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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 30, 1996 V4, #138
All the News the Big Guys Missed
The July 29 headline relating to the Jonathan Pollard story was
incorrect. Esther Pollard is Pollard's wife.
Palestinian-Israeli Border Reopened
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel Monday is again allowing Palestinians to enter Israel from
the West Bank and Gaza. The area was closed last week after a
drive-by shooting left three people dead. Before the shooting,
Israel had been relaxing a strict closure imposed for about five
months after a series of suicide bombings.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians once worked in Israel, usually in
low-paid construction and agriculture jobs. Three years ago Israel
began imposing closures on the West Bank and Gaza in response to
terror attacks inside Israel, including suicide bus bombings. The
ban prevented Palestinians from entering Israel. Following a wave
of such bombings early this year by Muslim extremists, Israel
imposed the most stringent blockade ever.
During the last few weeks, the new government of Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu began lifting those restrictions, allowing about
35,000 Palestinian workers into Israel. But the ban was reimposed
on the Friday after Arab gunmen killed three members of an Israeli
family by opening fire on their car. The attackers apparently fled
towards the West Bank.
On Monday, Israel eased the restrictions again, allowing an
additional 10,000 Palestinians into Israel to work. Authorities
also announced that more Palestinian workers would be allowed to go
to their jobs in the industrial zone on the Israel-Gaza border, and
ambulances and other medical-related vehicles will be allowed to
transport patients to hospitals in Israel.
But a member of the Palestinian self-rule council, Ziad abu Ziad,
says that talk of easing the closure is misleading public opinion
in Israel and abroad. Abu Ziad complains that most Palestinians
are still barred from entering Jerusalem, including east Jerusalem,
where many Palestinian institutions are located.
Israel annexed east Jerusalem after the 1967 war, declaring both
sides of the city as its undivided capital. Palestinians view
east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Palestinians
say the long closures, which have devastated the West Bank and
Gazan economies, are a form of collective punishment, and want open
access to jobs inside Israel until there are alternative jobs in
the Palestinian territories.
Mubarak Will Meet Clinton Today
By David Gollust (VOA-Washington)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has begun a three-day visit to
Washington with talks with Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
The two sides will continue a review of how to proceed with the
peace process following the election of Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu in Israel.
The Egyptian leader met for an hour with Christopher as a prelude
to his White House talks with Clinton today. The visit comes amid
reports Egypt is uneasy over the administration's commitment to
press the new Israeli government toward compromise -- and troubled by
its opposition to a second term as UN Secretary General for
Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali. However, State Department Spokesman
Nicholas Burns downplayed reports of strain in the relationship,
and called Egypt a keystone for Middle East stability.
Burns said the two sides have discussed Egypt's recent acquisition
of Scud missile hardware from North Korea and that the
administration is examining whether the deal violates US or
international non-proliferation law.
Navon Committee Conclusions "Disappointing" for Ethiopians by Arutz-7 Radio
The Navon Commission, appointed six months ago to investigate the
Ethiopian blood donation affair, reports there were "many
shortcomings in the decision-making process" of the Health Ministry
and Magen David Adom. The committee did not, however, recommend the
dismissal of anyone involved.
The United Ethiopian Immigrants Organization reacted with rage and
disappointment to the report, calling its conclusions "ineffective
and superficial." It declared it would hold an emergency meeting of
communal leaders to demand that the government establish a state
inquiry commission into the whole gamut of issues related to the
aliyah and absorption of Ethiopian Jewry.
Former Israeli president Yitzhak Navon, who chaired the six-member
committee, declared at a press conference "no racism was involved"
in the decision to discard blood donated by all Ethiopian
immigrants because of the relatively high rate of HIV in the
community. "The [officials] were not evil. They worried about
stigmatizing the community," Navon said, "although after the fact,
we believe they should have told the immigrants the truth [when
they came to donate blood]."
Health Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said the ministry will implement
the recommendations of the Navon Commission, and will accept
Ethiopian blood donations on a case-by-case basis.
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