April 7, 2002 |
First came the Palestinian man with the white flag. Then, behind him, in groups of five, men just released from imprisonment in an Israeli army camp walked down the main avenue into Ramallah, hands in the air, shirts lifted to expose their stomachs. Jittery Israeli paratroopers in combat mode took up positions at an intersection and trained their weapons on the men. A tank and an armored personnel carrier backed them up.
April 14, 2002 |
For all the destruction inflicted on Palestinian property by a 2-week-old military onslaught, nothing pains Arafat Hinno like what he sees in the old city of Nablus. Structures hundreds of years old--a Byzantine basilica, Ottoman-era domed roofs, a convent and thick-walled stone houses--were damaged in Israel's pursuit of Palestinian gunmen.
November 17, 2000 |
Harald Fischer planned to be gone only a few minutes to help his neighbors, leaving his frightened wife and children huddled on a cramped landing as Israeli fire rained down near their three-story home in this hillside village. But the 68-year-old German native, who for two decades provided chiropractic care to hundreds of Palestinians here, never made it.
June 22, 2001 |
Israel reported new violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday and Palestinians told of revenge attacks by Jewish settlers as Washington struggled to save a cease-fire facing collapse after 10 killings in a week. President Bush telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat to urge them to honor the truce brokered last week by CIA Director George J. Tenet. Bush called on the two leaders to make an "all-out effort" to stop the violence.
September 12, 2001 |
Here in the Middle East, crucible of much of the world's terrorism, the horror gripping the United States on Tuesday reverberated loudly among Israelis and Palestinians. Leaders throughout the region expressed shock and condemned the bizarre series of suicide hijackings and mass murders. Some Israelis ventured that perhaps now, world opinion will mobilize behind their own battle with terrorism.
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.
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.
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.
August 9, 2001 |
A Palestinian suicide bomber struck an Israeli army checkpoint Wednesday, killing himself and injuring a soldier, and Israeli helicopters twice hit Palestinian police posts in the West Bank in retaliatory strikes for other incidents. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, on a one-day visit to Turkey, said there would be no negotiations with the Palestinians until all violence stops, adding that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat would have to play a major role in restoring calm.