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Israel Demands Ban Of Militant Muslim Groups

Wed., Feb. 15, 1995, midnight

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin called Tuesday on Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat to outlaw two militant Islamic groups, saying Arafat must fulfill a pledge to rein in anti-Israel violence.

Rabin urged Arafat to ban Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the PLO-controlled Gaza Strip and Jericho. The fundamentalist groups, which oppose the IsraelPLO peace process, have claimed responsibility for bombing attacks that have killed 56 Israelis since October.

Addressing Parliament’s defense committee, Rabin also revealed that Israel has arrested 2,400 Palestinians in recent months on suspicion of militant activities.

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