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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 15, 1996 V4, #150
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Demjanjuk Ban
The Ohio Supreme Court invalidated (Wednesday) an injunction
limiting protests outside the home of accused Nazi war criminal
John Demjanjuk. The ruling overturns restrictions ordered in 1993 by
a Cleveland court to limit picketing by Jewish groups near
Demjanjuk's Seven Hills home.
Defense Minister to Present Hebron Plan
Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai will present this week a plan
for IDF redeployment in Hebron to the prime minister. Arutz-7 notes
that according to the suggested plan, eight outposts, to be jointly
manned by the IDF and Palestinian paramilitary police, will be
established along the Jewish-traveled routes in the city. In
addition, joint patrols on a wider scale will be conducted
throughout Hebron. The suggested plan recommends that the
redeployment be conducted gradually.
Arafat Wants Clinton to Press Israel
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The official Palestinian news agency says Palestinian leader Yasir
Arafat has written a letter to President Clinton, asking him to
press Israel to live up to certain clauses of the interim peace
agreement signed at the White House last year.
According to a text supplied by the WAFA news agency, Arafat's
letter labels as irresponsible the new Israeli government's
decision to ease restrictions on settlement construction. Arafat
writes the decision shows the government of Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu is not concerned with what he calls the dangers
surrounding the peace process.
Arafat also asks Clinton to press Netanyahu to fulfill several
commitments in the interim peace accord, including the promised and
long-delayed withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank city
of Hebron. The palestinian leader says intervention by Clinton can
help push the peace process forward.
Arafat had said he would seek international help if he felt the
Netanyahu government was violating the peace agreements. Netanyahu
points to what he sees as several Palestinian violations, and says
he will fulfill the accords if the Palestinians do, but only in a
way which safeguards Israeli security to his satisfaction. That is
a phrase Palestinians take to imply changing promises made by the
previous Israeli government -- changes the Palestinians are not
willing to accept.
Argentina Pooh-Poohs Car Bomb Theory
By George Meek (VOA-Rio de Janeiro)
Israel has rejected a new Argentine theory concerning the bombing
at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires four years ago that killed
29 people and injured 100 others.
Argentina's Supreme Court released a report by experts of the
Academy of Engineers that said there is 99 percent certainty that
the bomb was inside the Israeli mission -- not a car bomb as
previously believed. The court did not release details of the
report and said its findings are not definitive.
Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Aviran said in a television interview
that he is surprised by the report, and thinks the court is trying
to cover up for four years of ineffective investigation of the
case. The ambassador said intelligence services of four nations
know the bomb was outside the embassy.
At the time of the blast, a pro-Iranian extremist group claimed
responsibility and said a suicide bomber died in the attack.
Two years later, 86 people were killed in a bombing at a Jewish
cultural center in Buenos Aires. Three Argentine police are under
arrest as alleged accessories in that case.
Israel, Palestinians Resume Talks
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed talks Wednesday for the
first time since February, and the first time under the new Israeli
The Joint Committee on Civil Affairs was the first of several
Israeli-Palestinian committees to resume operations. The last time
these negotiators met was just before the first of a series of
suicide bombings by Palestinian militants in February and March.
This committee is charged with coordinating efforts on such public
services as health care, transportation, and education throughout
the West Bank -- where the Palestinians have full administrative
responsibility, but the Israelis retain security control in wide
Wednesday's meeting was taken up mainly by each side expressing
complaints about the other's performance, including Israeli demands
for the removal of Palestinian offices from Jerusalem and
Palestinian complaints about Israel's plans to expand settlements.
The chief Palestinian negotiator, Jamil Tarifi, said just as Israel
says no peace without security, the Palestinians say no peace with
settlement construction. Still, the two top negotiators also said
the meeting was positive, and they plan more sessions in the next
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