CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1991
I too hope that justice prevails, Mr. Kuttab. In the case of East Jerusalem, when the Palestinian Arabs (Jordan) controlled it (1948-1967), the Jews were kept out. They weren't allowed to pray at their holiest site, the West Wall. Moreover, to show their contempt for the Jews, the Palestinian Arabs used Jewish grave markers to line their latrines and desecrated more than 50 Jewish places. Now under Israeli control, all religious sites are open to all sects and are rigorously protected by the Jews.
September 10, 1994 |
Talks on crucial foreign aid to support Palestinian autonomy broke down Friday in a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over whether some of the funds could be used in East Jerusalem. The conflict drew an angry rebuke from the talks' sponsor, the World Bank, which said the aid issue is too important to be "derailed by the two main parties." The bank said it would try to resume the negotiations but set no date for reconvening the delegations from donor nations.
March 1, 1990 |
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir today ruled out the participation of Palestinians from Jerusalem in peace negotiations, saying it would jeopardize Israel's claim to the holy city. "It's clear that whoever lives in East Jerusalem will not be able to participate in these negotiations," Shamir said. Shamir also expressed anger at suggestions, apparently from U.S. officials, that Israel should not settle Soviet immigrants in the predominantly Arab sector of Jerusalem.
February 9, 1988 |
There are no walls, no physical boundary that separates East Jerusalem from West Jerusalem, but the barriers are building. Fear and hate are dividing this city as certainly as any electrified fence.
January 7, 2014 |
In its quest for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the United States has pursued essentially the same objective over several administrations. So when Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced during his latest round of shuttle diplomacy that "we can achieve a permanent-status agreement that results in two states for two peoples if we stay focused," skepticism was understandable. Not just because the peace process has been so tragically unsuccessful over the last 15 years, but because even today, each side seems intent on thumbing its nose at the other.
May 1, 1995 |
Brushing aside the protests of left-wing Cabinet ministers, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Sunday that he supports the seizure of 125 acres of East Jerusalem land owned mostly by Palestinians to make way for Jewish neighborhoods. Rabin's stance increased the chances of a confrontation between his government and the Palestinian Authority, run by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.
March 23, 2010 |
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave no ground Monday on U.S. opposition to Israeli construction in disputed areas, signaling that Washington would continue pressing Israel during two days of high-profile events. Clinton told a powerful, pro-Israel lobbying organization that U.S.-Israeli ties were "rock solid." But she did not retreat from the Obama administration's condemnation this month of Israel's plans for 1,600 new housing units in disputed East Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to address the same conference, held by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
June 21, 1997 |
Mustafa Diab, born and raised in East Jerusalem, went to the Israeli Interior Ministry seeking residency papers for his Jordanian wife and nine children. But instead of granting permits, an official there seized the identity card that allows Diab to live in Jerusalem and gave the Palestinian truck driver 15 days to leave the country. Two months later, Diab's 11-year-old daughter died, and his request for a death certificate to bury her in the family plot in Jerusalem was denied.
March 25, 1990 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III and his deputies have said that their approach to Arab-Israeli peace-making was "open-ended"; their intent was to avoid "bottom-line" issues. Why is it, then, that the Bush Administration and Israel's government--what's left of it--are now involved in bitter recriminations over the most bottom-line issue of all, Jerusalem? Why is it that what was to be last on the agenda has become first, leaving confusion, if not ruin, in its wake?
April 16, 2008 |
An Israeli investigation into a Palestinian attack on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem last month has found that the gunman acted alone and was not sent by a militant organization, a police spokesman said. Hamas had praised the March 6 attack, in which eight students were killed, but did not claim responsibility for it, and a claim by a previously unknown group was not substantiated. The investigation showed that the gunman, Ala Abu Dheim of East Jerusalem, "acted on his own, alone," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.