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>JN April 10, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 64
Funeral for Slain Palestinian Spawns New Clashes
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Several-thousand Palestinians marched in a funeral procession
Wednesday in Hebron for one of the three young men killed Tuesday
in clashes with Israelis. After the funeral, new clashes broke
out, leaving dozens of Palestinians and several Israeli soldiers
The protesters chanted for revenge and said it is time to put down
the olive branch of peace and take up the weapons of war. They
marched behind the flag-shrouded body of 24-year-old Naidr a-Said,
who was shot in the eye during a clash with Israeli troops Tuesday,
after an Israeli student had killed another Palestinian.
Palestinian police gave a-Said a 21-gun salute.
Afterwards, mourners, and activists broke through Palestinian
police lines and pelted Israeli troops with rocks and firebombs
-- as Palestinians have done almost daily for three weeks -- to
protest Israeli construction of a new Jewish neighborhood in east
Jerusalem. The troops responded with tear gas and gunfire,
apparently using rubber bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets.
The special bullets are designed to wound rather than to kill. But
they can kill if they hit a particularly vulnerable part of the
body, as happened in Tuesday's deaths from head and chest wounds.
Palestinians say the army is using metal bullets, but the army
Meanwhile, a high-ranking Palestinian delegation traveled to Amman
for talks with Jordanian officials en route to meetings in
Washington. President Clinton asked the Palestinian Authority to
send the delegation as a follow-up to his meeting Monday with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Delegation member and
senior negotiator Sa'eb Erakat says the Palestinians were not
happy about defiant statements made by Netanyahu after the meeting,
but they are interested in hearing about US mediation plans, as
long as certain criteria are met.
"The Americans have indicated that they might (have) an initiative,
and we want to cooperate, with the ingredients that are required to
ensure the success of this initiative -- mainly, the immediate
cessation of all Israeli unilateral actions, especially settlements
building, confiscation of land, fait accompli policies and that the
permanent status negotiations must go side-by-side, parallel, with
the implementation of the interim agreement's outstanding
commitments and issues."
Most of those conditions are not acceptable to Netanyahu,
particularly the key Palestinian demand for a freeze on building
in east Jerusalem and in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and
Gaza. And he has a demand of his own -- an end to the violence.
The US mediators who will meet with the Palestinian delegation
today are trying to get the peace process going again by bridging
that substantial gap.
Albright Invites Palestinian Leaders
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-State Department)
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has been speaking to moderate
Arab leaders about keeping lines of communication open to Israel as
she prepares to meet a Palestinian delegation to discuss a renewal
of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Albright and Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross plan to pass on
American ideas for resuming negotiations to Palestinian advisers
Sa'eb Erakat and Abu Mazin. They will follow up on the talks
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held here on Monday.
The White House says President Clinton is available to meet the
Palestinian delegation -- but there is nothing on his schedule at
the moment. Clinton did meet Netanyahu for what he described as a
long, frank and candid conversation -- the usual (diplomatic)
description of an argument. For his part, the Israeli leader said
the White House talk was nothing formal, nothing definitive.
Still the Clinton administration is trying to demonstrate a sense
of motion with the talks.
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