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>JN Jan. 30, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 20
Rioting Expected at Temple Mount
Minister of Public Security Avigdor Kahalani blames
Israeli-Arab elements for instigating riots on the Temple Mount.
Kahalani fears that this coming Friday -- the last of the month of
Ramadan -- severe rioting will break out on the Mount, provoked by
a group under the leadership of the mayor of Um el-Fahm. Kahalani
admitted the police do not perform body-checks upon Arab women who
arrive at the Mount.
Marzuk Agrees Not to Fight Extradition
By Joe Chapman (VOA-New York)
The head of the political bureau of the militant Palestinian group,
Hamas, said in New York Wednesday he will no longer fight
extradition to Israel to face charges he was involved in terrorist
Mousa abu Marzuk says he has ordered his attorneys to stop the
legal fight against his extradition to Israel to face murder and
conspiracy charges for a series of terrorist acts.
Michael Kennedy, one of the attorneys representing Marzuk, told
reporters at a news conference there is no evidence linking Marzuk
to terrorist acts.
Marzuk, who has lived in the United States for 15 years, has been
jailed for the last 18 months. He was detained in the summer of
1995 as he returned to the United States, after his name was placed
on a list of suspected terrorists.
Marzuk, in a tape recording played by his attorneys, says he is
ready to go to Israel where he says he will become what he calls a
martyr for the Palestinian cause. He says he has never made any
secret of his political beliefs.
Marzuk and his attorneys insist he is innocent of any crimes and
say he is being punished for political reasons. But federal court
Judge Kevin Duffy said in his ruling last year that the
indiscriminate bombing of buses loaded with civilians and similar
acts do not advance any political motive other than as terrorist
Duffy's ruling says there is probable cause to believe that Marzuk
not only raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the so-called
military arm of Hamas, but was deeply involved in what the judge
termed "violent, murderous acts."
The judge said Marzuk not only supplied the financing, but
selected the leaders for the attacks.
Middle East Leaders will Head to Washington
By Deborah Tate (VOA-White House)
The White House announced President Clinton will meet separately in
Washington with four Middle East leaders during the next two
Clinton will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Feb. 13 and with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat March 3. One week
later, on March 10, Clinton will meet with Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak. And he will see Jordan's King Hussein March 18.
White House spokesman Mike McCurry says the talks will likely deal
with resumption of negotiations between Israel and Syria.
Meanwhile, the United States is joining Israel in disputing a
Syrian claim that Israel has agreed to withdraw to its 1967 border
in a peace accord with Syria.
Syria's Ambassador to the United States, Walid Moualem, says Israel
had agreed in writing as early as July 1994 that it was prepared to
withdraw from the Golan Heights. He says the two sides were on the
verge of signing an agreement in January of last year, but that it
never happened because Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres had
called early elections.
Israel flatly denies there was any such agreement, as does the
United States. State Department spokesman Nick Burns said "If
there had been an Israeli-Syrian agreement on the Golan in 1995, we
would not be standing here debating this. There would be peace
between Israel and Syria, and there is not a peace treaty between
the two today."
50% of Songs Must Be Hebrew
The Education Committee of the Knesset will propose legislation
obligating radio stations to devote at least half of their music
air-time to Hebrew songs. Rafi Elul (Labor) said that a recent poll
showed that the Voice of Israel radio devotes only 15% of its music
broadcasts to Hebrew music, Army Radio gives it 49%, whereas Arutz
Sheva dedicates 94%.
Committee Chairman Emanuel Zisman (Third Way) said, "A normal
self-respecting country must support its native music, and we do
not do this." Entertainer Shaika Levy, who participated in the
committee session, said, "In France there is a law that requires
50% of its broadcast music to be French. Without its music, a
nation is not a nation."
Sharansky Makes First Headlines in Russia
Natan Sharansky has been discovered by the Russians. The
Israeli Minister of Industry and Trade, now visiting Russia, was
never written up by the Soviet media throughout his struggle
against the regime. Israeli Ambassador to Russia Aliza Shenhar
called a press conference to attempt to remedy the situation, and
over 100 Russian journalists showed up. The former Prisoner of Zion
took them on a tour of significant sites of his protest days. He
was also interviewed on a popular television show.
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