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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Feb. 14, 1996 V4, #28
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Negotiations Take Place on Status of 1967 Palestinian Refugees
By Peyman Pejman (VOA-Cairo)
Palestinian, Egyptian, Jordanian and Israeli officials are meeting
in Cairo to discuss the fate of Palestinian refugees. The two-day
meeting ending today in the Egyptian capital is the sixth such
meeting to discuss terms of repatriating Palestinians expelled from
their homes by the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The previous five rounds of talks have not produced much result,
mainly because of the differences between Israel and the Arab
delegations on several issues.
The first is the definition of a refugee. The Arabs say anyone who
had to leave his or her home during the 1967 war, and their
offspring, should be considered a refugee and allowed to return,
Israel says it will not allow back Palestinians expelled for
security reasons. It also says only Palestinians who were forced
out of their homes can come back -- not those who happened to be
abroad at the time of the war.
The second difference is on the number of refugees. Arab
delegations say the total number of people they consider to be
refugees from the 1967 war is about 500,000. Israel puts the
figure at 200,000.
The third issue is the number of people allowed back each year.
Israel says it wants to let back about 4,000 people because of what
it says are Israel's security considerations and the economic
capacity of the West Bank and Gaza, areas now under Palestinian
The current talks do not cover the return of the Palestinians
made homeless by the 1948 war, which brought into bring the State
Palestinians Protest Border Closure
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian Autonomy Authority has protested Israel's closure
of all Palestinian territories, imposed Monday night in response to
what Israel says is a security threat. The Palestinian Authority
formally asked Israel to lift the closure, which prevents tens of
thousands of Palestinians from reaching their jobs in Israel and
slows the flow of Palestinian imports and exports. But Israel
says it has received solid information about plans for a bomb
attack and must enforce the closure until the threat passes.
The closure comes at a particularly bad time for many Palestinian
workers. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends next week with a
holiday for which Muslims like to buy expensive foods, new clothes
and gifts for their children.
Israel's deputy defense minister says the closure was imposed with
a heavy heart. And Cabinet member Yossi Beilin says it is better
to create some anger and economic hardship for a short period than
to risk a terrorist attack which could seriously harm the peace
process. Analysts say such an attack would also hurt Israeli Prime
Minister Shimon Peres' chances of winning the early elections he
has just called.
Watch out for Spy Glasses
The Galil Optik Co. of Kibbutz Kfar Giladi is manufacturing spy
spectacles, which look like ordinary sunglasses but contain a
miniature camera, microphone and loudspeaker. This permits it to
take pictures and record sounds. The mini-camera transmits the
pictures in real time to a broadcast vehicle parked nearby. The
unit costs about $3,000. The company is selling 300 pairs of the
instrument to a large investigative concern in the U.S.
Transmitting Maps on the Battlefield.
The Tadiran Co. has perfected a system of military control and
monitoring enabling battlefield commanders to transmit maps and
sketches through a communications network. The system will be on
display at the Air Show in Singapore. It represents a significant
advance over existing transmission systems. Computers with printers
allow several terminals to conduct a graphic dialogue on the
battlefield. Tadiran is also displaying at the Singapore Air Show
various instruments for locating a downed pilot in hostile
Diagnosing Breast Cancer Without X-Rays
The first device of its kind in the country, for diagnosing breast
cancer without X-Rays, has been introduced at the Elisha Hospital
in Haifa. It is called a T-Scan and made in Israel. It works on
electrical resistance measurements on breast tissues and is more
accurate than existing mammographs. Dr. Ora Lever-Moshokovitch,
director of the breast examination unit at the hospital, says the
instrument, made by Trans-Scan at Migdal Ha'emek, is a breakthrough
in diagnosing the ailment. The absence of X-Rays means it can be
used more frequently when there is a suspicion of a growth.
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