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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 27, 1995, V3, #55
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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CD-ROM System for Deaf-mutes
An Israeli company developing multi-media learning systems has
devised computerized system for teaching sign language used by
deaf-mutes through a computer. It is based on the American
sign-language system and marketed on CD-ROM discs through an
American publisher, Harper-Collins, for $60. The disk includes
video, color animation, graphics and video-clips.
King Hussein Optimistic About Mideast Peace
By Alan Silverman (Los Angeles)
Speaking in California this weekend, Jordan's King Hussein
repeated warnings about terrorism and pledged continued commitment
to a peaceful, stable Middle East. Preparing for talks in
Washington, the 59-year-old monarch also urged economic as well as
political support for the peace process. The king addressed the
Los Angeles World Affairs Council:
Shouts of "Long live King Hussein" brought the 1,000 business and
civic leaders to their feet as the Jordanian leader heralded a new
"era of peace building." "We have closed the chapter on the years
of strife. We have the joy that we did not experience throughout
our lives of seeing hope in the eyes of our children and confidence
in the future."
It is a future that requires economic support. With President
Clinton's request to forgive Jordan's $480 million debt facing
tough opposition from congressional Republicans, King Hussein urged
Americans to count on "the dividends of peace." "As the United
States stood by us in the process of peacemaking, we are confident
that it will stand by us in the era of peace building. The rewards
and benefits of peace for all have never been greater."
Calling the accord with Israel "a model for conflict resolution,"
King Hussein defended Jordan's decision not to wait for agreements
on Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinians: "I believe that what he
have achieved -- Israel and Jordan -- boosted the hopes of those
across the divide that does not exist anymore: the new divide
between those who are firmly committed to peace and those who
are opposed to it."
The king warned against terrorism -- "the forces of darkness and
rejectionism," as he put it -- and a question about Islamic
fundamentalists drew an emotional response: "Nothing is more
difficult for me to come to terms with than to see the distortion
of my religion and my faith: to see acts committed in the name of
religion and faith that have nothing to do with religion and faith.
As a Moslem, a Hashemite, a Jordanian and an Arab, I will do
whatever I can to stand against anyone who tries to use my religion
and faith to achieve whatever his objectives may be."
On Iraq, King Hussein said Jordan always opposed the 1990
occupation of Kuwait and he expressed hope that the Baghdad
government will recognize, as he put it, "the terrible toll" on
the region and its own people. "We are against the use force by any
against any in our region and will always be. But in regard to
Iraq, you see the tragic results of the acts of politicians and
people in positions of responsibility. I can only summarize by
saying that we are worried and deeply concerned at the suffering of
the people of Iraq."
King Hussein's US visit includes a medical check-up at the Mayo
Clinic in Minnesota and talks with President Clinton in Washington.
Palestinian Produce Will Receive Favored Status From U.S.
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
US Vice President Al Gore brought badly needed aid to Palestinian
leader Yasir Arafat during his visit Friday to the Palestinian
autonomous enclave of Jericho. Gore is the highest ranking American
official to visit the Palestinian autonomous areas, which were
established last May. It was a gesture the Palestinians welcomed.
But the visit was more than just symbolic.
In a ceremony to hand over part of a $500 million aid package to be
paid out over four years, Gore said one of the most important
dividends of the peace process is economic development in the West
Bank and Gaza. "We also agreed that sustained economic development
will only be possible through a combination of donor assistance and
private sector investment."
Gore said $73 million of the funds will be used immediately on
various employment and development schemes. And Palestinians will
be granted preferred trade status to enable them to export mainly
agriculture produce to the United States without paying tariffs.
The agreement is part of a program offering incentives to
developing countries to attract investment and increased trade.
Gore praised Arafat for his pledge to wage a new campaign against
terrorism. Israel has demanded that Arafat rein in terrorists as
the price for expanding Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank.
During the ceremony, Arafat referred, through a translator, to the
new military courts he has ordered set up to deal with suspected
terrorists. "Among these measures, my decision to establish a State
Security Court and those who will try to jeopardize and harm peace
and security will be prosecuted through this court...All of us will
cooperate with our Arab brothers, we will cooperate with the
Israelis and we will cooperate with our friends around the world in
order to protect peace."
The establishment of the special courts has been criticized by
Palestinian human rights activists as draconian.
This was only the second time that Arafat has visited Jericho since
his arrival last summer. Speaking to crowds in Jericho's central
square before his meeting with Gore, Arafat promised that he would
soon take control of the entire West Bank, despite Israel's
reluctance to withdraw its troops. He accused Israel of reneging
on parts of its accord with the PLO, including the promise to
create a free land passage connecting Gaza with Jericho through
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