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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Aug. 9, 1995, V3, #144
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Israeli Charged in Espionage Case

The espionage trial resumed today of Hertzel Rad, a 31-year-old cloth merchant from Jerusalem suspected of spying for Libya. Rad was detained three months ago. Security sources say he was interrogated by the General Security Service and confessed to part of the accusations against him.

Settlers Block Israeli Traffic

By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)

Thousands of Israelis opposed to Israel's peace moves with the PLO have blocked traffic at dozens of intersections across Israel. The mass protests took place as Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat were meeting to try to end differences blocking an agreement.

The protest actions were well-coordinated, and they snarled traffic at main intersections across the country and in the West Bank. Hundreds of protesters were arrested, but police and border police seemed unable to cope with the thousands of demonstrators who burned tires and blocked roads.

The action was a continuation of last week's demonstrations by Jewish settlers who made unauthorized camps on hills in the West Bank, and were later dragged off by security forces.

Tuesday's protests were organized by a settlers group called "This is Our Land," which vowed to prevent the planned Israeli troop withdrawal from West Bank Arab cities. The redeployment is called for under the Israeli - PLO agreement, but its implementation still is being negotiated.

Israel Asks for Hamas Terrorist's Extradition

By Edie Smith (New York)

Musa abu Marzuq, the political head of the militant Islamic organization Hamas, detained last month by US Immigration officials, was arrested in New York Tuesday at the request of the Israeli government.

Abu Marzuq was brought before an American judge shortly after he was arrested. He was arrested under the US-Israeli extradition treaty. In the complaint document filed in court, the Israelis say abu Marzuq, as political head of Hamas, financed and supervised terrorist activities against soldiers and civilians in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. The complaint says that at least 79 civilians and 40 security personnel have been killed by Hamas in the past five-and-one-half years. The Israeli government now has 60 days to file a formal extradition request. The judge set Oct. 17 for the next hearing in the case.

The lawyers for the Palestinian, who denies being a terrorist, say the proceedings to extradite him to Israel could go on for more than a year, but they predict the extradition effort will not be successful. They say abu Marzuq has not committed any crime under US laws. The lawyers also predict the Israeli officials will be unable to produce the witnesses needed to try to prove their case. The complaint document quotes at length a member of Hamas now in jail in Israel.

Abu Marzuq, who has lived in the US for 14 years, was originally detained in New York last month as he returned from a trip to the United Arab Emirates. He was identified as being on a watch list of suspected terrorists.

Arafat-Peres Work Toward Israeli Withdrawal

By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)

PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres held a second round of talks Tuesday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Taba -- after a five-hour meeting Monday night. They are trying to remove remaining stumbling blocks to an agreement on expanding Palestinian autonomy in the West Bank. The two men have already dealt with the timing of an Israeli troop withdrawal in the West Bank, but other key issues remain unresolved.

Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Korei told reporters in Taba that Arafat and Peres have agreed on a timetable for the pullout of Israeli troops from Palestinian towns in the West Bank. Palestinians have argued to get Israeli troops out of the population centers before Palestinian elections are held. The date for that vote still has to be set. Korei says the two sides agree that the redeployment will be carried out in stages of six months rather than three.

Israeli soldiers would be expected to withdraw from four West Bank towns -- Nablus, Jenin, Qalqiliya and Tulkarem -- before the election. Bethlehem and Ramallah may well be added to the list after special security arrangements are made to protect access to Jewish settlements in the area.

During the six months after elections, Israeli soldiers would also leave villages around the six cities and begin giving up control of nearby rural areas and West Bank roads.

The situation in Hebron -- where 450 Jews live among 80.000 Palestinians -- still remains to be resolved.

While negotiators work on the details, Jewish settlers on the West Bank have been protesting almost daily against giving up any land to the Palestinians.

Arafat and Peres still have to deal with the thorny issue of water rights and the rules and a date for Palestinian elections.

Pressure is mounting to finish the autonomy agreement so elections can take place before the end of the year. The vote was supposed to be held a year ago. The negotiators already missed two self-imposed deadlines last month.

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