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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
28 February 1995
CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW OF EVENTS

RELATING TO THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE

February 1995
















Monitored from the media by the
Division for Palestinian Rights


1 February Israeli municipal officials in Jerusalem approved the building of a new Jewish neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. A city spokesman said the construction would begin within two months. Responding to a question regarding the negative impact of this decision on the peace process, Deputy Mayor Shmuel Meir said "he devoutly hoped the decision would indeed wreck the peace process". (Reuter)

2 February US senators, Alfons D'Amato and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, from New York, circulated a letter in the Senate asking the United States to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital no later than 1999. The two senators were seeking the support from their colleagues for the letter to be sent to Secretary of State, Warren Christopher. Mr. Martin Indyk, to become the next ambassador to Israel, told a Senate Foreign Relations sub-committee that he thought the United States should not recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital at this time because it might hamper the peace process. (Reuter)

3 February The UN Human Rights Commission's special rapporteur on the occupied territories, Rene Felber, announced his resignation, three days after publishing a scathing report on continued abuses by Israeli soldiers. In the report, Mr. Felber concluded that neither the UN General Assembly nor the Commission had met with notable success in improving human rights in the occupied territories. (AFP)

4 February Foreign Ministers of Jordan and Egypt and PLO representative called for action to help Palestinians displaced by the 1967 Arab-Israeli war to return to their homes, as a next step forward in the peace process. A joint statement was issued by Jordan and Egypt promised to provide the Palestinians with whatever data they might have on the subject, and urged other countries hosting displaced persons as well as international organizations to do likewise. (AFP)


5 February Israel decided to extend the closure of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for two more weeks. Palestinian and Israeli officials appealed to ease restrictions which prevent tens of thousands Palestinians travelling to their jobs in Israel which harm the Palestinian economy and morale.(Financial Times)

6 February U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown, met with Palestinian business leaders and officials of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah to discuss trade issues. (Ha'aretz)

7 February Police Minister Moshe Shahal opened the first border police station in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip to improve security. The Neve Dekalim station, manned by 78 officers, will serve the block of colonies in the south of the Gaza Strip where most of the 5,000 Gaza settlers lives. (AFP)


8 February Palestinian Police Force detained about 100 people associated with a radical faction, which believed to be behind the murder of an Israeli guard in the self-rule area, and 40 more members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). (AFP)

9 February French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, European Commission Vice President Manuel Martin of Spain, German Foreign Affairs Secretary Hans Von Ploetz and Spain' Secretary of State for EU affairs Carlos Westendrop met with Palestinian officials at the Orient House, the de facto PLO headquarters in Jerusalem, under Israeli police protection. Some 30 settlers protested outside the building and try to block the talks. (AFP)


10 February PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat appealed, in a letter, to the United States, Norway, and Russia to help break the deadlock in negotiations with Israel. Arafat also telephoned Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Mussa and sent a letter to the UN Secretary General, Boutros Boutros Ghali, complaining that Israel was not fulfilling the 1993 Declaration of Principles signed by both. (AFP)


12 February President Clinton convened a meeting, in Washington, with the Foreign Ministers of Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and a senior Palestinian official. The participants reaffirmed their commitment to honouring those agreements already concluded, to accelerate negotiations, to combat all acts that aim to destroy the peace process, and to establish a series of free-trade and industrial zones in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. President Clinton pledged in his opening speech that the United States will redouble its efforts to get the peace process back in full gear. (AFP)


13 February The Palestinians have, for the first time, exported home-grown flowers to Europe under their own label. A shipment of 10,000 flowers was flown to Netherlands from Tel-Aviv. An official from the agriculture department said that 50 million flowers would be exported to Europe in the coming Spring. (Reuter)

14 February A 16 years old Palestinian from Hebron was shot dead by Israeli soldiers and six others were injured in the West Bank. (AFP)

15 February South Africa and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced, in Capetown, the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the two sides. The announcement came during the visit of Mr. Farouk Kaddoumi, the head of the PLO Political Department, to South Africa at the invitation of the Foreign Minister, Alfred Nzo. (AFP)

16 February Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman, Yasser Arafat met in Erez crossing point into Gaza to discuss the implementation of their peace agreement. The two leaders agreed to accelerate negotiations on expanding Palestinian self-rule throughout the West Bank and to start lifting the closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It was reported that the PLO rejected an Israeli proposal to transfer to the Palestinians Authority economic and municipal management of the West Bank town of Jenin under Israeli security control.(AFP)

17 February The United Nations Human Rights Commission adopted four resolutions, in Geneva, which criticized Israel for its treatment of Palestinians and other Arabs. The resolutions, called on Israel to withdraw from Palestinian land, including Jerusalem and other occupied Arab territories, and also denounced what it called Israel's persistent murderous acts, detention without trial, continued development of settlements, and the confiscation of Palestinian property. (AFP)

18 February PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat arrived to France to participate in a two-day conference on the future of the Middle East. Mr. Shimon Perez, Israel Foreign Minister, also attended the conference and represented his country. (AFP)


19 February A 17 years old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, who, they believed, was trying to break out of the Gaza Strip and enter Israeli territory. Palestinian sources said, Yusef Abu Amsha, was collecting garbage near a border fence in southern Gaza and was not trying to enter Israel. (UPI)


20 February Israeli security forces arrested 20 Palestinian protesters and two others were beaten in the West Bank town of Nablus.(Reuter)


21 February The PLO's Executive Committee convened in Cairo to discuss the peace talks with Israel. The Executive Committee re-emphasized the need to implement the Deceleration of Principles and to immediately begin the permanent status talks, which include issues such as settlements, boundaries and Jerusalem. (Davar)

22 February The Arab Group at the United Nations requested an urgent Security Council meeting to discuss Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Israel opposed the idea, saying the issue should be handled by the parties involved. (AFP)

23 February Saudi Arabia has donated $7.5 million to help pay the salaries of Palestinian Police Force in the Gaza Strip and Jericho area. Saudi Arabia previously payed 20$ million to UNRWA's Peace Implementation Programme, the largest contribution by a single donor. (Reuter)
A bomb exploded lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers driving in a Jeep in the Gaza Strip. It was the second bomb in Gaza in a week after suspected Palestinian extremists set off explosives attached to a sheep as a joint Israeli-Palestinian security patrol went by close to the settlement of Netzarim. (AFP)


24 February During a ceremonial meeting held at the Headquarters of the United Nations, New York, ambassadors of Israel and Tanzania announced the renewal of diplomatic relations between their countries.(Ha'aretz)

25 February Several hundred Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in the old city of Jerusalem to mark the first anniversary of the Hebron mosque massacre, when a Jewish settler killed 29 Palestinian prayers. During the clash 16 people were beaten and five others were arrested. (AFP)


26 February Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Uri Savir, Palestinian Authority Member in charge of Economics, Abu Ala, and U.S Agency for International Development representative Christopher Crowley held, for the first time, a meeting in Jerusalem to discuss the establishment of seven to nine industrial parks in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. It was further agreed that an Israeli-Palestinian joint plan would be presented to the American and to other sources of donor countries. (Davar)

27 February Japan gave the Palestinian Authority $5 million to create jobs for unemployed people in the Gaza Strip. The Japanese ambassador to Israel, Haruhiko Shibuya, signed the agreement with Mr. Nabil al Sharif, the head of the Job-Creation Programme, and said the money was part of a $20 million aid package to the Palestinians.(Reuter)


28 February Upon the Arab Group's request, the UN Security Council convened to discuss settlements activities in the occupied territories. No resolutions were adopted on the subject.(AFP)
A two-year old Palestinian girl was seriously wounded by an Israeli soldier in the West Bank town of Hebron, and fourteen others were injured during clashes between troops and youngster. (AFP)




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