September 11, 2001 |
By the twisted standards of his ilk, Mohammed Shaker Habashi was not a particularly successful suicide bomber. When the middle-aged Israeli Arab blew himself up at a busy northern train station Sunday, he claimed the lives of three others--a death toll security officials found almost miraculously low given the size of the bomb he detonated and the number of people nearby.
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July 28, 2001 |
Ever since Israel won the 1967 Mideast war and expanded its borders, it has faced calls from some Christian churches to cede back land to the displaced Palestinians. But 10 months of continuing violence in the Holy Land are further raising tensions between Jewish and mainline Protestant and Eastern Orthodox leaders in the United States. As deaths mount and the Mideast peace process grinds to a near-halt, these churches are stepping up criticism of Israeli policy and military tactics.
August 27, 2001 |
Just a week ago, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced that his government had hit upon the right formula for fighting its war with the Palestinians. Policies that included incursions into Palestinian territory and the killing of key militants were beginning to pay off, he said.
September 10, 2001 |
The Hefer Valley is an extremely narrow stretch of land, where Israelis are squeezed into a 9-mile-wide corridor between the Palestinian-ruled West Bank and the Mediterranean Sea. So it is a fitting place, perhaps, for a wall. A thick gray concrete wall stands nearly 8 feet high between the neat residential streets of Bat Hefer, a town in the valley, and the Palestinian city of Tulkarm less than a mile away.
March 10, 2002 |
The Cafe Moment, across the street here from the official residence of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, was packed Saturday night with teenagers and well-heeled Israelis who frequently converge at the trendy eatery. Suddenly, a Palestinian stepped just inside the front door and detonated a devastating bomb, killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 others.
March 25, 2002 |
U.S. efforts to broker a Mideast cease-fire ahead of a key Arab summit suffered multiple blows Sunday as the latest round of negotiations failed to produce an agreement to halt 18 months of bloodshed. Vice President Dick Cheney said he has no plans to return to the region for talks with Yasser Arafat, and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatened to prevent the Palestinian Authority president from traveling to the Arab League summit in Beirut this week.
April 8, 2001 |
Boarded over and trash-strewn, the Great Mosque that served the once thriving Muslim population of this desert town has become another battleground in the Israeli-Palestinian war over memory and land. To Muslims, the sandstone building, with its graceful minaret and dome, arched windows and interior courtyard, is a holy site, a cherished remnant of the Arab Beersheba that existed before the 1948 birth of the Jewish state.
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.
August 4, 2001 |
Abdel Karim Tamimi has new neighbors. Israeli soldiers arrived at his home in this Palestinian village last week, took over the second floor, ejected Tamimi's adult son and planted their flag on the roof. The soldiers told Tamimi that they were seizing his house for security reasons. From their new vantage point, the soldiers can observe a nearby Palestinian police checkpoint and scan miles of surrounding territory.
August 23, 2001 |
In a commando operation and a helicopter attack, Israeli forces killed at least six Palestinians on Wednesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, pressing a campaign of hunting down and slaying suspected bombers and gunmen. A seventh Palestinian, a police officer, was killed in unclear circumstances.