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>JN Sept. 4, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 162
Libya: "Diana Killed by British Intelligence"
The death in a motor accident of the Princess of Wales has
prompted bizarre conspiracy rumors in the Muslim world. A newspaper
commentator in Cairo's main paper, Al-Ahram, suggested the crash
was no accident and that Diana was killed by British intelligence
because the establishment couldn't tolerate her relationship with
The claims have been repeated by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and
a "Libyan human rights commission." The Libyan news agency JANA
said the National Commission for Human Rights in the Great
Jamahiriyah said the plot was "incompatible with human rights
and expressing a racist and anti-Semitic stance." The group says
the "crime...reveals the reality of the Western civilization. Only
children believe that it was an accident."
Albright Gets Ready for Middle East Trip
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-State Department)
At the State Department, representatives of Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S Middle East mediator
Dennis Ross to discuss topics for Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright's trip to Israel next week.
Israel still wants to talk about security. Albright hopes to
discuss reviving confidence between Israel and the Arabs and not to
spend her whole time negotiating security issues.
However, after a four-hour meeting with Ross, the American
mediator, Israel's Danny Naveh told reporters the Palestinians have
not done enough to fight terrorism.
"We believe there is still much more to do in terms of the
Palestinian obligations to prevent further violence and terrorism
in the area and we believe it is crucial that they will take these
measures and they will take these steps in terms of fighting
terrorism if we want to see further progress in the peace process."
Israelis Arrest U.S. Construction Manager
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Two Palestinians and an American have been arrested in the
Israeli-controlled part of Hebron, after a confrontation involving
Israeli settlers, a Palestinian construction crew and Israeli
In Hebron, Palestinian workers were renovating one of the main
roads in front of an Israeli settler compound, when settlers
tried to block their path and threw stones at them. The manager of
the US funded project, David Moorhead, told reporters one settler
also fired an air rifle, breaking a window on the cab of a power
shovel, while police did nothing to stop them. He said it was the
sixth time this has happened.
The Palestinian driver of the shovel was arrested for allegedly
throwing pieces of broken glass at the settlers. A police
spokeswoman says Moorhead was arrested for allegedly cursing
police and interfering with their duties. Police were also seeking
the settlers who allegedly threw stones.
The construction is part of a project to reopen the street to
Palestinian traffic for the first time in nearly four years. It
is part of the Israeli-Palestinian agreement on Hebron, but
Israeli settlers in the town oppose it, saying plans to reopen
the street to Palestinians would endanger them.
Meanwhile, Israel arrested seven Palestinian brothers in a village
near Bethlehem for allegedly making timers for explosive devices.
The brothers operated a refrigerator repair shop. Last month,
Israel discovered what it says was a bomb factory in another
village in the Bethlehem area. Officials say the brothers were
not connected to the Jerusalem market suicide bombing a month ago.
Female Soldier Thrown Off Egged Bus in Gaza
By IINS News Service
The IDF is investigating an incident in which an Egged bus
driver threw an IDF female lieutenant of this bus in the Gaza area
because she was short NIS 8.
The officer boarded the bus in Gaza. After several minutes, she
realized she had forgotten her wallet. He friend had NIS 10 which
she took but was still short NIS 8. The driver told her to get off
the bus immediately, in the Gaza area, contrary to IDF regulations.
Although armed with her IDF-issued weapon, IDF soldiers are
prohibited from hitchhiking in the Gaza area.
Despite obvious safety hazards, the driver threw her off the bus.
She stood on the side of the road for 30 minutes until she got a
ride with someone else.
The officer also told the driver that at her destination, there is
an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) next to the bus stop and she
would immediately take out the money and pay the NIS 8 upon her
arrival. He refused to accommodate her.
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