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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 9, 1997

NATION/WORLD

MIDEAST
Continued from Page 1.
accused Netanyahu of having "blood on
his hands" after yesterday's shootings.
Arafat himself, speaking before the
shooting, said Netanyahu's refusal to
suspend settlement building means "he
does not want peace."
There were conflicting reports about
the shooting in Hebron that triggered
yesterday's riots.
Palestinians said the attack was
unprovoked, while Israelis insisted it
was brought on by Palestinians who
sprayed two Jewish seminary students

with tear gas as they walked to the
Tomb of the Patriarchs. Both students
had tear gas burns, police spokesperson
Linda Menuchin said.
The students opened fire with Uzi
submachine guns, Hebron police com-
mander Benny Baharon said. One shot
hit Assam Arafeh in the chest, killing
him, Palestinian police and hospital
workers said.
Desperate to quell anger over the
shooting, Israeli forces announced
over loudspeakers that authorities
had detained both Jews in the shoot-
ing.
But the assurance had no effect on

Palestinians' anger. Rioters lobbed
gasoline bombs and rocks, injuring at
least five Israeli soldiers and several
Palestinian policemen.
Israeli troops fired tear gas and rub-
ber bullets, injuring about 100
Palestinians badly enough to require
hospital treatment.
One 16-year-old boy wounded in
the rioting died in surgery, the metal
kernel of a rubber bullet lodged in
his brain.
A 24-year-old man died after hours
in a coma, also from a rubber bullet that
pierced his eye and entered his brain,
hospital workers said.

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Clinton
says peace
must be up
to Mideast
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - With the U.S.
position as primary Middle East power
broker possibly in jeopardy for the first
time in more than two decades,
President Clinton said yesterday it is up
to Israel and the Palestinians "to decide
whether they're willing to let the peace
process go forward."
Speaking in a news conference a day
after a meeting with Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that
administration aides described as often
difficult, Clinton offered only the most
perfunctory expression of hope that the
Middle East stalemate will end any
time soon.
"We are prepared to do whatever we
can"Clinton said, without hinting what
that might be. Then he urged reporters
not to conclude "that I think there's no
chance that we'll get it going again."
"In the end," he added, "it still
depends on what it always has depend-
ed on. And that is the parties taking
responsibility to take the risks for
peace."
In the past, Israel and its Arab adver-
saries seldom have taken those risks
without a combination of encourage-
ment and pressure from Washington. In
his meeting with Clinton on Monday
and at a subsequent news conference,
Netanyahu asserted that his govern-
ment will make no additional conces-
sions, because it already has done all it
can be expected to do. And Palestinian
officials, expressing disillusionment
with U.S. mediation, have been turning
to Europe for support.
Palestinian representatives adopted a
wait-and-see attitude after Netanyahu's
Monday session. Hasan Abdel-
Rahman, the Palestine Liberation
Organization's representative in
Washington, and Hanan Ashrawi, a
member of Arafat's cabinet, met at the
State Department yesterday with
Dennis Ross, the administration's
Middle East trouble-shooter. The meet-
ing was in advance of talks expected
later this week between U.S. officials
and a senior Palestinian delegation.
After the meeting, Ashrawi said
Arafat will consider a summit meeting
with Netanyahu if such a meeting is
needed. At the same time, she said of
the Israelis: "One side cannot behave
like an occupier and like a dictator."
Meanwhile, France asserted a new
role for itself and the European Union
in Middle East peacemaking, explain-
ing that the Palestinians had appealed
to the Europeans to get involved.

McVeigh blamed
FBI for Waco deaths
DENVER - Timothy McVeigh
blamed the FBI for the fire at the Branch
Davidian compound that caused the
"slow, torturous deaths" of families and
said the public was duped because it
never saw the children's "charred
remains," according to his letter to a
newspaper made public yesterday.
The weekly Oklahoma Gazette
released the letter to be excerpted in
Thursday's edition as jury selection
crawled along in McVeigh's trial in the
Oklahoma City bombing trial.
Seven people were questioned in
jury selection yesterday, bringing the
total to 43 since jury selection began
last week.
"The public never saw the Davidians'
home video of their cute babies,
adorable children, loving mothers or
protective fathers," McVeigh wrote.
"Nor did they see pictures of the
charred remains of children's bodies.
Therefore, they didn't care when these
families died a slow, torturous death as

they were gassed and burned alive at
the hands of the FBI."
McVeiglVs anger at the federal gov-
ernment over the standoff near Waco,
Texas, is well-documented, and prose-
cutors have suggested that rage 'as a
possible motive for the bombing, wW
occurred on the second anniversary of
the siege,
Archbishop named
to Chicago diocese
CHICAGO - Archbishop Francis
George of Portland, Ore., was named
by Pope John Paul II yesterday as the
eighth archbishop of the Ror
Catholic Archdiocese of Chica
where his appointment was greeted
with mild surprise and cautious expres-
sions of hope that he will be a unifying
force like his predecessor, the late
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.
George will be formally installed as
Chicago's first native-born archbishop
on May 7, taking control of the nation's
second largest archdiocese with- 2.3
million Roman Catholics.

SARouND TH E NATI N
10 percent living in U.S. foreign born.
WASHINGTON - Nearly one in 10 of those living in the United States are for-
eign born, the United States' highest percentage of immigrants since the 1930s,
according to a new Census Bureau report.
California - by far the state with the largest immigrant population - contains
8 million foreign-born, fully a quarter of its population, the bureau said. That r -
resents the highest figure for this century, as well as an almost threefold incre
from the percentage in 1970.
The census report, which makes no distinction between legal and illegal immi-
grants, confirms the long-held image of newcomers pulling themselves up from
economic hardship over time. Though large numbers of immigrants initially suffer
from poverty and unemployment, those who arrived in the 1970s are now as finan-
cially stable as natives, the study found.
Nor is the unemployment rate inordinately high among immigrants. Just under 5 per-
cent of the foreign born were out of work when the census survey was conducted in
March 1996, compared with just less than 4 percent among the native-born population.
The report offers vivid evidence of the changing origins of the nation's latest
immigration wave. More than one-quarter were born in Mexico (27 percent),*
percent came from other parts of Central America or South America, and 27 per-
cent came from Asia.

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China to approve
human rights treaty
BEIJING - In a move clearly meant
to defuse an annual U.N. debate over its
human rights record, China has
announced it will sign one of two key
human rights treaties by year's end,
state-run media here said yesterday.
Meeting with French Defense
Minister Charles Millon on Monday,
President Jiang Zemin committed
China to joining the International
Covenant on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights, which guarantees
nondiscrimination, the right of workers
to form unions and fair distribution of
natural resources, the official New
China News Agency reported.
But the Chinese leader stopped short
of endorsing a second accord on civil
and political rights, viewed by human
rights advocates as the more significant
of the two.
Nonetheless, the announcement is
expected to shore up China's position
as it seeks to avoid censure before the
U.N. Commission on Human Rights,

now in session in Geneva. Denmark,
backed by the United States, vowed
Monday to introduce a resolution con-
demning China for human rights a-
es in what has become a yearly shW-
down between Washington and Beijing
since 1989, when the Chinese govern-
ment crushed pro-democracy demon-
strators in Tiananmen Square.
Severe famine
plagues North Korea
TOKYO - People in the Nr
Korean countryside are starv ,
underweight and "rapidly descending
into the hell of a severe famine,'
according to Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio),
who just completed a rare three-day
visit there.
''Evidence of slow starvationon a
massive scale was plain wherever-we
made an effort to look," Hall said,
adding that conditions had deteriorated
significantly since he made a similar
visit last August.
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