Thursday, March 2, 2000

In the Israeli-Arab village of Taibeh, Israeli commandos, acting on information fr. the PA, raid a Hamas safe-house. In the ensuing gunfight 4 Hamas mbrs. are killed, 1 is captured, 1 commando is injured. Israeli police then bulldoze the house. Barak claims the men were planning an attack on Israelis to derail the stalled peace process. (MM 3/2; MM, NYT, WP 3/3; MM 3/7; JP, MEI 3/10)

Birzeit University students, teachers suspend classes indefinitely to protest the PA's arrest of students during and following French FM Jospin's visit. The PA is still holding around 30 students. (NYT 3/3; WP 3/5; MEI 3/10) (see 2/28)

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdallah arrives in Lebanon on a 2-day solidarity visit, meets with Pres. Lahoud and parliamentary mbrs. representing Hizballah. (MM 3/3; NYT, WP 3/4; MEI 3/10) (see 2/24)