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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May 22, 1995, V3, #94
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Arafat's PLO Fatah Threatens New Intifada
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
The mainstream Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation
Organization is calling on Chairman Yasir Arafat to suspend talks
with Israel on expanding self-rule over confiscation of land in
Arab east Jerusalem. The call is the latest sign of growing Arab
anger over Israel's decision to expropriate land for mostly Jewish
housing and a police station.
Fatah has announced it will carry out protests in the coming days
against the planned expropriation in advance of the scheduled Arab
League meeting at the end of the week in Morocco. But at its weekly
meeting on Saturday, the Palestinian Authority agreed to continue
the negotiations despite calls by some members to suspend them.
Meanwhile, Palestinian official Faisal Husseini has warned of a new
intifada or Palestinian uprising if Israel does not cancel the
"Unfortunately, if the Israelis will not stop all these
activities, they are pushing towards an intifada, which no one can
say that he is behind it. The most important thing is that after
that no one will be able after that to stop it or control it."
Husseini says the Palestinian Authority in Gaza has so far
prevented the outbreak of another uprising. He says that both
Israel and the Palestinians agreed that the issue of the status of
Jerusalem was so sensitive that it was to be left until final
Arab Mini-Summit Scheduled for Morocco
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Morocco says nine Arab League members will attend the mini-summit
now scheduled for next Saturday in Rabat or Casablanca. The goal of
the high-level meeting is to work out a unified Arab response to
Israel's confiscation of Arab land in east Jerusalem. The meeting
of Arab leaders will be the largest get-together since 1990, when
the Arab League convened a summit to discuss Iraq's invasion of
Kuwait. The aim of this summit is to coordinate Arab response to
the Israeli land confiscation. A strong statement condemning the
Israeli action is expected.
Some diplomats want to slow or suspend efforts to normalize
relations with the Jewish state amid warnings that the Israeli
action endangers the peace process.
Morocco's King Hassan will host the leaders. He is head of the
Arab League's Jerusalem committee. Jordan's King Hussein, who is
considered the custodian of the Islamic holy shrines in Jerusalem,
has given his support for the meeting.
Arab states are furious over the Israeli confiscation of land in
east Jerusalem. That anger was fueled last week by the US veto
of a draft UN Security Council resolution calling on Israel to
reverse its decision.
Palestinian leaders and Arab allies have complained that Israel
is slowly changing the demographics of Jerusalem by increasing
the number of Jews living in traditional Arab areas before the
final status of the city is resolved.
That thorny issue is not supposed to be put on the negotiating
table until next year at the earliest. Israel captured east
Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and considers the whole
city its unified capital, but Palestinians see east Jerusalem as
the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Last Leopard in Nature Preserve Dies During Surgery
"Shlomtzion," a leopard named after an ancient Queen of Israel, was
the last leopard living in the wild, in the Ein Gedi nature reserve
near the Dead Sea. It was taken for surgery to the Safari Park at
Ramat Gan, but died during the operation. It is now feared the
Judean Desert leopards are virtually extinct. Shlomtzion was 16
years old, regarded as very old in natural conditions. A year ago,
two other leopards in the area died, and now only two known males
survive, children of Shlomtzion. It is thought there may still be
some leopards in the Negev, the southern desert beyond the Judean
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