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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
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
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
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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