Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Palestinian Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Palestinian Affairs

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Jan. 19: Palestinian President Mahmud 'Abbas fired dozens of advisers to late president Yasir 'Arafat, the first sign of major reform since he was elected on January 9. [AlJazeera, 1/19]

Jan. 25: Palestinian President Mahmud 'Abbas sent bulldozers to demolish hundreds of buildings erected illegally in Gaza City, in a move to restore the rule of law. (BBC, 1/25]

Jan. 28: Local municipal elections were held in the Gaza Strip. Hamas won approximately two-thirds of the local council seats in ten Gaza districts. [VOA, 1/28]

Feb. 7: US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice pledged $40 million to help President 'Abbas rebuild Palestinian institutions and infrastructure. [GN, 2/7]

Feb. 22: Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei' scrapped his proposed cabinet list and promised a fresh team after MPs threatened to vote him from office, angry that the list was stacked with members from 'Arafat's old cabinet and tainted with corruption. [BBC, 2/22]

Mar. 3: Thirty-two Fatah leaders from the West Bank resigned from their posts in protest against alleged mismanagement by senior Fatah leaders. [Al-Jazeera, 3/4]

Mar. 4: Palestinian militants opened fire on a police station in Nablus, sparking a firefight in the center of the West Bank's largest city. The incident, in which three were wounded, occurred when a member of the al-Awda Brigades was refused permission to see his jailed brother. [Al-Jazeera, 3/4]

Mar. 12: About 2,500 unemployed Palestinians, who had previously been employed in Israel, protested at a parliamentary building in Gaza, carrying signs and throwing stones, to protest the lack of jobs. …

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