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NATON/IORLD The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 30, 199 -A
Israel bans Arab travel in West Bank

The Washington Post
BET EL, West Bank - Israel staged a growing
show of force yesterday in the West Bank, deploying
tanks and troops and imposing a strict ban on Arab
travel between cities and towns that substantially shut
down Palestinian civil life.
The broad reassertion of military control in the
occupied territory - dubbed Operation Field of
Thorns - came amid warnings by senior Israeli offi-
cials that the Jewish state is prepared to send its army
back into Palestinian-ruled city centers and disarm the
30,000 Palestinian police if there is any repetition of
last week's shooting at Israeli forces.
Palestinians replied that such a move would mean
the final collapse of a three-year effort at negotiated
reconciliation.
As Palestinian grievances took center stage at the
United Nations and in the agenda of a White House
summit meeting scheduled for later this week, Israeli.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to back
up his vow to prevent Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
from reaping "any political achievements through vio-
lence" and ordered the reopening of a tunnel adjacent.
to Muslim holy shrines.
r. The completion on Tuesday of an exit from the tun-
0P PHOTOnel, which traces a path underneath the hill known to
Jews as the Temple Mount and to Arabs as Haram

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that
claimed 70 lives.
Yesterday, tour groups, including some Americans,
walked through the tunnel as a heavy police presence
stood guard at both ends. The reopening spurred
angry reaction from Palestinians, and riot police
chased bottle-throwing youths through the narrow
stone streets of Jenisalern's Old City.
Government officials also
hinted at plans for mass arrests
and demanded the trial and We ca
punishment of all Palestinians
who cast stones or fired acce t i
weapons at Israeli troops.
Others, including Netanyahu Maj. Ge
spokesperson David Bar Illan,
said the recent violence would lead Israel to demand
new conditions for withdrawal of its troops from most
of the West Bank city of Hebron, which was to have
been carried out six months ago under Israeli-
Palestinian self-rule accords.
Israelii reinforcements yesterday included snipers,
tanks, armored vehicles and attack helicopters posi-
tioned in plain view outside the seven major cities of
the West Bank. Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan, the chief of
Israel's Central Command, said he would not hesitate
to use them if violence erupted again.
Many new checkpoints appeared on primary and

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secondary roads, and with a few medical exceptions,
Palestinians were barred, often roughly, from crossing,
them.
Maj. Gen. Oren Shahor, who supervises the mili-
tar' government of'the West Bank and Gaza Strip,:
said in an interview in Jerusalem that the plan is to
ring "all cities" and "all villages" of the Arabs with
Israeli- troops, preventing people from entering or
leaving except for some urgent
humanitarian reason. A travel
nnot ban of that magnitude has beek
imposed only once before in
Israel's nearly 29 years of
r
occupation.
n. Oren Shahor Shahor and Dayan have-
been closely identified with;
the peace negotiations, and their comments yester-
day and Saturday night reflected the army's stropg
feeling of betrayal by members of Palestinian securi
ty forces who fired on Israeli troops. Both had
logged thousands of hours with their Palestinian
counterparts and earned Netanyahu's suspicion as
supporters of the previous Labor Party government's
negotiating strategy.
"We cannot accept that (Palestinian cities) will bt
places from which they can act freely, shooting and
killing our soldiers," Shahor said yesterday. "We can.
not accept it." a

Israeli protesters march from Mount Hertzel Cemetary in Jerusalem during a
demonstration against recent government decisions.

Sharif, sparked four days of street

combat with

IDEAST
Continued from Page 1A
violence under the current government.
"'The Palestinian Authority has
invoked the fighting in part through
41ir own anti-Israel rhetoric," said
LSA senior Anthony Scaglione, Hillel's
verning board chair. "Key members
fArafat's cabinet have been participat-
in demonstrations against
tanyahu and the Israeli government,
d by their example they have led oth-
ers into protests."
Muslim students said the excavation
near the Al-Aqs4 mosque and the Dome
of the Rock was an insult.
"I think it's a bad diplomatic move. It
shows a lack of sensitivity toward the
needs of the Palestinian people and to
:Muslims all over the world," said LSA
.senior Asif Harsolia.
Gitelman said the excavation was a
political move as well as an archeologi-
ca1 effort.
'Israeli Jews are making a political
statement. There has long been archae-
ATHLETES
Continued from Page 1A
"Because of the time schedule we're
oh, registering to .vote is the farthest
4ing on our minds. By them (SAAC
-d Voice'Your Vote) doing this, it saves
lisne because otherwise a lot of people
couIdn't do it," said Kinesiology
rsphomore and football player Clarence
11iams, who was not able to make the
event because of team obligations.
Most students were generally under-
stnding of the event's purpose.
-If it dosen't cost extra money that
could've been used for other students
d if that's what it takes to get people to
'yrticipate, I'm all for it,' said School of
Art and Design junior Senghor Reid.
Organizers said they were happy
with the results of the event.
"This is the last week (to register to
*ote) and we've registered some 5500
people since Welcome Week," said
.Vice Your Vote member and LSA
sertior Jae Jae Spoon.

ological evidence.that Jerusalem is the
capital of the Israeli kingdom.
(Palestinians) want to minimize or
eliminate the Jewish claim to the capi-
tal,' he said.
Students shared a hope for the possi-
bility of peace in the region.
"I felt very disappointed because I
think they were taking many steps for-
ward," said LSA junior John Ksar. "I'm
concerned, for both sides. There's a lot
of innocent people being killed."
Most agreed that compromise would
be the only solution.
"lt's'really a warning for both sides to
continue with dialogue and negotia-
tions' said Rackham student Daniel
Rosen. "There's only one path that's
going to bring any solution and that's
the path of peace."
Students said they expected violence
to erupt again and agreed that an end
was hard to envision.
"I always expected unrest. There's a
lot -of long-term grudges being held,"
said LSA junior Syed Akbar. "It would
take a lot of giving by both sides."

Gitelman said that peace in the
region "will not happen overnight."
"It's not by accident that people use
the term peace process,' he said.
Students also said non-military
American involvement was a good idea
but weren't sure whether it could pro-
duce results.
"I don't know what they can do. In
reality the U.S. can only push them so
far. It has to be up to them," Akbar said.
Gitelman said the United States is
"the only body with the economic and
political clout in the Mideast" to be able
to encourage change.
"They can act as an honest broker
and bring the two parties together to
moderate their positions and negotiate
with each other" Gitelman said.
Students said they were especially
concerned for the welfare of friends and
relatives living near the fighting, which
has taken more than 70 lives so far.
"It just scares me. I have a sister who
was just there," Cosicher said. "I hope
for (my family's) safety and well-
being."

THEFT
Continued from Page :A
"We have an open security system
- some areas have alarms, others
don't. We will be beefing. it up,"
Klausmeyer said.
In fact, the insurance money that the
museum hopes to receive as a result of
the theft will most likely go to improv-
ing the system.
"We want to increase our alarm sys-
tem. We will be checking things more
regularly," Klausmeyer said.
Museum officials said they were
very upset about the crime.
"I think that it was horrible that
someone would do this. They are tak-
ing something away from the citizens
and the general public who come here
to learn," said museum intern Jennifer
Jaworski.
The fossils were discovered missing
by Adrienne Van den Bemmt, a tour
guide.
In a routine museum exercise, Van
den Bemmt asked members of her
tour group to find the five skulls,
which were normally in the exhibit
case. When only four could be found,
Van den Bemmt alerted museum offi-
cials.
The crime was reported to DPS on
Tuesday.
"We wanted to make sure that the
bones were not taken out for research
purposes," Klausmeyer said. No one
at the University was found to be
studying the fossils at present.
"There is no pattern of any criminal
activity at the museum," said DPS
spokesperson Elizabeth Hall.
Klausmeyer noted, however,
"Museums do get robbed."
The museum has put a bulletin on
the Internet museum bulletin board,
Museum L, to inform and caution
other museums about the crime.
Anyone who has information about
the crime can call either DPS at 763-
I131 or the anonymous Confidential
Assistance Network at 763-9180.
There is a possible award to any tip
leading to an arrest.

FILIPINOS
Continued from Page 1A
touched on his own reflections of
Filipino identity.
"How much of history have we ...
presented to the world in our own
voice?" he asked the audience.
"Today, Filipino pride has never risen
to a higher level," Gonzalez said. "We
take great pride in our being the fastest-
growing Asian American population in
the United States. What awaits is the
composition of a grand narrative."
Gonzalez's wife, Narita, said
Gonzalez has 'become more anxious to
finish his projects as he grows older.
"He's driven' to write and finish his
projects," said' Gonzalez's wife, Narita.
She said of his books, "They are more
popular in the Philippines. It's only now
that they are beginning to read Filipino

books in the United States.
Narita Gonzalez said life with a liter-
ary mogul can be interesting. "Being'a
writer's wife., you must be tolerant to
the writer's eccentricities," she said.
Many students from Ginang Weller's
Tagalog classes attended with their par-
ents, who brought home-cooked meals.
Students said Gonzalez's speech,
inspired them to think about their own.
identities. "He brought up some per-.
spectives about being Filipino that 1
always had a feeling about but I've
never been able to verbalize," said LSA
junior Althea Caput, FASA yearbook
captain.
Tait .Sye, Asian Pacific American
Coordinator for the office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs said Filipino
Americans comprise the second-largest
Asian American population, behind
Chinese Americans.

JERUSALEM
Continued from Page IA
Seventy people have died during
gun bittles inthe Gaza Strip and the
West Bank'"since the dead-of-night
opening of the 500-yard tunnel last
Tuesday, an action Palestinians saw as
an attempt to cement Jewish control of

although officials said it is certain that
the tunnel will be a prime topic, as will
the Israeli failure to withdraw troops
occupying the West Bank city of
Hebron, as previously agreed.
Although the Clinton administration
has privately concluded that Israel
unwisely fueled the current crisis by
opening the tunnel, it maintained public
neutrality. "My business is not the

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Jerusalem.
But deeper
issues stem from
the months-long
s t al .e m a t c
between Israelis
and Palestinians
over the next
stage of the
three-year-old
peace process.
Officials said
the first round of.
involve Clinton andt

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fix-it business"
- Warren Christopher
Secretary of state

blame busi-
n e s s
Ch r i stop her
said. "My busi-
ness is trying to
get in the fix-it
business."
Netanyahu
said Palestinian
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about the tunnel

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were a "trumped-up charge" and a "big
lie" used as a pretext for violence.
While he said he heads to Washington
with no preconditions, he again flatly
refused to consider closing the tunnel.

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