July 2, 1994 |
PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, triumphant in his "journey of return" after 27 years of exile, called on Palestinians on Friday to put aside their differences and build "a democratic and free homeland."
June 30, 1994 |
After weeks of hesitation, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat announced Wednesday that he will visit the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of Jericho this weekend, a historic return inaugurating the new Palestinian Authority that now governs the regions after 27 years of Israeli occupation. "I am coming!" Arafat excitedly told Nabil Shaath, now the authority's senior minister in the Gaza Strip, in a pre-dawn telephone call from the Tunis, Tunisia, headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
June 12, 1994 |
A five-bedroom villa has been rented, the town's merchants are finishing their cleanup campaign, the Palestinian Scouts are practicing their marching and drumming, and vantage points have been found for nearly 100 television cameras around Jericho's main square. But no one in Jericho has an answer--one that is not rank speculation--for the question that everyone is asking: "When is Yasser Arafat coming?"
May 25, 1994 |
Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and head of the Palestinians' interim government, Tuesday canceled most of the military orders issued by Israel over its 27-year occupation of the Gaza Strip and this West Bank town.
May 24, 1994 |
A blustery wind pushed through the broken arches that were the headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization's elite Force 17 security unit before it blew apart one October morning in a booming ballet of flying stones and bodies afire, propelled into history and the blinding turquoise of the Mediterranean Sea.
May 20, 1994 |
With the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho now under Palestinian rule, Israel and the PLO are planning to accelerate negotiations both on autonomy for the whole West Bank and on final relations between Israel and the Palestinians, sources close to the negotiations said Thursday.
May 19, 1994 |
Just hours before this area exploded in celebration of Israel officially ending 27 years of military occupation, an Israeli colonel and his Palestinian counterpart stood in the darkness early Wednesday discussing the last-minute logistics of the historic transfer of power. Suddenly, the Israeli stopped in mid-sentence. He looked up at Col.
May 18, 1994 |
Greeted by a sea of freshly sewn Palestinian flags and saluted by an honor guard of Palestine Liberation Organization soldiers, Secretary of State Warren Christopher visited the first West Bank town from which Israel has withdrawn on Tuesday and hailed its peaceful transfer of power as a model for the future. "I am . . .
May 17, 1994 |
Mahmoud Ata abu Khour went back to jail Monday--a free man, well armed and euphoric--on the day the Gaza Strip all but became a free land. There was no stopping the 35-year-old onetime Palestinian prisoner as he led more than a dozen heavily armed fellow guerrillas through the gate of the central jail here. Abu Khour, a leader of the underground Fatah Hawks resistance and once one of Gaza's most-wanted men, wielded an Uzi submachine gun as he broke into the jail.
May 16, 1994 |
Secretary of State Warren Christopher, in a move that will bolster Palestinian hopes for an independent state in the West Bank, said Sunday that he will travel to Jericho this week to meet with the newly established Palestinian self-governing authority there.