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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 meeting Tuesday.

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 sharp disagreements.

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 harbor.

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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