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April 23, 2002 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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October 28, 2004 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 13, 2004 | By Michael Matza and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
November 12, 2004 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 11, 2004 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 14, 1996 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 25, 1994 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 20, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
NEWS
June 10, 1987 | By JOANNE SILLS, Daily News Staff Writer (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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.
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August 30, 2012 | By Daniel Estrin, Associated Press
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.
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April 14, 2013 | By Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad resigned on Saturday, leaving the Palestinians without one of their most moderate and well-respected voices just as the United States is launching a new push for Mideast peace. A statement from the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said President Mahmoud Abbas met with Fayyad late in the day and accepted his resignation, thanking him for his service. According to the statement, Abbas asked Fayyad to stay in his post until Abbas forms a new government.
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March 23, 2013 | By Scott Wilson, Washington Post
JERUSALEM - President Obama urged Israelis on Thursday to move decisively in a spirit of self-preservation and empathy to secure a lasting peace, but he delivered an even sharper ultimatum to Palestinians to drop conditions that have held up a new round of negotiations. His evening address at the Jerusalem International Convention Center signaled a shift away from the balance he has sought to maintain between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since taking office - and toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he has had a stormy relationship, at least until this trip.
NEWS
November 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and which disclose smoking's health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said that she wanted the industry to pay for corrective statements in various types of advertisements. But Tuesday's ruling is the first time she's laid out what the statements will say. Each corrective ad is to be prefaced by a statement that a federal court has concluded that the defendant tobacco companies "deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking.
NEWS
October 21, 2012 | By Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinians voted for new local councils in dozens of West Bank towns in long delayed elections Saturday, part of an attempt by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement to recapture dwindling political legitimacy. However, the toxic rivalry between Fatah and the Islamic militant Hamas loomed large over the first Palestinian ballot in six years, and made it unlikely that Saturday's voting will be followed anytime soon by overdue elections for parliament and president.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Daniel Estrin, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 17, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM - This week's planned Mideast prisoner swap is unleashing deep anguish in Israel and widespread elation in the Palestinian territories, laying bare the chasm of perspective dividing the two sides. In Israel, the public is aghast at having to release convicted perpetrators of suicide bombings, deadly shootings and grisly kidnappings, although most understand that's what it takes to win freedom for a soldier captured during a routine patrol inside Israel at age 19. The Palestinians, with equal vehemence, see the returnees as heroes who fought an occupier at a time of violence and argue moral equivalence between their actions and those of Israel's army.
NEWS
September 22, 2011 | By Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers
RAMALLAH, West Bank - With a showdown with the United States looming at the United Nations, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in the streets Wednesday in support of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' expected call Friday for U.N. membership for a Palestinian state. At the same time, Palestinian activists reported an uptick in attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinians, and settlers held their own demonstrations opposing the Palestinian move. The Palestinian Authority had declared Wednesday a holiday and given children the day off from school to attend marches and speeches throughout Ramallah.
NEWS
March 26, 2011 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Robert M. Gates made the first trip by a U.S. defense chief to the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday, capping a day of back-to-back meetings to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders to push ahead with the peace process despite the recent violence. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad sounded willing to renew efforts toward peace with Israel. But he told the Pentagon chief that Palestinian entreaties to Israeli leaders had been publicly rebuffed and met with vows for retribution for this week's deadly bus-stop bombing in Jerusalem and mortar attacks on Israel from Gaza.
NEWS
November 7, 2010 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Serious efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been on hold until after the U.S. elections. Both sides thought President Obama couldn't focus on the peace process until then, although people here are debating whether he will engage more deeply after his party's electoral losses. But there is one official who hasn't been hanging on the U.S. vote: Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He is too busy working on the second half of his two-year program to build a Palestinian state.
NEWS
October 19, 2007 | By Trudy Rubin
It's one of the more remarkable turnarounds of the Bush team. After seven years of letting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process drift, President Bush has moved the advancement of a Palestinian state to the top of his to-do list. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is staking her reputation, and much more, on holding an international conference before year's end at which a joint Israeli-Palestinian document will lay out a "concrete" basis for the new state. She's made clear she doesn't want this meeting - in Annapolis, Md. - to focus on generalities.
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