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>JN Dec. 4, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 222
Arafat Favors Saddam Hussein
By Arutz-7 News Service
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat sent a letter of support this week to
Saddam Hussein, in which he emphasizes the Palestinian people's
support of the Iraqi nation against the Americans. The Palestinian
minister of public works, who also serves as coordinator of the
PA's relations with Iraq, returned to Gaza Tuesday after a few days
visiting in Iraq, where he delivered the letter. A large Palestine
Authority-organized rally of support for Iraq was held in Hebron
this past Sunday.
Strikers Ordered Back to Work
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem) & IINS News Service
The Histadrut declared a general nationwide strike Wednesday, but
were ordered back to work. The reported reason for the strike was
a protest against remarks made by Finance Minister Yaakov Ne'eman
Monday likening the striking workers to "exploding bombs."
An Israeli court has ordered most of the country's 700,000 striking
public sector workers back to work. But the workers' union says it
is not sure if it will follow the order.
The workers had threatened to stay home until the government
promises to abide by existing agreements, but the court ordered to
workers back to their jobs immediately. The workers are angry about
the Finance Ministry's plans to privatize many industries and to
limit pension benefits as part of a spending-cut program.
Many workers said that they did not want to strike, but the
official workers' unions pressured them in various ways. Sectors
on strike included: government offices; Ben- Gurion International
Airport, El Al, foreign airlines; sea ports; the administrative
staff of Kupat Holim Clalit health insurance; hospital nurses;
local authorities; the electric company; the Bank of Israel, banks,
and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange; the religious councils; Bezeq
phone company; the Mekorot water company; Israel Railways. Egged
and Dan bus services running on a partial basis; Israel Aircraft
Industries, military industries, Nuclear Research Center, oil
refineries; and the postal service.
Albright Plans to Meet Netanyahu and Arafat
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-State Department)
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is holding talks in Europe at
the end of the week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. She will be looking to expand
the Israeli offer to the Palestinians on troop redeployment.
The State Department says the Israeli offer to withdraw troops from
the West Bank is too low, and the Palestinian expectation about how
much is possible is too high. At the same time, the State
Department is not willing to say what kind of withdrawal the
United States regards as "significant and credible."
State Department spokesman James Rubin says Albright will try to
narrow the differences when she meets the leaders, Netanyahu in
Paris Friday, and Arafat Saturday in Geneva.
Model and Hairdresser Found Dead
By IINS News Service
Hairdresser David Afuta and nationally known fashion model Anat
Elimelech were found dead Tuesday in their apartment in Jerusalem.
Afuta, 32, was found dead with two bullet wounds to his chest from
a .45 caliber pistol found on the scene. Elimelech, 23, was found
with one gunshot wound to her chest. Police have stated that
although it appears to have been a suicide/murder, it is too early
to make a definitive call.
Earlier in the day, Afuta called his parents to tell them to come
over because things were getting out of hand. They arrived too
late, and entered the apartment via the roof, only to find the
celebrity couple dead on the floor.
Afuta was the haircutter of the prime minister and his wife, Sara,
and had groomed the first couple as recently as two weeks ago.
According to friends and neighbors, the lovers, who have been
living together for six years, had recently been going through a
most difficult period.
Concessions to Farrakhan
By IINS News Service
Despite statements made earlier this week that Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan was not welcome in Israel, it has already
been stated that if the known anti-Semite tries to visit, he
will not be barred.
The Foreign Ministry decided however, that no head-of-state would
meet with him unless he would issue formal apologies over his
anti-Semitic rhetoric and denial of the Holocaust.
Farrakhan's staff has already notified Israeli diplomatic officials
abroad of his intentions to visit Israel in January.
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