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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 16, 1996 V4, #128
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Prosecutor Seeks Life Sentence for Former Nazi
The prosecution at the war crimes trial of former SS Captain Erich
Priebke is asking an Italian military court in Rome to sentence the
82-year-old defendant to life in prison. Priebke is accused of
being one of the main organizers of the SS massacre of 335 men and
boys at the Ardeatine Caves in March 1944, during the Nazi
occupation of Rome.
Islamic Professor Supports Jewish Rights on Temple Mount
"There is nothing in Islam that negates Israeli and Jewish
sovereignty over the Temple Mount," according to Professor Abdul
Hadi Falatchi, head of the Islamic Institute in Rome. Falatchi was
participating in an international seminar on Jewish Law, organized by
the Ministry of Justice.
He also attacked the Arab objections to Jewish aliyah, saying that
it has nothing to do with Zionism, but that "the Bible commands
Jews to live in the Holy Land." Falatchi said that he is not afraid
to make these remarks publicly, and that most Moslem religious
leaders in Italy agree with him.
Day-Long Nationwide Strike Planned
The leadership of the Histadrut union has decided on a 10-hour
nation-wide strike Wednesday. Histadrut Chairman Amir Peretz
informed Minister of Finance Dan Meridor that the strike, which the
Histadrut hopes will encompass up to 600,000 workers in the public
sector, was called because of the economic "decrees" and cutbacks
which will primarily affect the lower classes.
The strike was originally planned to be for 24 hours, in accordance
with the wishes of the large workers' committees, but Peretz -
claiming that he had to weigh various interests - shortened it,
from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day care centers, El Al, sick-fund offices,
Bezek, Israel Railways, ports and government offices will be
closed; nurseries, hospitals, radio, television, transportation,
and other services will be affected to varying degrees.
Arafat: Let's Wait and See
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat says he is taking a wait and see
attitude toward Israel's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Arafat consulted with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak before
Mubarak's meeting with the new Israeli leader.
Arafat told reporters in Gaza he and Mubarak talked about ways
to get the peace process back on track ahead of Mubarak's first
meeting Thursday with Netanyahu.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians were stalled by
the elections in Israel and by Netanyahu's hardline approach to the
The new Israeli leader has rejected the idea of an independent
Palestinian state or a divided Jerusalem. He has also opposed
continuing negotiations with the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon
on the basis of land for peace. Arab states have expressed their
concern and anger over the tough stand.
Arafat says he will wait and see what Israel does to implement
earlier agreements, in order to gauge its commitment to continuing
the peace process. Israel has been committed to redeploying its
troops from Hebron on the West Bank. Israeli officials say they are
examining the situation carefully before making any decisions.
Palestinian Constitution is on the Way
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Palestinian lawmakers expect to wrap up debate on a Constitution by
the end of the month. Details of the latest draft -- published in
the Arab daily Sharq al Awsat --calls for the creation of an
independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital. That idea has
been rejected by Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The draft says Islam will be the official religion and Arabic the
official language of the Palestinian Authority. The Constitution,
which is known as the Basic Law for the Palestinian National
Authority in the Transitional Period, also calls for an independent
state with its capital in east Jerusalem.
The draft provides the framework for a democratic government to
guaranty basic economic, political and civil rights of the
The Palestinian Constitution also includes a clause calling for a
council to monitor human rights. The addition is seen as a
positive step following the arrest and detention of a leading
human rights activist in Gaza after disagreements with Arafat.
The Constitution is sure to provoke criticism inside Israel.
Netanyahu rejects the idea of an independent Palestinian state. He
also opposes dividing Jerusalem, which Israel re-seized in the 1967
Six Day war.
First Ethiopian Israeli Diplomat to Serve in Chicago
Belaynesh Zevadia will become the first Israeli diplomat of
Ethiopian origin when she begins next month as Consul for
Information in Chicago.
Zevadia, 30, immigrated to Israel in 1984, shortly before Operation
Moses brought several thousand Ethiopian Jews to Israel. "I am
proud to be Ethiopian, and in any case, whoever sees me immediately
knows where I am from," Zevadia said.
Zevadia said her professional dream is to serve as an Israeli
diplomat at the U.N., and then as Israel's Ambassador to Ethiopia.
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