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  • October 12, 1999

    In Washington, King Abdallah, Pres. Clinton hold talks on the peace process, bilateral economic ties. Previously, Abdallah said he would bring with him a message for Clinton fr. Iraqi pres. Saddam...

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  • September 30, 1991

    U.S. State Department indicates U.S. is not considering renewing U.S.-PLO dialogue broken off in June 1990 despite resignation of PLF leader Muhammad 'Abbas (Abu 'Abbas) from PLO Exec. Comm. [see...

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  • September 28, 1991

    PNC meeting in Algiers ends after issuing statement outlining PLO conditions for Palestinian participation in peace talks, including PLO's right to appoint delegates. PNC also accepts resignation...

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  • July 1, 1987

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: The Jerusalem Post reports Palestinian doctor has confirmed allegation by Na'ilah 'Ayish that she was pregnant athe time of her...

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  • May 23, 1987

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli police teargas worshippers gathered at Damascus Gate to mark Laylat al-Qadr; police do not interfere with estimated 2,000...

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  • January 13, 1986

    Social/Economic/Political

    Occupied Palestine/Israel: Following all-night session, Israeli Inner Cabinet approves package compromise dal to send Taba dispute to binding international...

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In Washington, King Abdallah, Pres. Clinton hold talks on the peace process, bilateral economic ties. Previously, Abdallah said he would bring with him a message for Clinton fr. Iraqi pres. Saddam Hussein (see 10/4); the U.S. says Abdallah brought no message, though one might exist. Some reports maintain that U.S. officials told Jordan that Abdallah should not pass the message to Clinton, since the U.S. was not interested in a dialogue with Iraq. (WP 10/13; DUS 10/13 in WNC 10/15; MEI 10/15; AYM 10/18 in WNC 10/19; WT 10/20; SA 10/20 in WNC 10/21)

Barak orders 15 of the 42 unauthorized settlements constructed after the Wye accord to be dismantled; allows 11 others to stay; says remaining 16 may remain for now, but new building is forbidden. (MM, NYT, WP, WT 10/13; JT, MENA 10/13 in WNC 10/15; CSM 10/14; AYM, al-Quds 10/14 in WNC 10/18; JP 10/22) (see 10/10)

Israel says it will let DFLP head Hawatimah into the occupied territories now that he has expressed support for the peace process. (WP 10/13; MEI 10/29)

The Israeli High Court rules that Muhammad Abbas, head of the Palestine Liberation Front, is immune from trial in Israel for the 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking during which hijackers shot dead U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer. (WP 10/13)

In Ramallah, Palestinian nationalist and Islamist organizations (including, ALF, DFLP, Fatah, FIDA, Hamas, the Palestine Liberation Front, PFLP, PPP, PPSF) hold unity talks aimed at drawing up a list of principles for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Participants call on Arafat to approve the PC's law on the independence of the judiciary, release political detainees fr. PA prisons. (al-Quds 10/14 in WNC 10/18)

U.S. State Department indicates U.S. is not considering renewing U.S.-PLO dialogue broken off in June 1990 despite resignation of PLF leader Muhammad 'Abbas (Abu 'Abbas) from PLO Exec. Comm. [see 9/28]. (MEM 10/1)

Palestinian National Salvation Front issues statement stating PNC does not represent all factions of the Palestinian people, condemns PNC resolutions giving PLO Exec. Comm. power to decide Palestinian participation in peace talks. (al-Quds Palestinian Arab Radio 10/1 in FBIS 10/2)

PNC meeting in Algiers ends after issuing statement outlining PLO conditions for Palestinian participation in peace talks, including PLO's right to appoint delegates. PNC also accepts resignation of Muhammad 'Abbas (Abu al-'Abbas), leader of the Palestine Liberation Front, from PLO executive committee. Speaking to a press conference, Chmn. Arafat states PLO has now complied with U.S. demands for resumption of U.S.-PLO dialogue, begun in late 1988 and suspended by Pres. Bush in wake of a foiled June 1990 PLF attack on Israel. (NYT 9/29)

New PLO Exec. Comm. membership announced.

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: The Jerusalem Post reports Palestinian doctor has confirmed allegation by Na'ilah 'Ayish that she was pregnant athe time of her arrest in February 1987 and miscarried after being tortured by Shin Bet interrogators; Israeli police will submit results of internal investigation of the case to attorney general's office [FJ 7/5]. In Tel Aviv, group of Israelis attacks 4 Palestinian workers and their Jewish employer twice in 24 hours [FJ 7/5]. Israeli military authorities order 30 bedouin families in Rafah to vacate the area within 6 days [FJ 7/5]. MK Meir Kahane's voting privileges are restored after he takes oath of allegiance to Israel [WP, NYT 7/2]. Israelis seal off 40 Gaza Strip stores alleging they were not keeping proper accounts [FJ 7/5].

Arab World: PLO Executive Com. member Muhammad 'Abbas and Tal'at Ya'qub announce reunification of Palestine Liberation Front [FJ 7/12].

Other Countries: U.S. Sec. of Defense Weinberger meets with Israeli Defense Minister Rabin to discuss future of Lavi jet fighter and U.S. aid [NYT 7/2].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Israeli police teargas worshippers gathered at Damascus Gate to mark Laylat al-Qadr; police do not interfere with estimated 2,000 worshippers marching in courtyard ofal-Aqsa Mosque [FJ 5/31]. Palestinian boy is injured when Jewish man attempts to kidnap him in Jerusalem's Old City [FJ 5/31]. Nephew of Jenin's appointed mayor is shot and seriously wounded in Jenin [FJ 5/31]. Israeli troops use tear gas to disperse stone-throwing student demonstrators at Gaza Islamic University but do not break into campus; students were protesting iron fist policies [FJ 5/31].

Other Countries: Genoa, Italy appeals court upholds in absentia conviction of Palestine Liberation Front leader Muhammad 'Abbas (Abu al-'Abbas) and 3 other PLF leaders for their role in Achille Lauro hijacking; prison terms of others accused in connection with hijacking are also upheld [FJ 5/31].

Social/Economic/Political

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Following all-night session, Israeli Inner Cabinet approves package compromise dal to send Taba dispute to binding international arbitration if conciliation fails; agreement conditional on Egypt's return of ambassador to Tel Aviv, full normalization of relations. P.M. Peres threatened tobring down govt. if cabinet disagreed [WP, NYT 1/14]. Thirteen Palestinians are detained in connection with land fraud case, bringing total to 30 [JP 1/15]. Haifa U. sociologist Sami Smooha publicizes recent poll results showing 58% of Israelis believe it is "impossible to trust most Arabs," 47% want Palestinians to be encouraged to leave the country [JP 1/14]

Arab World: PLO Executive Committee begins meetings in Baghdad; 4 seats belonging to opposition factions remain empty, Muhammad 'Abbas does not attend. PLO spokesman tells Toronto Star the Soviet Union offered to help reunite PLO factions in return for a guaranteed part in M.E. peace negotiations [TS 1/15]. Egyptian chief coroner confirms Sulayman Khatir committed suicide [LT 1/14].

Other Countries: Reagan administration urges Syria to expel Abu Nidal group from Syrian-controlled Biqa' Valley [JTA 1/14].