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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
31 March 1995
CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW OF EVENTS

RELATING TO THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE

March 1995
















Monitored from the media by the
Division for Palestinian Rights


1 March A Palestinian from Khan Yunis who was shot and wounded in the spine during clashes with Israeli soldiers in 1991, died of his injuries.
(Reuter)
2 March A 19 year-old Palestinian was stabbed and wounded in the back by an Israeli man in East Jerusalem. (AFP)


3 March A Palestinian was shot and injured by an Israeli soldier at a road- block between the occupied West Bank and the self-rule area of Jericho. (Reuter)
5 March Osama Borno, 41 year-old, was shot dead and a passenger in his car was wounded in the shoulder when Israeli soldiers opened fire while reportedly giving cover to suspected Palestinian collaborators fleeing to Netzarim settlement. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and thousands of Gaza students attended the funeral. (AFP)


6 March Israel has for the first time placed a Palestinian from the West Bank under administrative detention for a one-year term without charge or trial, doubling the usual six-month detention period. Human rights organizations condemned the measure applied by a military judge.(AFP)
7 March Representatives of Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and the PLO started talks in Amman on the final status of Palestinians who were displaced during the 1967 war. The primary purpose of the meeting was to establish the agenda and set a criteria to guide the technical committees which will negotiate the issue. (AFP)
8 March Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in East Jerusalem to see a suspicious tunnel leading to the Esplanade of Mosques, the third holiest site in Islam. The tunnel entrance was discovered near a school in the Via Dolorosa area in the East Jerusalem. Faisal Husseini, the Palestinian Authority official responsible for Jerusalem Affairs, said he had asked for an inquiry to be conducted by the Waqf, the religious administration in charge of Moslem property. Israeli police also launched an inquiry and urged Husseini to call for calm. (AFP)


9 March U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived in Israel from Cairo on the second leg of a Middle East diplomatic tour. Mr. Christopher met with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and discussed with him the Middle East peace talks. (Reuter)
10 March Faisal Husseini, in charge of the Jerusalem file in the Palestinian
Authority, called for immediate talks with Israel on the future of Jerusalem instead of waiting for the final states negotiations as agreed under the Declaration of Principles. He said that "Jerusalem should be placed at the top of the current negotiations agenda since Israel has lunched a vigorous campaign to Judaize the holy city in violation of the peace accords." (AFP)
13 March The Netherlands officially opened a representative office in Jericho. The ceremony was attended by Dutch diplomats as well as by officials of the Palestinian Authority, including Nabil Shaath and Saeb Erekat. (AFP)
A bomb was discovered on a Gaza road used by Israelis and Palestinians. An Israeli-Palestinian joint patrol said that the remote-controlled bomb was spotted five minutes before the convoy of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat was due to pass through on his way to Gaza City back from talks in Cairo. There was no evidence, however, that Arafat was the target. (Reuter)


14 March Israeli police discovered four home made bombs on a road at the northern entrance to Hebron and another near Jenin. The bombs were defused without causing injuries or damage. (AFP)
15 March Around 240 experts from 39 countries including Israel met in Muscat, Oman, for a four-day conference on the management of water resources in arid countries. In a final statement the participants called for "new methods for rationalising water use, especially in the agricultural sector". (AFP)
16 March Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has approved the broad outlines of a $200 million plan to create a security zone between Israel and the West Bank to prevent Palestinian entry into Israel. Under the proposed security plan, a surveillance zone would be set up east of the armistice line that separated Israel from the West Bank before the 1967 war. (AFP)


17 March The PLO Executive Committee opened a two day meeting presided by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to discuss the future of the self-rule talks with Israel. Eleven of the 18 committee members took part in the meeting held at the Headquarters in Tunis, including Farouk Qaddumi and Muhmud Abbas, who boycotted the last Executive Committee meeting. The Executive Committee drew up a plan aimed at ending the "paralysis" in the negotiations on extending self-rule to the West Bank. No further details were given. (Reuter)
18 March PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat called for the creation of a special supervisory PLO committee to steer the negotiations with Israel. According to Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, the new committee would be headed by Mahmud Abbas, a member of the PLO Executive Committee. It was reported that the main role of the committee would be to draw up resolutions on the future of the self-rule talks. (AFP)
19 March Palestinian gunmen attacked a bus at a crossroads close to the Kiryat Arba settlement and the entrance to Hebron in the West Bank, killing two Israeli settlers and wounding five others. Following the attack several settlers went on a rampage in Halhul village, near Hebron, shot and injured a Palestinian and damaged Palestinian cars. A Palestinian official, Zakaria al-Agha, condemned the attack. A curfew was imposed on Hebron. (AFP)
20 March Palestinian Police Chief Naser Yussef visited police facilities in London on a fact-finding mission, upon an invitation from Prime Minister John Major. Britain is one of the main donors to the Palestinian Police Force and 50 patrol vehicles were granted to the Palestinian Authority when John Major met with the PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat last week. (AFP)
21 March Environment Minister Yossi Sarid called for the 400 settlers to be removed out of the center of Hebron as soon as possible following the murder of two Israeli settlers. He added that the government should concentrate on ensuring security for the 98 percent of Israelis who live within the state itself, not those who have settled on occupied Arab lands. (AFP)
22 March Muhammad Nusseibeh, an official of the Higher Islamic Council, said Israeli archaeological excavations near Al-Aqsa mosque were threatening other buildings in East Jerusalem. Israel denied the charge. (Reuter)
22 March An unidentified gunman shot and killed an alleged Palestinian collaborator near Jenin in the north of the West Bank. (AFP)


23 March A group of American businessmen agreed with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to help open the flow of aid to the Palestinians. Mohammad Nashashibi, a Palestinian official in charge of the Finance Department, said he would ask at a donor meeting in Washington on April 3-4 for 250 million dollars to cover the 1995 budget deficit as well as for rescheduling the payment of 500 million dollars of unpaid promised funds from last year. (AFP)
24 March US Vice President Al Gore arrived for two-day official visit to Israel and to the Palestinian self-rule areas. Al Gore unveiled a $65 million aid package as he arrived in the self-rule area of Jericho, becoming the first foreign official to meet with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat there. Arafat, who also began his second full visit to Jericho, called on Washington to help implement the autonomy agreement ahead of his talks with Al Gore. (AFP)
26 March Mr. Farouk Qaddumi, the head of the PLO Political Department and chairman of the board of governors of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, arrived in Canberra, Australia, for talks with key Australian Ministers. He met with Australian Governor-General Bill Hayden and Foreign Minister Gareth Evans and Aid Minister Gordon Bilney as well as academics, diplomats and government officials. (AFP)


27 March The United States has informed Israel that Syria is preparing to expel Damascus-based Palestinian leaders hostile to the peace process. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat has invited Syria-based Palestinian politician leaders to settle in the Gaza Strip to contribute to the building of a Palestinian state.(AFP)
28 March A senior Palestinian official edited a map of Palestine showing Tel-Aviv and other towns in Israel as Jewish settlements. The map has been edited by the Arab Studies Society run by Faisal Husseini who is in charge of the Jerusalem file for the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Husseini told the Israeli radio that the map would "remain our reference as long as the Israelis continue to use biblical terms such as Judea and Samaria to refer to the occupied West Bank". (AFP)


29 March Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian driver from Gaza City who crashed his truck into a police jeep near Netzarim settlement, killing two officers and injuring two others. According to an army spokesman, the incident looks like an attack, but Palestinian officials said that the driver lost control on the vehicle due to failing breaks. (AFP)

The European Investment Bank has granted the Palestinian Authority a 300 million dollar loan. The loan would be spent on industrial, agricultural and water projects. (AFP)


30 March Representatives of more than 30 donor countries met in Gaza City to review the development efforts made by the Palestinian Authority in preparation to a major aid conference to be held in Washington on 3-4 April. (AFP)


31 March Saudi Arabia requested that Israeli-Arabs carry Palestinian papers to enter the country for the Moslem pilgrimage to Mecca in May. Israel's Interior Minister Uzi Baram rejected the request and said "if the Saudi want to give them additional papers, we have no objection". (AFP)






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