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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 3, 1996 V4, #61
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Hamas Threatens More Bombings
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The military wing of the militant Palestinian group Hamas
has issued a statement sharply critical of the Palestinian
Autonomy Authority and threatens a new wave of attacks against
Israel. The statement accuses the Palestinian Authority of
adopting dictatorial and Nazi-like policies, and of torturing
some of the nearly 1,000 Hamas activists who have been arrested in
The military wing says it will punish everyone who has acted
against it in the current crackdown, especially those who have
carried out the alleged torture.
The statement also rejects efforts to re-establish a dialogue
between Hamas and the Authority until the crackdown ends, the
prisoners are released, and all those responsible for the alleged
torture are put on trial. The Hamas military wing says the best
way to react to the alleged abuses by the Palestinian Authority
is to resume the kind of suicide attacks in Israel which sparked
the start of the crackdown a month ago. Four such attacks during
one week killed 62 people.
Hamas has made similar threats before, sometimes carrying them
out and sometimes not. This one comes at a time of particularly
high tension between the militants and both the Palestinian
Authority and Israel, and as Israelis are about to begin
celebrating the week-long Passover holiday.
Arab Leaders Upset About Autonomy Border Closing
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has asked the Arab League to
support his call for a UN Security Council meeting on Israel's
closure of the Palestinian self-rule areas. The Arab League
will also take up reported leaks at Israel's nuclear facility in
the Negev desert.
Arab League Secretary General Esmet Abdel-Meguid says Israel's
continued closure of the West Bank and Gaza could destroy the peace
process. The Arab League chief reflects a simmering anger among
Arab states over the closure and its impact on the peace process.
"Who is paying the price? I think the Palestinians are paying the
price and this will not help the peace process. On the contrary, it
will backfire. It can destroy the peace process. So I hope that an
end will come to this Israeli practice as quickly as possible."
Israel's nuclear facility is on the agenda for Arab League
discussions this month. Abdel-Meguid confirms that an urgent
meeting has been set for next week to discuss reported leaks at
Israel's Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev desert.
Egypt has long complained that Israel should sign the nuclear
non-proliferation treaty. But Israel has never officially
acknowledged it has nuclear weapons. On Tuesday, Syrian newspapers
urged the west to press Israel to abandon its nuclear program
because it is a threat to the region.
Peres Meets Qatar Sheikh in Second Day of Gulf Visit
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel and the Persian Gulf State of Qatar have agreed to send each
other permanent trade missions -- a possible early step toward
diplomatic relations. The announcement was made Tuesday during the
first visit to Qatar by an Israeli prime minister.
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres met with Qatar's emir, Sheikh
Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, at the emir's seafront residence in
Qatar's capital, Doha. The two men discussed the Middle East peace
process, as well as the developing Israeli-Qatari relationship.
Both Qatar and the neighboring Gulf State of Oman, which Peres
visited Monday, hope to sell liquefied natural gas to Israel and to
benefit from Israel's advanced technology in agriculture and other
fields. The two countries are the first in the Gulf to improve
their relations with Israel.
A public opinion poll published in a Qatari newspaper Tuesday
indicated most Qataris still consider Israel an enemy and do not
want diplomatic relations with it.
Chagall: The Man and His Windows
By Martin Bush (VOA-New York)
The Russian-born artist Marc Chagall lived 98 years, achieving fame
and adulation seldom matched in the world of art. The works he
painted during his middle and later years have often been the
subject of exhibits here in the United States.
New York's Jewish Museum is presenting the first American
exhibition ever mounted of early works by Chagall. Curator Susan
Goodman points out that the period covered in the new exhibit --
1907 to 1917, when Chagall was in his 20s -- was "one of the
most seminal of Marc Chagall's life."
One of 10 children, Chagall was born in 1887 in Belarus. Despite
the disapproval of his pious, Jewish family, he went on to become
a world-renowned artist. Chagall has often been characterized as
a naive painter, but Goodman disagrees with that evaluation.
"There was a neo-primitivism that he used in various aspects of
his work. But he was incredibly knowledgeable and sophisticated
and he was able to absorb aspects of these various movements."
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