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>PD OCT. 6, 1994 V2,#182
Tourists Attacked By Terrorists in West Bank
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
A Palestinian man was killed and four foreign tourists have been
injured in separate incidents in the Israeli-occupied part of the
The four tourists were injured when a terrorist threw a hand
grenade at their bus near a church (the Church of Lazarus) in the
town of Bethany just outside Jerusalem.
Two of the tourists were treated at the scene and two others -- an
Italian and a Spaniard -- were taken to a nearby Israeli hospital.
All the injuries were reported to be minor. The assailant escaped.
At about the same time in Hebron, about 18 miles to the south,
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man they said tried
to stab one of them. Palestinians say the shooting was not
provoked. It set off a series of demonstrations throughout the
city, and Israel imposed an immediate curfew. It was the second
such incident in Hebron in less than a week.
Such days, with two violent incidents, were commonplace during the
anti-occupation uprising called the intifada, between 1987 and
1993. But violence has been reduced considerably since Israel and
the Palestinians signed their peace accord a year ago. Still,
extremists who oppose the agreement continue to strike whenever
they can, in spite of both Israeli and Palestinian efforts to stop
Palestinian Police Complete Training
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
While negotiators in Cairo discuss the details of expanding
Palestinian autonomy in territory occupied by Israel, Palestinian
police are preparing to be deployed soon outside the current, small
autonomy areas. But Israeli authorities have not yet agreed to
the plan, and continuing sporadic violence is complicating the
The first 150 Palestinian police officers from outside Gaza and
Jericho completed their training on Monday, and the mayor of
Nablus, the largest city in the West Bank, wants to put them to
work. But Israeli authorities still are considering the mayor's
request, and for now, the police are still waiting.
Meanwhile, continuing sporadic violence in the occupied territories
is making the Israeli decision more difficult. The spokeswoman for
the Israeli authority in the West Bank says the request to deploy
Palestinian police in Nablus is being considered, and the details
of their duties are being discussed with the mayor. But she says
they would not have the same type of security function that
Palestinian police have in the autonomous areas. That will come
only later, when Palestinian autonomy is expanded to include Nablus
and other parts of the West Bank -- perhaps in a few months.
Until then, the spokeswoman says, these officers would not be
armed, would not wear military-style uniforms and would have
authority only over such things as traffic control, parking,
street peddlers and other civil affairs. She says a similar
arrangement has been in place for some time in another West Bank
town (Tulkarm), modeled after what are called municipal
inspectors in Jordan.
The Israeli spokeswoman also denied news reports that Palestinian
police will be deployed in Nablus as early as Saturday. She says
the proposal likely will be approved, but not in the next few
days. And she says the mayor of Nablus has promised the Israeli
military governor that the police will not be deployed until
permission is granted.
Nablus was a center for the anti-occupation uprising known as the
intifada, between 1987 and 1993. The violence was reduced
considerably following the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian
peace accord a year ago. But extremist groups which oppose the
agreement continue to strike whenever they can, in spite of both
Israeli and Palestinian efforts to stop them. Nablus was the
site of a series of incidents in July.
Both Israeli and Palestinian leaders say they will not allow
the continuing violence to stop the peace process. But Israeli
leaders are under intense domestic pressure not to take any
step which could make it easier for terrorists to strike at
Jewish targets. Expanding Palestinian autonomy to all of the
West Bank would leave many Jewish settlements surrounded and
would put large Israeli population centers, including Tel Aviv,
within a few minutes' drive of the Palestinian zone.
U.S. May Send Troops to Golan Heights
By Victor Beattie (Washington)
A senior State Department official says the United States would
consider contributing troops to an international force to monitor
an Israeli-Syrian peace settlement. Assistant Secretary of State
Robert Pelleatreau's comments were made as Israel's foreign
minister called on Syria's president to compromise on the future of
the Golan Heights.
Pelletreau says such an international force on the Golan Heights
would be similar to that established in the Sinai to monitor the
Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. Pelletreau -- who testified at a
Tuesday congressional hearing -- says he expects such a request
might be part of an overall peace package.
Pelletreau says there is a good opportunity for peace between
Israel and Syria. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres agrees,
saying the move toward a peace treaty with Jordan should provide
momentum in Israeli negotiations with Syria. Peres acknowledges the
talks now are stalemated and suggests President Hafez al-Assad
might have a reason for his unwillingness to compromise: "Maybe
President Assad thinks, by keeping his position, he will start the
negotiation by getting the maximum price."
The price being sought by Syria is total Israeli withdrawal from
the Golan Heights and a dismantling of all Jewish settlements
there. The foreign minister says, without compromise, there will
be no peace.
Toronto JCC Is Casualty Of Recession
In yet another sign of the prolonged recession rocking Canada and
its Jewish community along with it, the Jewish Community Center of
Toronto has gone bust.
On Aug. 25, the JCC filed notice of its intention to submit a
proposal to creditors under the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency
Act. The proposal must be submitted within 30 days.
In the boom years of the 1980s, the JCC-- which consists of a main
campus on Bathurst Street, the central artery of Toronto's 160,000
strong community, as well as a downtown building and a suburban
branch-- underwent an extensive renovation and expansion program.
But as the economy soured, pledges became uncollectible. JCC
management began taking capital out of foundation funds and other
monies to cover operating costs.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, which funded some
programs at the JCC but was independent of it, has assumed
responsibility for $5 million (Canadian) of the JCC's debts.
The federation's largest creditor is the Bank of Montreal, which is
owed $9.7 million. The Honeywell Corp., a manufacturer of
computers, has a $1.1 million lien on the JCC for an energy
conservation system it installed. And 29 creditors, many of them
small, Jewish-owned businesses, are owed $1.2 million.
The JCC's total indebtedness is put at between $13 million to $17
million, said Morris Zbar, the associate director of the Toronto
The federation will appoint a seven-person board of directors to
replace the officers of the near bankrupt community center in order
to run the JCC in the interim.
Under a reorganization plan, the three branches of the JCC are to
become independent. The downtown building will assume $3 million of
the debt, while the suburban branch is to raise $1 million. More
painful adjustments include cancellation of the 1994- 1995 season
of the Leah Posluns Theater at the Bathurst Street campus, which
had hundreds of subscribers.
The JCC's popular dance and theater school classes were also
canceled, and the Institute of Jewish Learning, an adult- education
program, was closed.
In addition, 26 full-time and six part-time JCC staff have been let
go, including the director, Paul Brownstein. The dismissed staff
members, who had received no advance notice or compensation, are
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