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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights
30 April 1994


April 1994

Monitored from the press by the
Division for Palestinian Rights

1 April Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin met with Israeli opposition leaders in the Knesset (Parliament) and told them that "the proposal to move Jewish settlers to only one site in Hebron or uproot settlements in the territories is no longer on the government agenda". Following the massacre in the Ibrahimi mosque, the PLO and local Palestinian leaders had requested the removal of Jewish settlers from Hebron. (Israeli Radio)

2 April The Israeli military forces in the Gaza Strip have received directives from the Israeli Cabinet to stay away from refugee camps and to avoid clashes with the people of the area. (Ha'aretz)
3 April A leading Hamas activist was released by the Fatah movement in Gaza after being kidnapped in retaliation for the abduction of a Fatah supporter by Hamas. (Reuters)
4 April Eighteen Jewish families who live in the northern Gaza Strip settlement of Dugit abandoned their settlement and settled temporarily in tents near the border of Gaza, demanding that the Government of Israel provide them with monetary compensation for returning to Israel. (Ha'aretz)

Israeli troops shot and injured 27 Palestinians during clashes in the Gaza Strip. (Reuters)
5 April The General Assembly authorized the Secretary-General to establish the office of a Special Coordinator in the occupied territories (at the Assistant Secretary-General level) for the period of 1 April 1994 to 31 December 1995. A group of 25 former Palestinian deportees and fugitives crossed the border from Egypt and returned to their homes in the Gaza Strip. Another 26 deportees crossed the Jordanian border to return to their homes in the West Bank. The return of the deportees is part of an agreement reached in Cairo between Israel and the PLO which includes the return of more Palestinians to the territories in the near future. (The Jerusalem Press)
6 April A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up his car beside a bus in Afula, a northern Israeli town, killing 8 people and injuring 44 others. It was the most serious assault inside Israel since 1989. It was reported that the attack was done by a young West Bank man loyal to Hamas. The Israeli Government said that the incident will not interrupt its participation in the peace negotiations with the PLO. (The New York Times)
7 April Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin discussed in Israel the Middle East peace negotiations with Mr. Viktor Posuvalyuk, head of the Middle East Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. (International Intelligence Report)
8 April Representatives of the Foreign and Defence Ministries of Norway, Denmark and Italy -the three countries contributing international forces for Hebron - have arrived in Israel to negotiate the deployment of their observers in Hebron in accordance with the Israeli-PLO agreement. (Reuters)
10 April Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin informed his Cabinet of his decision to extend the closure of the occupied territories indefinitely. During the closure, only medical teams will be allowed to cross the territories into Israel. The Cabinet decided to grant new work permits to 18,000 foreign workers to substitute for Palestinian labourers banned from crossing into Israel. (Ha'aretz)
11 April Israeli troops shot and injured 11 youths, including 2 boys under 12, during clashes in Gaza city and Jabalia refugee camp. (The Jerusalem Press)
12 April Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian during clashes in Ramallah. (Reuters)
13 April A bomb ripped through a crowded bus in Hadera's central bus station at 9:30 a.m. killing 5 Israelis and a Hamas member who set off the blast. Thirty-two others were wounded of whom 27 were released shortly after receiving medical treatment. The bus, which arrived from Afula and stopped to pick up passengers in Hadera, was on its way to Tel Aviv. Another bomb was found on a bench nearby and exploded harmlessly. In a statement issued in Amman, Jordan, Hamas claimed responsibility for the blast, which it described as the second of five planned attacks to avenge the Hebron massacre of 25 February. (Haaretz, The Washington Post)
14 April Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin strongly attacked and accused Jordan of helping the Islamic militant Hamas, whose suicide bombers have killed 12 Israelis in two weeks. Rabin said that "Israel cannot tolerate the situation of Amman being a base for Hamas, whose spokesman is permitted to publicly announce the assault on Israel". He said that he decided to appeal in public after quiet contacts with Jordan had failed and that he had discussed the issue with US Secretary of State Warren Christopher. (Ha'aretz)
16 April Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin met in Muscat, Oman, with the Omani Ministers of Economic and Foreign Affairs, and discussed with them bilateral cooperation, particularly in the sphere of agriculture, human resources and technology. Mr. Beilin had arrived in Oman the previous day to participate in the meeting of the multilateral working group on water. (Ha'aretz)
18 April The Palestinian delegation to the multilateral talks on water announced in Oman the establishment of a Palestinian Water Authority in accordance with the Declaration of Principles signed on 13 September between Israel and the PLO. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin, who led his delegation at the meeting in Oman, said that Israel has reached an agreement with the PLO on water issues, including the establishment of the water authority. (Israel Line, Reuters)
19 April Israeli security authorities detained some 450 Palestinians suspected of supporting Hamas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (Al-Ittihad)
20 April A representative of Israel to the multilateral talks on water announced in Oman that his delegation has reached an agreement with senior Omani officials that paves the way for an economic delegation from Oman to travel to Israel in the near future. (Israel Line)
21 April PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat started his first official visit to the Russian Federation during which he met President Boris Yeltsin, Foreign Minister Kozyrev, Duma Speaker Rybkin, Interior Minister Yerin and the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Aleksiy II. During his visit, a Russian-Palestinian agreement of cooperation in the cultural and educational fields was signed. (International Intelligence Report)
22 April Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio) reported that a delegation of the World Bank signed a number of agreements with the PLO in Tunis which pave the way for the implementation of several development projects in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Some of the projects will be funded by money from donor countries which pledged funds to the Palestinians several months ago.
23 April Jewish settlers shot and critically wounded a 14-year-old Palestinian boy. A military spokesman said that they are investigating the incident. (Reuters)

24 April Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin began a four-day visit to the Russian Federation, the first by an Israeli Prime Minister, for bilateral talks. Before leaving for Moscow, Rabin was quoted as saying that, "with the fact that Russia is now having a more active foreign policy, I see a need to achieve a dialogue with the top Russian leadership, so this activity will be in the framework of the two superpowers, Russia and the United States". (Christian Science Monitor)
25 April According to The New York Times, "major figures on both sides questioning Israel-PLO talks". It reported that Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed that he considered the peace understandings to have already been "vitiated" by the PLO and he did not feel required to honor commitments made by the current government should he become prime minister. It reported that in the occupied territories, Dr. Haider Abdel-Shafi, former head of the Palestinian delegation to the peace talks, together with 22 other prominent Palestinians, had circulated a petition saying that if the eventual agreement allows Israel to continue expanding settlements, they will declare it to "lack legitimacy" and therefore not binding on Palestinians. He was also quoted as saying that "the agreement could not prevent the continued struggle of our people against the illegal actions of the Israeli occupation".
26 April According to the daily Ha'aretz, US sources said that senior Syrian officials had explained that Syria will establish full diplomatic relations with Israel "only after a final settlement is reached between Israel and the PLO, based on the right of self-determination".
27 April Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the founder of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza, who is serving a life sentence in Israel, said that the movement would run in parliamentary elections under Palestinian self-rule but will not participate in "any apparatus of the autonomy authorities". He added that Hamas will continue to oppose the autonomy by using "only the media and statements" in order to convince the majority that "Islam is the solution". (Reuters)
28 April The US Secretary of State, Israel's Foreign Minister, the PLO Chairman and the President of Egypt met in Cairo to finalize the PLO-Israel agreement on Palestinian self-rule in Jericho and the Gaza Strip. At the end of the day-long negotiations, it was announced that May 4 was set as the target day for signing the agreement. (Reuters)
29 April Israeli Finance Minister Avraham Shohat and PLO Chief economist Abu Alla, signed in Paris, a "Protocol on Economic Relations" between Israel and the PLO for future relations with the Palestinian Authority. The signing of the agreement was presided by the French Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Juppe. (UPI)
30 April PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Mr. Federico Mayor, the Director-General of UNESCO, signed in Tunis an accord on "Plan of Action" on projects for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Among the projects listed for immediate action are the rehabilitation of schools, support for a Palestinian television service, conservation of monuments and a study for setting up a Palestinian national museum. (Reuters)

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