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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 11, 1996 V4, #185
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Marzuk to be Extradited From U.S.
A United States judge decided last night that the terrorist Mussa
Abu Marzuk, leader of the political arm of Hamas, will be
extradited to Israel. Abu Marzuk is wanted by Israel for the murder
of many Israelis.
Arafat Implies Another Confrontation
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has accused Israel of saying one
thing and doing another in the current round of peace talks.
In an interview with an Egyptian magazine published Thursday,
Arafat added he might not be able to prevent another "intifada,"
or uprising, if the current peace talks fail. Israeli President
Ezer Weizman says Arafat told him the same thing during their
Arafat blames Israel for the lack of progress so far. In Ramallah
Thursday he accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying to
amend the existing agreement, while claiming he is not. Yasir
Arafat participated Thursday in a meeting of the Palestinian
Autonomous Council, and said, "We are ready for a confrontation
along the entire area from Rafiah [Gaza] to Jenin [south of Afula].
I know that my words are being broadcast live, and I say in the
clearest manner, we are not afraid."
Israel says it only wants some security enhancements in the
accord's implementation, particularly regarding its withdrawal from
most of the West Bank town of Hebron. But, the Palestinians say
Israeli proposals to retain control of more of the city and to
limit the type of weapons the Palestinian police can carry are
major changes and are not acceptable.
The Hebron withdrawal plan was the most difficult part of
negotiations last year on the interim Israeli-Palestinian
agreement, signed by the previous Israeli government. The new
government, elected in May, immediately called for changes in the
plan, and demanded even greater changes after the violence in and
around other Palestinian cities two weeks ago.
Although there have been no agreements yet in the talks on the
Israel-Gaza border, US mediator Dennis Ross remains optimistic.
He says the two sides have begun to explore ways to address each
other's concerns, which he calls a necessary stage of the
negotiating process. Ross says the quick results the United States
hopes to achieve are still possible, in spite of the early and
Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at the Economic Club in Tel Aviv and
said, "I will not accept the scare tactics of the Arabs, and I will
not conduct negotiations under pressure and violence."
New York Holocaust Museum Planned
By Alix Sobler (VOA-New York)
A new museum commemorating the Holocaust, when millions of European
Jews died during World War 2, is under construction in New York.
There was a ceremony at the site Thursday to unveil a plaque which
will be placed on the museum's cornerstone.
The steel skeleton of the Holocaust museum is in itself a chilling
reminder. With six sides, to commemorate the 6 million Jews who
lost their lives in the Holocaust, the building will be set against
the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, in New York
A plaque which will be placed on the cornerstone of the building
was unveiled during a ceremony. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
spoke of the unique relationship between the City of New York and
the Jewish people.
"This is a very, very important moment for the City of New York.
There should be, and there must be a Holocaust museum and memorial
in New York City. This is the largest Jewish city in the world, it
has more Holocaust survivors living here than probably, certainly
any other place in America, and possibly even in the world. And
there couldn't have been a more appropriate place to put a
Holocaust museum than right here, literally in the shadow of the
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Because of what it has meant to
the Jewish people, and to everyone else."
New York's Holocaust memorial, also called "The Museum of Jewish
Heritage," will not only document the events of the Holocaust, but
will also follow the entire history of the Jewish people.
"This museum demonstrates the fact that the Jewish people survived.
They are alive, they are growing, they are strong, maybe stronger
than ever. This will be a very appropriate memorial, that will give
people a different understanding of yes, the horrors, and the
terrors, but also the enduring strength and the exceptional
capacity of the Jewish people," Giuliani said.
Also attending the ceremony were New York State Gov. George Pataki
and Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor famed for his efforts on
behalf of oppressed people all over the world.
Construction of the museum is expected to be completed by the end
of 1996, and it will open its doors to the public in the second
half of 1997. A Holocaust museum opened in Washington in 1993.
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