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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 15, 1995, V3, #170
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Hebron Demonstrations Heat Up
By al Pessin (VOA-Hebron)
Israeli troops broke up a demonstration by several-hundred
Palestinian students Thursday in the tense West Bank town of
Hebron, leaving several people injured. The demonstration was not
near the Israeli settler compounds in the city, where there was
also trouble for the fifth-consecutive day.
Schoolgirls wearing green and white striped tunics and white head
scarves marched past the Hebron mayor's office chanting -- Hebron
is ours, Jerusalem is ours, Jihad is our way. A separate group of
teenage schoolboys demonstrated nearby.
A patrol of about eight Israeli soldiers appeared on the road to
the south, between the demonstrators and the downtown area where
450 Jewish settlers live. The demonstrators threw large stones and
pieces of concrete at the soldiers, who rushed the crowd, lobbing
stun grenades and pointing their automatic rifles at stone
throwers. Many of the demonstrators fled, but others engaged in a
running street battle with the soldiers until an Israeli officer
arrived on the scene. The officer negotiated an end to the violence
with some Hebron men who convinced the students to leave the area.
One young woman who joined the demonstration, Secretary Olia Madea,
explained why she was there. "I came here because I want all the
Israeli persons must be gone from Hebron, and Hebron must be a city
like all Palestinian cities. Must be under a Palestinian
committee and without any Israelis in it."
Earlier, Israeli settlers took action against a girls' school in
the central part of the Hebron for the fifth-consecutive day. The
settlers again glued the doors shut and piled garbage outside, and
later went into the school to remove a Palestinian flag. The
school is across the street from one of the four settler enclaves
Gadhafi Says Palestinians Have AIDS and Deadly Ebola Viruses
By David Gollust (VOA-Cairo)
Libya is defending its expulsion of Palestinian and other foreign
workers, amid a torrent of criticism from the Arab world. Egyptian
and Sudanese nationals are also being forced to leave by the
Gadhafi regime. The Libyan government says some of the workers
being expelled are ill with AIDS -- or the deadly Ebola virus --
while others had entered Libya to work without the proper
The statement gave no details about the ailments said to be
affecting workers there. But health experts say there has been
no confirmed outbreak of Ebola in Libya and -- if there was one
-- would prompt an international emergency.
The expulsions began after a statement early this month by Libyan
leader Muammar Gadhafi he would send Palestinian workers to the
self-rule areas of Gaza and the West Bank.
Palestinian Signing Ceremony in DC Next Week
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Preparations are reported to be well under way for a signing
ceremony in Washington next Thursday for the next agreement between
Israel and the Palestinian Autonomy Authority. But there is no
guarantee a document will be ready for signatures.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin confirms a
newspaper report that a special air force plane is reserved for a
possible flight to Washington next week. But Rabin, who is
traveling in Russia, said he wants to complete the agreement before
talking about a signing date. He noted many negotiating deadlines
and possible signing dates have been missed during the last several
A senior Palestinian negotiator said Thursday the agreement on
expanding autonomy could be ready by next week, but only if the
difficult dispute over the future of the West Bank town of Hebron
is solved. And there is no indication of that.
Negotiators have not been able to agree on how to provide
security for 450 Israeli settlers in Hebron, where tension is high
with the city's 120,000 Palestinian residents. Because of the lack
of progress on that issue, a planned meeting between Israeli
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and the Palestinian leader, Yasir
Arafat, was postponed from Wednesday until at least Saturday,
making the idea of a signing ceremony next week sound optimistic.
Rabin Opposed to Russia Nuclear Deal with Iran
By Peter Collins (VOA-Moscow)
Russia has told Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, his
country's security is not threatened by Moscow's plans to sell
nuclear reactors to Iran. Rabin is stressing Israel's strong
opposition to the deal during a brief visit to the Russian capital.
Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev told Rabin the reactor sale is of
a peaceful nature and conforms to international standards. His
remarks were echoed later by Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin,
who said Israel's security would not be jeopardized by the
This was a polite way of saying Moscow will go ahead with the
sale of three light-water reactors to an Iranian power plant.
The Interfax news agency quoted a Russian official as saying there
is no proof Iran is planning to make nuclear weapons, while it is
well known that Israel already has them.
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