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>JN Dec. 10, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 225
Nation of Islam Leader Farrakhan Arrives in Baghdad
Louis Farrakhan arrived in Iraq Tuesday at the start of a visit
which may include a meeting with President Saddam Hussein.
Farrakhan arrived in Baghdad from Jordan on board a bus with an
entourage of about 50 people. He came by road because of the U.N.
sanctions which prevent international flights. The Nation of Islam
leader was silent in the face of reporters' questions. He just
uttered the word "Peace" when asked about the purpose of his visit.
Palestinians Mark Intifada's 10th Anniversary
On the 10th anniversary of their uprising, or intifada,
Palestinians voiced bitterness Tuesday that independence still
seems like a distant dream. "What we have achieved compared to what
we aspired for is far less than the minimum we expected and it does
not meet our aspirations," said Diab al-Loh, a leading figure in
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction.
The intifada began Dec. 9, 1987. A road collision that Palestinians
blamed on an Israeli truck driver who killed four Gazans, triggered
clashes that spread throughout the lands occupied by Israel in the
1967 Middle East war.
PA to Include Jerusalem in Population Census
By IINS News Service and Arutz-7 News Service
The Palestinian Authority began its official census of all of
Judea, Samaria and Gaza yesterday -- the 10th anniversary of the
outbreak of the intifada. The census will take place also in areas
under exclusive Israeli control; this will not be in violation of
the Oslo accords, which stipulate that the PA is responsible for
population and statistics matters. Israel fears that well over
30,00 Arabs living illegally in the territories, who came on
limited-duration visitors' permits and have remained past the
expiration dates, will be counted in the census, and thus the
official population of the PA will grow accordingly.
Despite contradictory reports, the PLO Authority now says it will
include Arab residents in eastern areas of Jerusalem in its first
population census.It was reported earlier that PA census officials
stated they preferred not to go head-to-head with Israel and
decided it would exclude Jerusalem residents, due to strong Israeli
Upon hearing of the PA's intentions to move ahead with the census,
Minister of Internal Security Avigdor Kahalani instructed the
Jerusalem District Police commander superintendent to take the
necessary steps to prevent the census being carried out in the
sovereign territory of the State of Israel.
Arutz-7 reports many east Jerusalem Arab residents are afraid to
lose their Israeli identity cards, which provides them with
national health insurance, medical insurance, and personal safety.
They are aware that Arabs with Israeli (blue) identity cards who
are kidnapped by Palestinian security services are "rescued" by
Israel, while orange-card (PA) Arabs are considered under PA
In any event, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed
Kahalani to ensure that the PA does not conduct a census in
Jerusalem, thus violating Israeli sovereignty. The PA is in fact
taking a low profile on the matter.
PLO State to be Declared in May 1999
The Palestinian Authority would declare an independent state in
May 1999, irrespective of the state of bilateral negotiations at
that stage, the chief aide to Yasir Arafat, Ahmed Tibi, told
Israel's Channel One.
Asked when the PA planned to establish a state, Tibi replied: "A
Palestinian state will be established the day after the interim
agreements are finalized, namely, in May 1999, regardless of the
results of the negotiations."
Tibi said as far as the Palestinians were concerned, Israeli-PA
negotiations should result in the establishment of a Palestinian
state. "This should undoubtedly be agreed upon by both sides. If
the Israeli Government continues procrastinating, however, as it
has done in the last year and a half."
Asked by the interviewer whether this was not a declaration of war,
Tibi denied this, saying "the fulfillment of the Palestinian
people's national aspirations is a declaration of stability".
Knesset Calls for Pollard to Be Pardoned
By IINS News Service
After serving 12-years in maximum-security facilities for spying
for Israel, Jonathan Pollard has now succeeded in unifying the
Knesset, which made a public appeal for his release.
Deputy Defense Minister Silvan Shalom said that too little was done
on Pollard's behalf over the past 12-years, and behind the scenes
efforts did not bear any fruit. Now, Silvan stated, the time was
right to speak openly and call for US authorities to issue a pardon
Minister of Absorption Yuli Edelshtein, who was the first minister
to ever visit Pollard, stated he was hopeful that Pollard would
join him in celebrating Israel's 50th anniversary. Since Edelshtein
visited Pollard recently in his South Carolina prison cell, it
appears to have opened the doors to others to do the same. Next
week, Communications Minister Limor Livnat is planning to visit
with Pollard during her trip to the US.
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