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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Aug. 16, 1995, V3, #149
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Teva Initiates Program for Palestinian Doctors

Teva Pharmaceuticals has established a professional training program in Israel for Palestinian physicians. Moshe Manor, Teva's vice president of pharmaceutical sales, said Teva regards professional training for doctors as part of the "package of services we offer in addition to high quality products." Teva is expanding its activities to physicians, pharmacists and patients in the West Bank.

GIs Arrive in Jordan

By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)

More than 3,000 US troops began arriving Tuesday in Jordan for a previously scheduled joint training exercise. The military maneuvers come a week after Jordan granted asylum to a top Iraqi official who is also Saddam Hussein's son-in-law. The two-week military exercise begins Friday in southern Jordan. It was scheduled long in advance, but it coincides with pledges from President Clinton to protect Jordan against Iraqi aggression.

Washington issued the warning last week, after King Hussein granted asylum to two sons-in-law of Saddam Hussein and their families. In Baghdad the official media has denounced the defectors and tried to undermine the significance of their roles in government. Gen. Hussein Kamel Hassan was in charge of Iraq's military weapons program. His brother supervised the Presidential Guards.

At a news conference Saturday in Amman, Gen. Hassan said he will work for the overthrow of his father-in-law.

In his first public remarks about the defection, King Hussein suggested Monday the time is right for change in Iraq. His prime minister was more cautious and underlined relations with Iraq remain normal.

Jordan, which is heavily dependent on Iraqi oil, alienated most of the Arab world and the west during the gulf war when it refused to join the anti-Iraq coalition. Since then, King Hussein and his government have worked at repairing broken relations in the region, especially with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The peace process -- launched in 1991 -- has slowly brought King Hussein closer to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. They have met several times during the past two years. Meanwhile, Jordan's foreign minister has been dispatched to Saudi Arabia to arrange a summit with King Fahd. The last time King Hussein visited the kingdom for a pilgrimage to Mecca, the Saudi monarch snubbed him.

Jordan: Israelis are Stealing our Hotel's Towels

By Jennifer Griffin (Amman)

Even before the time of Moses, travelers were drawn to the stark landscape east of the Jordan River. But years of turmoil in neighboring countries, such as Iraq and Lebanon, kept tourists away from Jordan until last October, when King Hussein signed a peace treaty with Israel and opened the country's doors to its former enemy.

Every day buses packed with Israeli tourists line up at the King Hussein bridge, waiting to enter the previously forbidden zone. In the first six months of this year, 52,000 Israeli tourists visited Jordan. The number of tourist arrivals from January to June jumped 40 percent from the previous year.

Tourism is the first area of cooperation between Jordan and Israel, and Israeli Ambassador Shimon Shamir says it has been a great success. Jordan's Tourism Minister, Abdel-Ilah al-Khatib, says interaction is the best way to begin normalizing relations.

But despite both countries' attempts to promote tourism within the constraints of a fragile peace process, Jordanian shopkeepers and restaurant owners are not happy. They complain Israeli tourists are coming in droves, but not spending money.

Donna Askalan promotes an Italian restaurant near the ruins at Umm Qais in northern Jordan. She says Israeli tour groups stop to look, but not to buy food or drink. They bring their own, and only use the restaurant's toilets.

Opposition Parliament member Toujon Faisal says the government was too quick to open its doors to Israeli tourists. "They visit during a few hours time, carrying their sandwiches and their Cokes and they just leave. All we get is the entrance fees, which are really nothing. It is peanuts. So this kind of taking over tourism is harmful to our national economy and our tourist industry and I think it was one of these hasty steps that are forced on Jordan."

After the first tour groups began arriving, hotel managers complained about missing towels and ashtrays. An Israeli government minister was finally forced to publicly plead with Israeli travelers to Jordan to refrain from stealing. Jordanian tour operator Mario Twal says word of the complaints spread quickly.

"I even heard rumors about people who had stolen electrical pieces from the inside of certain television sets at hotels. I heard rumors about people stealing the telephone sets out of hotels. Some of these rumors were unfortunately true. Some of them were really exaggerated. But with the high emotions of the people here in Jordan, every single item that used to be missed at the hotel was immediately stamped on the Israelis."

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