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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Feb. 21, 1996 V4, #33
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Saddam's Son-in-Law Returns Home
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
A high-ranking Iraqi defector, Hussein Kamel Hassan, and his family
are on their way home to Baghdad. General Kamel defected to Jordan
last August with his wife, Saddam Hussein's daughter, and his
brother, who is married to another daughter of President Saddam.
They left Tuesday for Iraq.
Jordan's official news agency says the Iraqi defector and his
family drove in a convoy to the border after sending a letter
of thanks to King Hussein for his six months of hospitality.
Iraq's ambassador to Jordan accompanied the group to the border.
Monday, Kamel told reporters he had decided to go home and had
written to Saddam Hussein for permission to return. He was just
waiting for a reply. Jordan's prime minister is quoted as saying
Hassan and his entourage left of their own free will after private
contacts with Baghdad.
The defection of the head of Iraq's secret weapons programs sent
shock waves through the Iraqi leadership. After he left the
country, Baghdad quickly offered UN inspectors previously concealed
information about its toxic warfare research.
Some analysts speculated the defection of a member of Saddam
Hussein's inner circle was the tell-tale crack in Saddam Hussein's
grip on power. Others suggested it was merely the result of family
In interviews at the time of his defection, Kamel described his
brother-in-law -- Saddam Hussein's son, Uday -- as crazy and
whimsical. Reports from Baghdad indicated Uday's push for power
was probably behind Hassan's decision to leave.
Once he was settled in a royal guest palace in Jordan, Kamel said
he wanted to topple the Iraqi government. At first it appeared
King Hussein was offering his support to the Iraqi defector.
Since then, the Jordanian monarch has been in touch with other
Iraqi opposition personalities and has allowed an opposition
group to open an office in Amman. But the opposition groups
working in exile have rejected any dealings with Kamel because of
his close ties to Saddam Hussein.
Now the question is whether those close ties are enough to protect
Kamel and his family from punishment back home, in Iraq, for his
act of defiance.
"Bay Watch" Swimsuits to be Made in Israel for a Dutch Co.
The Klil-Yofi Co. has arranged to produce and export to a Dutch
company, a series of swimsuits designed like those on "Bay Watch"
on TV, to the value of $24-million annually. The company already
produces the Israeli swimsuit Pilpel model, and the Dutch importer
has the European concession for selling "Bay Watch" models.
Klil-Yofi has also produced large amounts of swimsuits for an
American company, Sarah Lee, one of the biggest in the world, and
part owner of the Delta Co. in Israel. The plant is in Nazareth.
Egypt Acquiring Equipment from Israeli Kibbutz.
Egypt is buying handling and moving equipment for a grape packing
plant from the Eshet Ayalon Co. of Kibbutz Ayalon. The Al-Maghrabi
Farm in Egypt has bought preliminary equipment, and another four
concerns in the country are buying four more sets of this
equipment, worth a total of $370,000.
Prestigious Science Prize to Sela.
The most important scientific institute in Germany, and one of the
world's most prestigious, the Max Planck Institute, is awarding its
highest prize to Professor Michael Sela, former president of the
Weizmann Institute of Scientific Research at Rehovot in Israel. It
is the first time in 50 years that this prize has been awarded to
a non-German. The ceremony will also take place outside Germany, in
Rehovot, for the first time. The prize is awarded for exceptional
personal contribution to the advancement of science and the human
Sela is a world-renowned expert in human immunology, and is now
vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute.
He is a laureate of the Israel Prize, and also a member of France's
Heart Insufficiency Diagnosis Developed.
An innovative system to diagnose heart insufficiency has been
developed by the Israeli Cortak Co. It is an early, non-invasive,
and accurate check for patients with heart insufficiency, making
treatment more effective. The major medication concern Hoffmann La
Roche is introducing the system in clinical trials for heart
Family of Dead Palestinian Donates Organs for Transplant in Israel
The family of a Palestinian laborer killed in a work accident in
central Israel agreed to donate his organs for transplant in a rare
instance which may open the way for Palestinian patients also to be
candidates for transplants in Israel.
The clinical death of the 38-year-old laborer was established in
the Sheba Tel Hashomer Hospital, which contacted his family and
arranged for his older brother to come to Israel from Gaza and
authorize the transplants. The man's heart went to a 49-year-old
Israeli Arab man from Tira village, and his kidneys, liver and
spleen to other patients waiting for transplants.
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