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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 23, 1996 V4, #156
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Arafat on the way out?
By Arutz-7 Radio
Senior military sources have said that Arafat is close to being
deposed as the chairman of the Palestinian Authority. It is said
that chances are slim that the coup can be avoided, and that what
remains to be done is merely to ensure that the blame does not fall
upon Israel. This is the reason that the Hebron redeployment issue
has recently been given high priority.
According to the sources, if Arafat is deposed, Israel will not
consider itself bound to carry out any additional withdrawals
outlined in the Oslo II agreements. Informed observers told Arutz-7
that Arafat himself could be the source of the rumors of an
impending overthrow, in an effort to squeeze further concessions
On the other hand, the observers said that it could very well be
that in the eyes of his constituents, Arafat has fulfilled his
historical mission, but now has nothing more to offer; he
established the Palestinian Authority, but has failed to run it
efficiently and successfully.
Syrian Troop Movements Reported Near the Golan
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Syria has rejected Israel's offer of negotiations without
pre-conditions, first made last month and conveyed again Wednesday
through the United States. Syria's official press says the Israeli
offer amounts to abandoning accepted principles for the peace
process, an apparent reference to the concept of "land for peace,"
which Israel's new right-wing government does not accept.
An Israeli newspaper reports there have been unusual Syrian troop
movements in southern Lebanon and near the Golan Heights.
Syrian newspapers say Israel's offer changes the basis of the
talks, and therefore is itself an unacceptable pre-condition.
The editorials say Syria is willing to resume talks at the point
where they were suspended in February.
On Wednesday, Israel's Foreign Minister David Levy asked the US
Ambassador to Israel to convey the offer of renewed talks to
Syria. The offer was part of a message intended to ease tensions
which have built up between Israel and Syria during the last few
The tension has been reflected in comments by Israeli officials,
editorials in the Syrian press and missile tests by both sides.
U.S. Nazi Publisher Sentenced in Germany
By Dagmar Breitenbach (VOA-Bonn)
A German court has convicted an American neo-Nazi for inciting
racial hatred by distributing anti-Semitic and rightist
publications and paraphernalia in Germany. A Hamburg court
sentenced the American neo-Nazi, Gary Lauck, to four years in
Before being led from the courtroom back to jail, Lauck -- who
never spoke in his own defense during the three-month trial --
yelled "the fight will go on." However, it was not immediately
clear if the admitted admirer of Adolf Hitler would appeal the
The prosecution originally sought a five-year prison term, and
the defense requested an acquittal, arguing Lauck broke no laws
in the United States -- where the 43-year-old legally printed the
Prosecutor Bernd Mauruschat says the court was well-aware of the
conflict between Freedom of Speech in the United States on
one hand, and Lauck's actions that are illegal in Germany on the
Mauruschat says that while the defendant produced his material
legally in the United States, it was aimed for Germany. Lauck's
propaganda was active here in Germany, the prosecutor says, and
that gave German authorities a scene of crime in Germany, and the
possibility to apply German criminal law.
Prosecutors say that for two decades, Lauck was a major supplier
of brochures, Nazi and neo-Nazi stickers, banners, and signs for
the extreme right in Germany. They say he mailed up to 2,500
copies of his newsletters to Europe every two months. Pro-Hitler,
and anti-Jewish publications are illegal in Germany.
At an early age, Lauck became fascinated with Hitler -- whom he
has called the greatest man who ever lived -- and the Nazi era.
Lauck heads the "National Socialist German Workers' Party Foreign
Organization," which he founded in the early 1970s. The name of
the organization -- banned in Germany -- is derived from the full
title of Hitler's Nazi party.
According to German security experts, Lauck and his US based
party played a decisive role in promoting propaganda for German
Lauck was arrested on an international warrant -- and later
extradited to Germany -- when he attended a neo-Nazi convention
in Denmark last year.
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