June 3, 1997 |
In an airless, smoke-filled room at the Palestinian Authority's headquarters here, Col. Tawfiq Tirawi's men on Monday defended him--and themselves--from Israeli accusations of direct involvement in a deadly campaign against reported Arab land dealers. "There is nothing in this," said the man behind the desk, a senior officer for the Palestinian General Intelligence Service in this West Bank city. "The Israelis are trying to divert attention from the problems with the peace process.
June 1, 1997 |
Israeli officials said Saturday that a Palestinian known to have sold land to Jews was found shot to death near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Ali Mohammed Jumhour, 34, was the third reported land dealer found dead in the West Bank since Palestinian Justice Minister Freih abu Medeen was quoted in early May as saying that Palestinians who sold land to Jews faced execution. "The body of a land dealer was found near Ramallah. He was most probably killed for having been a land dealer.
May 19, 1997 |
Palestinian officials said Sunday that a man who had sold land to Israelis was found shot dead, but they denied their forces were responsible. Harbi abu Sarah was the second land dealer found dead in the West Bank since Palestinian Justice Minister Freih abu Medeen was quoted in a published report as saying that Palestinians who sold land to Jews faced execution.
May 16, 1997 |
An Israeli judge on Thursday ordered two Palestinians, one a police officer, held on suspicion of involvement in the death of an Arab man accused of selling land to Jews. The court ordered the detentions in the case of Farid Bashiti, 70, an East Jerusalem real estate agent whose body was found bound and bludgeoned last week in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank city of Ramallah.
May 12, 1997 |
Relatives of Farid Bashiti said Sunday that they do not know who might have killed the elderly Palestinian land dealer. And they appeared very much afraid to find out. Bashiti, who worked for 30 years as a real estate agent in East Jerusalem, was found dead late last week, his body dumped by a roadside in the Palestinian-controlled city of Ramallah. The 70-year-old man had been bound and gagged, and his skull was crushed, family members said.
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.