the 21st Congress of the Universal Postal Union
which was held last week in Seoul, South Korea. The countries are
Algeria, Afghanistan, Brunei, Djibouti, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco,
Oman, Qatar and Tunisia.
School Opens in Egypt
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Egyptian youngsters returned to school last weekend, and the high
court has backed the education minister's ruling that
pre-adolescent girls do not have to wear headscarves unless their
parents want them to.
Just a few days before schools were due to open, Egypt's high court
overturned a decision from the lower courts and ruled that the
education minister does have the right to set dress codes for
The minister Hussein Bahaa Eddin announced last may that young
girls could wear the traditional Muslim headscarf, known as the
hejab, only with their parents' permission. That was aimed at
stopping some fundamentalist teachers from requiring their female
students to wear the hejab in class.
But it caused a furor, and a group of teachers and parents filed
a lawsuit to get the ruling reversed on the grounds that only
parliament could issue dress codes, not a minister.
In the end, the minister's ruling has been upheld but only for
pre-adolescent girls. Schools must inform parents if their
daughter is wearing a headscarf to make sure they know. Muslim
fundamentalists say the Koran requires girls to cover their hair
and necks, but more liberal Muslims say the Islamic holy book
only requires modest female attire.
Conservative Muslim lawyers have filed a series of lawsuits
against government ministers to force a stricter adherence to
Islamic teachings. Parents express mixed feelings about it all.
One father waiting for his daughter outside the school gate in a
Cairo neighborhood said he did not mind if a teacher told his
four-year old daughter to wear the headscarf. He suggested it
would get her used to the tradition early on.
A teacher is like a substitute parent, he said. But he
acknowledged he would rather be consulted first. He said he
won't ask his daughter to cover her hair until she is a teenager.
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