June 16, 1989 |
Israeli authorities Thursday closed the East Jerusalem information office of a prominent Palestinian, contending it has been used to help promote PLO objectives and disturbances during the 18-month-old uprising. Sari Nusseibeh, an Oxford-educated philosophy professor whose father was a former Jordanian defense minister, was also summoned to Jerusalem's police headquarters for questioning but has not been charged with a crime. He denied claims that his office engaged in subversive activities or associated with "any illegal organization."
June 23, 2002 |
It was no coincidence that the latest spate of attacks against Israelis occurred as President Bush was about to make his policy statement regarding the Middle East. Among other things, the statement was expected to include a road map to solving this century-old conflict on the basis of an independent Palestine alongside a safe Israel within secure borders. It was also no coincidence that the attacks by militant Islamic Palestinians occurred despite a plea by leading Palestinian intellectuals for an end to attacks against Israeli civilians.
April 1, 2007 |
DURING the first Palestinian intifada, which began in 1987 and ended with the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Israeli occupation authorities committed any number of deeply stupid acts. Perhaps the stupidest was the arrest by the Shabak, the internal security police, of a Palestinian man named Attalah Mahmud Najar, who was charged in early 1991 with the crime of "distributing inflammatory poems" in the Golan Heights. Najar was editor of a monthly magazine published in East Jerusalem.
November 3, 1991 |
The barriers to a lasting peace in the Middle East can be overcome if a two-state settlement is pursued, contend the authors, an Israeli and a Palestinian. An excerpt. To judge by the historical record, the most ardent proponents of a negotiated peace between Israel and the Arabs are neither Israelis nor Arabs. Instead, would-be mediators--foreign governments, voluntary organizations, and well-meaning individuals--display the greatest impatience for a peace settle ment.
November 3, 1991 |
Break the silence. This happens to be the name of a group of women artists from California who painted murals on the West Bank in honor of the Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation. It might also describe a small but growing willingness among Americans to have the Palestinians treated not as demonic "terrorists" who see heroism in each defeat but as an abused and dispossessed people entitled to their own state. An unusual number of new books on the Palestinians and their uprising, or intifada , might be considered a measure of this new mood.
February 2, 1991
Iranian officials were meeting with envoys from France, Algeria, Yemen and Iraq in TEHRAN. "A lot of countries want Iran to use its influence to end the war, and that's what we're trying to do," Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Mohammed Besharati said. An international PEACE group that included Americans arrived in Jordan from the Iraqi-Saudi border after its unsuccessful effort to prevent the war.