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.
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.
March 22, 2001 |
Surrounded by supporters and her weeping parents, a woman convicted of failing to prevent the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin began a nine-month jail sentence Wednesday. Margalit Har-Shefi, 25, a friend of Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, repeated her claim of innocence as she entered a prison for women in central Israel. "I did not know" about the planned assassination, she said. "Even prison can't change the truth."
January 18, 2001 |
Masked gunmen dashed into Gaza City's seaside Beach Hotel in broad daylight Wednesday and executed the chief of the Palestinian television network, a well-connected but unpopular official close to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Israel immediately denied any link to the gangland-style hit. Whoever the assassins turn out to be, the killing of someone so close to Arafat sent a chilling message throughout Palestinian society and reinforced a profound sense of insecurity and fear.