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Fearing terrorism, Israelis kill Arab American

Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Israel's shock over
Sunday's double suicide bombings was com-
pounded yesterday when a car driven by a
Palestinian American rammed into a bus
stop, killing one commuter and wounding 23
others before survivors shot the driver dead.
olice said that Ahmed Abdel Hamid
ida's driver's license showed he was a
resident of California.
Family members in the West Bank village
of Mazra al Sharkiya said Hamida, whose
age they gave as 35, returned to their village
in July and became a devout Muslim.
Eyewitnesses said the car appeared to de-

liberately speed through a red light, directly
toward the bus stop.
Hamida's family members, who spoke to
reporters on condition ofanonymity, insisted
he was not a suicide bomber. Police inspec-
tors said they were not sure.
Police said skid marks left by Hamida's
rented Fiat Uno showed he tried to brake
before plowing into the bus stop on the rain-
slicked main road between Jerusalem and
Ramallah, a stop frequented by Jewish set-
tlers and Israeli soldiers.
Police said Hamida's car killed one Israeli
and wounded 15 others.
"They (bystanders) thought he was a ter-

rorist," police spokesperson Eric Bar-Chen
told reporters at the scene. "He ran into a
group of people who were standing here. The
people ... innocently thought that it was a
terrorist attack. They shot him and killed
The incident reflected the high state of
tension in this city since a Palestinian suicide
bomber killed himself and 24 other people,
including two Americans, on a crowded com-
muter bus Sunday morning near the central
bus station. Less than an hour later, a second
suicide bomber, dressed in an Israeli army
uniform, killed himself and one Israeli and
injured nearly three dozen when he deto-

nated explosives at a bus stop in the coastal
town of Ashkelon.
Many Israelis are licensed to carry arms,
and Israel Radio appealed to people yester-
day to be cautious before opening fire.
Hamida's family members in the Los An-
geles area expressed shock at news of his
death and called the incident an accident.
"He wouldn't kill somebody on purpose,"
said a cousin who asked not to be identified.
"He had a clean heart. He would never fight
with anybody. I guess the car didn't stop
because of the brakes."
The cousin described Hamida as a quiet,
See ISRAEL, Page 2

The body of an Arab American lies in a Jerusalem street. The
man was shot yesterday by bystanders after his car ran into
a bus stop.

U.S.: Sanctions
to be tightened
on Cuban trade

Muddy waters
Poor drainage and a large amount of rain has created a "lake" behind Angell Hall. In its deepest part, It measures nearly one-half foot of

&ate Sen.
change Mn
voting laws
i Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT- If Sen. Alma Wheeler
Smith (D-Salem Twp.) has her way,
new voting laws for the state may be
just a hop, skip and a stamp away.
In Senate session this afternoon,
Smith will introduce legislation to
change state election laws to a vote by
mail system.
The departure from traditional vot-
* methods, Smith said, is much
needed after several years with record
lows of Michigan voter turnout.
"As we look at the last 30 years,
there has been a very dramatic and
disappointing decline in citizen par-
ticipation," Smith said in a press con-
ference yesterday morning at Wayne
State University. "We need to re-en-
gage the citizens of Michigan."
Smith noted that 74.5 percent of
chigan's registered voters turned
out for elections in 1962. Figures for
1994 indicate that only 51.1 percent
cast ballots. In Ann Arbor's last elec-
tion, she said, only 14 percent of the
eligible voters took part in elections.
A system with mail-in voting would
differ markedly from current absen-
tee voting. Absentee voters must go
through a lengthy process in which
they have to apply by a set date through
0 mail for their ballots. The new
proposal would eliminate the extra-
neous work - ballots would be auto-
matically sent to the homes of regis-
tered voters.
Smith said the system would en-
courage students to vote.
The proposal was unveiled as part
ofa report Smith issued, titled"Project
100: Reconnecting Michigan Citizens
th Their Government." The report
ilyzed the results of a statewide
survey of voters.
Respondents suggested several
ways to increase voter input, includ-
ing installing voting "kiosks" in high-
traffic city locations, decreasing the
number of elections, permitting reg-

Code panelists may get
additional training

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Mary Lou Antieau said yesterday she is prepared
to put Student Resolution Panelists who hear
Code of Student Conduct cases through additional
rounds of training.
Antieau said the Office of Conflict Resolution
"had a very grave concern about panelist training"
since the panelists were first recruited.
"We are meeting with the panelists to find out
if, indeed, addedtrainingmay be helpful," Antieau
Nursing School junior Jackie Nino, who is a
panelist, said she thinks further training might
help panelists settle into the hearing process.
"I think it will be good for people who are
uncomfortable right now," Nino said.
Antieau said her office is attempting to deter-
mine what issues most need to be addressed in the
additional training sessions. Antieau said the train-
ing will occur on "a rolling basis" in small groups
that will address specific aspects of the Code
RC senior and panelist Ben Novick, who has
been a vocal opponent ofthe Code and the panelist
training process, said some aspects of the process
need more explanation than others.

"I would say u
figuring out more
detail on the ac-
tual process of ar-
bitration and more
information on theo
sanctioning pro-
cess (are impor-a
Olga Savic, a
panelist and LSA
junior, said addi-
tional training :
may fill inthegaps JOSH WHITE/Daily
for some panel-
"We were really concerned about the lack of
guidelines, and that we were expected to make the
best decision after one long training session,"
Savic said. "Extra sessions are a good idea."
Nino said she feels adequately prepared to hear
cases and that her schedule may not allow for
more training.
Savic said that while she is pleased with over-
tures that have come from Antieau's office, she is
worried how the limited time left in the school
See CODE, Page 2

Clinton may also eliminate
charter flights in retaliation
for shooting of U.S. planes
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Clinton, retaliat-
ing against Cuba for shooting down two. U.S.
civilian aircraft piloted by members of an exile
group, said yesterday he will halt all charter flights
between the United States and Cuba and support
legislation imposing tighter sanctions on that coun-
The two movesawere among political and eco-
nomic sanctions announced by Clinton after a
Cuban MiG-29 fighter jet downed two Cessna
aircraft in the Florida Strait near the Cuban coast
Clinton also will ask Congress to use some of
the $100 million in Cuban assets frozen in the
United States to compensate families of the four
men aboard the planes, who are missing and pre-
sumed dead. He also will limit travel in the United
States by Cuban diplomats and will expand broad-
casts by U.S.-operated Radio Marti into Cuba.
In his brief statement, Clinton continued to make
the U.S. case that shooting down unarmed civilian
planes, whatever the provocation and whatever their
location, is a "flagrant violation" of international
law. "Although the (Cuban American) group that
operated the planes had entered Cuban airspace in
the past, this is no excuse for the attack," Clinton
While Clinton reiterated the U.S. account that the
attack occurred in international airspace, the Cuban
government insisted it has "unequivocal proof,"
including records of cockpit conversations and ra-
dar tapes, that the two planes were in Cuban airspace
and were warned before the attack.
The Cuban stand constituted a direct challenge to
the U.S. version of events, and seemed to fore-
shadow a strong diplomatic counteroffensive in the
U.N. Security Council against a U.S. proposal con-
demning Fidel Castro's government for the incident.
The downed planes were flown by Brothers to
the Rescue, a Miami group of volunteer pilots who
fly missions to search for Cuban rafters leaving
the island and to protest Castro's rule.
Administration officials acknowledged that
with a full trade embargo already in place,
Clinton's response was likely to have only a
modest effect on Cuba's economy. But a White
House official said the president was attempt-
ing to avoid imposing "too much misery" on

U.N. appears ready
to criticize Cuba
The Washington Post
UNITED NATIONS-The international
community appears ready to criticize Cuba
for shooting down two civilian aircraft
piloted by anti-communist Cubans from
But diplomats said it seems unlikely that the
United Nations Security Council will heed
President Clinton's call for* sanctions against
President Fidel Castro's government.
The 15-nation council last night debated
an American drive for astatement that would
condemn or deplore the Cuban action, which
apparently killed four persons. However,
action on the statement was being held up by
objections from China, and U.S. diplomats
said that if the Chinese remained unyielding,
the United States might seek to put the con-
demnation in a formal resolution. A resolu-
tion would force China, a permanent council
member with veto power, to veto the resolu-
tion or abstain.
If the council does act as the United States
wishes, it would set the stage for U.S. Am-
bassador Madeleine Albright to press the
demand made by Clinton earlier yesterday to
impose sanctions on Cuba until it respects
the rights of civilian aircraft and agrees to
compensate the victims in Saturday's inci-
dent. One U.S. diplomat said the objective
was "to establish that a crime had been com-
mitted and thereby build the case for punish-
ment later."
However, other diplomatic sources said
they doubted that a majority of the council
would be willing to go further than criticiz-
ing Cuba as not being justified in using jet
fighters to attack unarmed planes whatever
the provocation.
Cuban citizens while still sending "a signal that
if this happens again, the response can be much
Outside of military action, which the White
House quickly ruled out, the administration could
have taken a range of other actions including
withdrawing all diplomats from Cuba and ending
U.S.-Cuban phone service. Clinton left in place
his recent easing of curbs on Cuban-American

Student uses Internet
to l u ch b i s es a...........-..~.:-

By Anita Chik
Daily Staff Reporter
Unlike other students who play on com-
puters for fun, LSA senior Jacques Habra
has extended his interest in creating web
pages to set up his own business.
Web Elite - a collaboration with
Habra, two partners and 12 other con-
tractors who help design and create
web pages for companies and organiza-
tions - has been online for more than
four weeks.
Habra said Web Elite is an "advertis-
ing tool" and its main function is to
"provide an extension ofthe companies
or business organizations to reach a
much broader audience."
"The company does all web develop-
ment, graphics, programming, design

in English and philosophy, saidhe came
up with the idea of Web Elite after
discovering that most web design pub-
lishing companies have "generic" and
"overpriced" web pages for clients.
Instead, Habra said he wanted Web
Elite to have "something that is high
quality, creative, different and down-
load fast."
"The advantage of having the web
page is to allow you to express anything
you want. It's something very indi-
vidual," he said.
Habra said a web page is a form of
artistic expression.
"The idea of starting my own busi-
ness, having contractors and clients,
doing all on my own is exciting. It's
something that I want to be a catalyst


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