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West Bank withdrawal begins
JENIN, West Bank (AP) - Hun-
dreds of ecstatic Palestinians waving
flags and chanting "Our revolution is
victorious!" mobbed the first represen-
tatives of Yasser Arafat's police who
arrived yesterday as Israel began pull-
ing troops out of the city.
Jenin is the first of seven cities to be
handed to the Palestinians under the
Israel-PLO autonomy agreement signed
last month at the White House. The
arrival of Arafat's police is the first step
toward Palestinian self-rule in most
West Bank towns and villages by the
end of the year.
While Israeli soldiers stood back and
watched, celebrating Palestinians took
a flag from the crowd and hoisted it to
the top of a pole in front of the just-
opened Israeli-PLO liaison center, then
danced cheering around the once-out-
"We have been under occupation for
28 years and now we are witnessing
history," said Kadoura Mousa, an Arafat
aide in Jenin. "The revolution of the
construction of the Palestinian state has
The relatively smooth start to the
Israeli pullout from Jenin, open to the
world's press, contrasted sharply with
last year's withdrawal from the Gaza
Strip. Israeli soldiers there packed up in
the middle of the night, accompanied
by gunfire and hails of stones.
Later yesterday evening, dozens of
Palestinians threw stones at Israeli
troops in Jenin, slightly injuring at least
one border policeman, Israel army ra-
dio said. Israel radio said three fire-
bombs were thrown, but caused no dam-
age or injuries.
No Israeli soldiers left the territory
they have occupied for 28 years, and
only 10 ofthe 12,000 Palestinian police
to be deployed in the West Bank actu-
But the 10 police, including five se-
nior officers in olive drab, were given a
hero's welcome at the Israel-PLO liai-
son office - six white trailers on the
outskirts of Jenin.
"This is a moment of joy for our
entire people," said Jamal Hasanat, one
of hundreds of young men and boys
singing and dancing in the bare dirt
courtyard in the center of the trailers.
Yesterday, Israeli troops moved out
of the Jenin police station, loading their
belongings into trucks.
Palestinians greet a Palestinian police officer yesterday In the West Bank.
Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM -Palestinian leader
yesterday condemned the U.S. congres
sional vote to relocate the Areau
Embassy to Jerusalem as a partisan
move on behalfof Israel and a provoca-
tion of the Arab world.
They said the decision, which recqg
AP PHOTO nizes Israel's claim to an undivided
Jerusalem as its capital, is a slap in i
face of millions of Muslims who aI:
worship Jerusalem as a holy city, and,'
strike against the U.S. role as a Mid J?
East mediator, they said.
"This step is aimed against Islamic,
feelings and the Arab world positioni
said Ahmad Tibi, an adviser to Pals'
tinian leader Yasser Arafat on Isnt
issues. "Nobody can say to Palestinians
that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel~;
alone. East Jerusalem is occupied 4
even according to long-standing Ame-
can policy. It will be the capital
On Palestinian radio, anger at tl
decision overshadowed any celebratioi
as Israeli police packed up to move out
of their station in Janin, marking the
beginning of Israel's pullout from West.
Bank cities after 28 years of occupa,
Under the interim peace accord be
tween Israeli Prime Ministers
Yitzhak Rabin and Arafat, Israeli sot,
diers are expected to leave six AraW
cities and redeploy in the seventh,
Hebron, before Palestinian elections are
held early next year. The northernmdst
city of Janin is the first.
The fate ofJerusalem -the city holy
to Christians, Muslims and Jews and
that the Israelis call their "undivided
and eternal" capital - is to be decided
along with the other most difficult is-
sues in the final stage of peace negotia-
tions to begin next May.
Ahmad Qrei, the Palestinians' chief
peace negotiator, called the U.S. con-
gressional vote on Tuesday"a bad deel
sion and bad timing. It harms trust and
confidence and violates all ofthe rules."
Israel officially proclaimed Jerusa'
lem its capital in 1950, when Jordani
still controlled the eastern half. Israel
captured East Jerusalem in the 1967
Arab-Israeli War and annexed it.
Throughout, the United States has
maintained its embassy in Tel Aviv,
asserting that the status of Jerusale'm
must be resolved by negotiation. Only
El Salvador and Costa Rica have ther
embassies in Jerusalem.
President Clinton opposed the bill
sponsored by Senate Majority Leader
Bob Dole (R-Kan.) out of concern that
it would anger the Palestinians to thii
point of derailing peace negotiations.
So did Rabin until it became clear the
bill would be put to a vote and pss
overwhelmingly, and then he jumed
on the bandwagon.
"Without a doubt, the transfer ofan
embassy such as the United Stateb',
whenever it will be, is always welcome.
We hope additional embassies will be
transferred to Jerusalem," Rabin tld
Israeli Radio from the United Statie.
Rabin was in Washington, D.C., yeste-
day for a celebration of the 3,000th
anniversary of King David's conqes
Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert of
the opposition Likud party also hailed
the vote in Washington, where he was
a guest of Dole. The vote was a vic
tory for Likud and the many conse4-
vative American Jews who support
The congressional vote requires thy
U.S. Embassy to be in Jerusalem b
May 31, 1999, but a waiver provisiop
allows Clinton to delay the move sic
months if he declares that doing so
would harm U.S. national security. I
He could declare additional si-
month delays into the next century, i
an effort to maintain neutrality on tft
issue if the negotiations are still goIn
Some political analysts argue, how-
ever, thatby taking the decision tomove
the embassy before final status negotia-
tions, the United States has already
weakened Palestinians at the bargain-
ing table, since one of Israel's motivg-
tions for making concessions would lie
to gain international recognition rf
Jerusalem as its capital.
Rabin aides in Jerusalem downplayed
the potential impact.
"it is symbolic. .The hard facts are
decided in negotiations," said a gove-
ment official who asked not to be iden-
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