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>JN Nov. 15, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 190
Eleven Israelis in U.S. Denied Bail
Eleven Israelis who were working illegally in Ohio have been denied
bail. They are among the many illegal foreigners that were
incarcerated by law-enforcement officials following the Sept.11
World Trade Center attack.
Consular officials indicate as many as tens of Israelis are being
held in jails in the U.S. on visa violations, with some having
remained after their visas expired while others were working with
a tourist visa that did not permit them to be employed in the U.S.
Israeli Minister: Arab Lawmakers are Palestinian Agents
By VOA News
Israel Public Security Minister Uzi Landau touched off an uproar in
the Israeli parliament Wednesday when he accused several Arab
legislators of being "agents" of the Palestinian Authority.
An angry altercation resulted in the ejection of five deputies -
four Arabs and a Jew - from the session.
Landau's remark came in a discussion of a bill on prisoner rights
proposed by Arab legislator Hashem Mahameed of the Ra'am party.
He charged that some Arab legislators were collaborating with the
Palestinian Authority against Israel. He went on to accuse some
Arab members of parliament of traveling to Syria and the
Palestinian Authority to meet with terrorists.
Arab deputies shouted at Landau to retract his claim, and four of
them were dismissed from the session. They continued shouting from
outside the chamber. A Jewish member of parliament who almost got
in a fistfight with one of the Arab deputies was also thrown out of
the session. Of 120 members of Israeli parliament, 11 are Arabs.
Palestinian Official in Jerusalem Advocates End of Violence
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinians' new top official in Jerusalem is advocating an
end to violence and significant concessions to Israel if peace
negotiations resume. Sari Nusseibeh was recently appointed by
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat as the political commissioner for
Jerusalem affairs. The Palestinian official's positions on the
peace process are already stirring controversy.
Nusseibeh is known for consistently holding pragmatic and moderate
views on the peace process with Israel, and his new position has
given him a powerful platform to express his message of compromise.
Nusseibeh says more than 13 months of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed
prove that violence does not work for either side. "Violence leads
nowhere," he said. "When I say violence leads nowhere I mean that
neither the Israelis, by their use of violence against the
Palestinians, will they be able to impose their will on the
Palestinians. Nor conversely will the Palestinians, by their use of
violence or force against Israelis, will they be able to impose
their will on Israelis.
"Violence does not help. Violence breeds more violence, force only
force. Given the fact that the use of force only will generate more
force it is only rational to look for another path. The path to
look for is negotiation and discussion and talking and dialog."
Nusseibeh is more than a Palestinian politician. He was educated
at Harvard and Oxford and is president of Al-Quds University, the
largest Palestinian institute for higher learning in Jerusalem.
The gray-haired descendant of a prominent Palestinian family,
Nusseibeh traces his roots in Jerusalem back more than 800 years.
For five centuries, Nusseibeh's family has held the keys for the
doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which many Christians
believe marks the site of the death, burial, and resurrection of
While Nusseibeh's political views are generally viewed as
practical, his position on the right-of-return of Palestinian
refugees to their former homes inside Israel is at odds with the
policy stated for decades by Arafat.
Nusseibeh says the Palestinian Authority's insistence on the
return of millions of refugees within Israel's current borders is
what he calls a "deal breaker" that will cause negotiations to
fail. "Israel clearly will not accept - in a negotiation over a
two-state solution, will not accept - the return of over four
million refugees within its borders," said Nusseibeh.
While Nusseibeh says Palestinian refugees must give up
the right to return to land inside Israel, he says Israelis must
also understand they must evacuate Jewish settlements in the
He says 400,000 settlers must leave the West Bank, Gaza, and East
Jerusalem before a peace agreement can be reached. "I think one of
the greatest harms done to the peace process, as we know over the
past seven years, has been the continued, escalating process of
settlement, annexation, confiscation of land undertaken by Israel,"
he said. "This is true in the West Bank, but it is even more true
within East Jerusalem."
Israel reannexed East Jerusalem (which was annexed by Jordan in
1948) shortly after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East war and
claims the entire city as its capital. Most countries do not
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and have their embassies in
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