Newsletter : 7fax0225.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
>JN Feb. 25, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 32
Developing Relations Between Israel and Yemen
Secret contacts between Israeli and Yemenite government
representatives have yielded fruit. The two will open offices in
each other's countries, and Yemen will allow 10,000 former
Yemenites to visit their birthplace. Yemen's Foreign Minister
Ibrahim Iriani said that his country will allow Israeli companies
to invest in Yemen, and that it also foresees Israeli agricultural
Arafat Signs Trade Pact with European Union
By John Fraser (VOA-Brussels)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat signed a new trade and cooperation
agreement with the 15-nation European Union Monday, which will
give goods and products from his territory favorable access to the
world's largest market. Arafat also used his visit to Brussels to
repeat his condemnation of Israel's new settlements in east
Jerusalem and to seek European backing for his stance.
The agreement between the EU and the Palestinians is a further step
in a complex process designed to bring together in a new
partnership the countries bordering the Mediterranean.
Arafat says the new accord is important both economically and
politically and will cement the deep-rooted special relationship
between the Union and the Palestinians.
He says his people started with less than nothing, but are now
building up an infrastructure in the territories they have won
back from Israel. He says he is grateful for the aid that Europe
has given to assist in the construction of the Palestinian
European Commission President Jacques Santer says the agreement
extends beyond trade into a new political dialogue, as well as
cooperation on employment and culture. And he says it forms a
basis for a lasting partnership between the European Union and
the Palestinians, based on a joint commitment to stability and to
Arafat used his visit to Brussels to again attack new Israeli
settlements in Jerusalem, which he says are causing problems not
just for the Palestinians but also for other Arabs and the
Christian and Muslim communities. He says the settlements could
threaten the peace process, for which former Israeli leader Yitzhak
Rabin gave his life. And Arafat says the action by Israel is a
breach of UN resolutions.
This view was supported by Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van Mierlo,
whose country currently holds the presidency of the European Union.
He says the EU has consistently condemned the settlements, which,
he warned, pose a threat to the peace process. He says
representations will be made (by the EU) to the Israelis to halt
The Sears-like Catalog of Islamic Clothing
By Victor Beattie (VOA-Washington)
In a sign of increasing Islamic cultural influence in the United
States, two clothing catalogs are offering traditional Islamic
merchandise to a growing clientele. There is increasing interest in
conservative Islamic clothing among America's estimated 5 million
Norfolk, Virginia-headquartered "Caravan Xpress" and
Connecticut-based "Modesty" offer an array of clothing for Muslims
who like to dress according to the dictates of the Koran.
Islamic catalog shopping made its debut in late 1994 with the first
issue of the "Caravan Xpress" catalog. Founder and owner Dawn
Anderson -- a former college science teacher -- began the service
after being unable to find traditional Islamic clothing except to
send for it overseas.
She says the reaction from American Muslims has been very positive
-- noting clients in 1994 totaled 200 and reached 25,000 last year.
She hopes for 50,000 clients by the end of this year. Anderson says
clients get in touch with her service by dialing a toll-free number
to order clothing or a catalog.
"Our catalog follows the same format as a normal, everyday catalog
from other vendors, but our clothing is geared towards an Islamic
target market. We offer Islamic clothing for men and women and
household items for family members."
She accepts credit cards, but encourages shoppers to pay charges
promptly to avoid interest -- condemned by Islam as usury. Modesty
only accepts checks or money orders.
Ibrahim Hooper of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic
Relations says American Muslims are having a growing impact
politically, socially and economically.
"In any major urban area, I go to the local mall or shopping areas
it's likely the customers are wearing a headscarf or a kufi, the
Muslim skull cap, as well as the sales clerk might be wearing the
same thing. The bus driver that takes me home is Muslim. Muslims
are becoming quite commonplace in levels of the society."
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)