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March 10, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salah Tarif, the first non-Jew to serve in an Israeli government, is under no illusions about the political minefield that awaits him as he takes up his post as minister without portfolio in hard-liner Ariel Sharon's Cabinet. "Everything I say or do is being put under a microscope," Tarif said in an interview here in his ancestral village near Israel's northern border.
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March 10, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salah Tarif, the first non-Jew to serve in an Israeli government, is under no illusions about the political minefield that awaits him as he takes up his post as minister without portfolio in hard-liner Ariel Sharon's Cabinet. "Everything I say or do is being put under a microscope," Tarif said in an interview here in his ancestral village near Israel's northern border.
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January 28, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Israel's first Arab Cabinet minister, whose nomination in March raised hopes for rapprochement between the country's Jewish and Arab citizens, resigned Sunday amid reports he would face corruption charges. Salah Tarif, a minister without portfolio from the moderate Labor Party, is suspected of passing $5,000 from a Palestinian businessman who was trying to obtain Israeli citizenship to a senior Interior Ministry official, according to Israeli media reports.
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August 28, 1998 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small bomb packed with nails exploded during morning rush hour near a busy intersection here Thursday, injuring 21 people, one of them seriously. The explosion shattered windows and sent debris flying into traffic, but police said most of the injuries were relatively minor. The bomb, concealed in a garbage bin outside a candy shop, blew up just after a city bus dropped off a number of people at a nearby stop, but police said that most of the passengers had dispersed.
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March 3, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israel's Labor Party on Friday chose eight of its members to serve in the Cabinet of Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon, including a blunt-talking, Iraqi-born former army general who as defense minister will lead the fight against surging Palestinian violence. The center-left Labor Party also picked the first non-Jew ever to serve as minister in an Israeli government. Salah Tarif, a member of the Druze minority, will become minister without portfolio.
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January 14, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Israeli army's demolition of dozens of refugee homes on the Gazan side of the border with Egypt triggered rare protests Sunday from Cabinet ministers and journalists who branded the action excessive and inhumane. "The destruction of homes causes us very bad media damage. In the matter of destroying homes, we have to be very, very careful," Foreign Minister Shimon Peres told Israel Radio.
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June 12, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israel's first Arab Cabinet minister has called on the Education Ministry to make Arabic studies mandatory for every Jewish high school student, in a letter that has stirred lively debate here. Officially, Israel has two national languages: Hebrew and Arabic. All Arab students study Hebrew from the third grade on and can receive a high school diploma only after demonstrating fluency in the language.
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March 31, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Violence exploded again across the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, even as Jews and Arabs inside Israel joined in a rare gesture of solidarity to protest state seizure of Arab lands. While Israeli Arabs participated in the 26th observance of what is known as Land Day with peaceful marches, tree plantings and rallies, a Palestinian "day of rage" triggered clashes with soldiers in at least half a dozen West Bank and Gazan towns.
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