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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 6, 1995, V3, #63
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Mubarak Discusses his Israeli Problem
By Deborah Tate (White House)
Egypt says it is not ready to support the indefinite extension of
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty until Israel makes a
commitment to abandon its nuclear program. Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak, following a meeting with President Clinton at the
White House, says he hopes the issue can be resolved soon.
Mubarak says Egypt remains among the most enthusiastic supporters
of the treaty, noting that his country was among those nations that
helped draft the accord.
But Mubarak was not prepared to say Egypt would support the
indefinite extension of the treaty when it comes up for review at
a conference in New York later this month.
Egypt wants a commitment from Israel that it will abandon its
Israel is not a signatory to the NPT, and says it will not support
the pact until it is sure that countries such as Iran and Iraq are
not trying to produce nuclear weapons.
But Mubarak said with peace efforts making progress in the region,
there will be no reason for Israel to continue that position.
"There will be peace in the whole area. So I don't think that
Israel will be in need of nuclear weapons in the future."
Gaza Bomb Factory Investigation Continues
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Palestinian police have arrested several activists of the extremist
group Hamas in the wake of an explosion Sunday at what is believed
to have been a Hamas office in Gaza City. The arrests were made
Wednesday, shortly before the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat,
made a speech criticizing hamas for storing dangerous materials in
a residential area. Arafat said it is his responsibility to protect
the people of Palestinian areas from such dangerous installations.
The explosion on Sunday is believed to have happened in some sort
of Hamas facility in an apartment in a crowded neighborhood. There
are conflicting reports about exactly how many people died and
exactly what caused the explosion.
Arafat's Palestinian police say it was an accident at a bomb-making
factory. But Hamas says the blast was a sabotage operation by
Israeli or Palestinian agents.
Israeli news reports say the incident could be linked to the
discovery of a truck full of explosives inside Israel last month.
The driver of the truck has been under interrogation in Israeli
custody for the past two weeks.
It is difficult to sort rumor from fact in this case, and the
Palestinian police are saying little officially. In fact, among
those arrested wednesday was a Palestinian journalist reportedly
accused of trying to prove the Hamas version of events and
misquoting the Gaza police chief. The explosion has raised
speculation that Arafat might respond by cracking down on Hamas,
something he has been reluctant to do, partly because the radical
group has considerable support among the Palestinian people.
Arafat spoke harshly against the group on Wednesday, and there were
the few arrests. But a Palestinian analyst says Palestinian
guerrilla groups, including Arafat's own Fatah faction, always have
stored dangerous materials in residential areas. And the analyst
says conflicting reports about the cause of Sunday's explosion have
left public opinion divided, making a crackdown on Hamas as
politically difficult as ever.
Human Rights Group Tells Germany Loosen Up on Nazi Crackdown
By Kyle King (Washington)
A US-based human rights group says the German government may have
gone too far in its crackdown on neo-Nazis. The new report
illustrates the difficulty the Germans face in combating racial
The Human Rights Watch Report expresses support for Germany's
recent efforts to crack down on violence against foreigners.
But spokeswoman Holly Cartner says German restrictions on free
speech may have the unwanted effect of driving neo-Nazi groups
further underground. "There is a real question whether these laws
are effective in the long run. In fact there has been discussion
in Germany about whether by banning groups you don't actually force
them to go underground and to make connections to each other that
in the long term will make them more dangerous and more organized
and perhaps more effective in pursuing their goals."
The latest criticism of the German government was prompted by more
restrictive laws that strengthen the ban on the display of Nazi
symbols and the denial of the Holocaust. The laws were tightened
last year in response to the wave of racist attacks.
While acknowledging the German government is walking a fine line
in its effort to halt racist violence and neo-Nazism, the Human
Rights Watch spokeswoman says Germany could have taken other less
controversial measure. "I don't think it is appropriate for the
German government to use what is in effect a popular and rather
simple means of dealing with violence by banning a group as a
substitute for what it should have been doing all along, which was
effective police enforcement and moral leadership from the federal
authorities themselves on the issue of xenophobia in the country.
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