April 10, 2008 |
It was a celebration of Palestinian culture -- a night of music, dancing and a dash of politics. Local Arab Americans were bidding farewell to Rashid Khalidi, an internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights, who was leaving town for a job in New York. A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama.
November 16, 1990 |
It was late last week, and a group of senior Palestinian nationalist leaders was being lectured by an Israeli police officer on how to avoid attack from right-wing radicals. Although the officer was deadly serious--vengeance attacks between Israelis and Palestinians have become frequent--the Palestinians were somewhat giddy at the lecture. After all, when the police come calling on Arab political leaders, it is usually for questioning or arrest.
April 16, 2009 |
President Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, George J. Mitchell, arrived in Israel on a push to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The right-leaning government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far refused to commit itself to resuming talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas or to freezing Jewish settlement growth in the West Bank, both priorities for the new U.S. administration. Starting his first visit to Israel since Netanyahu took office late last month, Mitchell met Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv, Barak's office said.
January 28, 1988 |
Two Palestinian leaders Wednesday urged Secretary of State George P. Shultz to create a U.S.-led multinational peace force to protect Palestinians from Israeli troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Our people are in urgent need of immediate international protection from the brutality of Israel's military authorities," Hanna Siniora, editor of an Arabic-language Jerusalem newspaper, and Fayez abu Rahme, president of the Gaza Bar Assn.
December 28, 1988 |
Underground leaders of a Palestinian uprising in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have floated the idea of declaring a conditional truce, Palestinian and Israeli sources said today. In exchange, Israel would be expected to release about 1,500 Palestinian activists imprisoned without trial and allow free municipal elections in the occupied territories. At least 348 Palestinians and 14 Israelis have been killed during the year-old uprising, including two more Arab teen-agers today.
September 16, 1990 |
Two Marxist Palestinians who were banned from Jordan for 20 years were greeted by loud applause as a conference of leftist and Islamic groups convened Saturday to demonstrate solidarity with Iraq's Saddam Hussein. The participation of George Habash and Nayef Hawatmeh underscored a growing alliance between Iraq and radical Arab factions that is alarming Western officials.
January 15, 1987 |
Officials of a university foundation, reacting to Israel's refusal to grant two Palestinian leaders travel permits to the United States, Wednesday canceled a meeting of prominent Israelis, Egyptians and Palestinians here to discuss Israel's occupation of Arab territories. Robert Ontell, executive director of the San Diego State University Foundation's Fred J.
September 1, 2010 |
As Israeli and Palestinian leaders headed to Washington for a much-anticipated peace summit, four Israelis were killed Tuesday near the disputed West Bank city of Hebron after their vehicle came under fire from unidentified gunmen. The militant Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, later took responsibility for the attack. Drive-by shootings on the roads near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba adjoining Hebron and the Gush Etzion settlement block to the north are not uncommon, though Tuesday's attack was one of the deadliest in months.
March 16, 2010 |
Rising political and religious tensions in Jerusalem spilled into the streets Tuesday with a string of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police that left more than 100 people injured. In scenes reminiscent of past uprisings, dozens of Palestinian youths, some with scarves masking their faces, pelted police with rocks, blocked roads and burned tires in half a dozen neighborhoods around East Jerusalem. Israeli police, who have been on high alert for days, responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades, witnesses said.
February 7, 2007 |
Saudi officials brought the two main Palestinian leaders to Mecca, Islam's holiest city, on Tuesday to try to end their bloody conflict and complete a power-sharing agreement on a coalition government. Before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas left for the talks with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, he warned that failure in Mecca "would mean the deterioration of the internal situation and igniting civil war," as quoted by the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar.