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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 24 1995, V3, #54
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israeli Conductor to China and Taiwan: The Israeli conductor Amos
Meller has been invited to conduct the Beijing Philharmonic
Orchestra and also the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra in Taiwan. He
will be the first Israeli conductor to lead those orchestras.
Arab League Dilutes Nuclear Resolution
By Peyman Pejman (Cairo)
Arab League foreign ministers, in Cairo to celebrate the
organization's 50th anniversary, ended a two-day meeting by
adopting a resolution on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
The resolution marks a defeat for the host country, Egypt.
Egypt had hoped that the 22-nation organization would come up with
a united position against the indefinite extension of the nuclear
non-proliferation treaty, known as NPT, when it comes for a vote at
the United Nations next month.
But the foreign ministers instead passed a diluted resolution. They
said that although they found it unacceptable that Israel should
continue to reject joining the NPT, they would not link that to
their decision on how to vote on the treaty's extension next month.
The resolution added that Arab foreign ministers would continue
consultations with each other and with members of the non-aligned
movement over which way to vote on the treaty.
Egypt, as well as Syria and Algeria, say they oppose an indefinite
extension unless Israel agrees to join the NPT.
Israel refuses to acknowledge its nuclear capability but it is
believed to have nuclear weapons. It has said it will not
sign the treaty until there is a comprehensive Middle East peace
and until countries such as Iran and Iraq do not pose a threat
Germans Raid Neo-Nazis
By Dagmar Breitenbach (Bonn)
German police launched nationwide raids Thursday morning on the
homes of followers of American neo-Nazi Gary Lauck. Lauck, who has
been supplying Europe with anti-Semitic propaganda, has been
arrested in Denmark and is awaiting extradition to Germany, where
he is wanted for distributing unconstitutional material and
Hundreds of police raided at least 80 homes throughout Germany at
dawn in search for rightwing extremist propaganda material
distributed by Lauck.
Police say they confiscated large amounts of propaganda material,
as well as weapons and ammunition.
German police have been for years trying to get US law enforcement
authorities to take action against the 41-year-old neo-Nazi
publisher. However, he is protected in the United States by
constitutional provisions regarding free speech.
Gary Lauck has long been fascinated with Nazism. He says Hitler
was the greatest man who ever lived. Lauck is the head of a
neo-Nazi organization called the "National Socialist German
Workers' Party --Overseas Organization," based in Nebraska.
The organization -- which is banned in Germany -- takes its name
from the official title of Adolf Hitler's Nazi party. The American
publisher produces anti-Semitic newspapers, leaflets, videos,
swastika-adorned shirts, banners and bumper stickers, and sends
them overseas to Germany-- among other countries -- using a network
It is unclear how many followers Lauck has in Germany, but
according to authorities, his organization is the largest foreign
supplier for neo-Nazi propaganda material in Germany. The majority
of his neo-Nazi customers is reported to be between 16 and 20 years
Gore Arrives in Israel
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
US Vice President Al Gore, in Israel on the last stop of his
five-nation Middle East trip, has pledged America's continuing
support for Israel's security. The vice-president is
meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders, including PLO Chairman
Yasir Arafat in the Palestinian self-rule enclave of Jericho.
On the first day of the vice president's visit in Israel he
received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University for his
work in ecology. He was clearly cheered by the presence of
hundreds of American students studying in Jerusalem.
In his speech he pledged to maintain the current levels of American
military and economic assistance to Israel. "The administration has
sustained Israel's $1.8 billion of security assistance and $1.2
billion in economic assistance. We are providing F-16s out of
draw-downs of US defense equipment. We have authorized Israeli
participation in American commercial space launch vehicles."
The vice-president said that while great strides have been made
towards formal peace in the Middle East, the structure of peace
is still incomplete until the gulf between Syria and Israel is
finally bridged. Earlier, Israeli President Ezer Weizman urged
Gore to see that the Americans become more actively involved
in negotiations between Israel and Syria, to see that talks were
carried out at higher level, but Gore did not respond to
The vice president called on Arafat to act decisively against those
who reject the peace accord he signed with Israel. "The voices of
rejection are voices of the pass. The counsels of despair have no
place in the future of this region. Let me be clear. Groups and
states that sponsor or support terrorism are not builders.
Inevitably in their efforts to harm others they harm themselves
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