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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Nov. 13, 1995, V3, #206
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israel Cracks Downs on Freedom of Speech and the Press
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
In aftermath of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, debate is
growing in israel about whether Freedom of Speech should be
restricted because of allegations vicious hate talk encouraged the
Rabin assassin. Efforts are being made to enforce anti-incitement
laws, while protecting free speech rights for people like this
"I am very happy that the dictator Rabin dead. I hope that every
dictator dead like Rabin, I hope that the Nazi Arafat and his
friends, Arafat dead like Rabin. I feel very good, I feel much
more than very good."
Jewish settlers in the West Bank exressed glee about Rabin's
assassination, while being filmed by a European television
network. Their remarks horrified an already traumatized Israeli
These and other statements by right-wing extremists, prompted
Justice Minister David Libai to announce he will introduce
legislation to prosecute anyone advocating killing or encouraging
Police have detained some Jewish extremists who publicly praised
the Rabin assassin. They could be charged with incitement.
Although incitement is a crime in Israel, it is a difficult term
to define. Attorney Dan Yakir heads the Association for Civil
Rights in Israel. He says there are legal tools on the books to
deal with incitement.
"Because they are so broad and so anti-democratic, there was a
justified reluctance by the authorities, by the prosecution, to use
those sections on the books because they are really dangerous and
could curtail basic civil liberties."
Fearing the Rabin assassination might inspire more killings,
Israel's Attorney General, Michael ben-Yair, has told newspaper
editors and the Israel Broadcasting Authority not to publish or
broadcast what he calls words of incitement by extremists.
The Israeli Journalists union says the order violates both the
public's right to know and the Freedom of the Press.
The executive editor of the English daily Jerusalem Post, David
bar Illan, says hiding from the public what people are saying, as
obnoxious as some words may be, is a dangerous precedent. "The
question is what is the greater danger. Is it more dangerous to
muzzle and to start the kind of regime that reminds one of less
than democratic regimes? Is that a greater danger, or is it more
dangerous to let people talk the way they want to talk, say
anything they want to say and recognize what they say for what it
PLO Executive Committee Consults with Arafat
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat was in Cairo Sunday for a one-day meeting
with members of the PLO Executive Committee. They are reviewing
progress of the second-stage of the autonomy deal signed with
The Executive Committee is looking over preparations, including
voter registration, for Palestinian elections due Jan. 20 In Gaza
and the West Bank. International observers are already committed
to monitoring the process.
The meeting marks the first time in two years Arafat has mustered
more than the minimum nine-member quorum. In the past, most have
boycotted to protest the peace deal he has made with Israel. The
new show of support comes at a critical time in the peace process.
Arafat was also expected to talk with Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak about the possibility of a four-way summit between Jordan,
Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority to reaffirm support
for the peace process in the wake of the assassination of Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Argentina will Deport Nazi Murderer
By George Meek (VOA-Rio de Janeiro)
A former Nazi captain accused of a massacre in Italy during World
War 2 is making a last-ditch attempt to block his extradition from
Argentina. Argentina's Supreme Court ruled last week that Erich
Priebke will be sent to Italy for trial on charges he took part
in the slaying of 335 Italians in caves near Rome in 1944.
Priebke's lawyer filed a motion Friday to annul the ruling, on the
grounds the genocide convention was not in effect in 1944 and the
victims were killed because they were Italians, not because some
of them were Jews. The Germans shot the victims in reprisal for
the slaying of 33 German soldiers by Italian partisans.
Priebke has admitted involvement in the killings, but said he was
following orders and would have been killed himself if he did not.
A resident of Argentina since 1949, the suspect was arrested last
Sources at Argentina's Supreme Court say the motion for annulment
will be rejected and Priebke should be sent to Italy within two
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