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April 08, 1988 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-04-08

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A War By Other Means

The Palestinians try to wean themselves, and Israel tries to make its case


Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Israeli authorities
and Palestinian activists are now
engaged in a sophisticated, subtle cat-
and-mouse game as the "intifada"-
the uprising—enters its 16th week
and appears set on a dangerous, new
The objective of the "Unified Na-
tional Leadership of the Uprising,"
which is directing the intifada from
the shadows, is to wean the 1.4
million Arab residents of the occupied
territories away from their ad-
ministrative and economic
dependence on Israel.
T1-1-%;1- goal, expressed through a
series of leaflets which provide the
Palestinians in Gaza and the West
Bank with a schedule of protests and
demonstrations, now includes a cam
paign of mass civil disobedience.
The campaign, designed to com-
plement the ongoing commercial
strikes and violent confrontations
with the Israeli Army, is enforced by
telephone threats and the ruthless
punishment of "traitors" and

"collaborators." And there is no doubt
that this campaign of civil disobe-
dience is serious, well-planned and
very much underway.
Arab lawyers, for example, have
been instructed to stop representing
clients in Israeli courts, civil or
Most Arab policemen in the oc-
cupied territories have obeyed orders
to resign, as have the Arab tax collec-
tors employed by the Israeli civil ad-
ministration in Gaza.
Some of the policemen privately

expressed reservations about aban-
doning their jobs and leaving their
towns and villages unprotected, but
they confessed that they were more
concerned about the consequences of
defiance physical reprisals against
themselves and their families.
There is now mounting pressure
on the remaining 17,000 Palestinian
employees of the Israeli civil ad-
ministration in the territories to
In addition, local businessmen are
Continued on Page 18

APRIL 8, 1988 / 21 NISAN 5748


Shultz Shuttle Seeks



With Secretary of State George
Shultz in the Mideast to urge an en-
dorsement for his peace initiative and
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir looking for polite ways to say
"no," observers feel that, if pressed,
Shamir may announce that only new

elections could break the deadlock
within the divided cabinet. Curious-
ly, such a move might be beneficial to
both Shamir and Shultz, at least in
the short term.
A call for early elections, now
scheduled for November, would help
Shamir stall in his response to the
Continued on Page 22

Hillel is more than lunch for Robert
Margolis . . . Page 79


Sam and Ofra Fisher
are the innovators
behind two
local agencies

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