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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 31, 1995, V3, #137
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Hamas Threatens U.S. After an Operative is Arrested in New York
By Chris Simkins (New York) and Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
US immigration officials in New York have detained a Palestinian
they say is one of the senior leaders of the militant Islamic
terrorist group Hamas.
Officials have begun legal proceedings to deport 45-year old Musa
abu Marzuq, who they say is a senior political leader of the
Palestinian extremist group Hamas. Abu Marzuq was detained at New
York's Kennedy Airport last week after he arrived from the United
Arab Emirates. US immigration agents said his name appears on a
terrorist watch list.
Abu Marzuq's lawyer, Stanley Cohen, says his client is a New York
businessman with interests in the construction industry and not a
leader in the guerrilla group. Law enforcement officials say abu
Marzuq is an active member of a research organization in Virginia
they believe is a front for Hamas. American authorities say they
could not link abu Marzuq to any specific terrorist act, but
believe his political leadership in Hamas has helped promote the
organization's terrorist activities, including recent bombings in
FBI officials are working to gather evidence to show that abu
Marzuq concealed his membership in the terrorist organization. He
has lived in the US for 14 years. If the allegations against him
are substantiated the government could revoke his permanent
Hamas has condemned the arrest and warned of possible retaliation
if he is handed over to Israeli authorities.
In a message faxed to news organizations, Hamas calls the arrest of
abu Marzuq "serious and provocative," and warns the US against
handing him over to Israel.
The Israeli Justice Ministry suspects abu Marzuq of involvement in
several deadly attacks claimed by Hamas, and says it is checking
whether it has enough evidence to support an extradition request.
But Hamas says it will hold the US responsible for any harm that
comes to abu Marzuq. Its statement pointedly mentions that Hamas
has never attacked any US targets, and says it will take "necessary
measures" depending on how the case develops.
Abu Marzuq was a legal resident of the US. But the US Immigration
Service says he will now be kept out of the country because he is
part of an organization engaged in terrorist activities. His
lawyer denies the charge.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat,
says abu Marzuq would be welcome to settle in autonomous Gaza,
where the Palestinian Authority has been cracking down on Hamas.
Peres: Government Striving to Save the Jewish and the Zionist
Character of Israel
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres says Gush Etzion and similar
settlement blocs will remain undivided and outside the autonomy
area during the period of the Interim Agreement.
Peres told the Secretariat of the religious Zionist movement
"Meimad" that the IDF will continue to guard Rachel's Tomb, and
there will be no changes in the status of the Tomb of Patriarchs
in Hebron and Joseph's Tomb in Nablus.
The Foreign Minister emphasized that control over West Bank cities
will be transferred to the Palestinians only after the construction
of bypass roads. He noted that it had been one year since the IDF's
redeployment out of the Gaza Strip, saying that, "all fears that
Katuysha missiles would be fired at Ashkelon were proven wrong."
"We did not hurt the status of Jerusalem, we did not remove
settlements and we did not agree to discuss the issue of refugees,"
"The government is striving to save the Jewish and the Zionist
character of the State of Israel," Peres said, "the security
status of the State of Israel is stronger than ever."
Shvil Ha'Zahav Chairman Rabbi Shmuel Goldin also participated
in the meeting. Shvil Ha'Zahav -- meaning the "golden path" --
is the American sister movement to Meimad. "We have full confidence
that the government is taking care of the fate of the settlers,"
said Meimad Chairman Rabbi Yehuda Amital.
Last week, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin met in Jerusalem with
senior rabbis and leaders of the American Orthodox community.
The leaders told Rabin about a need to maintain a constant dialogue
between the government and the Orthodox community.
The Prime Minister explained his vision of Israel's role in the
Middle East, and emphasized that Islamic fundamentalism constitutes
a great danger within the region and to the rest of the world.
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