April 26, 2002 |
In a makeshift courtroom Thursday, Palestinian officials hastily convicted and sentenced to prison four men in the killing of an Israeli Cabinet minister, steps taken in a bid to alleviate Israel's siege on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Acting inside Arafat's battered and surrounded headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, a military officer took less than a day to pronounce the men guilty of violating Palestinian national interests.
January 15, 2002 |
Raed Karmi knew he was a marked man. To avoid exposure, he frequently took a shortcut by the local cemetery, up a short hill and through an olive grove. As Karmi walked the path Monday morning from his safe house, a bomb planted alongside the cemetery wall exploded. Karmi, a top Palestinian militia commander who proudly confessed to murdering Israelis, was killed instantly. Israeli officials would neither confirm nor deny that they ordered his death, but they quickly welcomed it.
October 18, 2001 |
Israel issued an ultimatum to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat today after Palestinian gunmen assassinated a far-right member of the Israeli Cabinet: Turn over the shooters and those who sent them, or face a military onslaught. Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, 75, was gunned down Wednesday at an East Jerusalem hotel in the first Palestinian assassination of an Israeli government official.
August 28, 2001 |
In a major escalation of the Mideast conflict, Israel assassinated a senior Palestinian leader it accused of terrorism and made good early today on threats to invade a key Palestinian town south of Jerusalem. Amid fierce gun battles, Israeli tanks backed by helicopters charged into the town of Beit Jala in one of the deepest Israeli incursions yet into Palestinian territory.
July 20, 2001 |
Israelis were consumed by debate Thursday over a presidential decree granting freedom to a woman imprisoned for not acting to prevent the assassination six years ago of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Hours of radio talk shows and pages and pages of the leading newspapers were dedicated to heated argument over President Moshe Katsav's decision to commute the sentence of Margalit Har-Shefi, a right-wing Jewish settler who knew of assassin Yigal Amir's plans but did not alert authorities.
July 19, 2001 |
Israeli President Moshe Katsav commuted the sentence of a woman convicted of failing to tell authorities about a plot to assassinate the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Margalit Har-Shefi, 25, a friend of Rabin's assassin, is to be released from prison Aug. 10 after serving five months of her nine-month sentence. Rabin was shot and killed after a peace rally in Tel Aviv on Nov. 4, 1995, by Yigal Amir, an extremist opponent of his policies of compromise with the Palestinians.