July 19, 2006 |
APPARENTLY suffering from amnesia, Israel now says that its extraordinary collective punishment of the entire Lebanese population is intended to stop rocket attacks across its northern border. However, Israel's blanket bombardment of Lebanon was sparked not by rockets (which came in retaliation) but by a guerrilla operation against a military target, the aim of which was to capture soldiers as leverage for the release of some of the Lebanese prisoners Israel stubbornly refuses to free.
December 25, 2005 |
A towering wall of gray concrete slabs cuts across what was once the main road connecting Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Just inside the barrier, past a spanking new Israeli security terminal, a once-bustling neighborhood has become a ghost town. Shops are shuttered or empty, and the streets deserted. A sign carries the name of an abandoned restaurant. "Memories," it says. Another sign near an empty shell says, "Border Cafeteria."
February 14, 2005 |
Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved a list of 500 Palestinian prisoners to be freed in keeping with commitments made at last week's summit in Egypt. The group represents more than half of the 900 prisoners Israel has agreed to release. They are to be freed in a week or so. The remaining 400 are to be freed in the spring. None of the 500 was involved in attacks on Israelis, a key criterion for previous releases. Most are in the last third of their sentences.
August 16, 2004 |
An estimated 1,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons launched a hunger strike Sunday, demanding more visits with family members, an end to strip searches and better overall conditions. The demonstration began in three prisons, and advocates expected it to grow to include hundreds more Palestinians held in other facilities on security-related charges.
July 19, 2001 |
Israeli President Moshe Katsav commuted the sentence of a woman convicted of failing to tell authorities about a plot to assassinate the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Margalit Har-Shefi, 25, a friend of Rabin's assassin, is to be released from prison Aug. 10 after serving five months of her nine-month sentence. Rabin was shot and killed after a peace rally in Tel Aviv on Nov. 4, 1995, by Yigal Amir, an extremist opponent of his policies of compromise with the Palestinians.
September 4, 2000 |
With thousands of mournful supporters cheering him on, one of Israel's most powerful ultra-Orthodox politicians went to prison Sunday and instantly became a martyr for Sephardic Jewry. Aryeh Deri, the charismatic former leader of the Shas Party, began a three-year sentence for bribery and fraud, capping a political and legal drama that has endured for nearly a decade.