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2-Wednesday, November 8, 1978-The Michigan Daily

Law prof backs

Israel in
Monroe Friedman, a Hofstra Univer-
sity law professor who went to Israel to
research allegations against the Israeli
government during the interrogation
and trial of Sami Esmail, yesterday
exonerated the Israeli government of
Before an audience of 30 people in the
Lawyer's Club Lounge, Friedman, who
said he went to Israel "half-believing
and half-disbelieving" the charges
against Israel, refuted most of the
charges made against the Israelis by
the Committee to Support the Human
Rights of Sami Esmail.
ESMAIL, AN American citizen and
student at Michigan State University,
was arrested in Israel earlier this year
while visiting his dying father. He was
charged with receiving small arms and
explosives training in August 1976 from
the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP) in Libya.
The Israelis have been accused of
keeping Esmail incommunicado in a
"dungeon", beating him to elicit a false
confession, and trying Esmail for his
pro-Palestinian activities in the
United States, which are protected by
the First Amendment.
Esmail's relatives also said that he
was not in Libya in August 1976, and
that they had nine witnesses who placed
him in East Lansing and Columbus,
Ohio during that month.
BUT FRIEDMAN contradicted those
"Sami now admits that he was in
Libya in August, 1976 and there was
training. The extent of it he disputes,"
Friedman said.
But Esmail last week repeated gis
denial that he received commando

training during his. visit to Libya.
Esmail made the comments at a press
conference, his first since returning to
the United States on parole from an
Israeli prison.
FRIEDMAN also questioned the
American consul general about the
alleged beatings and possibly
psychological tactics used against
Esmail, including denial of sleep during
his imprisonment.
The consul general, who visited
Esmail in his cell the day after Esmail
confessed, told Friedman that there
were no bruises and contusions oh
Esmail's body and that Esmail "did no
in any way have the appearatice of 4
man who had been deprived-of sleep.".
According to Friedman, Esmail had
"the largest cell in the prison" with
electricity, -a private bathroom anI
books to read.
FRIEDMAN defended the Israeli
decision to arrest Esmail for activitie'
which are legal in Libya (terrorist
training), saying that international law
has established the country's right to
protect itself.
"The allegation that Israel is doing
something outside international la,
and that other countries would not do is
simply wrong," he said.
Friedman said if Esmail: had beea
arrested "in any other country in th4
Middle East, for example, Jor-
dan ... nobody would have even heard
of Sami Esmail ever again. I think we
can all agree on that."
Friedman disagreed with two actions
df the Israeli government in the Esmail
case: the failure to-notify the American
consulate immediately after Esmail's
arrest, and the refusal to allow Esmail
to see his lawyer until after he conr

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U.S. considers Israeli aid
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Carter said his government was unlikely ti
administration assured Israel yester- approve peace terms until the issue of
day it was moving promptly to consider U.S. aid was "dealt with."
U.S. aid in building two new airfields in
the Negev. Acting under instructions from higl4
The airfields are to replace in- U.S. officials, State Department
stallations in the Sinai that Israel is spokesman George Sherman' said th'
relinquishing to Egypt as part of a only commitment made to 'Israel at
peace treaty nearing completion. Camp David was to consider aid for tho
The issue assumed prominence when new air bases, which would' cost bet
Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe D'ayan ween $50 million and $1 billin.



Landfill is PBIB free
(Continued from Page 1)
Ann Arbor became directly involved Natural Resources (DNR) revea
in the PBB controversy last month, that contaminated grain was bur
when the Michigan Department of near the'cityiin 1974. DNR environmT


Daily Official Bulletin
Division of Biological Seminar: Michael Hansen,
"Organization and Process of Agricultural Research
in the People's Republic of China," 4:00 p.m., MLB,
Lecture Room 2.
Industrial and Operations Engineering: Dr.
Etcheberry, University of Chile, "On the Utilization
of Subgradient Optimization Instead of LP in
Interger Programming," 4:10 p.m.. Room 229 W.
The Rhode Island Hospital Dept. of Pharmacy
have positions for Residents in Hospital Pharmacy
and Residents in Clinical Pharmacy beginning on
June 25, 1979. Address inquiries to: Louis P. Jeffrey,
Dir. of Pharmacy Services, Rhode Island Hospital,
593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02902.
A new exam for Police Patrolman has been
scheduled by the City of Elgin for early December.
Deadline for application is November 27. Elgin is 40
miles northwet of Chicgo's Loop.

tal protection chief William_ Turney
said at that time that "recently
discovered agricultural records co4-
firmed that some contaminated grai
was taken to the Ann Arbor landfill."
Henry VIII composed music, and the
haunting "Greensleeves" is! supposedl
to be one of his efforts.
volume LXXXIX, No.54
Wednesday, November 8,1978
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