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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 18, 1995, V3, #188
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Conditions Terrible at Libyan-Egyptian Border Camps
The UN Refugee Agency says conditions are deteriorating at an
isolated desert camp on the Egyptian-Libyan border that houses as
many as 1,000 Palestinians expelled by the Tripoli government over
the past few weeks. The Geneva-based High Commissioner for
Refugees hopes to resettle some of the Palestinians in third
countries, but others have nowhere to go. Libya's leader Col.
Muammar Gadhafi ordered all Palestinians out of the North African
country at the beginning of last month to demonstrate what he calls
the failure of the Israel/PLO peace accord.
Jewish Reaction to Farrakhan
By Imani Crosby (VOA-Washington)
One of the highlights of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's
speech during the Million-Man-March in Washington Monday was his
call for a dialogue between his American Muslim sect and Jewish
leaders. Farrakhan has made comments Jews consider offensive and
the American Jewish Community has remained cool to Farrakhan's
American Jewish leaders said they are not impressed by Farrakhan's
call for dialogue. Robert Rifkind is national president of the
American Jewish Committee.
"There is no comparison. Blacks and Jews are citizens of America
together. They've got to learn to live together, that's absolutely
right. Mr. Farrakhan isn't the only channel of communication
between blacks and Jews. We have useful, productive relations with
the NAACP, the Urban League, with Mr. Price and many other
organizations, and we continue to do so. This is not the sort of
gentleman we want to talk to until he changes his views."
Rifkind said although Farrakhan made his offer to talk during a
day of atonement, the Jewish leader said he did not hear any
atonement on the part of the Muslim leader during his speech at the
Million Man March.
Farrakhan, leader of the "Nation of Islam" sect, has accused Jews
of participating in the slave trade during the days of slavery in
America. He has also referred to American Jews as "bloodsuckers,"
accusing them of controlling businesses in African American
In his speech to the rally Monday, Farrakhan said he did not like
his squabble with members of the Jewish community and suggested it
was not impossible to resolve their differences. "And I guess, if,
you could sit down with Arafat, with the rivers of blood between
you, why can't you sit down with us, and, there's no blood between
But in comments later during a broadcast interview after the rally,
Farrakhan said he would only apologize for his past comments on
Jews if he is proven wrong.
Army will Have Free Hand in Lebanon
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's Cabinet announced Tuesday it would give the Israeli army
a freer hand in dealing with guerrillas in southern Lebanon, after
two recent deadly attacks on Israeli soldiers.
With six funerals scheduled in various parts of the country Tuesday
for the soldiers killed Sunday, the Cabinet voted to give the army
and its Lebanese allies what it called -- the freedom of activity
needed -- to deal with the guerrillas. A Cabinet statement also
criticized Iran and Syria for supporting the guerrillas of the
Cabinet members emerging from the meeting indicated a strong
military response is needed to Sunday's attack, and another last
Thursday which killed three Israeli soldiers. But the ministers
also indicated a large-scale offensive is not likely. They spoke
of limited options, and the desire not to escalate the fighting
to the point where Hizbullah shoots missiles into northern Israel.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told Israel Radio the army will strike
any place in Lebanon to fight Hizbullah, and will not be limited by
any desire to avoid creating further problems in stalled peace
talks with Syria.
Rabin accused Syria of actively helping Hizbullah, and of aiding
the violent Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The prime
minister said such activities appear to be aimed at forcing
concessions from Israel, but he said they will have the opposite
Israel controls a strip of territory in southern Lebanon along
the Israeli border. It works with the largely-Christian militia
called the South Lebanon Army against the largely Islamic Hizbullah
Working from territory farther north, controlled by Syria,
Hizbullah frequently sets off road-side bombs, such as the two in
the past week. Israel says it needs to maintain control of the
border area in order to prevent such attacks inside Israel itself.
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