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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
June 27, 1995, V3, #117
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Ancient Rabbi Started Life as a Gladiator
Reish Lakish, a famous rabbi in Tiberias in the third century of
the Common Era, started life as a gladiator in a Roman theater in
the Land of Israel, according to a doctoral thesis just completed by
Dr. Ze'ev Weiss of the Hebrew University"s Archeology Institute.
He writes that public theaters and arenas were numerous in those
days and the Jewish population under the Romans were both
spectators and participants. The Tiberias theater is being
excavated. A carving on a Jewish tombstone in Beit She'arim shows
gladiators in combat, with tridents and nets.
Assassination Attempt Against Egypt's Mubarak
By Laurie Kassman and Kim Reid (Cairo)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has returned to Cairo after
escaping an assassination attempt in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Unidentified gunmen fired at his motorcade just outside the
airport as he was heading to the Organization of African Unity
summit. He immediately left the Ethiopian capital and returned
home. In Cairo, suspicion is falling on Islamic radicals.
Mubarak described the attack: "I cannot tell you exactly what
nationality, but they do not look like (they are of) Ethiopian
descent. There were about five or six -- some of them were on the
roof of one of the houses. The others were coming in the streets.
Just after I left the airport, suddenly I found a blue
van...Looking the -- and somebody just ran from the ground, and
machine guns started. For me it was shocking -- What's that? Then
I realized there were bullets coming through our car -- It is an
armored car. So I was not afraid at all that anything could come
Mubarak was unhurt, but the PLO ambassador from the nearby
Palestinian Embassy was shot in the leg. Ethiopian and Egyptian
troops guarding his motorcade killed at least three of the gunmen.
The 67-year-old president said the attack will have no affect
on democracy in Egypt. There have often been tight security
crackdowns in Egypt after past attacks on government officials.
The president would not speculate about who carried out the
attack. When pressed he acknowledged Egypt has had trouble with
Sudan, a country Mubarak has often accused of exporting terrorism.
One anonymous caller to a Cairo news agency welcomed the attack
and said next time they will finish the job. The caller identified
himself as member of an offshoot of the Islamic Jihad, which
assassinated Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in 1981. Arab leaders
messaged their support.
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres seconded Mubarak's call to
fight terrorism on all fronts. "There are a people, a group of
people who believe that by killing you can solve problems. And
they are extremely dangerous -- more and more so in more and more
places around the world. I think we have to take this danger
seriously internationally and try to bring an end to it."
For now, Mubarak thanked God he is safe, sound and fine, though he
told reporters it may be a long while before he takes another trip
Mubarak's hardline policy against Islamic radicals in Egypt has
fueled speculation that they were behind the attack in Addis Ababa.
Three Islamic militants were executed last year for plotting to
murder the Egyptian leader at an air force base in northern Egypt.
There was another terrorist plot reported against Mubarak during a
planned 1993 trip to the United States.
Hamas Officials Arrested in Gaza
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
The Palestinian Autonomy Authority has arrested several top
officials of the militant group Hamas and dozens of their
followers. The arrests follow a suicide bombing near an Israeli
settlement in Gaza on Sunday.
A senior Palestinian official says Hamas leaders broke a commitment
not to carry out any attacks against Israelis inside the
autonomous territory of Gaza. The official, Nabil Shaath, told
reporters in Gaza the Authority had to respond, particularly
because it is involved in intensive talks with the Israelis aimed
at reaching agreement by Saturday on the expansion of Palestinian
"Unfortunately, the Hamas leaders have broken their commitments to
us. They committed themselves a long time ago to stop all
activities in Gaza or out of Gaza and we were trying to extend that
to cover the whole field. We really saw it no more than an
attack on our ability to achieve for our people an extension of
this peace process in the proper direction. And therefore,
the leaders of Hamas have to, I think, receive a very clear message
that this is something we will not tolerate."
Sunday's attack killed only the suicide bomber. Three Israeli
soldiers nearby were slightly injured. Early reports said it had
been carried out by the Islamic Jihad organization, but members
of the bomber's family later confirmed he was affiliated with
The militant groups had been reported to be talking with the
Autonomy Authority about arranging a long-term cease-fire and
participation by the militants in Palestinian elections, expected
before the end of the year. There was a report just before
Sunday's bombing that an Islamic leader in Sudan had invited the
Authority and the militant organizations to Khartoum to try to work
out a permanent agreement.
Israel says the Palestinian Authority's efforts to control violence
against Israelis will continue to be a key factor in its
willingness to expand the autonomous territory. But Foreign
Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Monday that Sunday's bombing
and a series of violent demonstrations in the West Bank during
the last few days will not derail the current talks as July 1
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