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July 22, 1994 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-07-22

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Senate Makes Proposal
On Aid To The PLO

Washington (JTA)— The Israeli
government and American Jew-
ish groups have welcomed a move
afoot in the Senate to withhold
U.S. aid to the Palestinians un-
til the Palestine Liberation Or-
ganization amends its covenant
eliminating calls for the destruc-
tion of the State of Israel.
Israeli Embassy officials here
have expressed support for the
move but cautioned that the
Palestinian National Authority
in Gaza and Jericho still needs
foreign assistance to govern ef-
fectively.
Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., was
expected to introduce an amend-
ment to the Foreign Operations
Appropriations Bill when the full
Senate debated the measure af-
ter press time on Wednesday and
Thursday of this week. Jewish
lobbyists and Capitol Hill staffers
expected no serious opposition
during the floor debate.
The measure adds teeth to ex-
isting laws that mandate PLO
compliance with peace agree-
ments with Israel in order to re-
ceive U.S. foreign aid. The
Foreign Operations Appropria-
tions Bill proposes $78 million in
aid to the PLO.
Sens. Alfonse D'Amato, R-
N.Y., Richard Shelby, D-Ala., and
Larry Craig, R-Idaho, agreed to
co-sponsor Mr. Specter's propos-
al. Mr. Specter and Mr. Shelby
are co-chairs of the Senate Peace
Accord Monitoring Group, set up
recently to monitor PLO compli-
ance with the peace accords with
Israel.
On the eve of the Senate de-
bate, intense negotiations be-
tween Mr. Specter's office and the
Senate Foreign Relations Com-
mittee had not yet resolved dis-
putes over the amendment's

language.
Among the most contentious
points of disagreement was how
long to give the PLO to amend its
covenant. Currently, the admin-
istration must certify PLO com-
pliance with the peace accords
every six months.
Mr. Specter's amendment will
grant the PLO either six months
or one year to comply with its
agreement with Israel to delete
all references in its covenant that
call for the destruction of the
State of Israel.
Mr. Specter's amendment also
removes language in the pro-
posed bill that would allow the

Currently, the
administration must
certify PLO
compliance with the
peace accords every
six months.

President to waive PLO compli-
ance regulations and dispense
funds to the organization if it is
in the best national interest.
The amendment also enables
Congress to override a presiden-
tial determination that the PLO
is in compliance if the legislative
body makes a different determi-
nation.
The amendment seeks to pre-
vent the Defense Department
from spending any money on a
Golan Heights U.S. peacekeep-
ing mission until Congress ac-
cepts a detailed report on a
potential deployment and its lim-
itations.

Two Youths Confess
To Vandalism

Geneva (JTA) — Two 11-year-old
boys have confessed to the dese-
cration last month of more than
100 gravestones at Switzerland's
oldest Jewish cemetery, in
Zurich, police there announced.
A police spokesman said the
desecration should not be taken
lightly and brushed off as "nasty
kids' games."
He noted that in Germany, ex-
treme right-wing groups use
young boys to commit acts of vi-
olence.
On June 17, 144 tombstones
were overturned at the cemetery.
It was the second or perhaps
third recent vandalism of the site.

In February, 60 headstones were
overturned, and it has recently
been reported that the cemetery
was also desecrated in March.
Repairs to the cemetery, which
was opened in 1862, will cost
some $30,000.
Following a number of attacks
on Jewish students, the head of
the Zurich schools system, Hans
Wehrli, sent a letter to parents
and teachers.
In the letter, which was re-
leased to news media this week,
Mr. Wehrli said that about a
dozen Jewish teen-agers had

been jeered and assaulted in
Zurich.

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