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  • June 18, 2002

    A Hamas suicide bomber detonates a device on a bus in Jerusalem during morning rush hr., killing 18 Israeli Jews, 1 Israeli Arab, injuring 50. Late in the evening, as the IDF sends...

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  • August 12, 2001

    In Kiryat Motzkin, nr. Haifa, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonates a device outside a cafe, wounding 15 Israelis. Islamic Jihad takes responsibility. (The bomber, Muhammad Nasr, was a fmr. PSF...

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  • May 22, 2001

    U.S. Amb. Indyk, U.S. Consul General Ronald Schliecher hold talks with Sharon on the Mitchell Comm. findings, especially regarding a settlement freeze. Sharon calls for an unconditional cease-fire...

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  • May 20, 2001

    The IDF shells the home of PSF West Bank head Jibril Rajub, injuring 6 bodyguards; Rajub, his family are home but are not injured. The IDF also directs shells, heavy machine gun fire at al-Arub...

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  • May 11, 2001

    Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue, leaving 1 Palestinian dead. Overnight, Palestinian assailants throw hand grenades at an IDF post nr. Gaza's Dayr al-Balah refugee camp. In...

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  • December 1, 2000

    On this 1st Friday of Ramadan, Israel lifts age restrictions on Palestinians attending prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque and places Israeli riot police surrounding the mosque compound under strict orders...

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  • December 20, 1998

    The Israeli cabinet votes unanimously (with 1 abstention) to PM Netanyahu's request to suspend Wye implementation until the PA meets his 12 new conditions, setting showdown with the Knesset 12/21...

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  • June 11, 1997

    In Washington, Pres. Clinton urges Qatar's emir Shaykh Hamad to move ahead with plans to host the Middle East-North Africa economic summit in 11/97. The emir criticizes the 6/10 House decision,...

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  • August 27, 1996

    In Paris, U.S. special envoy Ross, UN Coordinator Terje Larsen open 2 days of mediation aimed at scheduling a Netanyahu-Arafat mtg., reaching a firm timetable for Israeli redeployment in Hebron (...

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  • May 24, 1996

    In Gaza, Arafat discusses Hamas-PA relations with Hamas delegation headed by Zahhar, `Abd al-Fatah Dukhan, Shaykh Sayyid Abu Musamih. (al-Quds 5/26 in FBIS 5/29)

    In Jerusalem's Old...

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  • May 28, 1995

    In Rabat, FM Peres meets with Arafat for 2d day, agrees to ease restrictions on movement of goods, people through checkpoints. (RTM Television, VOP 5/28 in FBIS 5/30; WP 5/29)

    10,000s of...

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  • March 4, 1993

    U.S. amb. to Israel William Harrop criticizes pace of economic reform in Israel, and warns of possible U.S. aid cuts. (WT 3/5)

    New York Times op-ed says Pres. Asad told Secy. of State...

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  • March 3, 1993

    PLO Exec. Comm mbr. Mahmud 'Abbas outlines new PLO 4-point plan to solve the deportee issue and resume talks (see 2/24, 2/25): (1) Israeli commitment against expulsion; (2) increase in no. of...

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  • November 16, 1992

    Hamas-PLO reconciliation meeting in Khartoum collapses as Hamas fails to show up (see 10/11); Chmn. Arafat meets with Sudanese Islamic leader Hasan al-Turabi, who had offered to serve as mediator...

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  • October 16, 1992

    Palestinian newspaper reports that Acting U.S. Secy. of State Eagleburger has sent a letter of assurances to the Palestinian delegation stressing that the U.S. is seeking "the transitional period...

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  • August 9, 1992

    Reporting an interview with FM Peres in the Italian paper II Messaggero, Deputy FM Yossi Beilin announces that Rabin gov't. will ask the Knesset in October to legalize meetings with the PLO, as...

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  • November 19, 1991

    Israeli state attorney recommends that Israel take no action against Hanan Ashrawi for her alleged contacts with PLO officials, as had been recommended by Israeli police. Israeli attorney general...

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  • November 15, 1991

    PM Shamir arrives in U.S. for private tour, although he plans to meet with Pres. Bush later in the trip. (MEM 11/15)

    Israeli police recommends that attorney general prosecute Hanan Ashrawi...

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  • April 27, 1991

    UN and other relief agencies claim increased symptoms of cholera in Iraqi population, particularly in Basra and Mosul [NYT 4/28].

    Iran's Pres. Rafsanjani, on 1st foreign trip as head of...

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  • March 28, 1991

    Iraqi troops launch attack to force Kurdish rebels out of northern oil city of Kirkuk [LAT, WT 3/29; MET 4/9].

    Rebels says food shortages are hurting their cause; appeal for international...

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  • December 17, 1990

    Sec. Baker tells NATO allies he expects Saddam Hussein to take dramatic step, such as partial pullout from Kuwait, just before UN resolution authorizing use of force goes into effect on 1/15. NATO...

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  • July 8, 1990

    Yasir Arafat meets with UN Sec. Gen. Javier Perez de Cuellar in Geneva to discuss report submitted by UN envoy Jean-Claude Aime on 7/4 [INA 7/8 in FBIS 7/9; MEM 7/9].

    PLO reports it is...

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  • April 20, 1990

    Israel's Supreme Court blocks atty. gen. eviction order of 150 Jewish settlers from former Hospice of St. John in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem's Old City [WP, LAT 4/21].

    Los Angeles...

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  • April 15, 1990

    In Jerusalem, Senator Bob Dole urges Israel to move toward peace talks, says American support for Israel diminishes with every report of violence in O.T. [WT, LAT 4/16].

    Israeli Peace Now...

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  • April 12, 1990

    Jerusalem's Greek Orthodox patriarch Diodorus I is overcome by tear gas as Israeli police disperse group of clergymen protesting Jewish nationals' occupation of church building in Old City's...

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  • January 15, 1990

    Social/Economic/Political

    Arab World: Arab League Tripartite Committee on Lebanon opens meetings in Algiers to discuss ways to hasten resolution of Lebanese crisis [FBIS 1/16].

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  • December 30, 1989

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: At least 15,000 Jews and Palestinians form human chain for peace 2.5 miles long around walls of Jerusalem's Old City. At several points...

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  • February 11, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Jerusalem news conference, team of U.S. physicians and psychiatrists reports on its survey of damage inflicted by army beatings,...

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  • January 12, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli troops declare Gaza's Jabalya refugee camp a closed military zone, deny UN Undersec. Gen. Marrack Goulding entrance. Goulding...

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  • January 10, 1988

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Palestinians order 3-day general strike in W. Bank and Gaza Strip [CSM 1/12]. In E. Jerusalem, police use tear gas and clubs to break up...

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A Hamas suicide bomber detonates a device on a bus in Jerusalem during morning rush hr., killing 18 Israeli Jews, 1 Israeli Arab, injuring 50. Late in the evening, as the IDF sends tanks troops into Jenin town and r.c. in response, imposing a curfew and firing on Palestinians who resist, the Israel cabinet convenes to discuss what further action to take. Afterward, Israel announces the launching of Operation Determined Path, under which "Israel will respond to acts of terror by capturing PA territory. . . . Additional acts of terror will lead to the taking of additional areas," which would be held indefinitely. During the day, the IDF assassinates Islamic Jihad student leader Yusif Bisharat in Hebron; raids the Nablus home of PLO Exec. Comm. mbr. and DFLP mbr. Taysir Khalid; shells residential areas of Gaza City, injuring 8; conducts arrest raids in villages around Jenin; bulldozes Palestinian agricultural land nr. Kefar Darom settlement. An elderly Palestinian dies of a heart attack when troops enter her Jenin home. An ailing Palestinian dies when the IDF bars his ambulance fr. crossing a checkpoint. Jewish settlers under the protection of IDF troops take over a building nr. the old city of Jerusalem. (AP, JP, LAW, MM 6/18; AFP, ATL, Interfax 6/18 in WNC 6/19; ATL 6/18, JT, al-Quds 6/19 in WNC 6/20; HP, LAW, MM, NYT, PCHR, UPMRC, WP, WT 6/19; WP 6/20; NYT 6/21; AYM 6/23 in WNC 6/26; MM 6/24, MEI 6/28; New Haven Register 7/3)

In light of the Jerusalem bombing, Bush postpones a speech outlining U.S. policy on the peace process, which he had planned to give today. (WP 6/19; NYT 6/20; AYM 6/20 in WNC 6/24)

In Kiryat Motzkin, nr. Haifa, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonates a device outside a cafe, wounding 15 Israelis. Islamic Jihad takes responsibility. (The bomber, Muhammad Nasr, was a fmr. PSF guard who quit his job at the Jinin jail after Islamic Jihad leader Iyad Hardan, who had befriended Nasr during his incarceration there, was assassinated on 4/5.) Afterward, Israeli Jews attack, severely beat an Israeli-Arab family in Haifa. Meanwhile, the IDF directs heavy machine gun fire at residential areas of Hebron, fatally shooting a 7-yr.-old Palestinian girl in her home, wounding 19 others; on hearing the news of the girl's death, the child's grandmother has a fatal heart attack. The IDF also occupies the Palestinian Telecommunications (Paltel) building in Abu Dis, which handles Palestinian telephone service in the Jerusalem area; Israel says Paltel may continue operations in coordination with IDF officers posted on site. The IDF directs heavy machine gun fire at residential areas of Bethlehem; demolishes a Palestinian home, bulldozes agricultural land in al-Qarara. Jewish settlers uproot a Palestinian olive grove nr. Ma'ale Shomron settlement. Demonstrations continue outside Orient House. Peace Now sponsors a protest vigil outside the PM's office in Jerusalem. Israeli police set up a new police post at Damascus Gate, new security cameras in several areas in the Old City. (AFP [Internet], IDF press release 8/12; HP, NYT, WP, WT 8/13; MENA, al-Ra'i 8/13 in WNC 8/14; NYT 8/14; MA 8/14 in WNC 8/15; MEZ 8/15; Independent [Internet] 8/16)

Sharon authorizes Peres to open security talks with senior PA officials but requires him seek special permission to meet with Arafat. (FMin. press release 8/12; AP, HP, WT 8/13; AYM 8/13 in WNC 8/14; WT 8/14; al-Ra'i 8/16 in WNC 8/17)

In Cairo, FM Maher, Mubarak's senior adviser Osama Baz meet with Oslo architect and fmr. Israeli MK Yossi Beilin to discuss ways achieving an Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire, renewing negotiations. (MENA 8/13 in WNC 8/14)

U.S. Amb. Indyk, U.S. Consul General Ronald Schliecher hold talks with Sharon on the Mitchell Comm. findings, especially regarding a settlement freeze. Sharon calls for an unconditional cease-fire, which he says must be followed by a 2-mo. "cooling-off period" before any "concessions" can be discussed; orders the IDF to "stop taking the initiative in attacking Palestinians." The PA says sees no reason to clamp down on the intifada, make preemptive arrests without some confidence building gestures fr. Israel. (MM 5/22; MM, NYT, WP, WT 5/23; MA 5/23 in WNC 5/24; MM, NYT, PCHR 5/24; MM 5/25; QA 5/25 in WNC 5/29; MEI 6/1)

Although Sharon calls on the IDF to stop instigating attacks, the IDF continues to retaliate for Palestinian actions, responding to "life-threatening" incidents of stone-throwing with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, shells, and heavy machine gun fire, particularly at residential areas east of Jerusalem, Hawara, Khan Yunis. The IDF demolishes 2 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, 1 in al-Mughraqa; bulldozes Palestinian land in Beitunia, Hebron, al-Mughraqa, al-Qarara; erects new posts in al-Qarara, outside Ramallah. 100s of Palestinians stage a nonviolent march in Hebron to protest continued Israeli attacks on medical workers. Also in Hebron, Jewish settlers stone Palestinian cars, and the IDF declares the vegetable market and Old Quarter a closed military zone. Jewish settlers also stone Palestinian cars on the Nablus-Qalqilya road; shoot and wound a Palestinian herder in Tubas, kill 3 sheep. Palestinians fire 2 mortars at Netzer Hazani settlement in Gaza. 1 Palestinian dies of injuries received earlier. (Gush Shalom press release, HP 5/22; NYT, WP 5/23; NYT, PCHR 5/24; LAW 5/25; NYT 6/2)

The IDF shells the home of PSF West Bank head Jibril Rajub, injuring 6 bodyguards; Rajub, his family are home but are not injured. The IDF also directs shells, heavy machine gun fire at al-Arub refugee camp, Bayt Jala, al-Bireh, Hebron, al-Khadir, Ramallah. Jewish settlers establish a new settlement enclave in Nabi Salih, nr. Ramallah; occupy 2 Palestinian shops in Jerusalem's Old City; set Palestinian wheat fields on fire nr. Hebron. Israel's Peace Now reports that at least 15 new Jewish settlement sites have been established since Sharon was elected in 2/01. (HP, Peace Now press release 5/20; NYT, PMC, WT 5/21; HA, WP 5/22; HA, MM, NYT 5/23; PCHR 5/24; LAW 5/25; MEI 6/1)

The Mitchell Comm. gives Israel, the PA its final report, which is identical to its preliminary report (see 5/16). Comm. heads Mitchell and fmr. sen. Warren Rudman send a letter to the Anti-Defamation League stressing that the report makes no direct linkage between halting violence, halting settlements. (MENA 5/21 in WNC 5/22; ITAR-TASS 5/21, AYM, HJ, MENA 5/22 in WNC 5/23; MM, NYT, WP, WT 5/22; MM, WP 5/23; AYM, HA, JT, MA, MENA, QA, al-Ra'i 5/23 in WNC 5/24; WJW 5/24; QA 5/25 in WNC 5/29; MEI 6/1; NYT 6/2)

Angry over Sharon's decision to use F-16s on 5/18 without consulting the full cabinet or security cabinet, the full Israeli cabinet limits the "kitchenette" (Sharon, Peres, Ben-Eliezer) to ordering strikes against 3 types of Palestinian targets without prior approval. (HA 5/21; MA 5/21 in WNC 5/22)

U.S. VP Dick Cheney states that the Israel should stop using American-supplied F-16s against Palestinian targets. Sharon says Israel will use as much military force against the Palestinians as it deems necessary. (MM, NYT, WT 5/21; al-Quds 5/21 in WNC 5/22; QA 5/21 in WNC 5/23; WJW 5/24; MEI 6/1)

Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue, leaving 1 Palestinian dead. Overnight, Palestinian assailants throw hand grenades at an IDF post nr. Gaza's Dayr al-Balah refugee camp. In retaliation, the IDF sends tanks and bulldozers into the camp at dawn, firing 15 shells, demolishing 5 Palestinian homes and a PSF post; the 700 yd. incursion, the deepest into PA-controlled territory since IDF field cmdrs. were given (5/6) free rein to carry them out, leaves 27 Palestinians homeless. Later, the IDF fires machine guns toward journalists, Palestinians digging through the rubble in search of their possessions. The IDF also directs shells, heavy machine gun fire on residential areas of Bethlehem, Jabaliya, Jericho, Khan Yunis; opens a new settler bypass road linking the Jewish settlements of Mevo Dotan, Homesh, Shaked. A pipe bomb explodes in the Old City of Jerusalem, wounding 2 people. For the 2d day, Jewish settlers in Hebron attack, seriously injure 3 Palestinians (ages 6, 14, 16). (HP, PMC, WP 5/12; PCHR 5/17)

In Amman, Jordanian security forces violently disperse 100s of Jordanians taking part in 2 Palestinian solidarity rallies sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood to mark the 53d anniversary of the Nakba. (HP 5/12; al-Ra'i 5/12, JT 5/13 in WNC 5/14; QA 5/14 in WNC 5/15; MM 5/15; JT 5/16 in WNC 5/17; MEI 5/18)

On this 1st Friday of Ramadan, Israel lifts age restrictions on Palestinians attending prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque and places Israeli riot police surrounding the mosque compound under strict orders to avoid actions that could spark riots. The IDF, however, bars West Bank Palestinians from entering East Jerusalem, some Jerusalem Palestinians from entering the Old City. Though there are several stone-throwing incidents after prayers, the police do not respond with gunfire as in previous weeks. Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue in the West Bank and Gaza, leaving 3 Palestinians dead. The IDF fires antitank missiles and heavy machine guns at residential areas in Hebron, Ramallah. Israel partially reopens the Gaza airport (closed since 11/8). (LAW 12/1; NYT, WP, WT 12/2; PCHR, WT 12/3)

The Israeli cabinet votes unanimously (with 1 abstention) to PM Netanyahu's request to suspend Wye implementation until the PA meets his 12 new conditions, setting showdown with the Knesset 12/21. (WP, WT 12/21; MA, VOA 12/21 in WNC 12/22; NYT 12/22) (see 12/16)

A small bomb explodes at a gate of Jerusalem's Old City, injuring 1 Israeli, who is arrested on suspicion of attempting to harm Palestinians. (WT 12/21)

More than 10,000 Jordanians take part in pro-Iraq demonstrations in Amman. (RJ 12/20 in WNC 12/22)

In s. Lebanon, 2 Hizballah mbrs. are killed by IDF shelling. (RL 12/20 in WNC 12/22)

In Washington, Pres. Clinton urges Qatar's emir Shaykh Hamad to move ahead with plans to host the Middle East-North Africa economic summit in 11/97. The emir criticizes the 6/10 House decision, calls on the U.S. to review its dual containment policy. (MM 6/11; al-Rayah [Doha] 6/17 in WNC 6/19; al-Ahram 6/18 in WNC 6/24; Intelligence Newsletter 6/26)

House passes Res. 1757, a version of the State Dept. Authorization Bill that earmarks $100 m. for the transfer of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Near East Report 6/12)

At the close of a 2-day mtg., donor, host governments pledge $4.1 m. to the UNRWA general fund for 1997. (UNRWA press release 6/12, 6/19) (see 5/26)

Jordan, Saudi Arabia open new border post at Aqaba+nal-Dirri+nHaql area. (RJ 6/10 in WNC 6/11)

At the Western Wall, Orthodox Jews, angered by men and women praying together, attack Conservative Jews, then attack Palestinians nr. the Old City, spray tear gas at Israeli police who try to stop them. (NYT 6/13; WT 6/16; JP 6/21)

In Paris, U.S. special envoy Ross, UN Coordinator Terje Larsen open 2 days of mediation aimed at scheduling a Netanyahu-Arafat mtg., reaching a firm timetable for Israeli redeployment in Hebron (see 8/22). Ross also meets with Netanyahu adviser Gold, Egypt's Baz. (MM 8/27; MA, YA 8/27 in WNC 8/30; MM 8/28; HA, QY 8/28 in IL 8/28; NYT, WP 8/29; WT 9/5; JP 9/7 WT 9/10)

Israeli police hoist bulldozer over Old City walls into East Jerusalem, demolish Palestinian building which they claim was being constructed without a permit. Israel says building was to be a social club for the PA. Palestinians say it was to be a clinic for the disabled, home for the elderly, funded by $30 m. fr. Canada, Sweden. (LAWE, MM 8/27; NYT, WT 8/28; MM, NYT, WP 8/29; MM 8/30; MEI, PR 9/6; PR 9/13)

Israel approves construction of new 1,806-unit neighborhood inside the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Sefer. 1st stage of construction will incl. 900 housing units and bring as many as 15,000 new settlers. (MA 8/27 in WNC 8/30; CSM, MM, NYT, WT 8/28; NYT, WP 8/29; PR 8/30; MEI 9/20)

PA released al-Damir Exec. Dir. Muhammad Dahman, who was arrested 8/12 on charges of fabricating a news story about the death in custody of Naher Dahlan 8/11. (PR 8/30)

In Beirut, U.S. Amb. to Lebanon Richard Jones, Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group (ILMG) U.S. coordinator David Greenlee meet with Lebanese Speaker Nabih Birri to discuss Lebanon's assessment of the 1st ILMG sessions 8/8, 8/15. (RL 8/27 in WNC 8/29; RL 8/29 in WNC 9/3)

In Beirut, fmr. Lebanese Forces leader Samir Ja`Ja` is charged with killing PM Rashid Karami in 1987. (NYT 8/28) (see 7/13)

Delegation led by Iranian Trade M Yahya Al-e-Eshaq begins 3-day visit to Syria. (IRNA 8/28, 8/29 in WNC 9/3) (see 8/18)

In Izmir, Turkey, Iraq discuss developing trade, industrial cooperation. (INA [Baghdad] 8/27 in WNC 8/30) (see 8/22)

In Gaza, Arafat discusses Hamas-PA relations with Hamas delegation headed by Zahhar, `Abd al-Fatah Dukhan, Shaykh Sayyid Abu Musamih. (al-Quds 5/26 in FBIS 5/29)

In Jerusalem's Old City, 100s of Jewish worshipers attack Palestinians, damage Palestinian property. Israeli police say riot was unprovoked, they do not know what motivated it. (PR 5/31; JP 6/1)

In Rabat, FM Peres meets with Arafat for 2d day, agrees to ease restrictions on movement of goods, people through checkpoints. (RTM Television, VOP 5/28 in FBIS 5/30; WP 5/29)

10,000s of Israelis march through Old City of Jerusalem to celebrate the 28th anniversary of its capture fr. Jordan. (WP, WT 5/29)

In s. Lebanon, 4 Hizballah mbrs are killed during IDF offensive n. of self-declared security zone. (MEI 6/9)

U.S. amb. to Israel William Harrop criticizes pace of economic reform in Israel, and warns of possible U.S. aid cuts. (WT 3/5)

New York Times op-ed says Pres. Asad told Secy. of State Christopher that he would agree to implement a peace agreement "gradually" (see 2/21). (NYT 3/4; MM 3/5)

Hamas spokesman in Amman Ibrahim Ghawshah says it was Hamas that suspended talks with U.S. when the latter did not agree to a 3rd meeting with its amb. in Amman, and that the 2 meetings with lower diplomats focused on the deportees (see 3/2). (Sawt al-Sha'b 3/5 in FBIS 3/5)

Belgium raises status of the PLO mission in Brussels, still short of full diplomatic recognition; Israel protests. (Algiers VOP 3/4 in FBIS 3/5; MM 3/5)

Yeshiva student stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City. (Qol Yisra'el 3/4 in FBIS 3/5)

Palestinian-born Muhammad Salameh is arrested and charged in connection with 2/26 World Trade Center bombing. Also arrested is Ibrahim al-Gabrowni, a relative of Sayyid Nusayr (imprisoned on crimes connected with assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane 2 years ago) and an official at Egyptian Islamic leader Shaykh 'Umar 'Abd al-Rahman's mosque in Brooklyn. 'Abd al-Rahman was tried in connection with Pres. Sadat's assassination in 1981. (WT 3/5; NYT 3/8)

PLO Exec. Comm mbr. Mahmud 'Abbas outlines new PLO 4-point plan to solve the deportee issue and resume talks (see 2/24, 2/25): (1) Israeli commitment against expulsion; (2) increase in no. of immediate returnees (from the 101 offered 2/1) and timetable for rest; (3) return of many post-1967 deportees; (4) Israeli commitment on o.t. human rights. (MM 3/4)

Faisal Husseini sends memo to Secy. of State Christopher. (al-Quds 3/5 in FBIS 3/8)

IDF arrests some 200 Palestinians in Rafah, Gaza Strip, in wake of attacks in Israel. (MM 3/4)

Ramallah woman stabs, injures Ataret Cohanim yeshiva guard in Old City. (Qol Yisra'el 3/3 in FBIS 3/3)

SLA kills 1 Hizballah fighter in clash in "security zone." Amal has criticized Hizballah's firing of rockets into Israel and attacks on personnel lately, as they are unsuccessful in evicting the IDF from the "security zone." (Qol Yisra'el 3/3 in FBIS 3/4)

Hamas-PLO reconciliation meeting in Khartoum collapses as Hamas fails to show up (see 10/11); Chmn. Arafat meets with Sudanese Islamic leader Hasan al-Turabi, who had offered to serve as mediator. Hamas releases statement in Amman demanding apology from Arafat for threatening their group, tying it to Iran (see 11/7). (MM 11/17; Jordan Times 11/17 in FBIS 11/17)

Jewish settlers toss grenade into crowded market of Jerusalem's Old City Muslim quarter, killing 71-year-old Palestinian man, wounding 11 others. Radical groups Kach and Kahane Hay both claim responsibility for the attack, 2 years after the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York. (MM 11/16; MM, NYT, WT 11/17)

In Tel Aviv, some 100,000 demonstrate against territorial compromise on the Golan Heights. (WT 11/17; Qol Yisra'el 11/17 in FBIS 11/17)

Commission investigating Palestinian prisoner conditions issues 20 main recommendations that have been approved by the police min. (MM 11/16)

Palestinian newspaper reports that Acting U.S. Secy. of State Eagleburger has sent a letter of assurances to the Palestinian delegation stressing that the U.S. is seeking "the transitional period [which] will be the beginning of the end of Israeli occupation." (al-Quds 10/16 in FBIS 10/19)

Poll of 1,100 Israeli citizens shows that 50% oppose any territorial concession on the Golan Heights, even in the event of full peace with Syria, 37% are willing to return parts, 10% are willing to return entire territory. Results are unchanged from same questions asked last January. (Ma'Ariv 10/16 in FBIS 10/16)

Yeshiva student is stabbed by 2 Palestinian youths in Old City of Jerusalem. (Qol Yisra'el 10/16 in FBIS 10/16)

Reporting an interview with FM Peres in the Italian paper II Messaggero, Deputy FM Yossi Beilin announces that Rabin gov't. will ask the Knesset in October to legalize meetings with the PLO, as long as they are not considered harmful to Israel. Rabin promised during the campaign to change the 1986 law. (Qol Yisra'el 8/9 in FBIS 8/10; NYT, WP 8/10)

Settlers attempt to build new house in defiance of partial settlement freeze, clash with IDF over its construction near Kiryat Arba, W. Bank. With police protection, 15 Jewish families occupy, claim legal ownership of 7 houses in Muslim quarter of Old City of Jerusalem. Rabin criticizes actions of settlers at both sites. (IDF Radio 8/9 in FBIS 8/10; NYT, WP 8/10)

Masked men kill 2 suspected collaborators in Gaza Strip. (Qol Yisra'el 8/10 in FBIS 8/11)

Fateh-affiliated candidate defeats Hamas candidate for leadership of o.t. Union of Engineers, but Hamas candidates win local branches in Janin, Hebron. (Qol Yisra'el 8/9 in FBIS 8/12)

Fateh Revolutionary Council concludes 2-day meeting in Tunis, issues final statement. (Algiers VOP 8/12 in FBIS 8/12)

Israel shells central S. Lebanon "security zone" and targets north. (VOL 8/9 in FBIS 8/10)

Israeli state attorney recommends that Israel take no action against Hanan Ashrawi for her alleged contacts with PLO officials, as had been recommended by Israeli police. Israeli attorney general must now decide Ashrawi's fate. (MM 11/19)

Jerusalem chief of police apologizes for 11/18 raid on Islamic court offices in E. Jerusalem (but does not return documents) as some 100 Palestinians, including members of the Islamic Higher Council, demonstrate against the raid in E. Jerusalem. Merchants in Hebron joined with those in the old city in strike to protest the raid. (MM 11/19)

E. Jerusalem, Hebron merchants strike ends. Nablus merchants strike 11/18 death of imam shot by IDF. (MM 11/19)

Labor party opens national convention in Jerusalem, struggles to develop a new election program to attract voters. (MM 11/19, 11/20)

European Commission announces EC will donate $61 million in aid to Palestinians in o.t. to help overcome economic effects of Gulf war. Grant is first expenditure from a $280- million assistance package established by EC in March 1991. (MM 11/19)

PM Shamir declares Israel will not release more Lebanese prisoners until it receives its missing servicemen. FM Levy calls on UN, Western countries to avoid "discrimination" during prisoner-hostage release negotiations, a reference to increased Israeli concern that such talks are focusing solely on Western hostages and ignoring Israeli demands for information on its servicemen missing in Lebanon. Israeli negotiator Uri Lubrani travels to New York for talks with UN Secy. Gen. Perez de Cuellar to push for progress on releasing airman Ron Arad, only Israeli hostage believed to be alive. Reversing earlier UN policy seeking a multilateral release, Perez de Cuellar states that he now accepts separating question of Western hostages from that of Israeli captives. (Qol Yisra'el 11/19 in FBIS 11/19; WP 11/21)

Lebanese Pres. al-Hirawi states that as long as Israel refuses to implement UN Sec. Council Resolution 425, calling for Israeli withdrawal from S. Lebanon, he cannot stop attacks by anti-Israeli resistance forces. (MM 11/19)

PM Shamir arrives in U.S. for private tour, although he plans to meet with Pres. Bush later in the trip. (MEM 11/15)

Israeli police recommends that attorney general prosecute Hanan Ashrawi, for allegedly meeting with PLO officials during peace conference. (NYT 11/16)

Large pro-PLO rallies held throughout o.t. to commemorate third anniversary of Palestinian "declaration of independence." Israeli border guards shoot, kill Musa Ghazi Muhammad Abu 'Id as he spray paints slogans on a wall inside E. Jerusalem's old city. (MEM 11/15)

UN and other relief agencies claim increased symptoms of cholera in Iraqi population, particularly in Basra and Mosul [NYT 4/28].

Iran's Pres. Rafsanjani, on 1st foreign trip as head of state, arrives in Damascus for postwar talks with Pres. Asad [NYT 4/28; IRNA, DDS, SANA 4/27 in FBIS 4/29; MET 5/7].

Hebrew-language media in Jerusalem report that new Jewish neighborhood will soon be set up inside the Old City walls on land owned by Israel Lands Administration [HAM 4/28 in FBIS 4/30].

Iraqi troops launch attack to force Kurdish rebels out of northern oil city of Kirkuk [LAT, WT 3/29; MET 4/9].

Rebels says food shortages are hurting their cause; appeal for international help [NYT, WP 3/29; AFP 3/28 in FBIS 3/29].

UN environmentalist compares Kuwait's burning oil wells with Chernobyl disaster, saying scientific world is still unable to measure the extent of the disaster in Kuwait [LAT, WP 3/29].

Israel bars o.t. Palestinians from entering Jewish state and E. Jerusalem from midnight 3/28 until midnight 3/30 to prevent violence during Passover and Land Day; IDF shoots dead 12-year-old Gaza youth during clash with stone throwers [LAT, WP 3/29; JDS 3/28 in FBIS 3/28; JDS 3/28, 3/29 in FBIS 3/29; MET 4/9]; 22-year-old Palestinian is also shot dead, and elderly Jew is stabbed and wounded in Jerusalem's Old City [NYT 3/29; JDS 3/28 in FBIS 3/28].

Sec. Baker tells NATO allies he expects Saddam Hussein to take dramatic step, such as partial pullout from Kuwait, just before UN resolution authorizing use of force goes into effect on 1/15. NATO ministers issue statement saying "there can be no partial solutions" [NYT, LAT, WT, WP 12/18; CSM 12/19].

Iraq asks European Community to go ahead with scheduled high-level meeting on 12/20 in Rome between European leaders and Iraqi F.M. Aziz [NYT, WP 12/18].

Fourteen former senior gov't. officials, including former NSC advisers Richard Allen and Robert McFarlane, urge Bush admin. to use military force shortly after 1/15 deadline if Iraq does not leave Kuwait [NYT 12/18].

After meeting with Algeria's Pres. Benjedid in Cairo on efforts to find Arab solution to Gulf crisis, Pres. Mubarak says "we have not yet found a way for a solution" [CDS 12/17 in FBIS 12/18; NYT 12/18]; Pres. Benjedid then travels to Libya, while Jordanian P.M. Mudar Badran goes to Syria in further diplomatic activity [APS, DDS 12/17 in FBIS 12/18; NYT 12/18].

Ishak Mousa Husseini, noted Palestinian writer and teacher who sought to explain Arab history to the West, dies in Jerusalem at age 86 [NYT 12/23; FJ 12/24].

Shmeul Goren, coordinator of gov't. activities in o.t., tells Knesset committee that Gulf crisis has cut in half annual aid of $140 million from Gulf Palestinians to o.t. Palestinians; that o.t. exports have been cut by 50%; and that citrus exports from Gaza have been reduced by 80% [IDF 12/17 in FBIS 12/20].

Senior Jordanian official says Amman has rejected proposal by Israel for bilateral negotiations on water and other territorial disputes, declaring Jordan would enter talks with Israel only in international peace conference on Middle East [MEM 12/18].

Israeli police bar thousands of Palestinians from entering Jerusalem and send hundreds of officers into the Old City to prevent clashes caused by heightened tensions [NYT, LAT, WT, WP, CSM 12/18; FJ 12/24; MET 12/25].

Jerusalem Post reports that the Jewish Agency about a month ago ordered all Agency and World Zionist Organization institutions to stop employing Palestinians from o.t. for "security considerations" [JPD 12/18 in FBIS 12/18; MEM 12/18]. 

Yasir Arafat meets with UN Sec. Gen. Javier Perez de Cuellar in Geneva to discuss report submitted by UN envoy Jean-Claude Aime on 7/4 [INA 7/8 in FBIS 7/9; MEM 7/9].

PLO reports it is prepared to discipline Abul Abbas and PLF for 5/30 attempted raid on Israel, but only after U.S. agrees to resume and expand U.S.-PLO dialogue. "We want a real dialogue, not a mailbox to send questions and wait for answers," says Yasir Abd Rabbo [NYT 7/13].

Fateh Central Committee opens meetings in Tunis [INA 7/11 in FBIS 7/ 12].

Israeli police officer is stabbed and seriously wounded while patrolling near Church of Holy Sepulchre in the Old City [NYT, LAT 7/9].

Israeli air force jets destroy Hizballah base in Jarjuh, Lebanon, killing 2 and wounding at least 7; military says base was used for organizing attacks inside Israelicontrolled "security zone" in S.Lebanon [IDF 7/8 in FBIS 7/9; NYT, LAT 7/9].

Israel's Supreme Court blocks atty. gen. eviction order of 150 Jewish settlers from former Hospice of St. John in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem's Old City [WP, LAT 4/21].

Los Angeles Times reports that rumors of dissension in top circles of PLFP-GC have been circulating for weeks in Syria; dissension revolves around group's reliance on Iranian funding [LAT 4/21].

In overnight attack, Israeli troops shoot, kill 6 Hizballah members in Israeli raid north of its "security zone" in S. Lebanon [NYT, WP 4/22].

In Jerusalem, Senator Bob Dole urges Israel to move toward peace talks, says American support for Israel diminishes with every report of violence in O.T. [WT, LAT 4/16].

Israeli Peace Now group holds small demonstration in Jerusalem's Old City, protesting Jewish nationals' occupation of building owned by Greek Orthodox Church [NYT, LAT 4/16].

Jerusalem's Greek Orthodox patriarch Diodorus I is overcome by tear gas as Israeli police disperse group of clergymen protesting Jewish nationals' occupation of church building in Old City's Christian quarter [WP, LAT, WT 4/13; JDS 4/12 in FBIS 4/13]; Jerusalem magistrate court issues evacuation order to settlers in church building [IDF 4/12 in FBIS 4/13].

PLO formally requests membership in World Health Organization. PLO made same request last year, was denied membership after U.S. delegation walked out in protest (cf. 4/23) [WP 4/13].

PLO rep. Hakam Balawi meets with U.S. ambassador Robert Pelletreau to discuss latest developments [TDS 4/13 in FBIS 4/18].

Arafat arrives in Czechoslovakia for state visit [NYT 4/13].

Social/Economic/Political

Arab World: Arab League Tripartite Committee on Lebanon opens meetings in Algiers to discuss ways to hasten resolution of Lebanese crisis [FBIS 1/16].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: 19-year-old Israeli soldier, Halit Avni, is stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City. Police detain 60 Palestinians for questioning [NYT 1/16; MET 1/23].

Arab World: Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon land in Upper Galilee but cause no damage or injuries [MET 1/23].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: At least 15,000 Jews and Palestinians form human chain for peace 2.5 miles long around walls of Jerusalem's Old City. At several points police try to break up crowds by firing water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. At least 50 are arrested, 70 wounded [NYT, WP 12/31; FBIS 1/3; FJ 1/8].

Military Action

Arab World: At Arafat's instruction, PLO militiamen south of Sidon take up positions to prevent clashes between Hizballah and Amal from spreading to PLO-controlled areas [NYT 12/31; FBIS 1/3].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Jerusalem news conference, team of U.S. physicians and psychiatrists reports on its survey of damage inflicted by army beatings, estimates more than 1,000 Palestinians have suffered broken bones and other injuries [WP 2/12]. Elderly man beaten by soldiers 2/8 in Nablus dies in hospital [NYT 2/13; FJ 2/14].

Other Countries: U.S. State Dept. announces Sec. of State George Shultz will visit Middle East to discuss reinvigorating peace process. Shultz meets with Arab Am. leaders, who express doubts about U.S. proposals [WP 2/13]. PLO officials in Athensay plan to sail ship of Palestinian deportees is being stalled because of Israeli pressure on government, shipowners, and crews [WP 2/12].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Tulkarm refugee camp, troops clash with residents, who believe settlers are attacking camp. Palestinian is shot, killed [FJ 2/14]. In village of Bita, south of Nablus, soldiers break into houses, beat residents, break furniture; 8 villagers are seriously wounded. At least 6 are hospitalized for army-inflicted beatings following raid of Tarqumiyyah village in Hebron district. Troops use tear gas to disperse crowd of demonstrators in Jerusalem's Old City. Curfews continue in Tulkarm, 'Anabta, Qalqiliyyah, Bayt Ummar, and Bayt 'Ur al-Tahta. In Gaza Strip, child is wounded by rubber bullet in Gaza City. Soldiers use water canon to disperse demonstrators in Maghazi camp. Israeli troops clash with demonstrators in Beach camp. In Taybah village in Triangle, demonstrators attack Israeli cars [FJ 2/14].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli troops declare Gaza's Jabalya refugee camp a closed military zone, deny UN Undersec. Gen. Marrack Goulding entrance. Goulding decides not to enter Maghazi camp because of demonstration atcamp entrance. Lawyers for 4 W. Bank Palestinians scheduled to be deported announce their clients have dropped their appeals [WP 1/13]. General strike continues in most parts of W. Bank, E. Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip [FJ 1/17]. Housing Min. David Levi attends ceremony marking establishment of Lifna, new settlement near Hebron [FJ 1/17]. Israeli authorities demolish 12 houses in Gaza Strip's Nusayrat camp [FJ 1/17].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: In Rafah, 1 Palestinian is shot, killed, at least 3 others wounded when they allegedly try to stab an Israeli soldier; part of Rafah, 6 Gaza refugee camps and 4 W. Bank camps (Jalazun, Camp No. 1, 'Askar, and Tulkarm) are placed under curfew [NYT, WP 1/13]. Al-Fajr reports 'Ayn Bayt al-Ma', old and new 'Askar, and 'Arrub camps, as well as old city of Nablus are also under curfew [FJ 1/17]. In Rafah, military drops tear gas bombs into houses from helicopters, declares town closed military zone. Violent demonstrations are also reported at Jabalya, where several Palestinians are reported injured. Israel sends more troops into Gaza. At least 4 Palestinians are injured by Israeli gunfire during demonstration in Nablus. In Ramallah-district village of 'Ayn Yabrud, soldiers use live ammunition to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting killing of youth in Baytin 1/11 by settlers; at least 1 is injured [FJ 1/17].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Palestinians order 3-day general strike in W. Bank and Gaza Strip [CSM 1/12]. In E. Jerusalem, police use tear gas and clubs to break up women's demonstration; 9 are arrested. Police arrest 19 following demonstration in Sa'diyyah quarter of Jerusalem's Old City [FJ 1/17]. Palestinian shot 12/16 in Rafah dies in Israeli hospital [LAT 1/11; FJ 1/17]. Def. Min. Rabin tells Israeli cabinet that calm will not be restored soon. Cabinet endorses iron fist policy. West Bank commander, General Amram Mitzna, orders Birzeit U. closed for 1 month [LAT, CSM 1/11]. W. Bank students sit for tawjihi exam [FJ 1/17]. Israeli youth is sentenced to 28 days in prison for refusing to serve in occupied territories [FJ 1/17]. Gaza lawyers decide to continue strike for another week. Reports indicate prisoners at Gaza Central prison have declared hunger strike as sign of support for uprising. School closings in Gaza Strip are extended indefinitely by Israeli authorities [FJ 1/17].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: IDF reinforces its presence in W. Bank and Gaza Strip. Soldiers open fire on stone throwers in numerous clashes in Gaza Strip, killing 1 in Gaza City's Sha'jiyyah quarter. Military conducts house-to-house raids in Sha'jiyyah, imposes curfew. UN officials report at least 2 others wounded in Gaza City. Khan Yunis residents claim pregnant woman was suffocated by tear gas [WP 1/11]. UN sources report at least 30 wounded in Gaza [LAT 1/1 1]. Demonstrations break out in Ramallah, al-Birah, and surrounding villages and camps. Balatah and 'Askar camps are placed under curfew following demonstrations [FJ 1/17].