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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
30 September 1995
CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW OF EVENTS

RELATING TO THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE

September 1995










Monitored from the media by the
Division for Palestinian Rights


1 September Representatives of the Israeli Labour Union Histadrut and the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions met in Oslo, Norway, and discussed the closure of the self-rule areas and the resulting unemployment. A joint statement was issued which called for regulation in the labor market, abolishment of black-market trade, and preventing Palestinian laborers, who enter Israel without a permit. It also appealed to the Israeli government to reduce the number of foreign workers. (Reuter)


2 September Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qadhafi, in a speech to mark the 26th anniversary of his rise to power, called on Arab states to expel Palestinians to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. A spokesman of the Palestinian Authority denounced Qadhafi's declaration, and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat called on Libya to end this provocation. (AFP)


3 September A retired Israeli army colonel who sped through a Palestinian police roadblock in the Gaza Strip was shot dead when he refused to stop. Palestinian and Israeli police said they suspected that the man intended to commit suicide. (The Washington Post)


4 September The Israeli City Hall of Jerusalem began a 15-month program of festivities to mark the 3,000th birthday of Jerusalem. Muslim religious leaders, some Christian leaders, and international bodies, notably the European Union (EU), indicated that they would boycott all events held under Jerusalem 3,000". EU notified Israel that it would withdraw subsidies for EU-funded bodies participating in the festivities. (The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times)


5 September An Israeli settler from Maaleh Mikhmash settlement, near Ramallah in the West Bank, was stabbed to death and his wife was injured. An anonymous caller claimed responsibility for the attack in the name of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. (The Washington Post)
6 September The Palestinian Authority charged that the Israeli troops had massacred 450 Palestinians in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip during the 1956 Suez War and demanded an inquiry. (AFP)


8 September Five armed men in Israeli army uniforms, some of them masked, forced their way into private homes in Halhoul town in the West Bank and interrogated the residents. During the assault they shot dead a young Palestinian man as his father watched. A Jewish extremist organization claimed responsibility for the attack. (The Washington Post)


9 September Jewish settlers raided a Palestinian girls school in Hebron, West Bank, beat the schools headmistress and injured four pupils who took part in a street protest. (The Washington Post, The New York Times)


10 September The Lebanese authorities allowed the entry of about 400 Palestinians with Lebanese travel documents who had been expelled by Libya, but denied entry to several hundred others. (Reuter)


11 September PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat met with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in Alexandria and urged him to intervene with Libya to stop the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians. An unidentified PLO official said that Muammar Al-Qadhafi had ordered the expulsion of about 30,000 Palestinians working in his country and begun gathering them in camps in Bengazi and in Tripoli. (The New York Times)


13 September Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated outside Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's residence in Jerusalem to protest the second anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Principles. The police reported that during the clash with the demonstrators nine police officers were injured and 22 protestors were arrested. (The New York Times)


14 September Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops in Hebron, and a Palestinian girl and a cameraman from the International Network were injured. It was also reported that tear-gas fired by Israeli troops had overcome dozens of children. (Reuter)

Mr. Ilter Türkmen, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, pledged his organizations assistance to stop the expulsions of Palestinians from Libya by intervening with the Governments concerned. (AFP)


15 September Libya decided to suspend its mass expulsions of Palestinian workers and their families. It was reported that the decision came after intense Arab pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qadhafi. (AFP)

18 September In his first visit to the Middle East, Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama visited the Gaza Strip and met with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and pledged $200 million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over the next two years. The new aid would be channeled directly through the PA. (Reuter)


19 September Palestinian businessmen donated $4 million to a fund allocated to help the Palestinian Authority establish institutions to be operated by professionals. It was reported that the decision was taken on 14 September in Gaza at a meeting of Palestinian and Jordanian investors including members of the Palestine Development and Investment Company (PADICO). (Reuter)


20 September Israel sealed off the Gaza Strip giving no reason for the measure. (AFP)


22 September Libya offered to take back temporarily 150 Palestinians who were expelled and left stranded on the border with Egypt. All but seven Palestinians refused the offer. The representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo Panos Moumtzis, said that Libya's decision was unlikely to change the fate of the stranded Palestinians. Meanwhile, a group of 153 Palestinians left Salloum after Jordan gave them permission to enter, but they were stuck in the Jordanian port of Aqaba awaiting Israeli permission to cross into Gaza. Lebanon also eased entry restrictions against Palestinians with Lebanon travel documents. (Reuter)


26 September The Executive Committee of the PLO approved, in principle, the Israeli- Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank, which was concluded in Taba, on condition that redeployment would start 10 days after its signing and according to the agreed timetable. (Reuter)


27 September The Israeli Cabinet overwhelmingly, 18 in favor and none against with two abstentions, approved the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank which was concluded in Taba on 24 September. (AFP)


28 September Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank, in the White House in Washington. President Clinton presided over the signing ceremony while Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Hussein witnessed the signing. The agreement detailed several issues, including redeployment of Israeli troops from the West Bank; elections for an 82-member Palestinian Council; transfer of civil power, prisoners release, and revocation of provisions in the Palestinian Covenant. Boundaries, the nature of the Palestinian entity, Jewish settlements, sovereignty over Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees, were among the issues to be negotiated in the second stage of the negotiations. (The New York Times, The Washington Post) 30 September More than 580 expelled Palestinians crossed from Libya into Egypt. Eleven of them were going to the Gaza Strip through the Egyptian border at Rafah while the rest headed to Jordan through the Egyptian Red Sea Port of Nuwiba. The Libyan authorities provided 170 large tents on their side of the border, medical care, food, water and toilet facilities for future deportees. The Palestinian Authority condemned both Libya and Israel over the plight of those stranded on Egypt's borders. (AFP, Reuter)

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