Wednesday, December 1, 1999

Israeli FM Levy arrives in Moscow for 2 days of talks with PM Putin on the peace process. (Interfax, ITAR-TASS 12/1 in WNC 12/2; Interfax, ITAR-TASS 12/2 in WNC 12/3)

The PC holds emergency session to discuss the Petition of the 20. Those attending pass (33-8, with 3 abstentions) a resolution condemning the 9 PC mbrs. who signed the statement for seeking to divide the Palestinian people, but do not act to strip the 9 mbrs. of their immunity fr. prosecution. (CSM, MM, NYT, WP, WT 12/2; AYM 12/2 in WNC 12/6; AYM 12/4 in WNC 12/8; MEI 12/10)

To date, 100s of Palestinians inside the territories and around the world have signed two solidarity statements in support of the Petition of the 20, opposing the PA crackdown on the signers. (LAW 12/2)

On the way home fr. attending the PC session, PA legislator Muawiya Masri, who signed the Petition of the 20, is shot and wounded by masked men in Nablus. (LAW, MM, NYT, WT 12/2; CSM, MM 12/3; SA 12/3 in WNC 12/6; WJW 12/9; JP, MEI 12/10)

In reaction to the Petition of the 20, 1,000s of Arafat supporters hold a rally in Ramallah supporting the PA. (WT 12/2)