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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
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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