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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 2, 1995, V3, #179
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Rabin Appeals to Clinton for Pollard's Release
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said he has again appealed to
President Clinton to commute the life sentence of Jonathan Pollard
-- convicted in 1985 of having spied for Israel: "He is subject to
a parole. I hope his case will be taken with the hope of releasing
him, letting him go to Israel."
Pollard is eligible for parole next month, but there is no
indication Clinton is prepared to commute his sentence.
Rabin Blames Assad for Syrian Peace Delay
By Victor Beattie (VOA-Washington)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says Damascus is to blame for
the wide differences between Syria and Israel over terms of a peace
agreement. Rabin spoke to CNN as US officials prepared to meet with
Syria's foreign minister today in Washington.
Rabin says there is no comparison between Israel's phased peace
accord with Palestinians and its stalled peace talks with Syria.
He said Syria, unlike the Palestinians, does not want to meet
directly with the Israelis but prefers to work through the US.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher is to meet with Syrian
Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara today on restarting talks over
the disputed Golan Heights. Syria wants a complete Israeli
withdrawal from the Heights captured in 1967. Israel wants a
normalization of ties before discussing a phased pull-out.
Protesters Attempt to Block Accord Implementation
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Now that the interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinians
has been signed, the arguing continues over provisions of the
accord, and protesters continue to try to block its implementation.
After the accord was initialled, the Palestinian leader, Yasir
Arafat, said the Israeli withdrawal from West Bank cities would
begin this week. Israeli officials stood by the provisions of the
314-page agreement, which says the withdrawal will not begin
until next February.
Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin discussed the
issue face-to-face at the White House Thursday morning, before
the signing ceremony. Their disagreement delayed the start of
the event for 20 minutes. Exactly what they decided is not
entirely clear, but it appears there will be some symbolic
Israeli withdrawal this week, and the more extensive withdrawal
will begin, perhaps, next month.
A senior Israeli negotiator, Gen. Uzi Dayan, says Israel will
first remove some bases and could be ready to begin withdrawing
from Palestinian cities in November. Rabin told Israel Radio
Friday he hopes to complete the withdrawal from all promised areas
except the tense city of Hebron by the end of the year, if by-pass
roads for Israeli settlers are ready.
The agreement gives Israel until March 30 to be out of most of
Hebron, leaving only enough troops to protect Israeli settlers in
the city. The Palestinian elections would be held in April.
There has also been confusion over the release of thousands of
Palestinian prisoners, provided for in the agreement. Israel says
it will take place this week, perhaps after the Israeli parliament
ratifies the agreement. Israel's President Ezer Weizman -- who has
a largely ceremonial post -- has the power to block the release of
the some of the prisoners. Weizman says he will not agree to
release anyone who was involved in the killing of Jews, a position
which could cause an early crisis in the implementation of this
US Palestinian Dies at Hands of Arafat's Secret Police
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
A US citizen of Palestinian descent has died while in the custody
of the Palestinian Police in autonomous Jericho. The man's family
says the police beat him to death, and the US government has called
for an investigation by the Palestinian authority.
The family of 52-year-old Azzam Mohammed Rahim says his body was
returned to them on the West Bank Friday with evidence of beating
and torture. A photo of the body clearly shows bruises on the
man's nose and left cheek. The family says there were also
injuries on his hands and legs, and cigarette burns on his back and
stomach. Family members say the Palestinian police told them Rahim
suffered a stroke while in custody.
The spokeswoman for the US Consulate General in Jerusalem, Lea
Perez, says the US government wants the death fully investigated.
"The body of Rahim has already been buried. No autopsy was
performed on the body and no cause of death has been confirmed. As
is customary in such cases, we will be asking the appropriate
authority to do a complete investigation of the circumstances of
Palestinians have frequently complained of abuse of power by the
Palestinian police, including allegations of illegal arrest and
physical abuse. But this is the first time a foreigner has been
involved in such a serious incident.
Family members say Rahim was taken into custody Wednesday while
sitting at a coffee shop in Ein Yabroud village, near Ramallah, by
three men who said they were from the Palestinian Protective
Security Service. The service is the intelligence branch of the
Palestinian police, which is not supposed to operate outside the
Gaza and Jericho autonomous zones.
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