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  • September 22, 1990

    New York Times reports that thousands of Israelis who might not ordinarily choose to become settlers are moving to O.T. because of housing shortage brought on by Soviet immigrants....

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  • September 3, 1990

    Iraqi gov't says only state-run Iraqi Airways planes may land in Iraq; reaffirms that those people allowed to leave may do so only on these planes [LAT, WP 9/4; MET 9/11].

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  • November 8, 1985

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli officials dismiss Arafat's Cairo Declaration as having no significance [BG 11/9]. Jewish Press cites poll in Hadashot...

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New York Times reports that thousands of Israelis who might not ordinarily choose to become settlers are moving to O.T. because of housing shortage brought on by Soviet immigrants. Yisrael Harel, head of a settlers' council, says 6,000-7,000 Israelis have moved to O.T. this year, bringing settler population to just over 90,000 [NYT 9/23].

King Hussein reads 30-min. "open letter" to Americans over CNN explaining Jordanian position in Gulf crisis and reiterating Jordan's rejection of foreign military presence in the Gulf; condemns Iraqi invasion but declares that it is "not inexplicable" [NYT 9/23; MEM, CSM 9/24].

U.S.-chartered Iraqi Airways jet carrying 147 passengers lands in London, the last of the chartered "freedom flights" out of Iraq [WP 9/23].

Iraqi gov't says only state-run Iraqi Airways planes may land in Iraq; reaffirms that those people allowed to leave may do so only on these planes [LAT, WP 9/4; MET 9/11].

Iraq refuses landing rights to British, Swiss, and French charter flights that were to have brought women, children out of Iraq and Kuwait [LAT 9/1, 9/2; NYT 9/4].

Iraqi F.M. Aziz urges nations with many citizens in Iraq and Kuwait to supply food to Iraq, saying it could not be responsible for what happened to them as a result of shortages [LAT 9/4].

Chedli Klibi, longtime Sec.-Gen. of Arab League, abruptly resigns, giving no reason, but it was widely reported he was upbraided by Saudi and Syrian officials for not putting sufficient pressure on Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait [AFP 9/3 in FBIS 9/4; WT, MEM 9/4; NYT 9/5; CSM 9/6; MET 9/11].

U.S. official reports American combat aircraft have been deployed in Oman, Qatar, UAE, and Bahrain for first time [NYT, MEM 9/4].

Pres. Mubarak meets with U.S. delegation including 15 senators led by Claiborne Pell (D-RI) and 22 representatives headed by Richard Gephardt (D-MO) [MENA 9/3 in FBIS 9/5].

As part of Gulf tour, British foreign sec. Douglas Hurd arrives in Jeddah for 2-day working visit, meets with Saudi officials, including King Fahd [SPA 9/3 in FBIS 9/6].

In speech marking 1,000th day of intifada, Arafat says Palestinians can only take sides against "Zionism and its imperialist allies," confirms the PLO Gulf peace initiative calling for "withdrawal of occupation forces from Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Lebanon, and the Golan," and that occupation forces should be replaced by UN [MEM 9/3].

Over 10,000 people gather at rally in Amman to celebrate 1,000th day of intifada and show support of Iraq [MEM 9/4]; in W. Bank, stores usually closed remain open in celebration [WT 9/5; LAT 9/6; FJ 9/10].

Sec. of Economic Development Group in E. Jerusalem says lack of funds coming from Gulf states and lost jobs of Palestinians could harm "tens of thousands of families" in O.T.; adds drying up of funds could hurt "the future of a Palestinian state" [LAT 9/4]; other officials agree [CSM 9/6].

Jerusalem Post reports 18,800 immigrants arrived in Israel in August, including 17,500 from USSR-more than in any one month since 1951 [MEM 9/3].

Israel's gov't-run television and radio ban the use of Arabic names for Palestinian villages and towns, ordering journalists and broadcasters to use the biblical Hebrew names [NYT 9/5; FJ 9/10].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli officials dismiss Arafat's Cairo Declaration as having no significance [BG 11/9]. Jewish Press cites poll in Hadashot which finds nearly 75% of all Israelis favor capital punishment for Palestinians found guilty of politically motivated murder [JWP 11/8]. Israeli officials state Israel has no intention of pulling remaining forces out of security zone or turning protection of border over to UNIFIL troops [MG 11/9].

Arab World: King Hussein praises Yasir Arafat's "Cairo Declaration" on the use of violence, saying move will enhance prospects for peace [PI, WP 11/9].

Other Countries: FBI states Jewish Defense League is "possible responsible group" in recent bomb attacks against ADC office in Santa Ana and two East Coast men purported to have Nazi ties; 2 of the attacks resulted in deaths [NYT, WP 11/9]. Leader of JDL threatens to sue FBI for slander [BG 11/10].

Military Action

Other Countries: Car bomb explodes in Nicosia killing manager of Iraqi Airlines' Cyprus branch moments after another bomb explodes inside airline's office there; phone caller claims responsibility on behalf of pro-Syrian Eagles of the Revolution Organization, states attack is first in series of operations against Iraqi govt. in retaliation for its support of Yasir Arafat, states organization isPalestinian [LT 11/9].