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Haifa Jane off to see Yasser (NEW YORK DAILYNEWS) By DEBORAH BLACHOR JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 12/20/02)Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/story/45093p-42415c.html NEW YORK DAILY NEWS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
JERUSALEM - Jane Fonda cried yesterday when she heard harrowing tales of survival from victims of terror.

But in an echo of her controversial visit to the other side 30 years ago, during the Vietnam War, Hanoi Jane upset the people whose bravery she wept for when they learned she planned to visit Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

"I don´t know what they will see there," said victim Shoshana Gottleib, 49, who was paralyzed from the waist down after Palestinian gunmen sprayed her car with bullets.

"I know so many injured people," Gottleib said. "And there are many injured on the Palestinian side as well. We know where this started - with Arafat."

Fonda is on a three-day listening tour with a delegation led by "The Vagina Monologues" writer Eve Ensler.

The group visited Hadassah Hospital yesterday to meet terrorism victims.

Tomorrow, the group will meet Arafat at his shattered headquarters in Ramallah, The Associated Press reported. Ensler and Fonda declined to discuss their plans with reporters.

Hospital employees called Fonda and her cohorts naive foreigners who don´t understand the harsh realities.

"How can they visit us, who treat terror victims every day, and then visit the person who sends out the terrorists?" wondered one 23-year- old Hadassah worker.

"Arafat should stop the terror, so we don´t have to do what we do here at the hospital," Hadassah official Barbara Goldstein said.

Hadassah Hospital, known for its evenhanded treatment of Israelis and Palestinians alike, says it has treated 2,150 patients injured in terror attacks.

"We here have become experts at treating terror victims," said Goldstein, who is originally from Metuchen, N.J. "That´s not a distinction we wanted to have."

Fonda said she came on the trip because she cares about peace.

"One woman said to me, ´Are you here to give us a solution to our problems?´" Fonda recounted. "I said, ´Our job is not to know solutions. We know it´s complicated. But we care about peace, and know if we don´t work together, then we won´t be around in the future." (© 2002 Daily News, L.P. 12/20/02)


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