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June 30, 1989 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-06-30

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to hospitals, where they are
liable to be identified and de-
tained by Israeli officials.
Popular courts, with judges
appointed by the Unified
Leadership of the Uprising,
have been set up to try cases
involving "ethics, family
feuds and security-related of-
fenses," as well as civil mat-
ters, such as the non-payment
of rent by tenants.
The most ominous of the
new national organizations,
however, is the Palestine
Popular Army, which was
created on the instructions of
the PLO late last year.
Detailed orders have been
received from the PLO head-
quarters in Tunis regarding
the division of towns, villages
and refugee camps into local
military commands, while
uniforms, similar to those us-
ed by the Israeli Army but
bearing Palestinian insignia,
are made by women at secret
locations throughout the
West Bank for the men who
are recruited.
The Popular Army, which is
integrated into the intifada
and under the command of
the Unified Leadership of the
Uprising, is intended to per-
form special actions —
against Israeli military
targets, against Palestinian
strike-breakers and against
those suspected of col-
laborating with the Israeli
authorities. Its members are
also charged with enforcing
rulings of the Popular Courts.
The development of these
Palestinian institutions
reduces Palestinian
dependence on the Israeli
authorities and serves to
enhance the Palestinian
sense of nationhood.
At the same time, it has ir-
revocably eroded what little
Jordanian influence remain-
ed in the territories — and, in-
cidentally, what little
residual hope Israel's Labor
Party politicians might have
entertained of exercising the
"Jordanian Option" by strik-
ing a deal with King Hussein.
A complicating factor for
Israeli security forces in at-
tempting deal with the
burgeoning national institu-
tions is that most of them
have their headquarters in
the predominantly Arab sec-
tor of East Jerusalem.
Unlike the West Bank and
Gaza Strip, which are under

Israeli military rule and are
not formally part of Israel,
East Jerusalem has been an-
nexed to Israel, and organiza-
tions in the city are entitled
to the full protection of Israeli
civil law.
While not denigrating the
effects of the uprising and the
diplomatic gains of the PLO,
security sources believe that
the long-term implications of
these recent political
developments are far more
significant than the ongoing
daily clashes between Israelis
and Palestinians, which con-
tinue to concentrate the at-
tention of the international
media and Israel's security
forces. 1E1


Rare Mosaic
Is Stolen

Jerusalem (JTA) — A rare
mosaic floor was stolen last
week from an archaeological
excavation site at Beit She'an,
in northern Israel.
The mosaic, dating from the
Roman Byzantine period,
measures 5 feet square and
shows the Roman goddess
Tika with a crown on her
head and holding a horn of
plenty in her hand. Experts
have said that the mosaic is
one of the most impressive
finds at the Beit She'an
Archaeologist Giora Soler of
the Education Ministry's an-
tiquities section said the theft
was planned by professional
antiquities thieves.
"The thieves removed the
goddess from the rest of the
mosaic in a most professional
way, and probably without
damaging the mosaic," Soler
Soler said the value of the
stolen mosaic cannot be
estimated, "since it's one of a
kind in Israel and abroad."
He said that a similar theft
occurred in Israel several
years ago and that it is quite
common in Turkey and
Gabi Mozer, manager of the
Beit She'an dig, said that
there is no possibility of sell-
ing the mosaic in Israel. He
said all seaports and airports
have been notified to prevent
the smuggling of the rare ar-
tifact out of the country.

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