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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 31, 2002


The UNITED STATES and the UNITED NATIONS on December 18, 1992
"strongly condemned" Israel for deporting 415 Arabs to Lebanon. But Saudi
Arabia was not condemned for deporting 750,000 fellow Arabs during the Gulf
War, nor Kuwait for deporting 275,000 after that War, nor Iraq for deporting
a million and a half Kurds after destroying over 4,000 of their villages and
murdering 5,000 with poison gas in 1988.
Our State Department claims deportations by Israel, and only by Israel,
are illegal- because only Israel violates the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention
which prohibits "forcible transfers from occupied territory" by the "Occupying
Power." That International Law was in answer to the mass transfers carried
out by the Nazis- deportations for forced labor, torture and extermination,
primarily to Jews. Washington explains, that Law can not apply to the Arab
states because their deportations were not from "occupied territory," as was
The STATE DEPARTMENT IS DISHONEST in calling it "Israel-occupied-
Arab territory." It is Jewish land liberated from 19 years of an illegal Arab
occupation. Arab armies in 1948 invaded and seized that territory in what they
proclaimed to be their "war of extermination." Where the desperate Jews were
finally able to stop the invaders were never legal borders as the State
Department falsely claims. They were cease-fire lines. Tens of thousands of
Jews who survived in the Arab conquered territory, were deported. The Arab-
occupied-territory was made "Judenrein"- no Jews allowed- as it is in Iraq,
Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and as Hitler tried to make all of Europe.
The United States did not condemn the 1948 mass deportation of Jews
from the territory in western Palestine seized and occupied by Arabs. Israel
was left in a death trap-just nine miles wide in the center of their country
-unprotected from gunfire from the surrounding hills. Half of Jerusalem,
Israel's Capital, was Arab occupied. In 1967, the Arab states once again tried
to destroy the Jewish State. They failed. Israel was able to drive out the
The Charter of the United Nations says the State Department is wrong
in calling the territories "Israel-occupied." Article 80 of the United Nations
Charter, the Constitution of the World Body states: ".fo WginTins Gharter
shall be construed in of itself to alter in any manner...the terms of existing
international instruments..." The purpose of Article 80 was to safeguard
existing rights. Among them is the League of Nations recognition that all of
Palestine as the Jewish homeland. That means it is Jewish-liberated territory
according to the U.N. Charter.
The Arabs Israel deported are leaders of HAMAS, the Moslem group that
calls for an Islamic Holy War to kill Jews and wipe out Israel. Besides killing
Jews, HAMAS has murdered fellow Arabs accused of having been friendly
with Jews by lynchings, beheadings, cutting off of limbs, gouging out eyes-
horrible atrocities ignored and never condemned.

Israel has the right as every sovereign nation to protect the lives of its people.
Israel has the right to bring those responsible for terrorism to justice.
Israel has the right to deport those financing, inciting, and organizing the
firebombings, knifings, assasinations, mutilations and violent confrontations.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - With the
unofficial mourning period for Paul
Wellstone over, former Vice President
Walter Mondale lifted Democrats' spir-
its yesterday by announcing he is ready
to run in the senator's place.
Party representatives were expected
to make Mondale's candidacy official
at a meeting in the evening.
"It is with a heavy heart but a great
hope for the future that I will pick up
the campaignwherePaul Wellstone
left off," Mondale wrote in a letter to
the state party chairman.
Democrats were jubilant. Mondale,
74, was seen as their best shot at
keeping Wellstone's seat, and Well-
stone's two sons had asked him to
make the run.
"They knew that Paul would want
someone of integrity and honesty and
character to finish this race off," said
Jeff Blodgett, Wellstone's campaign
manager. "Fritz Mondale was the only
one on that list."
Wellstone was killed along with his
wife, daughter, three campaign staffers
and two pilots in a plane crash Friday
in northern Minnesota.
A statewide poll released Wednes-
day by the Star Tribune of Minneapo-
lis showed Mondale inheriting the
slight lead Wellstone had recently
opened over Republican Norm Cole-
man. Mondale had 47 percent sup-
port to Coleman's 39 percent in the
poll of 639 likely voters, which was
conducted Monday and had a margin
of sampling error of plus or minus 4
percentage points.
"Paul cannot be replaced," Mondale
wrote in his letter. "No one can. But
his passion for Minnesotans and their
needs can inspire us to continue the
work he began. More than ever, the
ordinary working families in our state
need a voice, and I will fight for them."
A rally was planned for Thursday
morning to launch a five-day sprint of
a campaign.
Coleman wasn't waiting. Taking aim
at his new opponent, he flew to three
Minnesota cities and launched new TV
commercials Wednesday.
"The challenge for the vice presi-
dent is what is his vision for the 21st
century, how does he expect to get it
done," Coleman said at a campaign
stop in International Falls. "Nobody
hands you anything."
Republicans pressed for debates
between Mondale and Coleman, but
it was unclear whether Mondale
would agree.
Meanwhile, organizers of Tuesday
night's memorial service for Wellstone
said they regretted the overly partisan
tone. Several speakers, including Well-
stone's sons and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-
Iowa, implored the crowd to win
Tuesday's election for Wellstone.
"It probably would have been best
not to get into politics and elections in
the way it was done," Blodgett said.
Gov. Jesse Ventura left the memorial
angry and said he planned to appoint
an independent, instead of a Democrat,
to finish Wellstone's term. He later
backed off that, saying only that he was
looking at his options.
State GOP Chairman Ron Eiben-
steiner called the 3 1/2-hour service
"raw hardball political campaigning"
and said the party has asked broadcast-
ers that covered the service to give
Republicans air time "for the sake of
basic fairness."
S. Africa

SOWETO, South Africa (AP) - A
series of bomb blasts rocked the poor
township of Soweto early yesterday,
killing one person, ripping a hole in a
mosque and damaging several railway
stations and rail lines running into the
nearby city of Johannesburg.
No group claimed responsibility
for the attacks, but authorities said
they were investigating whether
right-wing militant groups were
behind the bombings.
"Whoever is responsible for this .
is going to face the full might of the
law," said Safety and Security Minister
Charles Nqakula.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - As U.N. deliberations on Iraq dragged on, Secretary
of State Colin Powell declared yesterday the United States would not permit itself
to be "handcuffed" by the world organization.
"At no time will the United States foreclose its ability to act in its interest in
accordance with its constitutional obligation to protect the nation and protect the
people," Powell said.
With diplomats in New York still unable to reach a consensus on how to deal
with Iraq's refusal to disarm, the Bush administration is bracing for further delay
and expecting no agreement before next week's congressional elections.
France's resistance to a provision in a U.S.-British draft resolution that could
trigger an attack on Iraq if it defies U.N. weapons inspectors is the biggest hurdle
to an agreement, a U.S. official said yesterday.
The United States and Britain, with a scattering of support from other nations,
want to threaten Iraq with "serious consequences" if it does not cooperate with
Powell said the United States was agreeable to holding talks in the Security
Council as soon as inspectors encounter resistance from President Saddam Hussein.
Russia discloses gas used in theater raid
At the Kremlin's urging, Denmark arrested a key aide to Chechen leader Aslan
Maskhadov in the deadly raid on a Moscow theater and other terror attacks -
further evidence of Russia's success in isolating a rebel movement whose envoys
were once received in capitals around the world, including Washington.
Russia also acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the powerful opiate
fentanyl was used in the rescue operation that killed at least 117 hostages.
Health Minister Yuri Shevchenko insisted the compound was an anesthetic that
would not cause death under normal circumstances.
Most agree the decision to pump the sedating fumes into the theater early Sat-
urday ended the crisis; it incapacitated the heavily armed Chechen hostage-takers,
preventing them from setting off hundreds of pounds of explosives, and led to the
safe rescue of more than 660 theater-goers.
But, Shevchenko acknowledged, it was likely fatal for many of the hostages,
who were weakened after sitting in cramped quarters for 58 hours, deprived of
food, dehydrated and under severe psychological stress.

Haitian immigrants
may receive asylum
A congresswoman pressed Gov. Jeb
Bush yesterday to ask his brother, the
president, to order the release of 200
Haitian immigrants detained in Florida
after they jumped off a freighter and
waded ashore.
The Republican governor was con-
fronted during a campaign stop by Rep
Carrie Meek (D-Fla.) who said the
Haitians should be treated like Cuban
"All you have to do is call - the wet
foot-dry foot policy would take effect,"
Meek said. Normally, Cuban immi-
grants are allowed to remain in the
United States if they reach land, while
those intercepted at sea are returned.
The governor said he agrees Haitian
immigrants should be released until
their asylum request is heard, like
immigrants from other countries.
A day earlier, the governor said he
had called White House officials
regarding the immigrants.
Japanese economic
revival plan unveiled
Japan's government announced a
long-awaited economic revival plan
yesterday, pledging to help clear bad
debts that threaten stability of the
banking system and help the coun-
try's increasing numbers of jobless
Once a rapidly growing economic

powerhouse, Japan has suffered from
a decade-long downturn with drop-
ping prices, stagnation and burgeon-
ing unemployment.
The announcement was an achieve-
ment for Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi, who was embarrassed earlier
this month when opponents in his own
ruling Liberal Democratic Party
blocked the release of the blueprint,
fearing that its reforms were too
severe. However, critics of the new
program complained that it does not
go far enough.
Standoff continues as
tribe occupies casino
More than 200 dissident members of
the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of
Texas occupied a casino'yesterday in a
dispute stemming from the group's
vote to oust tribal leadership.
A federal judge issued a temporary
injunction yesterday rejecting the dissi-
dents' vote, and ordered them to leave
the Lucky Eagle casino and other tribal
buildings. The judge said federal mar-
shals would enforce the order if the
group refuses.
Officials with the Maverick County
sheriff's department said there had
been no arrests or reports of violence
in the casino occupation. The standoff
continued late yesterday afternoon in
Eagle Pass, a town of about 22,000
near the Mexican border.
The dissidents voted Monday to
replace all tribal council members.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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In May 1985, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin released 1150 convicted Arab
terrorists in exchange for three Israelis held in Lebanon. Some 600 of those
released criminals who chose to remain in the territories, were permitted
to do so. Many of those released terrorists became organizers in the 28
United Nations camps of the Fatah-PLO and HAMAS murderous gangs that
attack Jews and Arabs. When Yitzhak Rabin became Prime Minister, he
freed an additional 800 Arab criminals. He called it a "goodwill gesture."
Men, women, and children tortured and murdered with sadistic brutality
by HAMAS and PLO death squads- the 170 Jews and the 900 Arabs
called "collaborators"- a good many of them would be alive today if those
perpetrators of violence, as well as the terrorists leaders had been deported.

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