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>JN Jan. 22. 1998, Vol. 6, No. 112
Human Rights Group: PLO is "police state"
A leading Palestinian human rights group, accusing the
Palestinian Authority of acting like a "police state," issued a
scathing report detailing widespread human rights abuses in
Palestinian-ruled areas in 1997. The report stressed, in
Palestinian-controlled areas, "more and more Palestinians are
engaged in the important work of arresting, torturing, and
occasionally killing each other."
Arafat to Meet Clinton at White House
By Deborah Tate (VOA-White House)
President Clinton meets with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat at the
White House Thursday to discuss ways to move the Middle East peace
process forward. The talks come two days after the president met
with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
White House spokesman Mike McCurry says Clinton and Arafat will
discuss proposals on Israeli troop withdrawals from the West Bank
that the president offered Netanyahu Tuesday.
Although few details have been released, US and Israeli officials
say Clinton offered ideas about how much land to turn over to the
Palestinian Authority on the West Bank, and in what sequence. In
addition, the officials say, the president talked about specific
security guarantees Israel could expect in return from the
A day after his meeting with Clinton, Netanyahu, in a speech at the
National Press Club, reiterated Israel's willingness to redeploy if
his country's security concerns are addressed.
"I am prepared to make a redeployment, I am prepared to take
actions which are not easy, I am not prepared to put Israel at
risk, and to jeopardize the survival of the one Jewish state. I
think within these limitations, it is possible to make progress, I
think we made some progress, there is more work to be done, it will
probably be done in the next two weeks."
Netanyahu wants the Palestinians to do more to fight terrorism.
White House officials are downplaying any chances of an agreement
resulting from the president's talks with Netanyahu and Arafat.
Rather, they say, the meetings are aimed at setting the stage for
The Gulf War Death Toll Reached 119
By IINS News Service
According to a Hebrew University School for Public Health study,
119 persons died as a result of the 1991 Gulf War. The study
reported many of the deaths caused during the emergency situation
could have been avoided.
The report suggests that if such a situation were to arise again,
some improvements need to be made. Some of the suggestions are;
Friendlier gas masks; coats to protect one's body; improved
evacuation protocols for large cities; and protective gear against
The study indicates that only two of the 119 deaths resulted in
direct hits from Scud missiles. The other deaths were attributed to
heart attacks and suffocation [from improper use of gas masks].
33 persons, most of whom were older than 60, died the first night
of the war. The deaths resulted from improper use of gas masks,
heart failure, and difficulty breathing.
Many deaths could have been prevented had better steps to prepare
the public have been taken prior to the start of the war.
The researchers want to see additional steps taken to deal with
topical skin insults caused by various toxins and/or biological
Jilted Wife Reveals Secret Agent Husband
By IINS News Service
The Chicago-based EmergencyNet News Agency reported a jilted wife
has outsmarted the Australian Security Intelligence Organization's
spy-protection program by revealing to Syrian authorities that her
estranged Israeli-agent husband, is now living in Adelaide,
Australia, under a different name.
Monica Monzer said Sunday she alerted Middle East authorities as to
her husband's whereabouts. Her husband, K. Monzer, supplied
intelligence secrets to the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad,
for several years before entering the ASIO's protection program for
Monica Monzer said, "I did it because I feel safer that they know
(the Syrians). I'll probably get in trouble but it's safer for me."
She said that after telephoning an Australian federal office, she
was able to bluff a public servant into revealing his new identity.
"I asked for whoever was in charge and, because I was mentioning
all the names of the bosses, she thought I was somebody of
Her sudden urge to disclose her husband's secrets comes shortly
after a two-year battle with ASIO for compensation over her failed
marriage. She says that once he became part of ASIO's protection
program, their marriage broke down. "I'm not asking for much money
-- just to compensate me for the wedding and my loss of earnings.
They wouldn't even pay me for counseling."
Mr. Monzer's current employer said that he knows of his employee's
history and expressed grave concern about Ms. Monzer's claim she
had contacted Syrian authorities. "Those bastards are half-mad and
you know something might be all right for six months. But they are
hot on revenge those people."
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