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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May 16, 1996 V4, #90
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Palestinian Authority Negotiator Nabil Sha'ath on Intifada
"As long as Israel goes forward [with the peace process], there
are no problems, which is why we observe the agreements of peace
and non-violence. But if and when they say, `That's it, we won't
talk about Jerusalem, we won't return refugees, we won't dismantle
settlements, and we won't retreat from borders,' then all acts of
violence will return. Except this time we'll have 30,000 armed
Palestinian soldiers who will operate in areas in which we have
unprecedented elements of freedom."
Labor Campaigner Shot by Likud Campaigner
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
A man working for the election campaign of Israel's ruling Labor
Party was shot twice in the leg Wednesday by a worker from the
opposition Likud Party.
The injured man was putting up campaign posters for the Labor Party
before dawn Wednesday in the wealthy Tel Aviv suburb, Herzliya. He
and his co-workers say four men riding in a Likud party car told
them to stop, and when they refused, one of the men drew a gun and
shot at them. The wounded man, a recent immigrant from Russia, was
treated at a local hospital.
A Likud spokesman says the assailant was not a party activist,
but rather was a worker hired to put up posters for the campaign.
The spokesman said the incident was not part of any organized
effort to intimidate Labor Party workers. There have been clashes
between supporters of the two parties in previous campaigns.
The heads of both Labor and Likud condemned the incident. Likud
leader Benjamin Netanyahu called it "very grave," and the Labor
Party leader, Prime Minister Shimon Peres, called it "dangerous
and terrible." Peres said he did not want to make any wholesale
accusations, but he called on all Israelis to avoid creating the
kind of hostile atmosphere which resulted in last November's
assassination of his predecessor, Yitzhak Rabin.
Jewish Agency Fears Upsurge in Russian Anti-Semitism
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's quasi-governmental Jewish Agency, which coordinates
immigration to Israel, has expressed concern about recent
developments in Russia, including a Foreign Ministry statement
Tuesday, which Agency officials fear could result in limitations on
their activities in Russia.
The Jewish Agency's chairman, Avraham Burg, held a midnight
consultation with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and then
canceled plans to travel to the United States. All this to deal
with what he calls a crisis with an hour-to-hour timeframe. He
also held meetings well into the wee hours of Wednesday morning,
working on strategy and advising Agency employees in Russia on how
to respond if their operations are directly threatened.
The flurry of activity resulted from a statement by the Russian
Foreign Ministry spokesman Tuesday, saying the Jewish Agency's
office in Moscow had violated Russian law. The spokesman said
the problem could be resolved if the Agency is ready to abide by
the law, but officials in Jerusalem are concerned anyway.
Burg says he hopes the issue is simply a matter of complying with
a new Russian law, which the Agency began to do Wednesday by
formally submitting an application for a new permit to operate in
Russia. But he says the Agency also wants to be prepared with a
campaign of international pressure in case the Russian government's
actions are "a cover for something else."
"We are ready for every contingency. At this level we are
concerned, I might even say that we are very concerned. But so far
the policy is a policy of no action. We are ready with political,
diplomatic, persuasive means and ways of reacting, if, God forbid,
worse comes to worst."
Burg and other Jewish Agency officials note that a series of
incidents in recent weeks has sparked fears Russia might want to
limit the annual flow of about 65,000 Russian Jews to Israel. In
April, the Agency's accreditation was canceled under the new law,
the Russian Justice Ministry notified local authorities to stop its
activities around the country, and security officers closed Agency
centers in two places and broke up a meeting with local Jewish
residents in the city of Pyatigorsk.
The Agency also says there has been in increase in anti-Semitic
incidents in Russia in recent months, including a small bomb which
exploded in a Jewish community center (in Yeroslavl). Burg also
said he assumes there is some connection between these events and
the current Russian election campaign, in which reformist President
Boris Yeltsin is facing challenges from communist and nationalist
parties which have a less sympathetic attitude toward Jewish
emigration. Nearly 700,000 Jews have emigrated from the former
USSR to Israel since 1989. Many of them are well-educated, causing
concern about a brain drain.
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