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>PD Nov. 30, 1994, V2, #214

Sarid Says Shalom Settlements

By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)

An Israeli Cabinet minister said Tuesday that some Israeli settlements will be removed from Palestinian areas as part of a final peace settlement. But Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who visited some settlements near the West Bank town of Hebron Tuesday, said he is not prepared to make such a promise.

It was the Environment Minister, Yossi Sarid, who said what many Israelis assume but government officials are reluctant to state publicly. Sarid, who is a key official on Israeli-Palestinian affairs, said some settlements, perhaps what he called "a significant number," will be removed. He said others will remain within Palestinian sovereignty. And still others will be in parts of the West Bank which will come under Israeli sovereignty.

Sarid's reference to "Palestinian" sovereignty was another departure from normal Israeli Government terminology, indicating he believes the Palestinian autonomous areas will eventually become an independent state. That is what many Israelis and Palestinians expect, but the government has not said so officially, leaving the issue to a later stage of negotiations.

Sarid spoke at a settlement south of Jerusalem, at a time when the future of the 100,000 Jews living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is up for debate. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators begin talks next week on expanding Palestinian autonomy, and the government is faced with deciding how to protect isolated settlements deep in what is to become Palestinian territory.

But during a separate visit to the West Bank on Tuesday, Rabin pointed out that Israel is not obligated to move any settlements at this stage of implementing the peace accord, and he indicated it is not likely to do so.

Rabin had just visited the settlement near Hebron which was home to a rabbi killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting. Hebron also has several small Jewish enclaves in the midst of the city, and the large settlement of Kiryat Arba is just outside the city. Tension has been high in the area since a settler killed 29 Palestinians at the mosque at the Cave of the Patriarchs in February.

Local officials criticized Rabin for spending five hours in the area, but meeting only with settlers and soldiers and no local Palestinian residents or officials.

Israel Captures 40 Hamas Terrorists

By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)

Israeli security officers have arrested 40 alleged members of the military wing of the radical Palestinian group Hamas. Some of those arrested are suspected of involvement in last month's bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv.

The Israeli army says security officers made the arrests in seven towns in the northern part of the West Bank, including the home town of the Tel Aviv suicide bomber. Among those arrested are a man accused of smuggling the explosives into the West Bank and another accused of driving the suicide bomber to a bus station on the morning of the bombing.

The army says its interrogations have revealed several details of preparations for the attack, including that a wanted Hamas activist made the bomb, instructed the bomber, and made his farewell videotape, which was later shown on television worldwide.

The army also reports that it found a bunker at the home of one of the 40 arrested activists containing many weapons and material for making bombs. It says the group had several more suicide bombings planned, including one at an Israeli market and another near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

The army says most members of this group have been in Israeli jails before, and four of them were among the 1992 deportees. The army says in all, it has arrested 400 alleged Hamas activists in the past month.

Cincinnatian Jerry Rubin Dies

By Alan Silverman (Los Angeles)

1960s peace activist Jerry Rubin died in Los Angeles Monday night of complications from injuries suffered in a car accident. Rubin was a 1956 graduate of Cincinnati's Walnut Hills High School.

Radical-turned-business executive Jerry Rubin, who once advised "Don't trust anyone over 30," is dead at age 56. He had been hospitalized in intensive care since Nov.14, when he walked into the path of a car on a Los Angeles street.

In the '60s, while a University of California-Berkeley graduate student, Rubin led protests against the Vietnam war as the campus was becoming a hotbed of militant activism.

A flamboyant, bearded radical, he co-founded the "Youth International Party," the Yippies, to battle the "establishment" of government and big business. Bloody demonstrations on the streets of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Party convention made him a national symbol and a criminal defendant -- one of the "Chicago Seven," convicted of conspiracy in a trial that became a national spectacle.

California State Senator Tom Hayden, another Chicago Seven defendant, remembers Rubin as "an American rebel:" "There would never have been a revolution against the British (200 years ago) had it not been led by a lot of guys like Jerry Rubin...who were considered crazy non-conformists in their time."

Eulogizing his late friend for the Los Angeles Times, fellow anti-war activist Hayden says "part of the American spirit suffered a blow with his passing."

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