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>PD Aug. 7, 1997, Vol. 5, No 144
Arafat Calls for "The Great Battle"
By IINS News Service
As Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan were
meeting to work out methods to get the stalled peace process on
track, PLO Authority Chief Arafat was in Gaza calling upon the
masses to prepare for the "great battle." "Amass your might,
intelligence and your food," added the PA Chief. "We will continue
until the flags fly from the mosques in our capital Jerusalem."
Clinton to Arafat: Take a Hard Line
By David Swan (VOA-State Department)
President Clinton urges Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to take a
hard line against terrorism after last week's suicide bombing in
Jerusalem. While Clinton calls peace a two-way street, he says
Arafat has no excuse for not maintaining security. In a
White House news conference, the president said the process cannot
move forward until the Israelis believe the chairman is doing all
he can to protect their safety.
"I believe the people who are responsible for those terrorist bombs
are the enemies of the Palestinian Authority as well -- and I think
they ought to see that. It is imperative that Mr. Arafat understand
that those people are not his friends either."
The administration is stepping up efforts to end the current crisis
and get peace talks back on track. Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright will visit the Middle East later this month if the sides
make progress on security.
Etzion Banned from Temple Mount
By IINS News Service
Chai Vekaiyam activist Yehuda Etzion was slapped with an
administrative order Wednesday banning him from entering the Temple
Mount area until February 1998. Etzion has been a leader in the
fight to permit Jews the right to pray on the Temple Mount in
Jerusalem's Old City.
Last week, the courts handed down a landmark decision permitting
Etzion to pray on the Mount, as long as he does not move his lips
or display any external religious signs such as a kippa (yarmulke)
or other religious objects.
Etzion tore up the administrative order when he received it and
told officials he does not recognize an order that is based on the
1945 emergency laws written during the time of the British Mandate.
Etzion stated the laws were designed to keep Jews out of Palestine
and now the IDF used it to keep Jews out of the Temple Mount area.
Palestinians Complain They Can't Use Israeli Medical Services
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
After a double suicide bombing in Jerusalem July 30th, Israel
confined Palestinians to their towns with tight travel
restrictions. And Israel says it will not end its strict closure
of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, or ease economic sanctions until
Yasir Arafat's self-rule government cracks down seriously on
The Palestinian health ministry says that Israel's sealing off of
the West Bank and Gaza is causing widespread medical problems. The
closure imposed immediately after last week's bombings not only
bars Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza from entering Israel,
but also prevents Palestinians from travelling from one town or
city to another within the West Bank.
The ministry says Palestinian medical personnel and supplies are
not able to reach hospitals, pregnant village women are not able
to reach city hospitals, and patients requiring urgent treatment
in Israel or other countries are in danger.
Israel has frequently imposed blanket closures on Palestinian areas
after terrorist attacks. Israeli authorities say that people with
medical emergencies are to be allowed passage. Government spokesman
Moshe Fogel insists the security forces in the area have specific
instructions that people who require medical assistance can pass
through checkpoints, but that Israel's primary concern is not to
take security risks.
"Certainly in the field of medical assistance, we're not only
ready to help, we believe it is our obligation to try to give as
much medical assistance as is possible, whenever it's necessary.
But of course, there is a requirement to check that there is a
legitimate medical emergency because unfortunately, we've had
circumstance in the past where medical emergencies were utilized by
terrorists to try to either bring in weapons or to smuggle
terrorists into Israel."
Fogel says Israel is ready to help Palestinians who have a
legitimate need for medical treatment, but that permits must be
coordinated through the Palestinian Authority. He points out that
many Palestinians are receiving medical treatment in Israeli
hospitals -- treatment which is subsidized by the Israeli
But Palestinian medical authorities say that the inability to
move freely inside the West Bank as a result of the strict closure,
means health services are virtually paralyzed.
The Palestinian Authority has called on the UN Security Council
to stop what it calls Israel's collective punishment of the
A top aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, David bar-Illan,
says Israel wants Arafat to turn over 31 wanted men, arrest
120 Palestinians previously released from Palestinian jails,
disarm Islamic militants and arrest their leaders, stop
anti-Israeli propaganda, and resume the exchange of intelligence
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