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PROFESSOR HISHAM AHMED FROM DEHEISHE REFUGEE CAMP
Yesterday, after the Pope left Deheishe Refugee Camp near Bethlehem,
of the Camp battled with the police of the Arafat "Authority" and then
demonstrated against the ongoing occupation and the inadequate "Peace Process."
If you are with the Press we strongly suggest you contact Professor
a resident of Deheishe Camp who is quoted in today's New York Times. Professor
Ahmed has his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California and
now teaches at Bir Zeit University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and has
taught in the United States. Professor Ahmed can be reached in Israel/Palestine
at: 052 405354. If you are calling internationally the number is 972 52 405354.
The following brief article from today's "The Straits Times"
(Singapore) describes what took place yesterday at Deheishe
Camp shortly after the Pople left:
VIOLENCE MARS POPE'S PALESTINIAN VISIT
DHEISHEH REFUGEE CAMP (West Bank) -- Residents hurled stones on Wednesday
security forces after Pope John Paul II left the Dheisheh camp in Palestine
on a visit there.
The melee showed dissatisfaction with Mr Yasser Arafat's leadership
slow pace of peace with Israel. It marred an otherwise festive occasion for
the Palestinians, who heard the Pope give moral weight to their statehood
claims as the world watched.
About an hour after the pope left Dheisheh, the volatility and frustration
life here reared its head. Witnesses said police trying to push back curious
onlookers beat several of them with clubs. In response, an angry crowd hurled
stones at police officers.
Refugees at Dheisheh, a shantytown of some 10,000 refugees from the
feel the Palestinian leadership does not invest enough resources in the camps
and complain of nepotism and widespread corruption. They also fear the peace
process will not address their demand to return to the homes they were forced
to flee a half-century ago.
Following the scuffle, hundreds of camp residents gathered for a protest
march through the streets of Dheisheh. -- AP
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