August 25, 1997 |
An Israeli soldier who opened fire on a Palestinian marketplace will be confined to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely and will not stand trial, a military court ruled. The Tel Aviv court found that Noam Friedman, 22, was psychotic when he fired 15 rounds toward Palestinian shoppers in downtown Hebron in the West Bank on Jan. 1. He wounded four people before fellow Israeli soldiers overpowered him.
June 9, 1997 |
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat denies involvement in the recent killings of several Arab land dealers who allegedly sold property to Jews, and condemns such violence in an interview to be published today. Arafat appears to contradict his justice minister, Freih abu Medeen, who said last month that Arabs who sell land to Jews deserve the death penalty. But Arafat told Newsweek magazine that the three slayings were carried out "by unknown persons. . . .
June 6, 1997 |
Israel is seeking a Palestinian intelligence officer in the deaths of two Arab land dealers, Jerusalem police said. An arrest warrant has been issued for Hussein Saadeh, head of Palestinian intelligence in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The two victims, Farid Bashiti and Ali Mohammed Jumhour, were suspected by the Palestinians of having sold land to Jews. Senior Palestinian officials have denied involvement.
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.