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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Dec. 1, 1995, V3, #218
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israeli Suspected of Attempt to Rocket Temple Mount
25-year old Eyal Keinan will remain in custody for seven additional
days. Keinan, a resident of Jerusalem, is suspected of planning to
bomb the Temple Mount. As part of his preparation, he fired a
rocket at an abandoned house in his neighborhood.
Russian Defense Minister Arrives in Israel
Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev arrived in Israel Thursday,
marking the first visit of a Russian Defense Minister in Israel.
Grachev is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister and Defense
Minister Shimon Peres and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Amnon
Shahak. The Russian Defense Minister will also tour military
According to Israel Radio, the focus of the visit will be on the
Russian role in the Middle East peace process, and on examining
cooperation between Israeli and Russian military industries.
Peres Prepares to Visit Washington
By Victor Beattie (VOA-Washington)
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres is scheduled to make his first
visit to the US, including a meeting with President Clinton, since
assuming his post. Peres hopes the Dec. 11 session will advance the
stalled Israeli-Syrian peace talks.
The White House says the meeting between Peres and Clinton will
involve implementation of the recent Palestinian self-rule accord
and advancing talks with Damascus. The talks are the first between
the two men since the Nov. 4 assassination of Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin which thrust the foreign minister into the top job.
Clinton, in a message to the Peres government, assured it of
continued US support. "The US will join Israel in building a future
of hope and peace for the Jewish State and its neighbors."
In an address to the Israeli parliament, Peres underscored his
willingness to reach a peace agreement with Syria. He is expected
to unveil his plan for peace with Damascus when he meets Clinton.
According to Israeli Ambassador to Washington Itamar Rabinovitch,
it will include a call for a summit between Peres and Syrian
President Hafez al-Assad.
U.S. Militia Activity Increases
By Chris Simkins (VOA-New York)
Activity among right-wing paramilitary organizations in the US is
on the rise according to a report released by a New York-based
group. According to the new study, membership among private,
rightwing militia groups in the US has increased in the last 10
The study, published by the American Jewish Committee, says
membership in paramilitary organizations has been estimated at more
than 40,000 nationwide. The report also says activities such as
demonstrations, armed confrontations and anti-government threats
are on the rise as well. Ken Toole, one of the authors of the
study, says violence and intimidation by militia groups has
disrupted the political process in many communities.
"You have militia activists in Michigan pounding on the table and
finger pointing at town meetings. In other places you have five
guys standing at the back of the room with their arms folded and
everybody in the community knows where they stand and what their
philosophy is. What does that do? What we have seen in Montana is
that it drives people away. That people simply do not want to
participate when part of your price of participation is being
targeted for violence."
Toole says militia organizations, especially those in the
Midwestern US, grew out of the white supremacy movement. He says
the groups have now targeted ordinary citizens and local government
"There is a pattern that occurs in a community when you have these
organizations active coincidental or not people start to get
threats. They will get anonymous phone calls, anti-Semitic tracts
are sent to people after they speak up at a public meeting. There
is this pattern that emerges, often culminating with out-and-out
threats to local government officials and confrontations between
law enforcement and radical right-wing or militia activists."
Jeffrey Ruch, director of "Peer," an advocacy group for federal
workers, says he has seen a rise in anti-federal government
sentiment against people who oversee and patrol federally-owned
"Employees in the both the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest
Service offices in New Mexico have been repeatedly terrorized with
hangman's nooses, Nazi swastikas and the like. These are public
servants trying to do their job. Throughout the west public
employees are being advised to travel in pairs, they should never
be in marked vehicles, and they should remain in constant radio
contact with their headquarters office. It is almost as if these
federal workers are stationed in Bosnia or Beirut and not in
Washington State, Oregon and Northern California."
The authors of the report say in order to stop the rise in local
militia groups, the federal government must take a more active
role in identifying the hate organizations and should prosecute
their members who violate the law.
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