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"The Discovery of Akeldema"
This program is sponsored by
Congregation Shir Tikvah
Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.
1 Jewish Community Center
I Janice Charach Epstein Museum/Gallery
W. Maple Road
Gideon Avni, a specialist in the archeology of
cemeteries of Jerusalem during the Roman and
Byzantine periods, discovered in 1989 the ancient
burial tombs of Akeldama outside Jerusalem's Old
The tombs were first used by Jerusalem's Jewish
aristocracy and later by Romans and Christians.
Miraculously, they were undisturbed for nearly
1,500 years. The exhibition brought, here from Israel
marks the international premiere.
Avni, chief archeologist of the Jerusalem region of the
Israel Antiquities Authority, will explain the significance
of this rare archeological find.
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WERE FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE
Israeli voters will line up.
control of a candidate or his par-
ty. Labor already learned that
with "Operation Grapes of
Wrath," whose results were
mixed, at best.
The next land mine" could be
the IDF redeployment in Hebron.
Originally, Mr. Peres had made
the implementation of this final
stage of the Oslo II Agreement
(scheduled to take place last
March) conditional upon two
things: The amendment of the
Palestinian Covenant by the
Palestinian National Council
(PNC) and (after the latest wave
of suicide bombings) the arrest of
chief Hamas terrorist Mo-
hammed Deif by the Palestinian
Authority. Along the way, he
quietly dropped the latter de-
Both Labor and
as the election
So when the PNC voted to
amend the objectionable clauses
of its notorious charter two weeks
ago (which the Likud still denies
it has done), the way seemed
open for Israel to pull its forces
back into an enclave in Hebron
where the 400 Israeli settlers are
Based upon the recommen-
dation of the military (which
forecast turmoil in Hebron once
the redeployment begins), last
week Mr. Peres decided to post-
pone the move until after the
Nevertheless, he managed to
lure the Likud out of its compet-
itively moderate stance. For if the
Golan is Labor's "sleeping dog,"
the equivalent for the Likud is
the radical faction of the settler
community in the West Bank,
which failed to obtain public sym-
pathy last summer during a
wave of demonstrations against
Oslo II (including showdowns
with the army and the blocking
of roads inside Israel).
Since the Rabin assassination,
and despite the pullback from the
Palestinian cities, the settlers
have kept a low profile. But with
Hebron again in the headlines,
they too have returned to lime-
light. Last week, as preparations
for the redeployment began, they
stopped the army from installing
iron gates outside Hadassah
House. They declared that they
refuse to be closed in a ghetto.
Then came reports that some set-
tlers intend to "expand" the Jew-
ish presence in Hebron by
moving into abandoned buildings
formerly owned by Jews.
Forced to respond, the Likud
demanded that the government
renege on the redeployment al-
together. In a television inter-
view, Mr. Netanyahu added that,
if elected, he intends to renew
government funding for expand-
ing the settlements, including in
Hebron. While that was welcome
news for the settlers, no one
knows how such promises will go
down with the "swing" voters.
They would likely rather see
their taxes invested in improved
education, better roads and pub-
lic transport, and affordable
housing close to jobs.
Still, the latest polls show Mr.
Peres maintaining about a five
point lead over Mr. Netanyahu.
But Labor might lose some
punch this week, when the elec-
tion propaganda begins on tele-
vision and radio and the
electronic media are forbidden to
show shots of the candidates or
air their voices. And of course
there's always the wild card in
the campaign: Terrorism. ❑
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