Friday, January 14, 2000

Israeli FM Levy announces that on 1/20, PM Barak will take a break fr. negotiations with the Syrians (set begin 1/19) to meet with Arafat, Clinton regarding final status talks. (NYT 1/15)

A Palestinian detainee dies in an Israeli jail outside Nablus. Israeli police say that Lafi al-Rajab strangled himself, but an autopsy shows signs of torture. (LAW 1/19; WP, WT 1/20)

Based on information that Islamic Jihad is planning an attack, Israel carries out a series of "preventive" arrests of Palestinians nr. Hebron, Jinin, and Ramallah, detaining at least 20 Palestinians. (NYT 1/15; JP 1/21)

The 50-mbr. Shura Council of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood closes a 3-day mtg. to discuss internal divisions in the wake of the government's fall 1999 crackdown on Hamas. (SA 1/25 in WNC 1/27)

Austrian police announce that they have arrested Halima Nimr, a Palestinian closely linked to Abu Nidal, whose organization staged deadly attacks in Vienna in 1981, 1982, 1985. (AFP 1/14 in WNC 1/18; NYT 1/15; MM 1/17)