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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
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
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
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
"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.
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