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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Feb. 28, 1995, V3, #40
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Quote for the Day: "I have nothing against Jews, but peace will
not last in this area as long as there is an Israeli state."
Dr. Fathi Shikaki, Leader of the Islamic Jihad, in an interview
from Damascus, Syria (Jerusalem Report Magazine...2/23 issue)
American Israelite Sued for $2 Million
By Don Canaan
CINCINNATI, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Two Cincinnati community weekly
newspapers--one of which will cease publication Today--are being
sued by Cincinnati lawyer James Condit Sr. and his son for
allegedly calling the Condits anti-Semitic.
In November 1989, a Mount Washington Press editorial urged Hamilton
County Republican Party members not to vote for Condit as county
party chairman. The editorial opposed his candidacy and called
Condit, from Cincinnati, sued the Press for libel, but a Clermont
County judge dismissed the case. The court's summary dismissal was
reversed on appeal and Condit vs. Mount Washington Press will be
retried in September.
But the Mount Washington Press' final issue is scheduled today.
Publisher Dennis Nichols said the 56-year-old, 6,500 circulation
newspaper will cease publication because of 100-hour work weeks,
increased competition from free shopper newspapers and costly
After the court's dismissal, the American Israelite, Cincinnati's
English-Jewish weekly, editorially congratulated the Press on their
A July 8, 1993, Israelite editorial, headlined "The Right of a Free
Press," said "The anti-Semitic statements and attitudes of Condit
and his son, James Condit Jr., have no place in our society and
certainly have no place in the political process....
In June 1994, Condit Sr. filed a $2 million Clermont County libel
lawsuit against the American Israelite Corp.; Millard Mack, its
majority owner and president; and Phyllis Singer, minority owner,
editor and general manager, in Clermont County Court.
The Israelite's lawyer, Albert Neman, requested a chance of
venue to the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.
Thomas Condit, lawyer for plaintiffs James Condit Jr. and Sr., told
United Press International that paperwork for the venue change has
not yet been sent to Hamilton County.
Condit referred to both the Press and Israelite's editorials as
"outrageous and vicious stuff with no basis at all..."
"The First Amendment is liberated because of the closing of the
Mount Washington Press," Condit said.
He called the Israelite editorial "worse than the Press" because it
gave the "implication" that his father was "condoning genocide..."
"If the American Israelite investigated the case, they certainly
ignored it when they wrote the editorial," Condit said. "Smearing
(by) anti-Semitism and racism seems to be a very popular piece of
mud to smear on Christians. Christians and Jews should be able to
talk with one another."
Israelite attorney Albert Neman said his client had every right to
publish the editorial.
"Condit was a public figure and there is no willful untruth in the
editorial," he told UPI. "If you're a betting man, you can earn
good money betting on the Israelite."
Germans Raid Neo-Nazi Group
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
Germany has outlawed another right-wing extremist group, calling it
a threat to democracy. The Interior Ministry acted after Germany's
constitutional court ruled that the free German Workers' party was
not a legitimate political organization.
In dawn raids across Germany, police seized neo-Nazi propaganda,
banners, copying machines and weapons at homes of Workers' Party
The raids came as Interior Minister Manfred Kanther announced
that the federal government has outlawed the organization because
of its neo-Nazi views.
The party, known by its initials FAP, is the latest neo-Nazi
organization to be banned by authorities. A number of other
neo-Nazi groups already have been outlawed since the government
cracked down on right-wing extremism in the wake of anti-foreigner
The FAP claims to have thousands of supporters, but the government
says its membership is about 400.
Despite its small size, the party has kept a highly visible
profile, with members dressed in neo-Nazi attire attending public
rallies. Several of the group members have been implicated in
crimes linked to the wave of anti-foreigner and anti-Semitic
attacks that have plagued Germany since unification.
Kanther denounced the party, saying it modelled itself on the
Nazis. He said the group revered Nazi leaders and scorned human
rights and democracy. He said it was clearly racist and
Kanther said authorities must remain determined in their effort to
combat extremism from the right as well as the left.
At least 30 people have been killed in right-wing attacks since
1990. When the anti-foreigner violence began, authorities were
criticized for not taking the threat seriously. Some critics
charged the government was not being as tough with right-wing
extremists as it had been in dealing with left-wing terrorists.
In a related development, the city of Hamburg has announced a ban
on a smaller neo-Nazi group called the National List.
Under German law, authorities were unable to act earlier against
the two groups because both claimed to be legitimate political
parties, a claim the constitutional court has rejected.
Life in a Refugee Camp
By Laurie Kassman (Baqa'a, Jordan)
The foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian
Authority are due to meet in Jordan early in March to continue
discussions about the status and eventual repatriation of
Palestinians displaced by the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. More than
half a million are living in Jordan in refugee camps. So are more
than one million Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 and
whose fate is not to be negotiated at this point in the peace
process. Middle East correspondent Laurie Kassman visited the
Baqa'a refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman and filed this
The market of Baqa'a is crowded with vendors selling fruits and
vegetables from farms in the Jordan River valley. Many of the
Palestinians shopping here were farmers before they were forced
to leave their homes in what is now Israel or occupied by Israel.
Almost all of them would like to return to their farms and
villages. Some may be able to, but others may not.
Mushala Ahmed Hassan remembers the day the Israeli soldiers came
to the West Bank village of Garawi and told residents there to
leave. She and her husband and infant son dropped everything and
walked out with their neighbors. They walked for two days,
rafted across the Jordan River and ended up in a temporary camp
on the other side.
At first, Baqa'a camp was just a sprawling settlement of tents,
then, one-room cement dwellings. Narrow dirt or cracked cement
alleys mark off neighborhoods with familiar names like Jerusalem
After more than 25 years, more than 70,000 registered residents in
Baqa'a have settled in and added more rooms to accommodate growing
Now 60-years old and mother of 15, Mrs. Hassan says sadly her
sister and brothers still live in Garawi. If she had not been
so afraid, she says, she would still be in her home too. "I want to
live like old times in my home but not with the Jews, like my
life in the past."
Baqa'a camp director Issa Gharib says many are hopeful they will
be able to return to what is left of their villages. But he says
some are afraid of what awaits them there. "If you find a man or
child in the street and ask them if he wants to go back, he will
immediately say yes. But bring the bus and tell them please come.
Then they say, what will I do there. Have I a job there? Can I
earn my life there?"
For Palestinians who were forced to leave their homes in 1948,
the possibility of repatriation eludes them. Their fate is not
covered by negotiations at this stage of the peace process. They
are angry at being left out.
Hejar Ayyat shrugs her shoulders when she recounts how Israeli
soldiers forced her to leave her home near Jerusalem at Beit
Mahsir, today known as Bet Meir in Hebrew. She was 18 years
old. She moved five more times to temporary refugee camps before
ending up in Baqa'a. "They killed us. They killed our sons and now
you want me to stay here..(Interpreter says she is crying now)
There are more than 1 million registered Palestinian refugees
in Jordan -- about one fourth Jordan's population. As long as
they remain here, the government and the UN Relief and Works
Agency provide basic services.
UNRWA -- as it is better known -- runs 10 camps in Jordan with a
staff of 6,000 and a budget of nearly $70 million. There are more
than 200 schools, 20 health centers as well as welfare and other
social services. Jordan budgets about $300 million to help care
for the refugees but officials say the actual costs are much
While negotiators argue about details, Palestinian refugees wait
-- wait for the opportunity to be able to decide for themselves
where they can live.
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