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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights
31 December 1993
CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW OF EVENTS

RELATING TO THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE


December 1993



















Monitored from the press by the
Division for Palestinian Rights

1 December Palestinian gunmen shot dead two Jewish settlers and wounded two others in an attack on the outskirts of El Bireh, north of Jerusalem. (The New York Times)
United States Vice-President Al Gore unveiled the establishment of a new task force of government and private business officials dubbed "Builders for Peace" that would seek to funnel private investment funds into the West Bank and Gaza. (The Washington Post)


2 December Jewish settlers closed down the main roads to Ramallah and El Bireh and continued their assaults on Palestinian residents following the killing of two Israelis the day before. (The Jerusalem Press)

The Ahari (follow me) movement, which was established by reserve army officers opposed to the Israeli-PLO accords, issued a document aimed at doubling the number of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories. (Ha'aretz)


3 December Four young Palestinians, including two boys under 14, were shot and injured by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip and Hebron. A young Palestinian was shot and injured by Jewish settlers in Hebron. (The Jerusalem Press)

Eight leaders of the Fatah movements in the Gaza Strip met with the Israeli army commander of the region to discuss the security situation in the Strip. (The Jerusalem Press)


4 December United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived in the Middle East in a trip that will take him to Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. (The New York Times)


5 December A group of Jewish settlers from Qiryat Arba ambushed and killed a Palestinian resident from Hebron. The killing triggered demonstrations and protests all over the West Bank. (The New York Times)
6 December A molotov bomb was thrown at an Israeli military post in Jabalia refugee camp. Armed youth opened fire at Israeli military patrol in Rafah camp. (The Jerusalem Press)
7 December Israel Minister of Housing Ben Aliezer revealed that his ministry has built 4,629 residential units in Jewish settlements throughout the occupied territories during the past budget year. (Al-Hamishmar)
8 December Secretary of State Warren Christopher said in Cairo that the United States would accept a delay in implementing the peace agreement between Israel and the PLO if both sides agreed. Israel and the PLO exchanged draft protocols in Cairo but have yet to agree on significant issues of the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Jericho. (The Financial Times)
9 December Jewish settlers from Shilo settlement near Ramallah shot and killed a Palestinian man. Two young Palestinians from Gaza were shot and injured by Israeli troops. A "suspected collaborator" was shot dead by masked people in Gaza city. (Jerusalem Press)
10 December Secretary of State Warren Christopher met with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat in Tunis. He was the first top level United States official to call on the Chairman at his headquarters in Tunis. (The Washington Post)
12 December In their summit meeting in Cairo, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, conceded that the Monday (13 December) deadline to begin self-rule in Jericho and the Gaza Strip would have to be delayed at least 10 days. The two leaders failed to remove the last obstacles to start the self-rule. (The New York Times)
13 December Two young Palestinians were shot dead by undercover military units in Rafah. A young Palestinian stole an ambulance and drove it into an army jeep killing himself and injuring an Israeli soldiers. (The New York Times)


14 December The General Assembly adopted three resolutions (48/58, 48/59 A-B) related to the "situation in the Middle East", including a resolution on Jerusalem.
15 December The last 197 of the 415 Palestinian deportees were repatriated from Marj Zohor in Lebanon to Israel, where they were held in Israeli detention camps until further decision. (The Washington Post)
16 December In a ten-page booklet, the Israeli army ordered its soldiers to take "strong action" against law-breaking settlers in the occupied territories, including possible arrests and curfews. The new instructions were denounced by settler leaders as an attempt to "delegitimize" the settlers. (The New York Times)


17 December Donor governments pledged $570 million in a one-year aid to the Palestinians during a first meeting in Paris of the World Bank's consultative group for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (The Financial Times)
19 December 128 of the 197 Palestinians who were repatriated 4 days earlier were released from Israeli detention. The remaining 69 were placed under administrative detention. (Jerusalem Press)
20 December Israeli and Palestinian negotiators arrived in Paris for negotiations in an attempt to break the deadlock over implementing the Israeli-PLO accord. (The Financial Times)
21 December Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, the spokeswoman of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace talks, resigned from her post to head a Palestinian Commission of Human Right to be established under the future Palestinian National Authority. (The Christian Science Monitor)
22 December Two Israelis were shot dead by masked gunmen from the Hamas movements near Ramallah. (Al-Ittihad)


23 December Four Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip. (Al-Ittihad)


25 December Three young Palestinians were shot and injured during a clash with Israeli troops in Rafah. A hand grenade was thrown at an army post in Jabalia by a masked Palestinian. (Jerusalem Press)


27 December Israeli and PLO negotiators began their third round of talks in Cairo in an effort to remove the remaining obstacles to Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Jericho. (The New York Times)


28 December A young Palestinian from Dora was shot and injured after attacking an Israeli soldier with a knife. He was then arrested. (Al-Ittihad)


29 December After two days of talks between top Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, both sides failed to break the deadlock in the peace talks. (The Washington Post)


30 December PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat rejected what he called an unacceptable Israeli plan to implement Palestinian self-rule in the occupied territories and offered a wide-ranging counterproposal to the negotiators. (The Washington Post)


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