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Israel may
expel 45
*settlers from
West Bank
JERUSALEM - The Israeli gov-
ernment is considering the removal of
450 Jewish settlers from the occupied
West Bank town of Hebron where a
settler 10 days ago massacred more
Othan 40 Palestinians as they prayed in a
The move, certain to be bitterly
resisted if ordered, would mark the
beginning of Israel's retreat from the
144 settlements it has established on
the West Bank and Gaza Strip since
capturing the territories 27 years ago.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said
repeatedly last week that he was against
forcing the settlers to move, fearing
that a backlash among Israelis would
endanger his minority government and
believing that withdrawal from Hebron
would push the future of all settlements
into current negotiations with the Pal-
estine Liberation Organization.
But Tourism Minister Uzi Baram
said after yesterday's Cabinet meeting
that more than half the 16 ministers
favor removing the Hebron settlers -
@42 families and about 100 students at a
Jewish seminary in four Hebron neigh-
borhoods - to avoid future clashes
there. A decision was expected in a
week, Baram said.
"We want to minimize the areas of
conflict between us and the Palestin-
ians," added Immigration Minister Yair
Tsaban. "To allow the settlers to re-
main in the midst of the Palestinian
population in Hebron, we would have
to send in many troops, and that would
enlarge and sharpen the conflict."
Housing Minister Binyamin Ben-
Eliezer, a former general and a Rabin
confidant, was equally blunt in his call
for the settlers' removal, characteriz-
ing their presence there as an unneces-
sary problem for the government as
well as a danger to themselves and the
soldiers sent to protect them.
"The continued existence of the
Jewish community in Hebron is a ter-
rible danger - to them, first of all -
and so I want to evacuate them," Ben-
Eliezer said. "So long as they are still
there, I believe it creates friction and
See HEBRON, Page 2

Men to march
final blocks of
anti-rape rally

University students walk in the vigil Friday night, which began in the Diag and proceeded to the Rackham Building.
Eclec ticer
honor massacre victims

Hundreds remember
those murdered at
Hebron mosque
The candles had trouble with the
icy wind and the signs bearing the
names were hard to hold during the
procession, but the emotions and fears
for the future were evident Friday night.
The candlelight vigil to remember
the Arab victims of the Hebron mosque
massacre 10 days ago, sponsored by
the Arab American Student Associa-
tion (ARAMSA), attracted more than
250 people of all races, religions, age
groups and professions, and spanned
half the length of Angell Hall at one
"We came to make a strong state-
ment, and we did," said Joanne Dickow,
ARAMSA's political coordinator.
Ron Stockton, a political science
professor at the University's Dearborn
campus, canceled another meeting to
attend as the featured speaker for the

"While we hope the murderer was
an aberration, the words of rejection
fall short," he told the crowd as they
stood silently on the steps of the
Rackham Building. "If our world is to
be saved, we must do it ourselves. Let
us pledge ourselves not to turn to hate.
Let us pledge ourselves to work for
peace in the Middle East."
Ahsan Shaikh, a medical student
originally from Pakistan, said the vio-
lence across the globe is disturbing.
"We're all brothers. There's a ter-
rible thing going on: Muslim blood is
really cheap these days," he said, not-
ing persecution in Bosnia, India and
around the Persian Gulf. "When peo-
ple are scared of Muslims, it leads to
hate. We have to care for our fellow
Adam Glaser, who is on the gov-
erning board of Hillel, attended with a
group of about 20 other members.
"It's an important statement we all
have to make," Glaser said.
"Any defense of human rights

should be supported by all groups and
any act of violence should be con-
demned because it's an affront to all of
In ARAMSA's official statement
after the gathering, Dickow proposed
the first step to stopping the violence.
"We feel it is illogical to expect
peace when Israeli settlers are armed
with automatic weapons and Palestin-
ians are armed with rocks. They should.
all be disarmed," she said. Many of the
posters held aloft agreed.
Majid Katranji, an LSA junior, had
a too-common reason for attending the
vigil and an equally repeated wish for
the future.
"I came to recognize brothers that
died. We carried candles not guns. Our
message is peace," he said.
Steven Sheehi, a Rackham student,
agreed that history is a powerful force
in the clash.
"This issue is a product of the last
40 years," he said. "It's not only to

Breaking a 14-year tradition, the
members of the Ann Arbor Coalition
Against Rape (AACAR) decided last
night to permit male participation in
the final blocks of the Take Back the
Night march this year.
Take Back the Night, scheduled for
April 9, includes a rally and march
symbolic of women's struggle to make
the streets safe at night.
In the past, the rally has been open
to the public but the march through the
streets of Ann Arbor has been restricted
to women. Last year, many men voiced
feelings of exclusion and resentment
because they could not take part in all
of the events.
This year, some AACAR members
active in planning the events tried to
include men in the march, something
that has been done at other Take Back
the Night marches across the country.
"Men have to help stop rape too,"
explained Preeti Garg, an LSA junior.
"We have to be inclusive and allow
everyone to help in the fight."
Yet others said they still felt that
Take Back the Night march, which is
devoted to women, should remain a
"women's only" event.
"The name implies that the night is
already owned by someone, and in my
mind that's men," said one woman at
last night's meeting.
The issue had been discussed for
the past few weeks, with AACAR
members unable to reach a consensus.
Last night, however, was scheduled to
be the final debate, as all sides agreed
that a decision had to be made one way
or the other.
For two and ahalf hours, 30 women
and six men debated in the Michigan
League - sometimes with tears or
shouts - an issue close to all of their
"Three hundred sixty-five days a
year I can't leave my house at night

'We have to be
Inclusive and allow
everyone to help In the
- Preeti Garg,
LSA junior
without my noise makersor my mace,"
said one woman, "for one night I want
to feel the power. I want to be able to
march with women and feel safe."
Others agreed with her, saying that
women shouldn't have to give up their
march to make men feel better about
being left out.
Bryan Smith, an engineering junior
who has been active in planning this
year's march, disagreed.
"Rape is everyone's problem," he
said. "We're taking back the night for
Many agreed with Smith. "Includ-
ing men doesn't mean disempowering
women," commented another woman.
The plurality of the members was
undecided. "I've agreed with every-
thing everyone has said," said one
woman, reflecting the confusion many
members felt.
But there were enough people on
both sides with strong views that for a
while it looked as though the meeting
would never end. AACAR functions
as a group that rules by consensus, as
opposed to majority. Adecision cannot
be made unless everyone agrees.
With some people refusing to back
a decision allowing men to march, and
others refusing to back a decision pre-
venting men from marching, the group
was stuck.
Then someone came up with acom-
promise - include men in the last 10
minutes of the march so that they can
support women without invading their
space or their march.
After debating the compromise pro
posal, everyone in the room agreed.

mourn 50 people,
nothing new."

but to say this is

eBoard agrees to
release papers
in pres. searc
Seeking to avoid another long court battle many regents
believed they would probably lose anyway, the University
Board of Regents did not appeal a decision by a local judge
requiring them to hand over nearly all documents pertaining
to the 1988 presidential search.
Friday was the deadline to appeal a Feb. 11 Washtenaw
Circuit Court decision by Judge Patrick Conlin compelling
the regents to turn over rating sheets, evaluation sheets,
inedited minutes, the list of candidates and notes relating to
the search. Excluded are the 100 or so resum6s from candi-
dates received by the regents.
In heated discussions over the past two weeks, the
regents reluctantly agreed to turn over the documents.
Foremost among the reasons the regents privately cited is the
potentially damaging nature of the regents' personal notes
about candidates.


VP concedes Whitewater errors

WASHINGTON - Top White House offi-
cials, including Vice President Al Gore, asserted
yesterday that the White House has built a "fire
wall" to guard against further "mistakes" in the
handling of the Whitewater issue.
Gore and White House senior adviser George
Stephanopoulos accused Republicans of exploit-
ing the Whitewater issues that involve investment
by the Clintons in the Whitewater Development
Corp., an Ozarks real estate development firm,
and its ties to an Arkansas savings and loan
association that failed.
But Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) and others
said President Clinton was "digging himself into
a hole" because senior White House staff mem-

bers were briefed on Whitewater issues by Trea-
sury Department officials investigating the Madi-
son Guaranty Savings & Loan failure and be-
cause departing White House Counsel Bernard
Nussbaum involved himself in the probes.
Gore, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press,"
said memos issued last week to the White House
staff banning discussions with outside agencies
on the Whitewater and Madison matters have
built a "fire wall, preventing any kind of contact
on this matter between people inthe White House
and people who are conducting the investigation.
We will have the highest ethical standards in this
White House."
Gore admitted the White House had made

2 new parties, 5 more candidates
announce bid for MSA president

The most popular job in town these days
doesn't provide a single paycheck.

LSA junior Saura Sahu with Engineering
junior Leonardo Garcia;
E RC sophomore James Kovacs with RC
sophomore Dug Song;

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