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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 12, 1995, V3, #167
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israel Proposes New Plan for IDF Redeployment in Hebron
Israel is proposing a gradual redeployment of the IDF out of
Hebron to be completed in 1997. In the first stage, Israel will
redeploy its forces from less controversial areas. Israeli and the
Palestinian delegates to the Interim Agreement negotiations believe
it will be possible to sign an agreement by Rosh Hashanah.
Israel refuses Entrance to Gaza for Expelled Libyan-Palestinians
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
At least 45 Palestinians who have been expelled from Libya are
stranded at the border between Egypt and the autonomous Gaza Strip
because Israel, which controls the border, has refused to let them
The senior Palestinian official at the Rafah crossing, Nazmi
Mhanna, says the group of men, women, and children has been
stranded on the Egyptian side of the crossing since last Wednesday.
Mhanna says all of their papers are in order, and the Palestinian
Authority is prepared to accept them. But Israeli officials have
refused to let them cross.
Mhanna says the authority has not received any explanation from
Israel, and is trying to convince Israeli officials to change their
policy. He says the stranded Palestinians are being well cared for by
their Egyptian hosts, and the Palestinian Authority is providing
them with three meals a day. Mhanna says the authority is
expecting many more Palestinians to try to enter Gaza after being
expelled from Libya.
Israel controls all entrances to Gaza under the autonomy accord.
Israel's Interior Ministry spokeswoman could not immediately
explain why the Palestinians are not being allowed to cross
into Gaza. But reports from Cairo say Israel has told Egypt it
will accept only people with Gaza residence permits. The reports
say Israel is refusing to allow Palestinians with visitors permits
into Gaza because in the past, many such people have stayed
permanently, and those expelled from Libya might not have anywhere
else to go.
The Libyan leader, Muamar Gadhafi, announced in March that he would
expel all 30,000 Palestinian workers in his country to protest the
Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. But he actually expelled only a
Then he renewed the threat in a speech on Sept. 1 And the
expulsions began again. Many other Palestinians are stuck in camps
on the Libyan side of the Egypt-Libya border because Egypt is only
allowing people to cross who have documents which should enable
them to enter Gaza.
Kosher Restaurant Opens in Amman
By Jennifer Griffin (VOA-Amman)
Entrepreneurs in Jordan are making their own peace with Israel.
Recently, a Palestinian businessman whose family fled their home
when Israel was created in 1948, opened Jordan's first kosher
restaurant, but the restaurant is having a difficult time
attracting the Israeli tourists its owners had hoped to serve.
The silverware arrives sealed in plastic, but the food looks the
same as that served in any number of Lebanese or Jordanian
restaurants throughout the city.
At the Istanbul restaurant in central Amman, an anxious waiter
rushes over to ask the day's first and only customer whether she
is from Israel. He looks down, as if disappointed, when she says
she is from the United States.
The word "kosher" is written across the menus in large bold
letters, followed by two exclamation points. But the only
customers are those who visit out of curiosity and journalists
who come to write about the latest Israeli-Jordanian joint
Situated near three of Amman's largest tourist hotels and a block
from the Israeli Embassy, the city's first kosher restaurant is
set in a spacious, old house. Its courtyard is filled with white
plastic furniture, water pipes, and the sound of Arabic music.
Last October when King Hussein made peace with Israel, Israeli
tourists began pouring into Jordan for the first time in 46-years.
The restaurant's accountant, Ali al-Azzeh, says at first the
Israelis complained there were no kosher restaurants.
With the launch of the Istanbul Restaurant, al-Azzeh says the
problem has been solved, but he says the Israelis still bring
their own food.
Kosher laws require animals to be slaughtered in a specific way,
and the meat must be salted and soaked to remove excess blood.
For fish to be kosher they need scales and fins, and mixing meat
and milk products is forbidden.
Before Istanbul opened in May, a rabbi traveled to Jordan to ensure
the food preparation was kosher and to slaughter the meat.
The rabbi also trained the restaurant's cook, Janil Hassan
al-Awadi, who says he will miss making mansaf, a traditional
Jordanian dish which combines rice, lamb, and yogurt. It is off
the menu because meat and dairy products cannot be mixed.
At a recent reception to introduce kosher food to Jordanian
business leaders, some guests appeared confused when they
approached the buffet table filled with various vegetable and
fish dishes, including lentil salad, cherry tomato salsa, and
Despite many similarities between Jordanian and Israeli cuisine,
Jordanian restaurant owners say it may take some time before people
stop focusing on the differences.
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