July 29, 1997 |
Israel on Monday put the brakes on a controversial plan to build new Jewish housing in traditionally Arab East Jerusalem and agreed to resume talks with the Palestinians on meeting commitments made under their interim peace deals. The Palestinian Authority praised the moves as steps to restore confidence but stressed that a months-long deadlock on proceeding with final peace talks continued.
July 28, 1997 |
A U.S. Jewish real estate baron authorized to build a Jewish enclave in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem said Sunday that attempts to block the plan are "racist." Irving Moskowitz, a Miami-based businessman who bankrolls Jewish settlement in areas occupied by Israel, last week was granted a Jerusalem municipality permit to build about 65 apartments in Ras al Amud, an Arab neighborhood. "This is not a political issue.
July 26, 1997 |
With Palestinian leaders warning of renewed violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued assurances to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on Friday that he will do everything possible to block construction of a newly approved Jewish housing project in the heart of traditionally Arab East Jerusalem.
April 26, 1997 |
Ignoring an appeal from the United States, the General Assembly demanded that Israel stop building Jewish housing in disputed East Jerusalem. The U.N. resolution also called for an end to "all forms of support" for Israeli settlement activities. The action marked the first time that there has been anything remotely approaching a threat of collective international action. The vote was overwhelming--134-3, with 11 abstentions. The U.N.
March 21, 1997 |
Feras Jihad, 14, carefully selected a small, smooth stone for the slingshot he had crafted. Suddenly, the Palestinian boy dashed out from behind a wall, swung the weapon around his head and hurled the rock toward Israeli soldiers crouched across an open field. He missed. But neither he nor his friends seemed to care. "We are defending our land," Ayman Ismail, 15, said proudly of the boys' decision to join a group of demonstrators confronting Israeli troops here Thursday.
March 19, 1997 |
Bulldozers guarded by hundreds of heavily armed Israeli troops broke ground Tuesday for a new Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem, despite warnings that the action could provoke a violent Palestinian response and threaten the fragile peace process.