May 11, 1997 |
Israeli police said Saturday that they were investigating the killing of a Palestinian accused of selling land to Jews, an activity the Palestinian Authority calls punishable by death. Police spokesman Shmulik Ben-Ruby said Palestinian security forces on Saturday handed the body of East Jerusalem land dealer Farid Bashiti to Israeli authorities for forensic tests. Bashiti, 70, was found dead in Palestinian-ruled Ramallah on Friday.
April 27, 1997 |
Israeli police asked Palestinian police to help investigate the stabbing deaths of two Israeli women found in the West Bank on Friday, a police spokeswoman said. The women's bodies were found by hikers in the Wadi Qelt nature reserve in the West Bank, about three miles from the Palestinian-ruled Jericho enclave. Israeli police said they were investigating the possibility that the slayings were by Palestinians and were politically motivated.
April 9, 1997 |
Two Jewish students opened fire with Uzi submachine guns in downtown Hebron on Tuesday, fatally shooting a 24-year-old Palestinian and sparking hours of riots against Israeli soldiers that left two more Palestinians dead and about 100 wounded. Israelis and Palestinians offered conflicting accounts of the shooting in the polarized West Bank city.
March 17, 1997 |
Jordan's King Hussein flew to Israel on Sunday for a series of emotional visits with the families of seven schoolgirls slain by a rogue Jordanian soldier, making a dramatic gesture of solidarity despite growing tensions over Israeli construction plans in disputed East Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompanied Hussein throughout his visit and appeared touched by the Jordanian monarch's words of comfort for the grieving families in this town about 10 miles west of Jerusalem.
February 4, 1997 |
Palestinian Justice Minister Freih abu Medeen said Monday that a Palestinian held by PLO security forces in the West Bank city of Nablus was tortured to death during interrogation. The prosecutor general and Justice Ministry were investigating the death of Yousef Ismail Baba, 32, in the Palestinian-ruled enclave, Abu Medeen said in the first official confirmation of alleged torture.
December 19, 1996 |
Palestinians have arrested and convicted three men in a highway ambush that killed an Israeli woman and her son in the West Bank last week, a Palestinian official said Wednesday. Abdel Nasser Kaasi and Ibrahim Massad received life sentences in the speedy trial, and driver Ibrahim Alqam got a 15-year sentence, according to Jibril Rajoub, the top Palestinian security official in the West Bank. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that anyone arrested in the Dec.
December 15, 1996 |
An Israeli Cabinet minister on Saturday announced his opposition to the government's controversial decision to increase economic aid to Jewish settlements in the West Bank, saying he believes the army would be unable to give adequate protection to settlements built near Arab population centers.
December 14, 1996 |
In response to the killing of a Jewish settler and her son, the Israeli government on Friday renewed its claim to the occupied West Bank, declaring the Jewish communities there a "national priority" and offering economic aid to strengthen them. The Cabinet decision--a shift by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a more aggressive settlement policy--was denounced by Palestinians, Israeli peace activists and the political opposition as an invitation to bloodshed.
December 13, 1996 |
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Jewish settlers as "heroes" and promised to strengthen settlements Thursday at the funeral of a woman and her son, who were killed in a drive-by shooting. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Syrian-based Palestinian group opposed to the Israel-Palestinian peace agreements, claimed responsibility for the Wednesday shootings and linked them to Israel's settlement policies.
December 12, 1996 |
Gunmen opened fire on an Israeli family traveling near this Arab village at twilight Wednesday, killing a woman and a 12-year-old boy and injuring five others. The victims, members of the same family, were residents of the nearby Jewish settlement of Beit El, settlement and security officials said. Three children were among the injured.