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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 12, 2000 - 7A

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Palestinians
strike funeral,
Isreal retaliates

PROGRAMS.
Continued from Page 1A
will get its report out by the end of this
month. We will distribute the report at
the November faculty meeting and the
faculty will place a vote," Diana said.
"If the faculty says no, the interim dean
wants to act accordingly. If the faculty
says yes, we will go forward."
Diana said SNRE has experienced a
continuous decrease in undergraduate
applications, and despite attempts to
turn this around, the numbers still
dropped. "We used to have a stable envi-

ronment, where probably 100 freshmein
were accepted each year. There would
be about 400 total students in the pro
gram," Diana said. "Now, it's at 32)
which is about a 20 percent drop in-
enrollment."
Diana said that no matter what the
changes, he does not expect anything to
happen before Fall of 2002. Neuman
said a committee was formed to look at
the studies in religion program. The
committee will be meeting regularly to
study new directions in the field and
will bring a proposal to Neuman in
December 2001.

A Palestinian gunman displays his weapons during a show of force on th
ouskirts of the West Bank town of Ramallah yesterday.

Continued from Page 1
"Both attempts were flawed," he
said.
Not all saw Kleiman's approach as
bi-partisan.
"I think he was very partisan. I don't
think it was a civil event, said LSA
freshman Brian Lobel. "No one could
speak with respect for anyone."
Kleimen questioned the United
tates role as a third-party facilitator
citing the United States' approach as
"impatient -- we can't sit with a stop-
watch in hand. The peace process is a
7slow steady process:"
The Q&A portion of last night's
event turned heated concerning topics
like the media concept of Palestinians
as perpetrators citing the proportion of
casualties on both sides.
"Our goal tonight is to educate the
University on the conflict in the Mid-
dle East," explained LSA junior Lee
kaskin, president of the Israel-Michi-
-gan Public Affairs Committee, which
sponsored the event with the American
Movement for Israel.
Michael Gold, LSA sophomore,3
-invited Kleiman to speak at the event
to provide "an unbiased open forum.' I
"I believe he came out in a very bi-I
-partisan tone" said LSA sophomore 1

Eric Bukstein. "Through certai
tions you are forced to take th
sive, but I believe he meansN
says."
Bukstein was also please
"tone of the event" adding that
thing was accomplished tonight
In keeping with his bi-p
approach, Kleimen explained t
ity of discussing which sid
more power. "We cancel eac
out. One stone is equal to on
submachine gun," Klcimai
adding that "pain is pain."
But a Palestinian student
audience quickly retorted, "Wh
Israeli Mother mourns, 100 Pa
ans mothers mourn."
In response to the tension
Muslim and Jewish students
event, LSA sophomore Rania,
executive board member of th
lim Student Association sai
came here tonight to see the oti
and just to make sure that the n
are put out clearly."
"We're not asking people to
us, we asked to come here, sai
Mamou, LSA senior and repress
of the Arab-American Anti-Di
nation Committee. "but we feel
tinians are suffering a lot mo
Israelis."

JERUSALEM (AP) - The U.N.
secretary general extended his
Mideast peace mission yesterday
after meeting unexpectedly with the
Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but a
truce remained elusive. Israeli tank
gunners fired at a Palestinian village
to flush out gunmen targeting an
Israeli funeral convoy and three
Palestinians were killed in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip.
The gunmen belonged to a newly
formed Palestinian militia, fueling
Israeli fears that the violence of the
past two weeks - much of it large-
scale rock-throwing riots - was
evolving into a guerrilla war. Ninety-
AP PHOTO one people have been killed, all but
he five Palestinians.
The Palestinians' anger at Israel,
initially triggered by a visit by an
in ques- Israeli hard-line politician to a con-
e defen- tested Jerusalem shrine, showed no
what he sign of abating. In a march in the
West Bank town of Hebron, two men
d at the pointed pistols at an effigy of Israeli
"some- Prime Minister Ehud Barak before
t." burning it to cheers from the crowd.
artisan The fiercest battle erupted near the
he futil- village of Kufr Kalil, just south of
e holds the West Bank town of Nablus, as
h other dozens of buses and cars carrying
e oozie mourners to the funeral of Ameri-
n said, can-born Jewish settler Hillel
Lieberman passed by.
in the As four helicopter gunships hov-
ien one ered above, Israeli troops fired tank
alestini- machine guns toward the village
where the gunmen, memb'ers of a
among new Nablus-based militia, weaved in
at the an out of narrow alleys. Settlers
Awaad, crouched behind their vehicles. Two
e Mus- Israeli soldiers and two Palestinians
d, "we were injured.
her side "We shot at the settlers and it was
umbers a successful attack. We beat them
back," one of the assailants said
support later, balancing an AK-47 assault
d Najla rifle on his knees as he and his fel-
entative low gunmen regrouped on a Nablus
iscrimi- street corner. Dressed in faded jeans
l Pales- and a muddied shirt, the 31-year-old
re than man spoke on condition of anonymi-
ty.

The militia members are an off-
shoot of Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat's Fatah faction in Nablus. The
gunmen said they banded together to
defend Palestinians against what
they said were settler rampages.
Tensions in the Nablus area have
been running high since the slaying
of Lieberman, a resident of the near-
by Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh.
Since Lieberman's body was found
Sunday, groups of settlers have
hurled stones and smashed car wind-
shields in several Arab villages.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan has been trying since Mon-
day to mediate an end to the vio-
lence.
Yesterday, Annan was to head to
Beirut to help secure the return of
three Israeli soldiers captured over
the weekend by Lebanese guerrillas.
However, Annan held unscheduled
meetings yesterday with Barak and
Arafat, and then extended his stay
for another 24 hours.
"He (Annan) continues to build
international support for a formula
not yet accepted fully by both sides
for reducing tensions," said U.N.
deputy spokesman Manoel de
Almeida e Silva.
It was not clear whether Annan
hoped to negotiate a formal truce or
simply calm the atmosphere. The
U.N. chief is respected by the Pales-
tinians; the Israeli government,
although it considers the world body
be biased, has embraced Annan as a
fair mediator.
However, by yesterday evening,
the relative lull of the last few days
had ended. Two explosives went off
near Israeli positions in the Gaza
Strip. Later, a firefight broke out
near the Katif bloc of Jewish settle-
ments in Gaza, and shots were fired
at an Israeli convoy near the West
Bank town of Halhoul.
Three Palestinians were killed in
clashes Wednesday, one in Nablus,
one in the West Bank town of Tulka-
rem and one in Khan Yunis in the
Gaza Strip.

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Location Media Union

Election will influence Court

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tinued from PageIAU
'Certainly if young voters are
cexcerned about reproductive rights
its absolutely crucial they vote in
tis election and they vote for Al
Gore," Steinham said.
Jush falls short of saying he will
apoint only anti-abortion judges,
asserting his judicial appointments
will have to meet other require-
tliknts.
"I don't believe in liberal, activist
ges. I believe in strict construc-
tionists. And those are the kind of
judges I will appoint," Bush said in
the first presidential debate last
meek.
3According to a recent Gallup Poll,
abortion ranks near the bottom of
issues relevant to voters.
But abortion has been a pressing
cafnipus issue, particularly after last
nth's display of the Center for
mo-Ethical Reform's Genocide
Awareness Project, which featured
photographs of aborted fetuses jux-
taposed with scenes of genocide.
Student groups with abortion as
their focus understand the impact
the next president could have,
though whether pro or anti-choice,
neither endorses a particular candi-
date.
"We don't actively campaign or
*d out any literature, but we do
believe overturning Roe v. Wade is
important. In that regard we hope a
president would be elected who
would choose pro-life judges," said

Andrew Schrivell, president of Stu-
dents for Life.
By contrast, Students for Choice
provides literature regarding the
candidates positions;
"This election will determine
where Roe v. Wade
stands and "This ele
although we don't
endorse a particu- determin
lar candidate, we
do give out infor- Roe v. W
mation relating to
how they view stands."
choice," said Jen-
nifer Anderson,
president of Stu- Member of St
dents for Choice. Labor a
The fate of Roe
v. Wade could lie
with which jus-
tices choose to retire in the next four
years.
At age 76, Chief Justice William
Rehnquist is considered to be one
justice close to retirement. But the
effect his replacement has on the
composition of the Court depends
entirely on who the next president
is.
"if Bush were elected and.Rehn-
quist were to retire ... you have a
conservative president nominating a
conservative justice and you're back
where you started," said communi-
cations Prof. Anthony Collings, who
covered the Supreme Court for
CNN.
"But if you have a justice that is
liberal or moderate who retires
under a conservative president, that

Justice could be replaced by a con-
servative one," Collings added. In
this case, Roe could be one vote
closer to being overturned.
An unexpected twist to the abortion
debate developed in the race for the

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:udents Organizing for
nd Economic Equality

White House
when the Food
and Drug
Administration
approved the
abortion pill
known as RU-
486, or
mifepristone,
and reminded
everyone of
the political
firestorm abor-
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rights activists hailed the approval
as a victory, and those on the oppo-
site side of the issue greeted the
decision with dismay.
"I think it shows that when a sci-
entifically objective examination of
choices that should be available to
women is done ... the right result
can be achieved. The problem is
when we have people who disagree
attempting to impose their views on
us and subvert progress," Steinham
said.
In a written statement on the day
the drug was approved, Bush called
the FDA decision "wrong," and he
said he felt it would make abortions
"more and more common."
- The Associated Press contributed
to this report.

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