Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 28, 1990
by Amy QuickN
Daily Staff Writer
Members of the Palestinian Soli-
darity Committee, the General
Union of Palestinian Students and
other student groups rallied in the
Diag yesterday at noon to celebrate
the 14th anniversary of Land Day
and the third anniversary of Land
Day within the Intifada.
Land Day commemorates the
March 30, 1976 expropriation of
land from Israel's Galilee region.
Members of the General Union of
Palestinian Students said they were
celebrating Land Day despite the loss
of the land because the land symbol-
izes the unification of the Pales-
"We consider every day in the 29
months of the Intifada as Land Day,"
said LSA sophomore and General
Union of Palestinian Students secre-
tary Zeid Zalatimo.
Zalatimo stressed the impor-
tance of the unity of the people of
Palestine, South Africa and Latin
America in the struggle against op-
" Long live the struggle, glory to
the Intifada, glory to the PLO!" Za-
latimo said to cheers from support-
ing students, and jeers from others
Jonathon Scott, LSA senior and member of Palestine Solidarity Committee, celebrates the 14th
anniversary of Land Day on the Diag yesterday with members of several student groups. They
then marched to the Federal Building.
observing the rally.
United Coalition Against Racism
member and LSA sophomore Max
Gordon spoke about the oppression
of people throughout the world.
"This struggle has been going on
since the first racist people took our
land. It's all over... even in the
The students also performed a
sarcastic skit depicting Israel's occu-
pation of the Galilee region. Four
students, representing the Israeli
army and carrying stick-guns, pre-
tended to enter the Galilee region,
and claimed the land as their own de-
spite Palestinian protest.
"I believe the Palestinians have a
real argument on their behalf, how-
ever it's hard to take them seriously
until they can criticize their own ac-
tions as well as Israel's," LSA se-
nior Alan Woronoff said.
LSA junior Joseph Englander,
who watched the rally noted, "It's in-
teresting that they're talking about
Galilee inside the green line (the pre-
1967 borders of Israel)." He and LSA
senior and liaison of Christian
Coalition for Israel Dan Van Manen
said this suggests that the Palestini-
ans' true intention is to liberate
Galilee, then destroy Israel.
The students ended their rally
with a march from the Diag to the
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In a furious letter to Gorbachev,
Lithuania's president, Vytautas
Landsbergis, and prime minister,
Kazimera Prunskiene, said their
government "demands the return of
its kidnapped citizens." They also
urged negotiations with Moscow "in
Soviet soldiers stormed two
hospitals before dawn Tuesday and
seized 23 Lithuanian deserters who
had sought refuge, the official Tass
news agency said.
"They beat them with their fists,"
said a duty nurse at the hospital. The
White House abruptly muted its
criticism of Soviet actions against
Lithuania but still reminded Moscow
that a severe crackdown could
damage superpower relations.
"We do not want to inflame the
situation," said White House press
secretary Marlin Fitzwater, declining
to criticize the Kremlin for seizing
the army deserters from two
While toning down its public
rhetoric, the administration was pri-
vately warning Moscow against
taking a tough stand, officials said.
Two sources, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said
possible U.S. responses might be to
postpone a superpower summit
scheduled for June or to delay treaties
on nuclear, chemical and
conventional arms that both sides
want to sign this year.
However, one source said, "We
don't want to do something that
would punish us. as much as the
Russians." A likely first step would
be suspension of trade talks designed
to give Moscow most favored nation
status in commerce with the United
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Supreme Court restricts
corporate campaign spending
LANSING - Attorney General Frank Kelley said a U.S. Supreme
Court decision yesterday upholding a Michigan law restricting political
campaign spending by corporations helps preserve fairness in elections.
"Allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to
support or oppose candidates for public office would create gross
unfairness in the political arena," Kelley said. "The political process
would no longer belong to the people, it would belong to the corporations
with the most money to contribute."
The Supreme Court voted 6-3 in favor of states trying to prevent
corruption or even its appearance by imposing restrictions like
Michigan's, which prohibit corporations from spending in behalf of
political candidates and carries a maximum $10,000 fine.
U.S. broadcasts TV to Cuba
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration began beaming American
television to Cuba yesterday-MTV videos, a 1971 World Series tape and
an old "Kate and Allie"-but the communist government jammed the
transmissions and accused the United States of aggression.
"We regret that Cuba has refused to permit the free flow of information
and ideas," State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said.
Testing of the long-planned TV Marti began on Channel 13 at 1:45
a.m. EST. In Havana, viewers saw a test pattern "strong and clear."
Two hours later came videos from MTV dubbed in Spanish, the World
Series tape-the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles in seven
games-and an episode of "Kate and Allie," the long-running sitcom about
two divorced women who share a Manhattan apartment with their
After that, viewers saw "a report on the success of Hispanics in this
country," said Jorge Mas Canosa, the chairman of the Miami-based
organization that oversees TV Marti.
Lawmakers vote down bill
banning sobriety checkpoints
LANSING - Some lawmakers are trying to prohibit drunken driving
roadblocks in Michigan, in a back-up plan intended to protect civil
liberties should the U.S. Supreme Court rule the checkpoints
The House Judiciary Committee yesterday narrowly defeated a bill
banning checkpoints from being set up by police randomly searching for
drunken drivers. The 9-7 vote fell one short of the 10 needed for passage,
but the committee's chair, Rep. Perry Bullard, D-Ann Arbor, said a
couple supporters were absent and it's likely to pass in a future vote.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last month in a
Michigan case which questions a 1986 executive order by Gov. James
Blanchard directing the Department of State Police to use roadblocks to
combat drunken driving.
At issue is whether that violates the Forth Amendment's protections
against unreasonable searches and seizures.
owners of club where 87 died
NEW YORK - Prosecutors yesterday investigated the tangled own-
ership of the Happy Land Social Club to determine whether the landlords,
including actress Kathleen Turner's husband, share responsibility for a fire
that killed 87 people.
The district attorney's office also said a grand jury had begun hearing
evidence against Julio Gonzalez , a 36-year-old Cuban emigre who
reportedly confessed to setting the fire at the illegal discotheque early
Gonzalez allegedly bought one dollar worth of gasoline and ignited it
in the doorway to the two-story unlicensed club after a fight with his ex-
girlfriend, who worked there.
The building that housed the club was leased to Happy Land's operator
by Miss Turner's husband, Jay Weiss, who in turn had leased it from one
of New York's major real estate operators, Alex DiLorenzo III.
Committee OK's Panama aid
WASHINGTON - A House committee approved President Bush's
urgent request for aid to Panama and Nicaragua yesterday, but not before
nearly tripling to $2.4 billion the overall cost of the bill containing the
The Appropriations Committee approved the supplemental money bill
on a voice vote after shaving $80-million from Bush's request for Panama
and adding an array of domestic spending programs from disaster relief to
veterans' benefits. That left the Panama figure at $420 million and the
Nicaragua amount unchanged at $300 million.
The bill is expected to go to the full House next week as lawmakers
struggle to meet Bush's April 5 deadline for enactment of aid for the two
new Central American democracies.
But several battles on unrelated issues lay ahead, and chances of
meeting that target date were fading.
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