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2A -The Michigan Daily -Thursday, October 25, 2001


Israel attacks

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The Washington Post
NABIL SALEH, West Bank - Undeterred by
U.S. appeals for calm, Israel launched a predawn raid
on a Palestinian village in the West Bank yesterday,
killing at least six people and arresting about a
dozen, including some it described as suspects in last
week's assassination of an Israeli Cabinet minister.
Palestinians said at least nine people were killed
and dozens wounded in the raid, which they called a
"criminal massacre." It wasn't possible to verify the
extent of casualties because the Israeli army threw
up roadblocks around the village, preventing journal-
ists, ambulances and medics from entering all day.
The incursion occurred hours after President Bush
urged Israel to withdraw "as quickly as possible"
from Palestinian areas it has seized since the killing
of right-wing Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi on
Oct. 17.
Coupled with fierce fighting elsewhere in Palestin-
ian areas; the raid on Beit Rama threatened to further
strain already tense relations between Israel and its
main ally, the United States. The Bush administra-
tion is concerned that continued Mideast violence,
and especially Palestinian bloodshed, will erode

Arab and Islamic support for the U.S.-led coalition
against terrorism.
Israeli officers said they alerted Palestinian securi-
ty forces in Beit Rama in advance, warning them to
stay indoors. Israeli soldiers began massing in olive
groves near the village Tuesday evening, where they
were spotted by at least one resident from a nearby
village who was fetching water.
The assault began between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. yes-
terday. Israeli tanks, armored vehicles, paratroopers,
special forces, security agents and helicopter gun-
ships descended on Beit Rima, a village of 4,000
inside Palestinian-controlled territory 20 miles north
of Jerusalem. They swept into homes, interrogated
dozens of residents and engaged in several brief but
fierce firefights with Palestinian gunmen. There were
no Israeli casualties.
Yesterday evening, the army said it 'continued to
search houses in Beit Rima for suspected militants
and terrorists. About a dozen people were arrested,
the army said, scores more were interrogated and
residents were confined to their homes in a strict
round-the-clock curfew. "I can't even raise my
voice," said Abdel Salaam Rimawi, a Beit Rima resi-
dent contacted yesterday afternoon by telephone.

nk villages
"The house is surrounded by soldiers ... If I look out
the window I see soldiers on all sides."
Aides to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the raid
on Beit Rima was carried out after Israel warned
Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority repeatedly to
arrest militants or face tough Israeli military action.
"We didn't go to aggravate or upset the United
States," said Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for
Sharon. "We went because there was no other way to
stop terrorist activity."
Gissin dismissed U.S. requests for Israel's pullout
from Palestinian areas, including Secretary of State
Colin Powell's statement yesterday that it should
"immediately" withdraw. "We will leave without the
U.S. asking us to do it the minute Arafat complies
with our demands that he stop terror," he said. "But to
give a prize to Arafat and meanwhile have our capital
fired on -that really doesn't make any sense."
Elsewhere in the Palestinian territories yesterday,
heavy fighting continued for the sixth day in Bethle-
hem near Manger Square and the Church of the
Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. Near
Hebron, south of Bethlehem, six Palestinian workers
riding in a vehicle were shot by gunmen who the
Israeli police said were probably Jewish militants.

House approves GOP stimulus package
The House narrowly.approved a Republican $100 billion economic stimulus plan
centered on tax cuts favored by President Bush. The plan was opposed by Democ-
rats as politically partisan and too meager for average Americans.
The 216-214 vote yesterday sent the bill to the Democratic-controlled Senate,
where major changes are likely before a final package is approved.
House GOP leaders said their approach would immediately boost an economy
faltering since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
"We need to put our foot on the gas right now," said Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.),
chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Bush, appearing at a Maryland printing plant, said the tax relief at the center of
the House plan would complement some $60 billion in spending already approved
by Congress following the attacks.
"Part of the war we fight is to make sure our economy continues to grow," Bush said.
The president praised the House for moving forward with its plan and urged the
Senate to move quickly as well.
Democrats fiercely disagreed with the GOP bill. Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas)
said the package represented political payback for Republican business supporters
left out of earlier tax cuts.
Pentagon to pick fighter jet design winner
The Pentagon this week awards its richest contract in history - at least $200
billion - for a fighter jet designed to reach supersonic speeds, land vertically
and meet the varied needs of the Air Force, Navy and Marines.
For five years, Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. have been designing,
engineering and testing their entries in a competition that will have military, busi-
ness and economic consequences for decades to come.
The winner will be announced tomorrow. Lockheed is considered the favorite.
"It's huge for us," said John Kent, a spokesman for Lockheed's Fort Worth, Texas-
based division Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, which would make the planes.
The Pentagon has said it wants up to 3,000 Joint Strike Fighter jets over the
next 40 years. The plane is designed to replace the Air Force's F-16 and A-10,
the Navy's F/A-18 and the Marine Corps' AV-8B Harrier, and be used by
Britain's Royal Air Force and Navy, which want 150 of the planes.
To do that, the plane must be able to take off quickly, land vertically and on
carrier decks, throw off radar and provide all the high-tech cockpit gadgetry
demanded by modern warfare.


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Complaints against
Hillary Clinton, John
Ashcroft also dismissed
Federal Election Commission dis-
missed a fund-raising complaint
against Sen. Debbie Stabenow's
campaign, despite a finding by the
agency's counsel that accounts
established by the Democratic Party
to benefit her campaign appeared
The six-member commission also
dismissed similar complaints
against the 2000 campaigns of Sen.
Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and then-
Sen. John Ashcroft (R-MO) FEC
Acting General Counsel Lois Lern-
er also had found they appeared
"I said at the time of the filing
that the lawsuit was baseless and
frivolous," said Jim Jordan, execu-
tive director of the Democratic Sen-
atorial Campaign Committee.
Jordan added that the FEC deci-
sion "has confirmed that judg-
The leaders of Common Cause
and Democracy 21 blasted yester-
day's ruling.
"The commissioners have given a
green light for any candidate to get
around the law, and shake down
corporations, labor unions and
wealthy people for unlimited con-
tributions - as long as they bother
to launder the money through a
party committee," Common Cause
President Scott Harshbarger said.
The two watchdog groups filed
complaints against Clinton and her
then-Republican rival, New York
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, in April
Lerner cleared the Giuliani cam-
paign of wrongdoing.
The FEC broadened the investi-
gation to include Stabenow (D-
Mich.) and Ashcroft, who also had
set up joint fund-raising "victory"
committees with the national par-
Such committees were set to
allow candidates to simultaneously
raise cash for themselves and the
national party.
Critics say the parties use them
to funnel soft money to the candi-
Soft money is unregulated,
unlimited contributions from
unions, corporations and individu-
al s.
Such donations may be used for
party-building activities and issue
ads, but are not supposed to aid an
individual candidate.
Lerner found reason to believe
that such issue ads actually were
campaign ads for Stabenow, Clin-
ton and Ashcrpft She also deter-
mined that was evidence of
coordination between the Senate
candidates and the state parties that
ran the ads.
Such coordination is not permit-
The FEC gave no explanation for
its decision. However, in an inter-
view, Commissioner Scott Thomas

said he made a motion to uphold
the Lerner finding of wrongdoing
but to take no disciplinary action.
He said that would set a legal
precedent without punishing candi-

Microsoft judge sells
technology holdings
The newly assigned judge who will
determine the antitrust fate of
Microsoft Corp. sold stock this year
worth $45,000 to $165,000 in technol-
ogy companies whose fortunes could
be affected by her verdict.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-
Kotelly sold all her family's technolo-
gy holdings between Jan. 1 and Sept.
28 to avoid potential ethical conflicts,
she said in response to questions from
The Associated Press.
Kollar-Kotelly sold the shares in the
midst of a serious slump in the technol-
ogy sector - the Nasdaq composite
index is down roughly 31 percent since
January - but her losses would be less
if she sold the stock early in the year.
She did not specify whether she sold
her shares before her appointment as the
trial judge on Aug. 24 or the amount she
received. By law, she doesn't have to
report that until next year.
DNA helps identify
WTC attack victims
Eight people lost in the World Trade
Center attack became the first victims of
the disaster to be identified through DNA
in the biggest effort in history to use
genetics to put names to the dead.
Their identities were established via
DNA on some personal belongings that
had been supplied by their loved ones.
The number of missing stood yester-
day at 4,339. Of the 478 people whose


remains have been recovered, 425 have
been identified. Authorities have said
that because of the intense fire and the
crushing weight of the rubble, many of
the victims can only be identified
through DNA.
After the Sept. 11 attack, families of
the missing rooted through their loved
ones' personal effects. Investigators
hope to use DNA from the toothbrush-
es, hairbrushes, licked envelopes and
other items to identify the body parts
being taken from the smoking ruins.
Simpson acquitted
on road rage charge
O.J. Simpson was acquitted yester-
day of grabbing another driver's glass-
es and scratching the man's face in a
road-rage argument the former foot-
ball star insisted was started by the
other guy.
After the verdict, Simpson put his
hand to his chest and mouthed, "Thank
you" as he nodded toward the jury. He
then hugged his lawyers.
"I'm a little bit angry and a little bit
happy - a lot happy," Simpson said as-
he left the courthouse.
The 54-year-old Simpson faced up to
16 yearsin jail had he been convicted of
auto burglary and battery for last year's
dispute with Jeffrey Pattinson in their
suburban Miami neighborhood. The
jury deliberated for about 90 minutes.
Pattinson was not in the courtroom.
He did not immediately return a tele-
phone message, and has not spoken
publicly since the incident.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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