June 10, 2001 |
As if the Israeli military didn't have enough to worry about these days, a scandal is brewing in the offices of the army's weekly magazine. Senior officers ordered the Bamahane newsmagazine closed after a cover story showcased a now-retired gay colonel who had come out of the closet during his military service and went on to become an activist in the gay-rights movement. The shutdown is part of a tug of war over how the publication can best reflect the identity of Israel's fighting forces.
May 6, 2001 |
A Palestinian militant was shot to death Saturday in front of his 2-year-old niece, who was injured, and Palestinians blamed Israel for the killing. In another West Bank community, Jericho, Israeli soldiers rocketed a Palestinian police base, injuring 17 people. An explosion this morning in a rubbish bin rocked the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva, slightly wounding one person, police said.
May 3, 2001 |
Israeli bulldozers and tanks rumbled into a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, demolishing 20 houses and launching a predawn firefight that killed a teenager. The Israeli army said troops moved in to destroy buildings at the camp in Rafah that Palestinian gunmen had used as cover to fire at soldiers and as bases for planting roadside bombs.
April 21, 2001 |
Col. Ariel Heimann has always regarded the annual reserve duty he has served in Israel's army as an honor. In 25 years as a reservist, he has fought in two wars and against two Palestinian revolts, never receiving more than minimum wage as compensation.
April 19, 2001 |
Politicians and soldiers in Israel turned on each other Wednesday in a war of words over who was to blame for the army's hasty withdrawal from newly reoccupied Palestinian land--an about-face that many here said made the country appear confused and too easily swayed by U.S. opinion. Israeli troops on Tuesday seized a sliver of the Gaza Strip ceded to the Palestinians seven years ago.
April 17, 2001 |
Israel launched fierce air, land and sea strikes on Palestinian security targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Monday just hours after a Palestinian mortar attack on an Israeli town. The Israeli army said it launched the raids in response to the attack on Sderot. It said the mortar attack had penetrated deeper into Israel than any other since the start of the Palestinian uprising 6 1/2 months ago.
April 3, 2001 |
Israel's army used a helicopter gunship to kill an Islamic militant in the Gaza Strip on Monday and fired tank shells into Bethlehem during a firefight with Palestinians there, as both sides warned of a dangerous escalation in their conflict. Israeli officials said the strikes they are making inside Palestinian-controlled territory, once a taboo, are meant to push Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat back to the negotiating table.
March 15, 2001 |
A Palestinian diabetic trying to reach a hospital died Wednesday after her car was stopped at an Israeli army roadblock under disputed circumstances as protests continued against the ongoing blockade of Palestinian towns and villages. Hours after the death of 50-year-old Amira Nassir, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer unveiled a plan at the first meeting of the government's new security Cabinet that will ease some restrictions on the Palestinians.
March 13, 2001 |
Israeli troops shot and killed one Palestinian and wounded at least five others Monday during clashes that erupted when about 1,500 protesters marched on barricades and trenches cutting off the West Bank town of Ramallah from surrounding villages. Members of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Cabinet questioned the tightened closure of the political and commercial center, saying it may cause an escalation of violence and trigger international condemnation of Israel, but Sharon defended the move.
January 12, 2001 |
This tidy, modest village savored a small victory in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week when a white van climbed a steep dirt road from the Dilib Valley and, with unexpected ease, entered the community and found the yellow schoolhouse. "Praise to Allah for sending them!"