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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Feb. 22, 1995, V3, #36
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Palestinians Ready World PR Campaign
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat met for more than five hours Tuesday
night in Cairo with eight members of the 18-member PLO Executive
Committee to set a new strategy for the peace talks. The group
will issue a formal statement of objectives later Wednesday morning
after a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The PLO Executive Committee is ready to launch a public relations
campaign to win international solidarity for its cause.
Palestinians have been frustrated by what they see as Israeli
refusal to live up to its commitments under the 1993 Palestinian
autonomy plan. And they want the international community to put
pressure on Israel to comply.
Executive Committee member Mohammed Zuhdi Nashishibi says the PLO
leadership will visit capitals in the Middle East, Europe, the
United States and Asia in the next few weeks to restate the
objectives of the peace process. "When we put our case and it is
very clear to the world that the Israelis are causing the
stagnation and bringing the negotiations to deadlock and we explain
ourselves very clearly to the international community, we get their
Israel Meets Secretly with Iran
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
Israeli security sources have denied there has been a breakthrough
in the search for an Israeli air force navigator who has been
missing since his plane went down over Lebanon in 1986. They were
responding to a report Tuesday in a German newspaper, Frankfurter
Allgemeine, that Israel and Iran are in advanced stages of
negotiation for the release of the flyer, Ron Arad.
The author of the report, the editor of the newspaper's Middle East
desk, was interviewed Tuesday on Israel Radio. The editor, Udo
Ulf-Kotte, said Israeli and Iranian diplomats sit in separate rooms
in the Bonn office of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. He said they
do not speak directly to each other, but the head of German
intelligence mediates between them. He added that the wife of the
Israeli flyer, Ron Arad, has known about this.
The German report says the Iranians are demanding the release of
three men being held in Israeli prisons -- Sheikh Abdel Kareem
Obeid, a leader of the pro-Iranian Hizbullah in Lebanon who was
kidnapped by Israeli commandos in 1989; Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, a
founder of the Islamic fundamentalist movement Hamas; and the
former security chief of Lebanon's Shiite Muslim movement, Amal
Mustafa Dirani, who was kidnapped by Israel in Lebanon last year.
Israel believes that Mustafa Dirani captured Ron Arad in 1986 and
turned him over to an Iranian-supported group in Lebanon for
several hundred-thousand dollars. German journalist Ulf-Kotte
insists that his sources for the story are reliable. He says he
knew about the negotiations for six months but did not report
them because he did not want to endanger Ron Arad's life.
"But last week I got the green light from somebody who is in the
talks and he said they are very close to the release of Ron Arad
and it will not endanger his life if we're going to report that."
Israeli security sources say there is no breakthrough in the
Ron Arad affair, and that there has been no recent sign
indicating that he is alive. Although Israel has long held Iran
responsible for Ron Arad's continued detention. Iran has always
publicly denied it is holding him.
Klarsfeld Wants French Nazi Sympathizer Barred From U.S.
By Chris Simkins (New York)
Serge Klarsfeld, a well-known French Nazi hunter, called on US
government officials Tuesday to deny entry into the United States
to a wealthy French businessman Andre Bettencourt. Klarsfeld, a
long-time investigator of Nazi war criminals and collaborators, is
calling on the US Justice Department to look into the past of the
French businessman. At a news conference in New York, Klarsfeld
accused Bettencourt of being a Nazi Collaborator during the
German Occupation of France in the 1940s.
Klarsfeld said last October he uncovered articles written by
Bettencourt in a Nazi World War II propaganda newspaper in
which he denounced Jews. "He has to take the responsibility for
what he wrote. And he is not when he shows himself in public and
that is why we are angry. During the war, Mr. Bettencourt claimed
that he was a member of the Resistance. But he was a man who wrote
very bad anti-Jewish propaganda."
Bettencourt, considered one of the wealthiest men in France,
amassed his fortune by running L'Oreal International, the world's
largest cosmetics company. Beth Gilinsky, president of the Jewish
Action Alliance, says Bettencourt along with other top L'Oreal
officials secretly complied with the Arab boycott against Israel in
The Alliance called on L'Oreal Cosmetics to acknowledge its past
involvement with the Arab boycott and compensate the Jewish people
for any economic hardship suffered by the boycott. The group also
wants L'Oreal to present evidence that it no longer engages in
discriminatory practices against Jewish people and Israel.
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