April 23, 2002 |
One day after Israel ended a three-week occupation of much of Ramallah, radical Palestinians reestablished their supremacy, shooting three alleged informers in the middle of town in broad daylight as an approving crowd looked on. At least three masked men pulled the alleged Palestinian informers for Israel from a car in the downtown Clock Square yesterday. Cars stopped and blared their horns in apparent encouragement as the gunmen pumped round after round from automatic rifles at the three men on the ground.
October 28, 2004 |
Confusion reigned outside the battered headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat last night, amid escalating reports that his health was deteriorating rapidly and firm denials from his top spokesman that the situation was grave. Local and international media swarmed outside the heavily guarded compound where he has been confined for nearly three years, under the threat that if he were to leave, Israeli troops would not permit him to return. Rumors of every description - stoked by sketchy reports that he had lost consciousness and was being fed intravenously - swirled for hours.
November 13, 2004 |
Surging crowds, pandemonium, and frequent bursts of automatic gunfire sent Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to the grave yesterday. It was a mixed-message ending of mourning and anarchy for a mixed-message man. Arafat's body, transported by helicopter from Egypt, arrived in the West Bank city of Ramallah after a dignified state-style funeral in Cairo for the leader whose achievements include winning a Nobel Peace Prize. In Ramallah, where Arafat lived his last days under virtual Israeli house arrest, the outpouring was for a man regarded as a revolutionary and the father of the Palestinians.
November 12, 2004 |
The news of Yasir Arafat's death was delivered at dawn here yesterday. Within the hour, smoke from tires set ablaze by thousands of demonstrators draped Ramallah's skies in a curtain of black. Black flags sprouted from telephone poles at the entrances to the city's refugee camps. Palestinian police, patrolling on foot, wore black armbands. As was the case across the West Bank and Gaza, the streets roiled with grieving Palestinians, caught up in television images of the Palestinian leader's flag-draped coffin leaving France for today's Cairo military funeral, then burial at his battered headquarters in Ramallah.
November 11, 2004 |
Hours before it was announced today that Yasir Arafat had died, preparations for his death and funeral were well under way on three continents. Yesterday, bulldozers and dump trucks cleared mountains of debris and tank-crushed cars at his Ramallah compound on the West Bank that will become his final resting place. A Muslim cleric sat by his bed in a Paris-area hospital reading verses from the Koran. In Cairo, Egyptian officials outlined plans to host an impressive state-level funeral, to be held at the city's airport to facilitate attendance by representatives around the world.
January 14, 1996 |
Ayash Abu Kweidar has seen the parade of history march right past his wooden pushcart in this Palestinian city. During the intifadah uprising, he served up fresh, soft "kaak" rolls to customers whose eyes were still stinging from the tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers. When the Israeli army withdrew from Ramallah two weeks ago, after 28 years of occupation, he struggled to keep up with the demand from the reveling crowds. Now, he's witnessing history again. His downtown corner is at the epicenter of the Palestinians' first national election campaign, which culminates next Saturday in the election of a legislature and a chief executive.
August 25, 1994 |
Palestinians took the first step yesterday in extending self-rule in the West Bank beyond Jericho by taking control of the schools in Ramallah, a large West Bank city north of Jerusalem. The Israeli military turned over the hard-pressed education department in Ramallah under the terms of the Israel-PLO accord signed last year. It plans to hand over the other West Bank school districts today and Sunday in time for the opening of school on Monday. The low-key signing ceremony in Ramallah came hours before Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo completed a deal on the transfer of several other civilian departments in the occupied part of the West Bank.
September 20, 1988 |
Israeli soldiers confiscated the passports of five American travelers in the occupied West Bank and accused them of participating in a protest that troops dispersed with rubber bullets, military and other sources said yesterday. The Americans, activists on a private fact-finding tour in the occupied territories, denied the allegations, saying they were observers. Meanwhile, in a new offensive against Palestinian activists in the occupied lands, Israel closed adult education programs in the West Bank yesterday, prompting protests by hundreds of Palestinians, witnesses said.
June 10, 1987 |
Roger Heacock, a professor from Philadelphia teaching at a Palestinian university on the Occupied West Bank of the Jordan River, openly criticized the Israeli army for brutally quelling a student demonstration at the university in December that resulted in the deaths of two unarmed students. Two months later, he was behind bars. Yesterday, the 45-year-old American history profesor was convicted in the first-ever trial of a foreigner by an Israeli military court in Ramallah.
August 30, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - A former Israeli official on Wednesday denied suspicions that Israel poisoned Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, as France prepared to begin an investigation into his possible murder following a Swiss lab's claim that it found traces of a deadly substance on his belongings. Dov Weisglass, chief of staff to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the time of Arafat's death in 2004 and a key participant in deliberations surrounding Arafat's worsening health, said Israel had no reason to physically harm the Palestinian leader.