The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 2, 1993 - 7
in protest o
BEIT EL,-Occupied West Bank
(AP) -Jewish settlers, in an uprising
against a government they say is sac-
rificing them for peace with Palestin-
ians, blocked roads with burning tires
and torched an Arab classroom yes-
It was the fourth day of rampage,
which erupted when Muslim mili-
tants killed a settler on Friday. The
*itlers also took over some vacant
government homes, proclaiming
The scope and intensity marks a
turning point in the settlers' resis-
tance to the Israel-PLO negotiations
and underscores how easily extrem-
ists on both sides can upset the peace
,"Every crazy settler and every
azy Muslim fundamentalist can
spoil everything in a minute," said
IsraelijournalistDanny Rubinstein, a
veteranobserverof the occupied lands.
Extremistviolence appeared more
likely with every report on progress
ins the negotiations on partial Pales-
tinian self-rule. A majority of Israelis
add Palestinians support the talks,
which resumed in Egypt yesterday,
leaving opponents in both camps iso-
Sted and feeling they have little left
In Beit El, a settlement of 3,000
about 10 miles north of Jerusalem,
residents said yesterday they felt the
government was no longer protecting
"The people here have decided
thtat the rules of the game have
clanged," said Brunia Youngshtein
!radling her 9-month-old son.
Every day since the death of Beit
El resident Haim Mizrachi settlers
have blocked roads with burning tires
and stoned Arab-owned cars and
houses. Yesterday, about 50 men from
Beit El smashed school windows and
torched an empty classroom in the
nearby Palestinian refugee camp of
Jalazoun. The children were not in
Aid ool at the time.
Libertarian Coon enters race for U.S. Senate
By RONNIE GLASSBERG
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Jon Coon, who hopes to be the first Libertar-
ian senator, has a tough road ahead of him.
In his bid for a seat on Capitol Hill, he will
compete with candidates from the two major
parties, but he said he feels the nation is ready
for a change.
"Rightnow, we have a two-party system and
both the Republican and the Democratic party
both seem to believe that there is no general and
broad threat to their power base," Coon said.
"I believe there is and it's embodied in the
frustration that's out there. I believe the Liber-
tarian ideals come closest to addressing that
frustration," he added.
Coon, as a member of the Libertarian party,
supports fewer government restrictions. Like
the Republican party, Coon said he believes in
less government control over business. How-
ever, in a sharp contrast to Republican views,
Coon believes in legalization of drugs and keep-
ing abortion legal.
"If you elect me I won't be going to repre-
sent anyone in this state - I'll be going to
protect and defend the concept of freedom,"
Eric Haight, a fifth-year student in the School
of Education and a member of the Ann Arbor
Libertarian League, said he supports the Liber-
tarian Party because of its ideals. "I value free-
dom above all other things," he said.
Voters often don't hear about Libertarian
candidates because they do not have the same
financial backing as the major parties. Coon,
however, said he has already raised $40,000,
adding that the most a Michigan Libertarian
candidate has ever spent was $35,000.
Keith Edwards, chair of the Michigan Liber-
tarian Party, said Coon will only be the third
Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in
Coon said although he doesn't have any
political experience, he can balance his check-
"That sounds simplistic, but we've got a
whole lot of people in Washington who can't
right now. The principles involved are exactly
the same," he said.
Haight said he likes Coon and his ideas, but
doesn't think the candidate should pack his bags
and head to Washington quite yet.
"The system's not set up for third parties,"
said Haight. "He just doesn't have the financial
Edwards said, "Libertarians are always un-
derdogs, so it depends how much resentment
there is against the major parties. I think he'll do
better than usual."
If Coon is able to overcome the obstacles
and is elected, he said his major objective will
be eliminating the national deficit.
"We've got to do something about the con-
tinuing budget deficit, which means fiscal re-
sponsibility. The deficit is there for one reason
and one reason only - we spend more than we
have," he said.
Coon said he would have more of an impact
in the Senate because he represents athird party.
"I will have a great deal of press attention by
virtue of the fact that I'll be the only third-party
United States senator," he said.
Edwards said the party can't offer support to
Coon until its statewide convention in April. He
said he doesn't expect any additional Libertar-
ian candidates to enter the Senate race.
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