May 2, 1989 |
Issam Salem, the PLO's senior official in Lebanon, was shot and seriously wounded today in an ambush in this southern port city, police said. PLO officials in Paris with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat said they had heard that Salem was killed in the attack. In Sidon, 25 miles south of Beirut, police said Salem was driving along Fakhreddin Street when masked gunmen raked his car with gunfire at 1:05 p.m. "Salem is wounded in the head. His chances of survival are very slim," said a police spokesman.
September 7, 1993 |
A PLO official said today that Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization would seal a deal on mutual recognition within 24 hours and could sign an agreement on Palestinian self-rule by Sept. 13. In Cairo, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, asked about the timing, said: "It is still under discussion. " Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, standing next to Arafat, said he hoped recognition would take place within 48 hours. Egypt, the only Arab state to make peace with Israel, has urged Arab states to support the proposed PLO-Israeli agreement for Palestinian self-rule in the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of Jericho.
September 13, 1993 |
Here is a schedule for today's peace-accord signing between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and related events. The information was provided by senior U.S. officials. (All times are EDT.) PRELIMINARIES 10 a.m. Participants arrive at the White House, proceed to Blue Room for a meeting before the signing ceremony. 10:30 a.m. Blue Room meeting begins. Expected to attend are President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, top Arafat aide Abu Mazen, Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Norwegian Foreign Minister Johan Joergen Holst, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
February 15, 1988
By ordering the United Nations to close down the mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Congress has embroiled the United States in an unnecessary legal mess and muddied U.S. attempts to get a new Mideast peace offensive off the ground. The 1987 legislation, supposedly aimed to combat terrorism, has already shut down the PLO's Washington information office. That achievement, whatever one thinks of the PLO's policies, hit hard at U.S. guarantees of free speech, while doing nothing to stop terrorism.
April 11, 1988 |
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has urged PLO leader Yasser Arafat to recognize Israel's right to exist, it was reported today. The Washington Post, quoting the Communist Party newspaper Pravda, said Gorbachev made the remarks in a meeting yesterday in Moscow with the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. "The Palestinians are a people with a difficult fate," Gorbachev reportedly said. "But they receive broad international support, and this is the guarantee for resolving the main question for the Palestinians - self- determination.
January 13, 1996
Just imagine if Bill Clinton could make up the rules for the 1996 federal elections. He could set Election Day when his poll numbers were high. He could add seats to Congress for his cronies. If he were really powerful, he could control press coverage of him. Such power would be tempting. Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat was led into this kind of temptation. He fell - hard. Arafat, who is running for president in the first-ever Palestinian elections next Saturday, cut a week off the three-week campaign period, then started it early.
July 14, 1994 |
MILAN, ITALY ROOF COLLAPSE KILLS AT LEAST 22 The roof of a home for the elderly collapsed on a crowded dining room during breakfast today, killing at least 22 people, officials said. Nine other people were reported injured in the collapse in a Milan suburb and firemen were searching the rubble, said a Milan police official who would not give his name. At least five people were unaccounted for. Giacomo Rossano, a government official supervising rescue operations, told the ANSA news agency that rescuers had little hope of finding more people alive under the rubble.
January 17, 1989 |
Yasser Arafat has accepted an invitation to address Arab-Americans in Washington, D.C., says a Detroit attorney who met with the PLO leader in Tunisia, but such a visit could pose a dilemma for the Bush administration. Attorney and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee President Abdeen Jabara, who met with Arafat last weekend, said the Palestine Liberation Organization leader has agreed to speak to the group April 13 at its convention in Washington. However, the State Department yesterday refused to say whether Arafat would be allowed to enter the United States.
May 3, 1989 |
Yasser Arafat answered a challenge from President Francois Mitterrand by disavowing the Palestine Liberation Organization's charter, which calls for destruction of Israel. The PLO chairman said yesterday that the organization now favors a Palestinian and an Israeli state. The subject came up during a 90-minute meeting Arafat had with the French president. Mitterrand, a socialist, challenged Arafat by pointing out that the 25- year-old PLO charter contradicts the political program adopted by the PLO in November, said presidential spokesman Hubert Vedrine.
December 26, 1988
HAVE ARAFAT AND THE PLO TRULY CHANGED? Three weeks ago, the U.S. government refused to issue a visa to Yasir Arafat. Secretary of State George P. Shultz said then that Mr. Arafat was the leader of a terrorist organization and that he must have known of the acts of terror that are committed by his associates. Several months ago, Mr. Shultz was the target of a Palestine Liberation Organization car bomb in Jerusalem. Knuckling down to diplomatic pressure, the United States now is willing to speak with the PLO because it has uttered some words it has not been able to pronounce in the past.