Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Israel

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Israel

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See also, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Petroleum Affiars, Regional Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, Lebanon 1996

July 17: A Histadrut-sponsored general strike paralyzed the country. The strike protested government spending cuts. [7/18 NYT]

July 20: In Jerusalem, ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed with riot police. They were demonstrating against the use of Bar-lan Street, a major artery, during the Sabbath. [7/21 NYT]

July 28: A commission established to investigate the discarding of blood donated by Ethiopian Jewish immigrants determined that the practice was justified because of the high rate of AIDS infection among the Ethiopian Jewish population. A demonstration by Ethiopian Jews on 28 January to protest the practice culminated in a riot. [7/29 NYT]

Aug. 4: The Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Yigal Amir as the assassin of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on 4 November 1995. [8/5 NYT]

Aug. 8: Justice Minister Ya'akov Ne'eman resigned after a criminal investigation began into charges that Ne'eman had "obstructed court proceedings" prior to becoming a minister. [8/9 FT]

Aug. 15: The Supreme Court ruled that Jerusalem's Bar-Ilan Street, which Orthodox Jews wanted closed on Sabbath days, would remain open pending the formation of a committee to investigate the situation. [8/16 NYT]

Aug. 19: The prime minister's office released a statement announcing that a joint ministerial committee, composed of officials from the foreign ministry and the prime minister's office, would lead negotiations with Arabs. …

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