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    Wednesday, October 15,1986/The Battalion/Page 7
World and Nation
Negotiators agree
on immigration bill
I i
Peace prize
goes to survivor
of Holocaust
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Elie
Wiesel, who survived the Nazi
Holocaust to become the voice of
its victims and a champion of dig
nity for all people, was chosen
Tuesday to receive the 1986 No-
bel Peace Prize.
The Norwegian Nobel Com
mittee praised the naturalized
American author as a spiritual
leader in an age of hatred.
“Wiesel’s commitment, which
originated in the sufferings of the
Jewish people, has been widened
to embrace all repressed peoples
and races,” its citation said.
Wiesel, 58, lost his parents and
younger sister in World War II
Nazi death camps. He has chroni
cled the suffering of the Jews un
der Hitler and elsewhere.
"1 have devoted my life to a
certain cause, the cause of mem
ory, the cause of remembrance,
and now I feel that maybe I will
have a better opportunity to say
the same words — I’m not going
to change now — for more peo
ple," Wiesel said.
“1 owe something to the dead. .
.. That was their obsession, to be
remembered,” he said. “Anyone
who does not remember betrays
them again.”
The committee’s citation said:
"Elie Wiesel has emerged as one
of the most important spiritual
leaders and guides in an age
when violence, repression and
racism continue to characterize
the world.
“Wiesel is a messenger to man
kind; his message is one of peace,
atonement and human dignity.
His belief that the forces fighting
evil in the world can be victorious
is a hard-won belief.”
Wiesel applied for U.S. cit
izenship in 1956.
Wiesel is the third American to
win a Nobel award this year. On
Monday the prize in medicine
went to Rita Levi-Montalcini, who
holds Italian and American cit
izenship, and to Stanley Cohen of
Vanderbilt University.
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and Senate negotiators, after five
hours of private discussion, agreed
today to a sweeping immigration bill
aimed at reducing the rush of illegal
aliens into the United States.
As lobbyists were relegated to cor
ridors outside the Senate Judiciary
Committee hearing room, lawmak
ers agreed on employer sanctions,
civil rights protections for Hispanics,
amnesty for aliens with long-term
residency and free legal services for
some agricultural workers.
Negotiators announced that the
House had accepted Senate lan
guage 43 times and the Senate gave
up its provisions 48 times. The con
ference report must now be pre
sented to both houses.
One of the issues dropped by the
House was a plan to temporarily
stop deportation of illegal immi
grants from El Salvador and Nicara
gua until a study could be made of
conditions they would face at home.
The Reagan administration
threatened to veto the bill if the pro
posal was retained.
The centerpiece of the bill re
mains a system of fines against em
ployers who hire illegal aliens and
amnesty for those who came illegally
but established roots here over a
long period of time.
The conference accepted the
House proposal that would make
those who came here before 1982 el
igible for the amnesty program. The
Senate plan to delay amnesty for up
to three years was dropped.
House language to prohibit job
discrimination against those waiting
for legalization was retained despite
initial Senate opposition. However,
the agreement specified that the civil
rights protections could end after
three years if they were found to
cause undue harm to employers.
Under language accepted in the
Senate bill, employer sanctions could
end at the same time if they caused
widespread discrimination.
The conferees accepted an offer
from President Reagan to provide
S4 billion over four years to re
imburse state and local governments
for the cost of legalization.
Job swap between Israeli leaders
delayed by political bargaining
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Wrangling
over political appointees delayed the
long-planned job swap Tuesday be
tween Prime Minister Shimon Peres
and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Sha
The two leaders failed to resolve
their differences at a 45-minute
meeting, and it was unclear when
they would go through with their
agreement to rotate positions.
But Peres, in an apparent last-
minute compromise offer, issued a
statement Tuesday night saying he
would go through with the rotation
if Shamir’s right-wing Likud bloc
agreed to drop demands to add min
isters to the new Cabinet.
“The problems that exist now can
be solved in negotiations after the
(new) government comes into be
ing,” said the statement, which was
broadcast on Israel Television.
The statement seemed aimed at
trying to persuade Likud to forego
reinstating former Justice Minister
Yitzhak Modai. In return Peres
would drop his demands to appoint
an aide as ambassador to Washing
But the television quoted Likud
ministers as saying they would ap
peal to President Chaim Herzog to
designate Shamir as premier
Wednesday regardless of Labor’s de
The delay appeared to be an ef
fort by Peres’ left-leaning Labor
Party to wrest what concessions it
could from Likud before ceding
leadership of the government.
Shamir had been scheduled to
present his Cabinet to Parliament
and be sworn in as Israel’s ninth
prime minister. He was to hand over
the foreign ministry to Peres in
keeping with a September 1984
accord which followed an electoral
stalemate leaving each party too
weak to govern without the other.
Shamir told reporters there had
been “no change” in the rival parties’
positions as he emerged from the
session at the prime minister’s of fice.
He declined f urther comment.
Uzi Bar-Am, secretary general of
Peres’ left-leaning Labor Party, told
reporters at a news conference his
party was “committed to rotation.”
But he accused Likud of “bad faith”
in negotiations about the govern
ment appointments.
“The rotation is in a state of cri
sis,” Bar-Am said. “The Likud is cer
tain that on the eve of rotation it can
subjugate Labor.” He added that
Peres had been trying “for weeks” to
straighten out differences between
the two camps.
Officials in both parties said the
central dispute was over Labor’s de
mand that a chief aide to Peres be
named ambassador to Washington,
in exchange for meeting Likud’s de
mand to reinstate an outspoken for
mer Likud minister whom Peres
fil ed from the Cabinet.
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