The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 1, 1996 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 1, 1996
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A6 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1996 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL Days of Rage A tunnel opening sparks rage and bloody fighting in Israel For four days last week, Israelis and outgunned Palestinians fought their worst clashes since the 1967 Middle East War. This is a reconstruction of the week. By ANTHONY SHADID The Associated Press JERUSALEM — At the end of Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, the word went out to Israel's military brass. In darkness and under armed guard, workers would break through the few remaining stones of a wall in the Old City to complete a pedestrian tunnel near one of Islam's most sacred shrines. Past Israeli governments had sanctioned the tunnel, even approving its completion, but had repeatedly delayed it for fear of Palestinian fury. Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai now says he got only five minutes' notice of the prime minister's order to complete the tunnel. The military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Amnon Shahak, was not consulted. "There was a misconnection there," David Bar-Ulan, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, now acknowledges. After midnight Monday, municipal workers knocked through the tunnel's final 18 inches. City officials and Ehud Olmert, Jerusalem's Jewish mayor, gathered near the Western Wall, then walked through the tunnel to its new exit on the Via Dolorosa, the street Jesus Christ is said to have taken to his crucifixion. The ensuing four days of bloodletting left peace in shreds. Tuesday: A long night "I was awake all night," Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said at a ceremony in Gaza. At times chanting with the crowd, he declared that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims would not "stand quietly when this is a clear violation of the holy places." The Israelis insisted the tunnel was an innocent archaeological site and a tourist attraction, denying it infringed on adjacent Muslim sites. But the Palestinian public was already frustrated at the slow progress of peace talks, and in the charged atmosphere of nationalist and religious rivalry in Jerusalem, the tunnel was bound to have repercussions. When the news flashed through the cobblestone The Associated Press An orthodox Jewish family walks through the disputed pedestrian tunnel after it was reopened in Jerusalem's Old City. streets of the Old City, hundreds rallied at the Al Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest shrine. Some hurled stones at Israeli police. Others marched toward the tunnel's new entrance, where they were rebuffed by police. Netanyahu, meanwhile, left for a tour of European capitals, and would have no contact with Arafat for two days. In Gaza, Arafat convened a Cabinet meeting that lasted until 1 a.m. and called for strikes and demonstrations. Wednesday: Real bullets Tourists trickling into the Muslim quarter found shops shuttered. Israel poured in police reinforcements, ready for trouble. In Arab east Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank towns of Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron, protesters threw stones and burned tires. Then, in Ramallah, things turned ominous. More than 1,000 protesters marched toward an Israeli checkpoint. They threw stones and were answered with tear gas and rubber bullets. Hospitals reported up to 240 injured. Neither side agreed on who fired live ammunition first. But Palestinian soldiers, upset by the injuries, began shooting in mid-afternoon in the first gunbattle between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian police. In a sign of the chaos to come, police ignored their commanders' orders to stop shooting. Thursday: The bloodiest day In Gaza, thousands marched on two Jewish settlements, throwing stones, firebombs and bottles at Israeli military checkpoints. Palestinian police then opened fire in a battle that exploded into nearby farms and fields. At its peak, more than 100 police fought a dozen soldiers backed by three armored cars and two helicopter gun- ships. In similar scenes, the West Bank witnessed its fiercest gunbattles between Israelis and Palestinians since the 1967 Middle East War. In Ramallah, alliances shifted rapidly. Police first tried to hold the crowd at bay. But when protesters shouted, "There are dead! There are dead!" some officers began firing on Israeli soldiers. Six Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian were killed in a battle outside Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, and Palestinian radio appealed to police, in the name of Arafat, to cease fire. But some police in Ramallah took off their uniforms and went to the front lines with stones or guns still in hand. In Germany, Netanyahu cut short his visit and headed home. En route, h6 called Arafat and demanded he contain the violence. He suggested a meeting, but Arafat refused. The day's death toll: 45 Palestinians and 11 Israelis. Friday: The Muslim Sabbath Israel deployed 10,000 police, including more than 3,000 in Jerusalem, mostly around the silver-domed Al Aqsa Mosque. All morning, Arafat's Voice of Palestine radio broadcast appeals for calm — to no avail. The 3,000 Muslim worshipers inside the mosque mouthed a silent prayer for the dead. Then, at about 12:30, cries of "God is great" shattered the reverent hush. Young Palestinians outside had begun throwing stones. Police stormed the compound, firing tear gas, rubber bullets and, Palestinians say, live rounds. Three Arabs were killed. The bloodletting set off another round of clashes, but by now Palestinian authorities were regaining control. Six more Palestinians and Israelis were killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But in three cities, Palestinian police held back the throngs. Flanked by grim-faced security lieutenants, Netanyahu went on TV and blamed Arafat for the unrest. Arafat again issued orders to all commanders to stop attacks on Israelis. Only scattered protests followed. But 74 people had been killed, and the peace effort had been dealt a shattering blow. "The decision was good," Ne- tanyahu said of opening the tunnel, "but the timing was bad." $599 Steel Lawn Rake Servistar 18-Tine Hosier Lumber 1210 W.Crawford Salina 827-3618 Are you sure we're going to make it to Aunt B«.rtiicg'« on those tires?j ;»N.lMtlFe 1233 Ducks Unlimited Social Hour 5:30 pm BanQUCt Oct. 8th Dinner 7pm *l „ •» 825-4354 Holidome Our %and Opening Celebration Is Stitt Going On! Everything In TheStorels On Sale! v \s Now Through October 5, 1996 Carpet Warehouse] 833 E. Prescott • Salina • (913) 827-8755 Hours: Mon. & Thtirs. 9-7, Tues., Fri. 9-5:30, Sat. 10-4 HELLO,BERNINAS GOODBYE, FRUSTRATION' We have made a special factory purchase of a limited number of HEAVY DUTY sewing machines from Bernina for those who demand the very bestl GUARANTEED performance 'on sheers or layers of denim; even sews on LEATHER. 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Rejecting a prosecution argument that Robert Kim should be held without bail because he is likely to flee the country, U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Curtis Sewell ordered Kim, 56, freed on $200,000 bond and more than $500,000 worth of property put up by friends. Kim, who is still in custody, is accused of passing more than 50 documents to an agent of his native South Korea. NOTICE The committee to re-elect Senator Ben Vidricksen is asking for your help to re-elect our senator. Senator Ben has done so much for our district - we need him to continue his proven leadership. We need yard sign locations to show your support by calling: Carol D'Albini - Campaign Coordinator 827-2321 Mary Liby - Treasurer 823-9678 or Senator Ben 827-9546 We'll Do The Rest Thank You Pol adv. paid by committee to re-elect Sen. Ben Vidricksen, Al Schwan, chairman. 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