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Activist reveals life
in occupied lands

A Jewish-American activist re-
vealed the daily life of Palestinians
under Israeli occupation during the
uprising in a slide show and lecture
last night to about 50 students, fac-
ulty, and community members.
Todd May, a graduate philosophy
student at Pennsylvania State Uni-
versity, recently visited the West
Bank and Gaza Strip as a member of
an American human rights delega-
"Are we capable of doing this?"
was the thought May said he had af-
ter seeing the human rights viola-
tions being committed against the
Palestinians. He added the
experience was even more difficult
to witness as a Jew.
During his stay in the Occupied
Territories, May said he was one of
five Americans who had their pass-
ports seized by Israeli forces while
he and his colleagues were watching
a women's demonstration in the
West Bank town of Ramallah.
On the arrival of the Israeli
forces, May said his delegation was
asked, at gunpoint, to. stop the
demonstration. When they explained
to the Israelis that they were not in-
volved in the demonstration, Todd
said the Israelis confiscated their
passports. After a week of negotia-

tions between the Israelis and the
American Counselate in Jerusalem,
the passports were retreived.
Most of May's lecture - spon-
sored by the General Union of
Palestinian Students - consisted of
a slide show, which he narrated.
May showed slides of the illegal
Israeli settlements that are still being
built in the Occupied Territories. He
said that last year $16 million in tax
deductible American donations were
sent to build Israeli settlements.
In Al Mahata, a small Palestinian
community inside of Israel, May
said that he saw how these Palestini-
ans lived as second class citizens
even though they were Israeli
May showed many slides of the
effects of the weapons used against
Palestinians on the streets and in
their homes. He said that the plastic
bullets being used were actually 10
percent plastic - the rest comprised
of various metals.
"Symbols of the resistance are
everywhere," he said, showing slides
of widespread anti-Israeli slogans
and illegal Palestinian flags.
May added that there are uncon-
firmed suspicions that Israeli offi-
cials have been taking various or-
gans out of Palestinian bodies while
under autopsy.

Todd May, a Jewish American activist, speaks to a crowd of about 50
people last night at Hutchins Hall. May went with a human rights
delegation to visit the occupied territories in Israel last April.

Author introduces book on Caribbean women

A University professor introduced
her new book about the lies and
achievements of Caribbean'women
yesterday to an audience of about 40
Author and Adjunct Professor
Nesha Haniff works jointly for the
Women's Studies program and the
Cbnter for Afro-American Studies.
The book, entitled Blaze a Fire,
ihcludes dialogue from 28 Caribbean

. women and commentary on the
feminist aspects of their lives by
Discussed are the lives of women
who are in recognized positions of
importance, such as government of-
ficials, but it also includes six
women who are "invisible".
These "invisible" women are rec-
ognized as having made valuable
contributions to their communities
as well as taking on leadership roles,

but are not traditionally recognized.
Haniff said one goal of her book
was to provide a text for use at the
high school and first year university
level that discussed the achieve-
ments of women.
Young women do not encounter
strong positive examples of female
achievement in the body of literature
that is presented to them through out
their education, she said.
"We are always talking about a
low self-concept as contributing to
lack of achievement. This book can
do something about that, as it will
show young women the valid con-
tributions that are made to society
by other women."
Haniff also wanted the book to be
an accessible example of feminist
concepts, one for "the masses" to
read. Her work, a practical applica-
tion of feminist theory, is a contrast
to the overtly theoretical and philo-
sophical books produced by many

tenured professors, she said.
She said writing the book required
making the story lines readable and
interesting, while still striving to
point out the feminist outlook that
characterizes these women's lives.
During the discussion, Haniff read
an excerpt from the book, about a
woman named Didi.
Didi is a sugarcane cutter who has
worked in the fields since she was
ten years old. She has been active in
the union struggles of cane workers.
Her dual role as worker and union
activist set her apart as a woman in
non-traditional roles, Haniff asserted.
Didi is one of the "invisible
women" because she is not in a tra-
ditionally recognized position of
achievement, Haniff said. Within her
community, however, she is a val-
ued and respected leader because of
her life-long struggle against a cor-
rupt union and a management that
exploits workers.

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Central American leaders agree
to demobilize the Contra army
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Nicaraguan rebel leaders reacted
skeptically yesterday to the Central American summit's agreement on
elections and its plan to dismantle the rebel army.
The five Central American presidents still face the task of getting the
rebels and their U.S. sponsors to go along with the accords and of
verifying Nicaraguan compliance on elections.
"A lot of people put themselves out on a limb by signing this,"
Contra leader Adolfo Calero said yesterday.
The presidents of Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala and El
Salvador announced Tuesday they agreed to develop a plan within 90 days
to demobilize and dismantle the Contra army.
An estimated 11,000 Contra fighters and several thousand family
members are in Honduras, along the border with Nicaragua, many of them
vowing to fight on.
Iranians place bounty on novelist
Iran yesterday placed a $2.6 million bounty on the head of Salman
Rushdie, whose novel "The Satanic Verses" has enraged many of the
world's Moslems, causing him to drop from sight, with police guarding
his home and his publishers.
Tehran radio denounced the book as "a shameless onslaught on the
sacred character of Islam's prophet," and protestors shattered windows at
the British Embassy in Tehran.
Rushdie's book, which was published in Britain, has been formally
banned by at least five countries.
Earlier this week, Tehran Radio, quoted Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni
as saying Rushdie and his publishers "are hereby sentenced to death."
"If the executioner is a foreigner he will receive a million dollars," said
Hojatoleslam Hassan Saneie, head of the 15th Khordad Relief Agency,
according to the Iranian news agency. The reward for an Iranian, however,
will be 200 million rials, or $2.6 million.
Education proposal will aid poor
LANSING - Stronger local control of state dollars is the carrot in a
new $1.5 billion school finance proposal that calls for boosting state aid
for poorer districts, lawmakers said yesterday.
The bipartisan plan calls for reducing the wide gap between rich and
poor districts by raising the state sales tax to 5 percent from 4 percent and
cutting property taxes by 25 percent.
Under the plan, the state would eliminate its contributions to Social
Security and retirement plans for school employees, and special aid for
programs such as special education, transportation, and programs for
gifted students, said Rep. William Keith, D-Garden City, one of the
measure's authors.
The money would be given to poorer school districts. They would
have total control over how to spend the money under the plan by the
House Education Committee.
$14.5 mil awarded in Hudson case
LOS ANGELES - Rock Hudson was guilty of "outrageous conduct"
in concealing that he had AIDS from his lover, a jury ruled yesterday in
awarding the lover $14.5 million from the late actor's estate.
Marc Christian, 35, won $3.5 million more than he had sought in the
case, regarded as a precedent-setting action and watched closely by
lawyers. No similar case has had a like result when the plaintiff has not
developed AIDS.
Christian has consistently tested negative for the AIDS virus, but
claimed he was entitled to compensation for the emotional distress he
suffered in fear he would develop the disease.
The jury ruled that Hudson conspired with secretary Mark Miller to
keep secret the actor's disease to induce Christian to continue having
high-risk sex with Hudson.
Hudson, the Hollywood leading man who kept his homosexuality a
secret from the public, died Oct. 5. 1985, at age 58.
Rolling Stones may give more
'Satisfaction' to their fans
LOS ANGELES - The Rolling Stones plan to record their first al-
bum in three years and may go back on the road, a publicist said yester-
The band's battling leaders, guitarist Keith Richards and singer Mick
Jagger, had been pursuing solo careers lately.
But they apparently smoothed over their differences during a recent stay
in the Caribbean, said Paul Wasserman, a spokesperson for Richards.

"Nothing is official yet, but it looks like it's going to happen," said
Wasserman. "Keith was down there. Mick was down there. And they
talked about writing some songs. They might have even written some al-
The album would be the second in the group's $28 million, four-record
deal with CBS, following the 1986 album "Dirty Work." The tour would
be their first since the record-setting 1981 tour that brought in $54 mil-
lion in ticket sales.
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