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Borders of future Palestinian state may be at stake
ARURA, West Bank (AP) - This hilltop West
Bank village is the closest thing to nowhere, a half-
hour's drive from the nearest city on a narrow, wind-
ing mountain road. Even the locals admit not much
But places like Arura lie at the heart of the most
serious quarrel yet between the Palestinians and
the nearly 5-month-old government of Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Barak - one that has set off
a volley of angry accusations and held up the han-
Oover of West Bank territory to the Palestinians
Israel was to have turned over 5 percent of the West
Bank on Monday, bringing nearly two-fifths of the ter-
ritory under full or partial Palestinian control. Land
handovers like this one are meant to build confidence,
and goodwill as the two sides hold intensive final-sta-
tus talks aimed at yielding an overall peace agreement
a scant 10 months from now.
The Palestinians claim Israel is deliberately draw-
ing the handover map so as to cede mainly remote,
thinly populated pockets of land that provide no link
between the urban enclaves already under the control
ofYasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
They fear the result could be an archipelago state,
whose territory is as scattered as footprints in the
Arura was one of the areas designated by Israel for
handover on Monday - an offer spurned by Arafat,
who instead sought control of.several densely popu-
lated suburbs of Jerusalem.
The village, located about halfway between the
main West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus, is too
far from either to provide any territorial contiguity.
Even its own surrounding olive groves would be left
out of the handover, municipal officials said.
"They want to give us islands," said Arura's dentist,
Naji Barghouti, pausing yesterday on the sleepy main
street. "But we have to think of the big picture."
Like others in the village of 3,000, he said he was
eager to see it come under full Palestinian control -
but not at the cost of areas deemed more crucial to
sketching the outlines of a future state.
Israel, citing security concerns and past prece-
dent, says it alone has the right to draw up maps for
West Bank withdrawals. Under existing interim
peace agreements, the Palestinians are not guaran-
teed a say in which lands are designated to be hand-
ed over, Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement
Until now, Arafat had always accepted Israel's with-
But with final-status talks finally underway -
meant to resolve the most difficult issues, including
the borders of any Palestinian state and the status of
Jerusalem - the Palestinians insist they must be con-
sulted about any handover plans.
Two more Israeli pullbacks are scheduled before
next September, when the two sides hope their final
peace treaty will be concluded. As the dispute has
hardened over the past few days, it has fueled
Palestinian fears that Israel will strike a take-it-or-
leave-it stance when it comes to the shape of their
"Israel is trying to create a precedent for the coming
phase and for the final-status talks - that the map be
ready and that the Palestinians should simply agree to
it," said senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
But Palestinians, too, are using the interim han-
dovers as a way to stake out positions in the talks.
Arafat's demand for control over the Jerusalem sub-
urbs of Ram and Abu Dis is almost certainly intended
to bolster future claims to a Palestinian foothold in the
The Palestinians want to establish their capital in
Jerusalem's traditionally Arab eastern sector; Israel
says it will never relinquish sovereignty over all the
In congested, traffic-clogged Ram, on Jerusalem's
northern edge, produce vendor Issan Abu Danhash
had a ready answer when asked why the suburb should
come under Palestinian control as soon as possible.
"Al-Quds," he said, using the Arabic-language term
"the holy" that refers to Jerusalem. "First we have to
get areas nearby, like this one."
No new date has been set for Monday's delayed
pullback. U.S. mediator Dennis Ross, in separate
meetings with Barak and Arafat on Tuesday, failed to
bring the two sides together, but urged themto settle
the dispute soon.
In Arura, municipal secretary Murshid Aqleah
looked out over his view of empty stone-terraced hills,
a bit discomfited by the remote village's rol- in the
"These are very, very big questions," he sad. "And
this is a very, very quiet place."
Palestinian Boy Scouts hold a huge Palestinian flag aloft in a parade to celebrate
independence day in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Monday.
Michigan hopes for repeat victory
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than in the past, and Michigan current-
ly is 60 pints behind OSU.
OSU has won nine of the 17 battles,
but last year's win by the University of
Michigan made the competition even
The winner receives the Blood Drop
Trophy, and the blood drive co-chairs
from that school get to stand on the
field in Michigan Stadium during half-
time of Saturday's football game.
Most students yesterday appeared to
be more concerned with the cause than
the competition with longstanding rival
LSA juniors Erin McWain and
Kristy Tack donated blood together.
They said one of their roommates
who is a Nursing student, along with
the Red Cross posters that state
"every 20 seconds someone needs
blood," encouraged them to donate
Engineering senior Dave Belding
said he gave blood "because there is
always a need for blood and it's a good
break from studying." Belding also
came to support the competition against
LSA senior Dan Lis, a volunteer at
the event, said, "even though it's a
competition, more importantly we're
saving lives." The University won last
year by a close 14 pints, he said,
pointing out that one person can make
a big difference between winning and
OSU Undergraduate Student
Government President Josh Mandel
said "I think we are doing very well.
Across campus, students are giving
"It's great that when it comes down
to it, the universities can partner up
for serious and important causes," he
Blood Battle co-Chair Sarah Fujita,
an Engineering junior, said, "I would
strongly encourage people to donate.
It's a process from start to finish that
takes less than an hour."
The blood drive is one of the only
times each year that southeastern
Michigan is self-sufficient for its
blood supply. Normally, the region
has to import blood from other
regions, Mohr said, in part because
so many hospitals are located in the
"One donation may be able to save
three lives," Everson said, adding her
encouragement for people to donate
blood because only 5 percent of the
southeastern Michigan population
donates blood and 97 percent of the
population will need blood at least once
in a lifetime.
"It is a case of the minority support-
ing the majority," she said.
Donors must weigh at least 110
pounds, be in good health and not have
gotten a tattoo during the last year to
give blood. Getting a Meningitis shot or
a piercing does not make someone inel-
igible, Everson said.
The last times to donate blood for
the Blood Battle are scheduled for
today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and
tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in
the Pendleton Room of the Michigan
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with since it's clear and easy t take." At
the reading, he went on to tel the audi-
ence that the title for his rost recent
collection of poetry, "Opencl Ground,"
came from this first poem of his first
collection, continuing the netaphor of
poetry as "digging."
When asked for tips 'or student
poets, Heaney said, "I thinl in order to
write, you have to have sane kind of
excitement, whether big or small,
something that starts wordsnoving for-
ward. For me that always in olves some
kind of memory. You trip over some-
thing in your memory." feaney also
added that going through thi challenges
of writing in different forns, such as
sonnets, is also crucial to gving voice
to that "intimate personal eiergy."
"My own experience was o be awak-
ened by others,' Heaney aid, noting
Gerard Manley Hopkins aid Patrick
Kavanagh as his major influinces.
"Don't do anything that gres against
your sixth sense," Heaney sad, stating
how people should try to fclow their
own compass and retain inrncence in
the writing process. "There i always a
possibility for failure in cretive work
... but that always brings a sense of a
beginning, of frailty and hope. It's
about stumbling towards a beginning:'
Heanev was awarded the Nobel Prize
for Literature in 1995. He said that he is
skeptical about the numerous compar-
isons between himself and William
Butler Yeats, who earned the award in
1923 and was the last Irish poet to do so.
"Yeats did not influence me in the
way I wrote" Heaney said. "But I came
to be in awe of the dimensions of his
achievements as a reader,"he said, not-
ing the universality of Yeats' words.
Throughout the reading - something
Heaney regards as a "pleasurable experi-
ence rather than pedagogy" - Heaney
humorously and modestly related many
personal experiences to the audience in
explaining his poems.
"Poems come from your life, as well
as what you read," Heaney said, noting
how poets like Frost influenced him.
"The echo from what has been known
already," Heaney said, is what drives
At the reading, Heaney also spoke of
the conflicts of solidarity and the line
between the "observed" and the "imag-
ined," the public and the private, relat-
ing not only to the politics of Ireland,
but to the human condition as a whole.
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University of Michigan sponsored
the 'Beat Michigan' products. Mr.
Drucker also claimed that the 'Beat
Michigan' products would 'trade
upon the goodwill and reputation that
the public associates with the
In response, McGuire shut down his
business and has not sold any items this
He would not disclose how much
revenue he had expected to bring in
with this year's product line, which was
expanded to include items such as key-
chains, foam drink holders and license
"I was lucky I was able to cancel my
big orders before they came in "
Brian Murphy, McGuire's attorney,
said the University should not be able
to restrict the "Beat Michigan" prod-
ucts now, since he established his busi-
ness 25 years ago.
"Eight to 10 years before the
University'of Michigan actually got
around to registering the trademark
for their logo, he was selling these
products in Columbus, Ohio,"
After the court serves the University
and the CLC with the lawsuit, the
defendants have 20 days to respond
before a date is set for U.S. District
Judge Algenon Marbley to hear the
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