Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

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Chronology: Palestinian Affairs


See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israel, Jordan

Apr. 23: As part of a major reform initiative aimed at cracking down on corruption within the Palestinian security forces, Palestinian President Mahmud 'Abbas appointed three new security chiefs to replace top commanders of Yasir 'Arafat's old guard. Among those replaced was Musa 'Arafat, who headed national security in Gaza and was a cousin of the late Palestinian leader. Brigadier-General Suleiman Hill took over his post. [Reuters, 4/24]

Apr. 27: Information Minister Nabil Sha'th announced that the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) and the Palestine Satellite Channel (PSC) would be unified into a single corporation, the Palestinian TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation. This came the day after responsibility for the PBC and PSC were transferred to Shaath from the chairmanship of the PLO Executive Committee and the Palestinian Authority presidency. The restructuring was a response to mounting demands by journalists to make the media more independent and accountable. [BBC, 5/4]

May 6: The Palestinian Election Commission reported that Fatah won control of 50 of 84 municipalities in the West Bank and Gaza, while Hamas won 28, in the latest round of municipal elections held on May 6. Hamas' ability to win control of onethird of the municipal council worried members of Fatah, the party founded by former Palestinian leader Yasir 'Arafat and long one of the most powerful forces in Palestinian politics. [BBC, 5/7]

May 16: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged $100 million to the Palestinians during a visit from Palestinian President Mahmud 'Abbas. Koizumi also offered to host a three-way summit involving 'Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. [BBC, 6/16]

May 26: US President George W. Bush pledged $50 million in direct aid to Palestinian Authority President Mahmud 'Abbas during 'Abbas' first visit to the White House since he was elected President in January 2005. The aid was meant to provide for new housing and infrastructure projects in Gaza and ensure a successful Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip. [CNN, 5/26]

May 27: Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin pledged $9.5 million in aid to help Palestinians build homes and strengthen their new state's legal system. Martin made the announcement during a visit of Palestinian Authority President Mahmud 'Abbas to Ottawa. …

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