The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1998 · Page 10
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HIP FRIDAY. MAY 15. 1998 MIDDLE EAST THE SALINA JOURNAL Palestinians turn to rage Day of mourning for founding of Israel brings violence By The Associated Press QARARA, Gaza Strip — In a blunt display of his power to send hundreds of thousands of Palestinians into the streets, Yasser Arafat declared a national day of mourning Thursday that turned into a day of rage. At least five Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 injured in clashes with Israeli troops that erupted as Palestinians commemorated what they call "al nakba" — the catastro- , phe — of Israel's founding and their own uprooting a half-century ago. It was the worst Israeli-Palestinian fighting in 20 months. Pitched battles between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli troops raged from the town' of Jenin in the northern West Bank to the southernmost Gaza Strip town of Rafah. Twenty Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians also were hurt, according to the army. "What difference did these 50 years make?" one young protester said angrily, snatching up a jagged rock. In every major city of the West Bank and Gaza, marchers — children holding hands, old men in robes and headdresses and veiled women — turned out at Arafat's behest for the anniversary, which Israel marked April 30 under the Hebrew calendar. While most of the marchers — 1 million by official Palestinian estimates — were peaceful, thousands of young men broke away and headed toward Israeli army outposts. In clash after clash, they hurled stones at Israeli soldiers who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and, sometimes, live rounds. The massive protests sent a message of growing Palestinian impatience over deadlocked peace efforts, and the outbreaks The Associated Press A Palestinian demonstrator from Arab east Jerusalem is kicked Thursday by Israeli police after the officers tried to break up a Palestinian march. of violence signaled that a failure now could prove explosive. Ominously, the tension sparked ugly confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian troops who were supposed to be working together to keep order. "Get back on your side of the road! It doesn't help when you come over here like this!" an angry Palestinian officer told an Israeli commander who strode over to complain the Palestinians weren't keeping back the crowd. Brig. Gen. Yoav Galant, Israeli commander in Gaza, ac- cused Arafat's government of deliberately organizing demonstrations so large as to be uncontrollable. Galant said Palestinian police and civilians fired wildly in at least one confrontation and may have been responsible for some casualties. Israeli officials recovered about 200 casings of the type of bullets used by Palestinian police, he said. Palestinian officials, in turn, denounced Israel for dealing so harshly with demonstrators armed only with stones and bottles. Efforts to reopen talks again fail Americans, Israelis will continue to work toward Palestinian agreement By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — An intensive effort 4 by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright- to reopen peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians ended Thursday without a breakthrough. But lower-level American and Israeli specialists were directed to keep trying to fashion an agreement. "We do have sufficient reason to contintie serious work," said James "Rubin, Albright's ..spokesman. . But he said Albright had ended direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister,.Benjamin Netanyahu and would fiy to London this weekend to join President Clinton •in meetings with European leaders. "It is hard to be optimistic," Rubin said after Albright completed an 80-minute meeting with Ne- tanyahu at a hotel a few blocks from the White House. It was their second session in two days, as the Clinton administration labored to end a 15-month stalemate in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians over the future of the contested West Bank. The biggest stumbling block was a U.S. proposal that Ne- tanyahu relinquish an additional 13 percent of the territory to the Palestinian Authority. An Israeli source said that Ne- tanyahu "agreed to nothing" in two days of talks with Albright, including the proposal for a 13 percent withdrawal. But "a serious process is under way" at a lower level of negotiations with administration officials, the source said, speaking only on condition of anonymity. In a speech earlier in the day, Netanyahu pledged to reject any peace plan that might erode a "territorial buffer" against terrorism. Netanyahu delegated Danny Naveh, the Israeli Cabinet secretary, Yitzhak Molcho, the prime minister's legal adviser, to continue talks with U.S. officials herf Before their meeting, .Ne- tanyahu telephoned Albright and urged her to call Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and advise him that Thursday's violence in Gaza only could have a detrimental effect on the peace process. Rubin said Albright called Arafat "to express her concern and regret about the death of the Palestinians" in the turmoil. •• Netanyahu was due to leAve Washington on today for a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He then will return here for a speech Sunday night to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful p"ro- Israel lobbying group. Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful •words in the English language. Henry James, quoted in Edith Wharton's A Backward Glance Do you have fond memories of a ., summer past? 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