Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

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Palestinian Affairs

See also, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Libya 1997

Apr. 26: Palestinian National Authority (PNA) officials released 25 leaders of a teachers' strike that began in February over pay and government corruption. The leaders had been arrested on 21 April. [4/28 WP]

May 3: It was reported that the PNA had arrested Gaza lawyer Na`im Salama for writing an article calling for Israeli standards of democracy to be adopted in Palestinian-controlled areas. [5/3 WP] May 5: In Hebron, a Palestinian security officer fatally shot a Palestinian at a road block. [5/6 WP] May 17 In Ramallah, the body of Harbi Abu Sara was found. Evidence suggested an execution-style murder. Abu Sara was suspected of selling land to Israelis. [5/19 NYT]

May 20: In Ramallah, police arrested Da'ud Kuttab, director of the Al-Quds Educational Television station. No charges were filed and US diplomatic sources reported that PNA president Yasir Arafat had ordered Kuttab detained. [5/22 NYT]

May 21: It was reported that the PNA-operated Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) was jamming broadcasts of Legislative Council meetings by the independent Al-Quds Educational Television. [5/21 WP]

May 24: The PNA auditing agency reported that $326 million of public funds had been misused in 1996. [5/25 NYT]

In Biddiyya, PNA authorities arrested three Palestinians suspected of selling land to Israelis. [5/28 FBIS]

May 26: The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group presented a report alleging that PNA authorities were responsible for 42 cases of torture. …

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