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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 14, 1995, V3, #169
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited Babi-Yar Tuesday, the site
where 33,000 Jews were murdered during World War II by invading
Nazi forces and local Ukrainians. "We are coming back to these
terrible sites to remember and to not forget -- and we will never
forget." Rabin added that it is also important to return to learn
lessons for the future and to know that no other power will ever
harm the Jewish people.
Arafat Pleads with Arab League
By David Gollust (VOA-Cairo)
PLO leader Yasir Arafat has asked the Arab League in Cairo to
intervene and stop Libya's expulsion of Palestinian workers.
Hundreds of Palestinians from Libya are stranded at various border
points in the Middle East with nowhere to go. Arafat met with Arab
League Secretary-General Esmat Abdel-Meguid as he continued an
effort to generate diplomatic pressure to force an end to the
expulsions by Libya.
Arafat, who made a similar appeal to Egyptian President Mubarak in
Alexandria tuesday, said he was asking the Arab League to look into
the matter and take action.
Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi -- a strident opponent of the
Israeli-Palestinian accord -- said earlier this month he would
send Palestinians working in Libya home to show the peace process
has been a failure.
Since then, several hundred of the estimated 30,000 Palestinians
residing in Libya have been forced out. Large numbers of the
deportees are stranded at border checkpoints between Libya and
Egypt -- and between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, where Israeli
authorities have refused to let them cross into the
Lebanon has cut off shipping links with Libya to prevent
Palestinians from arriving by sea and reportedly has turned back
hundreds who tried to land there. Large numbers of Sudanese and
Egyptian workers have also been expelled from Libya in recent days.
Fighting Worsens in Hebron
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli settlers fought Palestinian residents in the West Bank city
of Hebron Wednesday, as peace negotiators continued to grapple with
issues related to the city's future. The most serious of several
clashes began Sunday and focused on a Palestinian girls' school in
Hebron which displayed a Palestinian flag. Israeli settlers who
live across the street have tried several times to remove the flag.
Late Tuesday, settlers piled garbage in front of the school and
glued its doors shut. But the school opened anyway and girls as
young as six-years old stepped over the garbage to enter. Later,
an Israeli woman went into the school in search of the Palestinian
flag. She was physically removed amid much pushing, punching and
shouting by Palestinian parents and Israeli police officers.
A Palestinian man is pushing the Israeli woman toward a stairway
saying "Get out of here." The woman responds, "Do not touch
me, I do not want to go. This is my Hebron." Schoolgirls watched
from a balcony chanting, "God is great," while some onlookers
shouted "Kill her, kill her."
The incident drew crowds of Israelis and Palestinians to the
street in front of the school, where Israeli troops kept the two
groups apart. People on either side shouted insults and threats.
A Palestinian man said "One day we will teach you a lesson." To
which an Israeli man responded, "One day we will slaughter you."
Some people from each group were arrested.
Later, Israeli troops fought running street battles with groups
of stone-throwing Palestinian youths. At one point, soldiers
fired tear gas, which entered a nearby Palestinian day-care center,
affecting several children.
The future of Hebron -- a city of 120,000 Palestinians -- is
holding up agreement on the expansion of Palestinian autonomy.
Negotiators are trying to figure out how to guarantee the security
of 450 Israeli settlers while removing the Israeli troops.
Hebron Conflict Delays Arafat and Peres
By David Gollust (VOA-Cairo)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres have put off -- at least until the weekend -- their next
round of talks on expanding Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank.
The negotiations, which were to have resumed Wednesday, are hung up
over security arrangements for the volatile West Bank city of
Israeli and Palestinian sources say the meeting at the Egyptian Red
Sea resort of Taba has been pushed back to give experts more time
to work on proposals to bridge the gap over the Hebron issue.
Officials of the two sides are working in the Israeli port town
of Eilat just a few kilometers from Taba and hope to make enough
progress to allow the delegation chiefs -- Arafat and Peres -- to
convene late Saturday or Sunday.
Under the Israeli/PLO peace accord -- which is two years old --
Israel is to withdraw its troops from Arab population centers in
the West Bank to clear the way for greater self rule and
But the process -- now many months behind schedule -- is snagged
over security arrangements for Hebron -- where about 400 Jewish
settlers live among more than 120,000 Palestinians.
The Palestinians want Israel to commit itself to a scheduled
withdrawal from the city. But Israel wants to retain some security
presence out of concern for possible attacks on the settlers.
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