18 Years Waiting for a Gavel to Fall
# A group of Palestinians have been in legal and
personal limbo for nearly two decades as the U.S. has
sought to deport them. Their case foreshadowed
post-9/11 policy. First of two parts
By Peter H. King, Times Staff Writer
On a rain-soaked Saturday afternoon nearly two decades
ago, a handful of young Palestinians gathered at the
Glendale Civic Auditorium to prepare for an evening
fundraiser. The event a night of ethnic food, folk
dances and political speeches delivered in Arabic
would be attended by an estimated 1,200 men, women and
children, most of them immigrants from the Middle
It had been promoted as a festival to celebrate the
18th anniversary of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-oriented faction of
the Palestine Liberation Organization. The underlying
purpose, organizers said, was to generate donations
for "the homeland," in particular to provide medical
care and schooling in Palestinian refugee camps.
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downed one of its helicopters on Tuesday. The 17
American servicemen it was carrying are missing and
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occupation authority to an Iraqi interim government
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against conflict. Leading Democrats yesterday reacted
angrily to President George Bush's address to the
nation, accusing him of "exploiting the sacred ground"
of September 11 by attempting to link the Iraq war
with the terrorist attacks.
Hizbollah hits Israeli border with mortar attack
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combating domestic violence yesterday, opening 17 new
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in domestic abuse cases, dealing in everything from
restraining orders and child custody battles to the
treatment of victims, officials said.
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