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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 30, 1995, V3, #159
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Netanyahu Agrees to Speak with Arafat
Asked whether he would negotiate with Palestinian Authority
Chairman Yasir Arafat, Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu said he is
willing to talk with any Palestinian who will fight terrorism and
Hamas, and recognizes Israel's right to live in peace and security.
Netanyahu's remarks were made during an interview on CNN.
Egypt Blasts Israel for POW Slayings
By Peyman Pejman (VOA-Cairo)
A high ranking Egyptian official has sharply criticized Israel for
refusing to investigate reports that Israeli soldiers killed
Egyptian POWs during Middle East wars. A senior advisor to
President Hosni Mubarak, Obama el-Baz, says the Israeli government
is not carrying out a fair investigation into allegations that
the Israeli army massacred Egyptian prisoners.
A retired Israeli general, Arieh Biro, told reporters earlier this
month he killed 49 Egyptian POWs in the 1956 war because he did
not have enough men to guard them.
Other military historians have since said as many as 1,000 Egyptian
prisoners may have been shot dead in the 1956, 1967 and 1973
Reports in the Israeli media have said Egyptian soldiers are also
believed to have killed a number of Israeli POWs. Egypt has not
commented on those reports.
Mubarak has said those Israelis found responsible for killing the
Egyptian prisoners should be tried for war crimes.
But on Monday, Israel's attorney general said he would not order
an investigation into Biro's remarks because a 20-year Israeli
statute of limitations for murder had expired.
Holocaust Denier Jailed in Berlin
By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)
A German court has sentenced a leading neo-Nazi to a
three-and-one-half year prison sentence for denying that
Six-Million Jews died in the Holocaust. The sentence handed down by
the Berlin court was six months longer than prosecutors had
The court said the 29-year-old Bela Ewald Althans was guilty of
inciting racial hatred and denigrating the state.
Althans was arrested in connection with an incident at the
Auschwitz concentration camp memorial, when he told a crowd of
shocked Jewish tourists that the Holocaust was a giant farce.
The incident, which was filmed by a camera crew, was later used
in a banned 1993 documentary called "Profession: Neo-Nazi."
During the trial, Althans had denied he was a neo-Nazi and said
his comments had been taken out of context. Under German law it is
illegal to deny the Holocaust took place.
Jericho Reopened After Israel's Hamas Pressure Fails
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel is lifting its eight-day closure of the West Bank city,
Jericho. Israel had demanded that the Palestinian Authority turn
over suspects in the suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
Last Wednesday, Israel cordoned Jericho, the Palestinian autonomous
enclave, to pressure the authorities to surrender members of the
radical Hamas Islamic resistance organization -- said to have
helped plan the bombing. The suspects are reported to have fled to
Jericho to evade an Israeli sweep in the West Bank for Hamas
activists. Hamas and another militant Islamic group oppose peace
with Israel and claim responsibility for a number of suicide
bombings inside Israel.
But, Israeli authorities finally conceded the Palestinian Authority
is not obligated to hand over the men for trial in Israel, because
a Palestinian military court -- in a lightning trial -- had already
sentenced them to prison terms for security offenses.
Meanwhile, in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian police arrested at least
30 Hamas activists in a crackdown on the organization. The
Palestinian Authority in Gaza says, in the sweep, they also
captured a would-be suicide bomber they say was planning to blow
himself up in the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv.
New target date of Sept. 14 Set for Interim Agreement Signing
A meeting between Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian
Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat is expected to be held this
weekend or the beginning of next week to reach a settlement on
the remaining points of disagreement.
The central issue on this week's agenda will be security
arrangements in Hebron. A senior Palestinian negotiator said
that in order to prevent further delay of the accord, a temporary
settlement might be reached and negotiations on the issue would
continue after the signing of the Interim Agreement.
On the issue of the participation of eastern Jerusalem residents in
Palestinian elections, the sides are considering a proposal whereby
votes would be cast by mail. Israel has agreed that residents
living in eastern Jerusalem with a second address in the West Bank
will be eligible to compete for a spot on the Palestinian council.
Members of the Israeli delegation said Sunday they believe the
Interim Agreement will likely be signed on Sept. 14 in Washington.
The agreement is expected to be initialled in Taba or in Cairo a
week prior to the signing.
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