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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 9, 1995, V3, #144
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israeli Charged in Espionage Case
The espionage trial resumed today of Hertzel Rad, a 31-year-old
cloth merchant from Jerusalem suspected of spying for Libya. Rad
was detained three months ago. Security sources say he was
interrogated by the General Security Service and confessed to
part of the accusations against him.
Settlers Block Israeli Traffic
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
Thousands of Israelis opposed to Israel's peace moves with the PLO
have blocked traffic at dozens of intersections across Israel. The
mass protests took place as Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat were meeting to try to end
differences blocking an agreement.
The protest actions were well-coordinated, and they snarled traffic
at main intersections across the country and in the West Bank.
Hundreds of protesters were arrested, but police and border police
seemed unable to cope with the thousands of demonstrators who
burned tires and blocked roads.
The action was a continuation of last week's demonstrations by
Jewish settlers who made unauthorized camps on hills in the West
Bank, and were later dragged off by security forces.
Tuesday's protests were organized by a settlers group called "This
is Our Land," which vowed to prevent the planned Israeli troop
withdrawal from West Bank Arab cities. The redeployment is called
for under the Israeli - PLO agreement, but its implementation still
is being negotiated.
Israel Asks for Hamas Terrorist's Extradition
By Edie Smith (New York)
Musa abu Marzuq, the political head of the militant Islamic
organization Hamas, detained last month by US Immigration
officials, was arrested in New York Tuesday at the request of the
Abu Marzuq was brought before an American judge shortly after he
was arrested. He was arrested under the US-Israeli extradition
treaty. In the complaint document filed in court, the Israelis say
abu Marzuq, as political head of Hamas, financed and supervised
terrorist activities against soldiers and civilians in Israel, Gaza
and the West Bank. The complaint says that at least 79 civilians
and 40 security personnel have been killed by Hamas in the past
five-and-one-half years. The Israeli government now has 60 days to
file a formal extradition request. The judge set Oct. 17 for the
next hearing in the case.
The lawyers for the Palestinian, who denies being a terrorist,
say the proceedings to extradite him to Israel could go on for more
than a year, but they predict the extradition effort will not be
successful. They say abu Marzuq has not committed any crime under
US laws. The lawyers also predict the Israeli officials will be
unable to produce the witnesses needed to try to prove their case.
The complaint document quotes at length a member of Hamas now in
jail in Israel.
Abu Marzuq, who has lived in the US for 14 years, was originally
detained in New York last month as he returned from a trip to the
United Arab Emirates. He was identified as being on a watch list
of suspected terrorists.
Arafat-Peres Work Toward Israeli Withdrawal
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
held a second round of talks Tuesday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort
of Taba -- after a five-hour meeting Monday night. They are trying
to remove remaining stumbling blocks to an agreement on expanding
Palestinian autonomy in the West Bank. The two men have already
dealt with the timing of an Israeli troop withdrawal in the West
Bank, but other key issues remain unresolved.
Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Korei told reporters in Taba that
Arafat and Peres have agreed on a timetable for the pullout of
Israeli troops from Palestinian towns in the West Bank.
Palestinians have argued to get Israeli troops out of the
population centers before Palestinian elections are held. The
date for that vote still has to be set. Korei says the two sides
agree that the redeployment will be carried out in stages of six
months rather than three.
Israeli soldiers would be expected to withdraw from four West
Bank towns -- Nablus, Jenin, Qalqiliya and Tulkarem -- before the
election. Bethlehem and Ramallah may well be added to the list
after special security arrangements are made to protect access to
Jewish settlements in the area.
During the six months after elections, Israeli soldiers would also
leave villages around the six cities and begin giving up control of
nearby rural areas and West Bank roads.
The situation in Hebron -- where 450 Jews live among 80.000
Palestinians -- still remains to be resolved.
While negotiators work on the details, Jewish settlers on the
West Bank have been protesting almost daily against giving up any
land to the Palestinians.
Arafat and Peres still have to deal with the thorny issue of water
rights and the rules and a date for Palestinian elections.
Pressure is mounting to finish the autonomy agreement so elections
can take place before the end of the year. The vote was supposed
to be held a year ago. The negotiators already missed two
self-imposed deadlines last month.
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