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January 04, 1985 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-01-04

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Friday, January 4, 1985

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Hebron (JTA) — Hebron was in
mourning Sunday for its former
mayor, Fahed KawAme, a
member of the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization's executive
committee, who was gunned down
in Amman, Jordan the day before.
The assassins, not apprehended,
are believed to be PLO dissidents
opposed to Yassir Arafat.
Kawasme, 45, was the highest
ranking PLO official to be mur-
dered since the PLO split into two
warring factions in 1983. He had
been the head of the PLO's de-
partment in charge of affairs in
Israel-occupied territory.
Kawasme was deposed by the
Israeli authorities in May 1980,
following the ambush slaying of
six yeshiva students in Hebron.
He and Mayor Mohammed
Milhem of nearby Halhoul, re-
moved from office at the same
time, were deported to Lebanon
by the Israelis on grounds that
they were PLO agitators who set
the stage for the slayings.
The two men subsequently
travelled widely abroad seeking
support for the Palestinian cause
and denouncing the Israeli occu-
pation of the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. They eventually moved to
Jordan. The Israeli authorities
firmly refused repeated requests
from their families and from some
leftwing Israelis to allow either of
them to return to the West Bank.

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Nevertheless, Israeli attitudes
toward kawasme varied sharply
across the political spectrum. The
Hawks, most conspicuously the
militant Gush Emunim whose
stronghold is Kiryat Arba over-
looking Hebron were delighted
that Kawasme was deported.
More centrist elementsein Israel
admitted, in reactions to his
death, that kawasme was, in
terms of the PLO, a moderate in
his political views. Spokesmen on
Israel's political left hailed
Kawasme as a voice of moderate
Palestinians who seek a Palesti-
nian state to exist in peace
alongside Israel, not to replace it.
One Israeli leftist observed
Sunday that Kawasme was de-
ported by the Israelis because he
was too extreme for their taste
and was murdered by Palesti-
nians who thought him too mod-
erate.
Mustaphe Abd A-Nabi Natshe,
who succeeded Kawasme as
mayor of Hebron, only to be him-
self deposed by the Israelis, said
that he agreed with Yassir
Arafat's allegation that the Sy-
rians and their collaborators in
the PLO were responsible for the
assassination.
As hundreds of West Bank resi-
dents came to Hebron to pay con-
dolences to the Kawasme family
at the Park Hotel which they own,
Rabbi Meir Kahane, leader of the

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