2A --The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 4, 1995
Palestinian police arrive in Bethlehem
BEIT JALA, West Bank (AP)-The
first Palestinian police who will take
control of Bethlehem from Israeli troops
by Christmas raised the Palestinian flag
on a hill overlooking the biblical city
About 400 people turned out to wel-
come the 12 officers who opened the
Israel-Palestinian liaison office in this
,neighboring village. They raised the
red, green, black and white Palestinian
flag over the office.
Residents clapped and chanted "We
Swill sacrifice soul and blood for Pales-
tine" when the officers marched in,
carrying handguns, flags and pictures
of PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
,'This is the sweetest moment in my
life," Khalil Dakadeka said from the
nearby village of Beit Fajjar.
"We have waited for this moment for
many years," said Bethlehem merchant
a As he raised the flag, Brig. Gen. Ziad
Atrash, a senior police commander, an-
nounced: "Christmas will be under the
auspices of the Palestinian Authority,
and Arafat will attend the ceremonies."
Thirty thousand people are expected
to attend Christmas celebrations in
Bethlehem's Manger Square, the tradi-
tional birthplace of Jesus, for the first
Christmas under Palestinian control.
In past years, visitors passed through
Israeli metal detectors to reach Manger
Square and the Church of the Nativity,
and Israeli army snipers were posted on
Israeli troops are to leave Bethlehem
on Dec. 18, but there has been talk of
troops retaining control ofthe Bethlehem
main road and military headquarters if a
bypass road around the city for Jewish
settlers has not been finished.
Earlier yesterday, dozens of Pales-
tinians tried in vain to block bulldozers
clearing land for a bypass road around
Hebron, 12 miles south of Bethlehem.
The road cuts through cultivated olive
groves and grape vineyards in Hal houl,
a Palestinian village outside of Hebron.
"This is my land, and it is the only
thing I have," said Ali Akel. "I under-
stand that this peace is a peace for land,
but the Israeli government has both the
peace and the land."
Soldiers pushed the protesters back
and kept them from blocking the bull-
Underthe Israel-PLO agreement signed
U.S. rison population grows 9 ercen
WASHINGTON - The population of prisons in the United States grew by
almost 9 percent in the 12 months that ended June 30, reflecting the effect of tough
sentencing laws and prison building programs in many states, according to a
Justice Department report released today.
The one-year increase of 89,707 inmates in state and federal prisons was the
largest on record. The rate of growth, 8.8 percent, exceeded the approximately 8-
percent average for the last five years.
The trend reflects stricter mandatory sentence laws in many states for drug-
related and violent crimes as well as tougher sentencing practices, which have
restricted the use of parole for letting inmates out early.
Fear of crime and growing outrage about widely publicized acts ofviolencehave
bolstered public support for strict sentences for many offenses, experts said.
"This is part of general long emerging public view that there are no alternatives
to prison," said Gerald Caplan, dean of McGeorge Law School in Sacramento,
Calif., and a former Justice Department official. "Incarceration has increasjngly
become the acceptable way of handling wrong-doers."
The female prison population increased at a faster rate than the male prison
population. The number of female prison inmates grew by 11.4 percent, compa ed
to an 8.7-percent increase male prisoners.
Palestinians from the West Bank town of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, cheer as
contingent of 12 Palestinian police officers were to meet with their Israeli
counterparts to discuss the future withdrawl of the Israeli army from the area.
in September, Israel is supposed to be out West Bank will proceed on schedule,
of six Palestinian cities by the end of the despite sorne security concerns. Two
year, and out of Hebron in March. Israeli policemen were kidnapped last
Israel's Cabinet said yesterday that week in the northern West Bank and
the redeployment of Israeli troops in the gunmen fired at an Israeli army jeep.
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Two GOP sens. will
not seek re-election
Republican Sens. Alan Simpson of
Wyoming and Mark Hatfield of Or-
egon announced Friday that they will
not seek another term in Congress.
Hatfield, a moderate who chairs the
Senate Appropriations Committee, said
he has grown increasingly frustrated
with hard-line conservatives.
"Thirty years of voluntary separation
from my state has been enough," he said.
Hatfield, 73, miffed many Republi-
cans last spring when he broke party
lines to vote against a balanced-budget
amendment to the Constitution.
Simpson said he wants to spend more
time with his wife and wants to try
something new when his term ends in
"We are very excited about that, about
doing something else," Simpson said.
Simpson is the third senator in the past
month to announce plans not to seek re-
election in 1996. Four Republicans, in-
cluding Simpson and Hatfield, and eight
Democrats are leaving the Senate when
their terms end 13 months from now.
The last time that many senators retired
was a century ago - in 1896.
Simpson, 64, won his first U;S: Sen-
ate race in 1978 and easily defeted
Democratic challengers in re-election
bids in 1984 and 1990. -
As a senator, Simpson became known
for his quick wit and sharp criticism
leveled at those in both parties hefelt
were acting irrationally.
Hayes makes switch
to Republican Party
LAFAYETTE, La. - Sa'ying
Democratic leadership has silenced
him, five-term Rep. Jimmy Hayes'said
Friday he's switching to the Republi-
can Party. Hayes said there is no longer
room for conservatives in the Demo-
"I cannot any longer sustain the
thought that I can further the voice of
south Louisiana in a Democratic:Party
that has worked to silence them,' said
Hayes, who has represented Louisia'na's
Cajun country and the oil refinery city
of Lake Charles since 1987.x
H ayes' move will leave 235 Repub-
licans, 197 Democrats and one-Inde-
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PARIS - When former Gen.
Liamine Zeroual officially took the oath
of office last week as Algeria's sixth
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nary magnitude of 7.2 hit the Kuril
Islands in the Russian Far East latelast
night. There were no immediate reports
of injuries or damage.
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about 31 miles undersea off the island
of Iturup, according to Japan's Central
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tude of 6.9 centered 60 miles east, of
Iturup yesterday. No casualties. were
reported, but the quake caused height-
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