2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 19, 2001
Sharon threatens war on Arafat
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel issued an ultima-
tum yesterday to Yasser Arafat to hand over the
assassins of a Cabinet minister or face harsh retri-
bution. In a first step, Israel seized some Palestin-
ian territory and doctors said three Palestinians,
including a 12-year-old school girl, were killed by
Israel did not give Arafat a deadline, but hinted
that if its demands were not met, it would launch
an all-out attack on the Palestinian Authority.
Palestinian security forces detained three mem-
bers of a radical PLO faction that claimed respon-
sibility for Wednesday's killing of Israeli Tourism
Minister Rehavam Zeevi at a Jerusalem hotel.
However, the Palestinian Authority has never
before extradited suspected militants to Israel, and
was not expected to do so now.
"We do not receive our orders or directions from
(Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon and his govern-
ment," said Palestinian Information Minister Yass-
er Abed Rabbo.
The showdown threatens to undercut Washing-
ton's efforts to win broad Arab and Muslim sup-
port for its military strikes against Afghanistan,
whose Taliban regime is harboring accused terror-
ist Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the
Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and the Penta-
After a special session that lasted until early yes-
terday, Israel's security Cabinet said Arafat must
extradite Zeevi's killers and those who sent them.
The Palestinian leader must also outlaw several
militant Palestinian groups that have carried out
attacks against Israelis, the Cabinet said.
If Arafat does not meet the demands, Israel "will
have no choice but to declare the Palestinian
Authority an entity that supports terrorism and act
accordingly," the Cabinet statement said.
The statement appeared to be intentionally
vague to permit Israel some room to maneuver. In
the past year of fighting, Israel has repeatedly
shelled Palestinian police stations, entered Pales-
tinian territory and killed suspected militants in
targeted attacks. However, Palestinian Authority
leaders have been immune from retribution.
Sharon reportedly told the Cabinet that the con-
flict with the Palestinians has entered a new stage.
"As far as I'm concerned, the era of Arafat is over,"
the Yediot Ahronot daily quoted Sharon as saying.
The Maariv daily said Sharon gave Arafat a week
to crack down on militants. "If not, we'll go to war
against him," Sharon said, according to Maariv.
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The Palestinian Authority announced yesterday
that it has uncovered an Israeli plot to assassinate
Arafat - a claim dismissed by Israel as a fabrica-
tion. Arafat adviser Nabil Abu Irdeneh did not pro-
vide details about the alleged plot.
Early yesterday, Israeli tanks took up positions
in outlying districts of the Palestinian towns of
Jenin and Ramallah, drawing Palestinian fire.
Troops imposed curfews in the areas they seized,
Palestinian witnesses said.
Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Jamil Tarifi
said he saw Israeli tanks moving outside his home.
"We can't get out of the house, and the children are
very scared by the sound of the shooting," Tarifi
said. Several Palestinian Authority ministries are
located in the areas seized by Israel.
In Jenin, shots fired from advancing Israeli tanks
hit a classroom in an elementary school, killing a
12-year-old Palestinian girl and seriously wound-
ing a classmate, Palestinian doctors said. The
Israeli army confirmed there was an exchange of
fire near the school and said it was checking fur-
In Ramallah, two members of the Palestinian
security forces were killed in an exchange of fire
with Israeli troops, witnesses said.
SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Presi-
dent Bush, halfway around the world
from home, sought yesterday to secure
China's position in his fragile anti-ter-
rorism coalition and stem concern
throughout Asia about U.S. military
strikes in Afghanistan.
Some nations gathering for the
Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation
summit said they hoped U.S. attacks
would end soon, exposing a possible
split with Bush who says the strikes
could last one or two years.
The president arrived in this gleam-
ing port city yesterday evening and
was greeted briefly at the airport by
Chinese officials. A young girl gave
him a bouquet of yellow roses and
bluebonnets, symbols of his Texas
The presidential motorcade whipped
along clean, empty streets, past bright-
ly lit skyscrapers and Western retail
outlets, to his hotel where Bush imme-
diately retired for the night.
On the 13-hour flight to Chia,
Bush met at length with aides aboard
Air Force One to prepare for his meet-
ing with Chinese President Jiang
Zemin on today - late yesterday night
Washington time. Already well versed
on the terrorism situation, Bush talked
mostly about trade and economics,
according to participants.
China condemned the Sept. 1
attacks and quickly offered anti-ter-
rorism intelligence to the United
States. But the Chinese have cau-
tioned Bush that their support of the
bombing campaign depends on the
United States limiting casualties to
Beijing's leaders are reluctant to
back military intervention in other
nations, concerned about setting a
precedent for outside action over
China's own restive regions of Tibet
Advisers said Bush, in his meeting
with Jiang, would discuss the terror-
ism campaign as well as China's
human rights record and history of
selling sensitive nuclear technology to
"The president looks forward to
his discussions with the president of
China as a way to strengthen coop-
eration - particularly in the area of
trade - and looks forward to bring-
ing up issues where there are differ-
ences, such as human rights and on
proliferation matters," said White
House spokesman Ari Fleischer.
While Bush crossed the Pacific
Ocean, APEC ministers completed a
draft resolution putting the organiza-
tion on record against terrorism in a
"fight between justice and evil."
But the document, set to be
approved by Bush and 20 other APEC
leaders this weekend, avoided any
" mention of the U.S.-led strikes on
Afghanistan or the key suspect in the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United
States - Saudi exile Osama bin
Laden. It was a minor setback for
Bush, a reminder that some Asian
countries are wary of U.S. military
The absence in the draft of any ref-
erence to the bombing campaign
reflected the influence of Indonesia
and Malaysia, both predominantly
Muslim members of APEC, delegates
Secretary of State Colin Powell
praised APEC's ministers for the anti-
terrorism statement but said some
any tax that singles out the Internet.
SALT LAKE CITY
No passengers hurt
during bus hijacking
Passengers aboard a Greyhound bus
left their seats and overpowered a man
who allegedly tried to take control and
flip the vehicle after ranting about
hijackings, authorities said yesterday.
No one was injured in Wednesday
night's incident and the driver was able
to pull safely to the side of Interstate
80. There were 44 passengers aboard
the bus bound from Portland, Ore., to
The man and a female accomplice
ran off the bus, flagged down a car and
later fled to the truck stop where they
were arrested several hours later,
Highway Patrol spokesman Doug
Troy Matzek, 34, and Becky Hyde,
25, of Wichita, Kan., were booked on
charges of attempted theft of a motor
vehicle and terrorist threats. Federal
authorities took over the case yester-
day and charges were pending.
U.S. to boost funds
for Olympics security
The White House committed to
spending $24.5 million yesterday on
additional security for the 2002 Winter
Olympics in Utah in the aftermath of
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The availability of the new money,
which will come from a $40 billion
anti-terrorism package Congress
approved the week after the terrorist
attacks, was announced in a letter yes-
NEWS 1N BRIEF
:HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Embassy bombers sentenced to life
Four Osama bin Laden disciples convicted in the 1998 bombings of two U.S.
embassies in Africa were sentenced to life without parole yesterday in a city still
reeling from last month's terrorist attacks.
Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, 28, was the first to be sentenced at the federal
courthouse in lower Manhattan under heightened security. He and Mohamed
Rashed Al-'Owhali, 24, were sentenced for direct involvement in the bombings.
Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, 36, of Jordan, and Wadih El-Hage, 41, of Arlington,
Texas, were convicted of conspiracy and had been eligible for lesser sentences.
El-Hage, a former personal secretary to bin Laden, was the lone U.S. citizen
convicted in the attacks.
Judge Leonard B. Sand ordered each of the men to pay $33 million in restitu-
tion: $7 million to the victims' families, and $26 million to the U.S. government.
At a pre-sentencing hearing Wednesday, Sand said the defendants were indi-
gent. But he also suggested that frozen assets might be used for victims, thanks
to recent attempts by the Bush administration to choke off the funding of al-
Qaida and other terror groups. The near-simultaneous Aug. 7, 1998, bombings
of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 231 people, including 12 Ameri-
Internet tax ban to expire this weekend
A ban on taxes that target the Internet will expire this weekend. Congress
declined to pass an extension yesterday, mired in a dispute over how state sales
taxes should apply to billions of dollars in e-commerce.
Analysts and lawmakers say it's unlikely that state and local governments will,
rush to impose Internet taxes after the moratorium expires Sunday. But given
enough time and an increasing need to raise revenue, that could change.
"Starting Monday, there's an opportunity for considerable economic mischief,"
said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
There is concern that tax officials around the country could begin interpreting
a variety of their current tax laws as applying to the Internet. Some lawmakers
say that would drag down a key economic engine, adding to the nation's econom-
"This is no time for Congress to permit a new onslaught of taxes on the con-
sumer, or on the tech sector," said Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.).
The moratorium imposed in 1998 prohibits taxes on Internet access and bans
terday to Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah.
"The president is grateful for your
efforts to bring this matter to his atten-
tion and wants to ensure you of his
continued'support for the Salt Lake
Olympic Games," wrote Mitch
Daniels, director of the White House
Office of Management and Budget.
"We all pledge our support for a safe
and successful Olympic celebration."
The $24.5 million is in addition to
$200 million the federal government
has spent on security.
Oj. Si son's road
O.J. Simpson's trial on burglary and
battery charges opened yesterday, with
prosecutors saying the "enraged" for-
mer football star snatched the eye-
glasses off the head of another
motorist during a roadside confronta-
tion last year.
Prosecutor Abbe Rifkin said the
confrontation began when Simpson
got out of his car and shouted, "So I
blew the stop sign. What are you going
to do? Kill me and my kids?"
The defense countered that the other
driver, Jeffrey Pattinson, acted like "a
The charges of auto burglary and
batter carry a possible 16-year prison
sentence. The eight-member jury was
seated Wednesday after their views
on Simpson's acquittal at a criminal
'trial in the 1994 killings of his ex-
wife and her friend was explored in
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