Thursday, February 11, 1988


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].