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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 23, 1980-Page 9

Arab states restrict Palestinians


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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP)-Saudi
Arabia and other Persian Gulf states
ve tightened restrictions on an
timated 400,000 resident Palestinians
since the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war,
diplomatic sources said.
A ban on political gatherings by
Palestinians has been imposed and
strict visa requirements are being
rigidly enforced.
The reason, sources in this Persian
Gulf island state said, is that the
authorities are suspicious of
lestinian ties to the militant Shiite
oslems in Iran, who have vowed to
export their Islamic revolution.
"OUR ARAB brothers in the gulf
have been holding us in suspicion,
operating under the misconception that
we would become an instrument of ex-
porting Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's

Islamic revolution," one Palestinian
source said.I
Other sources said that Yasser
Arafat, head of the Palestine Liberation
Organization based in Lebanon, has
reassured gulf governments that his
guerrilla movement would never upset
the stability of the oil-rich area and has
instructed his representatives in gulf
capitals to maintain a neutral stance
and avoid involvement in the Iran-Iraq
"The PLO has been tredding a
delicate path of neutrality between
Iraq and Iran and that has not been
easy," one Arab diplomat said. "Iraq,
and all other Arab powers, insist that
the PLO must put its political cards on
the table and declare its unchangeable
commitment to the Arab cause against
that of the non-Arab Persians."

AT THE SAME time, Iranian leaders
reportedly have been asking the
Palestinians to support Iran in return
for support of the guerrilla movement.
With intense pressure from both sides,
Arafat has sponsored apeace initiative
through the non-aligned movement.
Palestinian opinion, while reflecting
the PLO's reluctance to choose sides in
a war between its two allies, appears
much more pro-Iranian than that of
conservative gulf governments which
seem to be privately hoping the Iraqis
will keep the leaders in Tehran from
exporting their revolution.
"We feel that we owe Khomeini a
lot," said a Palestinian merchant in
Kuwait, reached by telephone from
Manama. "After all, the man set Iran
straight as far as Israel and America
are concerned. His revolution is a


blessing, a healthy trend for us
ON THE OTHER hand, he added,
"Palestinians are unquestionably Arab
and Arafat will never forfeit his Arab
PLO officials declined any extensive
comment on the conflict.
"We are brothers to Iraq and friends
to Iran," one PLO official said. "We
pray to Allah to bring the meaningless
war to an end because we stand to lose
more than gain from it anyway."


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* Return of the late Shah Mohammad
Reza Pahlavi's "stolen" wealth.
" "Unfreezing" of billions of dollars in
Iranian assets held in U.S. banks.
* Dropping of legal claims against Iran.
Scores of U.S. companies have filed
lawsuits seeking damages from the
anian government for brokencon-
racts, lost assets, and other grievan-
" A promise not to interfere in Iran's in-
ternal affairs.
These conditions are expected to be
the terms recommended by the com-
President Carter has declared his
willingness to release the frozen
Iranian assets, and the Carter ad-
ministration has said repeatedly it does
not intend to intervene in Iranian af-

The first and third conditions might
prove more difficult to meet, since they,
might require unusual executive inter-
vention in the U.S. judicial process.
The Iranian government has filed a
lawsuit in New York demanding $56
billion in compensatory and punitive
damages from the estate of the late
shah and from members of his family
for what it contends was three decades
of rampant corruption before the
P.ahlavi regime was overthrown in
February 1979.
But the legal process is expected to
take years, and U.S. officials claim
they know the location of only a few
Pahlavi assets in the United States.
Fighting continued yesterday in the
31-day-old Iraq-Iran conflict, with Iraq
claiming major new victories, saying

its forces had captured six towns in six
days and had seized territory equal in
size to the state of Massachusetts.
Iran, which again bombed Baghdad,
vowed the defenders of the oil refinery
city of Abadan would fight to their last
drop of blood and said no Islamic peace
mission could begin until Iraq withdrew
from Iran.
Diplomatic efforts to end the war ap-
peared to take one step forward and one
The secretary-general of the Islamic
-Conference of nations, Habib Chatti,
said Iraq had agreedl "in principle" to
receive a peace mission of seven
Islamic heads of state. But Chatti said
that, contrary to previous reports from
Tehran, Khomeini has not agreed to the



Hockey team loses two players

(Continued from Page 1)
assists for a total of 76 points. The total
was the highest ever for a freshman
Wolverine player.
Baseotto's mother said Bruno "got a
good deal" from the Calgary team,
which she said will be paying for his
eductional expenses at a local univer-
sity for the next two years. She added,
however, that Bruno will not be able to
attend classes until winter term in
Calgary, since he arrived home too late
to begin: attending fall term classes.
the Michigan team because "he felt up-
set about some other things, he felt like

he wasn't part of the team anymore."
She would not elaborate further,
Todd expressed surprise and disap-
pofntment after being notified that
Baseotto had quit the team.
"Wow. That blows the team," he
said. "He's our best player."
"I had no idea he (Baseotto) was
unhappy," said junior defenseman and
alternate captain Steve Richmond.
"We were taking our team picture
(Monday) and I didn't realize he wasn't
there until we started practicing. I
don't know why he left."
"With all that has happened I just

'hope we can get down to playing
hockey," said Brian Lundberg, a junior
defenseman. "We've got big games
coming up and I hope we can put this all
aside," he said.
This story was written with files
from Daily staff member Dan

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