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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Oct. 30, 1996 V4, #198
All the News the Big Guys Missed

Sinai Campaign 40 Years Ago

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Sinai Campaign in 1956. In cooperation with France and England, Israel conquered the entire Sinai Peninsula. 157 IDF soldiers fell during the fighting, following which then-Prime Minister Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the Third Jewish Commonwealth. Three months later, under U.S. and Soviet pressure, Israel retreated back to the international border.

Palestinians Mourn 12-Year-Old Rock Thrower

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israelis and Palestinians clashed twice on the West Bank Tuesday, adding to the tension in the area with peace talks deadlocked and an Israeli closure in its sixth day.

Thousands of local residents chanted for revenge at the funeral of 12-year-old Hilmi Shawash, who was allegedly beaten to death by a Jewish settler. The settler, who is in police custody, says the boy threw stones at his car, and fell against a rock when he gave chase.

Either way, the incident and the anger at the funeral are indicative of the high level of tension on the West Bank -- where Palestinians are upset by the closure and the lack of progress in peace talks, and Israeli settlers are worried about a possible troop withdrawal from Hebron.

After the boy was buried, some of the mourners threw stones at Israeli vehicles on a nearby road and drew rubber bullet fire and tear gas from Israeli troops. That clash came during the call to prayer from a nearby mosque. A rain storm helped end the clash.

But later, in Hebron -- which is the focus of the stalled talks -- Palestinian officials were cursed and spat at by Jewish settlers, who called them "dogs" and hurled other insults. A senior Palestinian official, Yasser Abed Rabbo, who is a member of the negotiating team, was touring the city with its Palestinian mayor.

Officials say there are sharp disagreements over key issues defining autonomy and the role of Israeli and Palestinian security forces. Such disputes blocked agreement during three weeks of intensive talks, and no one is suggesting when they might be resolved.

"Uncle Miltie" Honored

By Max Ruston (VOA-New York)

One of the oldest and best known American comedians was honored this week in New York with a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. To Americans who grew up in the 1950s, few personalities are as well known and fondly thought of as Milton Berle -- or "Uncle Miltie" as he was referred to at the time. Through his weekly television comedy show, which started in 1948, he is credited with popularizing what was then one of the newest technological advances -- television.

New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was among the political, television, cinema and theater stars who took part in the ceremony to present the 88-year-old Uncle Miltie with his latest tribute.

"On June 8, 1948, Texaco Star Theater debuted. There were 500,000 TV sets in America then. In three years there were more than 15 million sets. Everyone had to watch Uncle Miltie. Tuesday nights were his. He owned them. Stores and theaters were empty but there were crowds on sidewalks in front of appliance stores watching this show."

After a series of America's most famous comedians spoke about Milton Berle's influence on their work, the man they were paying tribute to came to the microphone.

"You know in my long career in show business I have been the recipient of many different awards, great awards, plaques, testimonials. But tonight I must truthfully say that this award is, without a doubt, the most (pause) recent."

In addition to helping popularize television, Berle has starred in movies and plays, with co-stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe. He has written several books and more than 400 songs.

According to one of the speakers at the award ceremony, Berle worked for 67 years on television and radio, 76 years on the Broadway theater circuit, and 83 years in film.

Milton Berle is best known for what is called "vaudeville humor," which usually consists of blue, or dirty jokes. In his acceptance speech, he lived up to his reputation for such humor.

"But I was coming through the lobby and I saw so many weird people, and I passed two guys who were talking, and they were talking in Iranian, and I got mad. I said stop talking Iranian. You are in America now, speak Spanish."

Among the breakthroughs in humor with which Berle is credited: the first man ever to wear a dress on live television. All of which explains why Berle is still known to so many Americans as "Mr. Television."

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