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1.4.01 An Israeli soldier is killed in a gun battle between Palestinians and Israelis near Nablus.

1.4.01 In an article in the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot, Eitan Haber, formerly an official with the late Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, says PM Ariel Sharon has no political or security plan to confront the Palestinian Intifada. If Sharon offers less than former PM Barak, he will not find a Palestinian partner.

2.4.01 Israeli helicopters shell the truck of Muhammad Abdul el-AI, 28, from Rafah in the Gaza Strip, an Islamic Jihad activist, killing him and critically injuring his fellow passenger.

2.4.01 Heavy fighting takes place in the village of Khader, near Bethlehem. Israeli tanks shell the refugee camps of Azza and Aida inside Bethlehem. Thirteen Palestinians are injured, including one girl who lost an eye; an Israeli soldier is killed.

3.4.01 Israel refuses to allow a Knesset delegation to enter Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. The delegation was headed by Yossi Katz and included Mohammmad Barakeh, Mosi Raz and Colette Avital. Katz nevertheless defied the orders and met with Arafat.

4.4.01 Palestinian and Israeli negotiators meet near Tel Aviv, with CIA representatives, in an effort to reactivate security coordination between the two sides.

4.4.01 Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel and a group of American Jews are raising money to replace olive trees uprooted by the Israeli army. Rabbi Arik Ascherman told the Christian Science Monitor that in the Salfit area alone, 3,000 trees have been destroyed, some of them hundreds of years old. The group has collected $20,000 in its campaign.

4.4.01 Islamic Jihad activist Iyad Hardan, 28, from the village of Arraba near Jenin is killed instantly when a pay phone he often uses exploded. Hardan, a detainee in a PNA jail, had left his cell temporarily to make a phone call.

6.4.01 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights passes a:resolution supporting the e'stablishment of an independent Palestinian state. The resolution was passed by a majority of 48 to 2, with the United States and Guatemala opposing.

8.4.01 The Women's Coalition for a Just Peace, issues a statement in solidarity with the Palestinian people, calling for an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, for an end to Israeli occupation, and for the dismantling of Jewish settlements. Israel should admit its responsibility for, and seek a just solution to, the problem of Palestinian refugees.

9.4.01 Israeli forces using tanks and heavy artillery aided by helicopter gunships invade the western region of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. In a fierce battle, two Palestinians are killed and 40 injured. Thirty-one houses are demolished.

11.4.01 Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef calls for the "annihilation of the Arabs" during a speech given on the Jewish Passover.

11.4.01 High-level Palestinian and Israeli security officials and CIA representatives again meet in Tel Aviv at the home of the U.S. ambassador in Israel, Martin Indik, in a further attempt to renew security cooperation between the two sides.

13.4.01 In a joint statement, European foreign ministers urge Israel to cease all settlement activity in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

23.4.01 Rabbi Menachem Forman from the Tekoa settlement near Bethlehem says that, during a meeting with President Arafat, he proposed forming a committee of Muslim and Jewish leaders tq work towards peace. He said that Arafat showed interest in his proposal, but has not yet made any commitments.

23.4.01 Belgian foreign minister Louis Michel is forced to cancel his visit to al¬Aqsa Mosque after Palestinian officials refused to allow Israeli security guards to accompany him.

23.4.01 Israeli tanks fire missiles during an exchange of fire at Gaza International Airport, heavily damaging the radar room.

24.4.01 Israeli shelling and gunfire from the nearby Jewish settlement of Psagot light the Ramallah skies, with bullets landing near President Arafat's headquarters in the city.

25.4.01 United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) General Commissioner Peter Hansen warns in Amman that conditions in the Palestinian territories may develop into a humanitarian disaster, due to the suffering of the Palestinian people over the past seven months and collective Israeli punishment measures.

25.4.01 Israeli forces assassinate four Fateh cadres working for the Palestinian Security Apparatus in Rafah, in an explosion on the border between Gaza and Egypt. Six Palestinian citizens are also wounded in the explosion.

30.4.01 Three people, a Fateh activist and two children, are killed in an explosion in a residential building in the Ein Misbah area of Ramallah.

4.5.01 Israel allows the entrance of an additional 11,000 Palestinian laborers into Israel for work.

6.5.01 Israeli Foreign Minister Shim on Peres discusses with the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Ahmed Qurei, means to stop the cycle of violence between Palestinians and Israelis.

6.5.01 The Mitchell report is submitted to the Palestinian and Israeli sides. The report was prepared by an international committee set up in the wake of the Sharm el-Sheikh talks last year to examine the causes of the Palestinian-Israeli confron ta tions.

7.5.01 Four-month-old Iman Hajjo is killed while her mother, 23, sat breast¬feeding her in their Khan Younis home. An Israeli tank shell slammed through the wall killing Iman and critically wounding her mother.

7.5.01 Israel seizes a boat loaded with a large consignment of arms, including mortars and anti-tank missiles off the Gaza coast. According to Israeli sources, this was not an isolated incident; the boat, a fishing trawler, had set out from northern Lebanon.

11.5.01 Danish Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketoft declares that he will ask the European Union to ban the import of all fruit grown in Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

14.5.01 Israeli communications minister Reuven Rivlin presents Israeli PM Ariel Sharon with a detailed $150-million plan to establish Arabic-language television and radio stations in order to respond to the "propaganda and instigation" in the Arab and Palestinian media.

14.5.01 While resting, five Palestinian policemen manning a checkpoint in Beitunia are shot dead by the IOF.

17.5.01 Head of the International Red Cross delegation in Israel and the Palestinian territories Rem~ Kosernic calls Jewish settlements in the occupied territories a war crime according to humanitarian law. He believes the Geneva Convention must be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The law for occupied territories also applies to East Jerusalem.

18.5.01 Nine Palestinians are killed and about 60 are injured in Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Eight of the dead were members of the elite unit Force 17. For the first time since the eruption of the al-Aqsa Intifada, F-16 war planes were used for the missile attacks.

18.5.01 The Government of Qatar says that it is ready to host a Palestinian¬Israeli summit in an attempt to help put an end to the violence.

20.5.01 Israeli tanks fire missiles at the residence in al-Bireh of the head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Apparatus in the West Bank, Jibril Rajoub. Five guards were injured.

22.5.01 Israeli officials announce that Mauritania's foreign minister Oah Wild Abdi will arrive in Israel, in spite of the Arab League call to halt all political contacts with Israel.

22.5.01 Though announcing a unilateral cease-fire, the Israeli army fires upon PNA areas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip injuring some 45 people. Following Palestinian fire on the Jewish settlement of Gilo, fighting breaks out in the Bethlehem area.

22.5.01 Israeli PM Sharon declares that Israel considers settlements legal and a national and social project, adding that settlements will be developed in order to face current challenges. Since he assumed power last February, 15 new Jewish settlement sites have been erected in the West Bank, according to the Israeli movement Peace Now.

23.5.01 According to Ha' aretz, 55 New York legislators sign letters to Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani asking to remove a wax figure of President Arafat from Madame Tussaud's wax museum, recently opened in New York. The manager of the museum said that it chronicles history without political bias.

25.5.01 U.5. Secretary of State Colin Powell officially declares his support for the Mitchell recommendations as a basis for an end to violence between Palestinians and Israelis. A new Middle East peace envoy, William Bums, would function as mediator between the Government of Israel and the PNA.

26.5.01 Meeting in Ooha, Qatar, foreign ministers of states represented in the Islamic Conference decide to freeze all political contacts with the Israeli government.

31.5.01 Faisal Husseini, 61, holder of the Jerusalem file in the PNA and a member of the PLO Executive Committee, dies of a heart attack in Kuwait. He leaves a wife and two children. Husseini was widely respected as an outstanding leader of the Palestinian people and a consistent fighter for national dignity, freedom and peace.

1.6.01 President Yasser Arafat pays homage to Faisal Husseini at PNA headquarters in Ramallah before the funeral cortege proceeded to Jerusalem. It passe from Orient House to the Haram al-Sharif, accompanied by a huge crowd of mourners. Condolences were offered at Orient House by Palestinian, Israeli and foreign callers throughout the week.

1.6.01 Said al Hutari, 22, a Palestinian-Jordanian affiliated with Hamas, blows himself up in a crowd of Israeli young people waiting to enter a Tel Aviv nightclub. Most were new immigrants from the former USSR. Twenty Israelis are killed and over 70 injured in the bombing.

1.6.01 Organs from Mazen Joulani, a 33-year-old Palestinian pharmacist shot by Jewish settlers, are donated to Israeli patients. According to the Israeli national organ transplant coordinator, this is the first organ donation from a Palestinian since the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada.

10.6.01 According to Israel Radio, Israeli PM Ariel Sharon likens Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to Osama Bin Laden. Sharon's statement reportedly came during a meeting with United States peace envoy William Bums. "You do not hold negotiations with a person like Bin Laden; Arafat to us is like Bin Laden."

12.6.01 Central Intelligence Agency chief George Tenet meets with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Ramallah.

13.6.01 According to Ha'aretz, the European Union recently tried to set up a network of observers in the Palestinian territories without Israel's approval. An "operations room" set up in Bethlehem by the EU was later closed under Israeli pressure. A request to deploy European observers in the Rafah and Netzarim areas in Gaza was turned down.

18.6.01 The Red Crescent Society issues statistics on Palestinian Shuhada' (martyrs) and injured since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada. The report notes 520 dead and 14,461 injured by Israeli soldiers.

18.6.01 The Arab Follow-Up Committee meeting in Amman, Jordan, agrees to give the PNA the amount of $US 45 million monthly till the end of the year 2001.

22.6.01 Two Israeli soldiers are killed when 27-year-old Ismail Mus'abi rammed his booby-trapped car into their jeep in Gaza. Mus'abi was also killed.

22.6.01 Head of the Israeli internal security intelligence network (Shabak) Avi Oichter says that there has been a tangible decrease in Palestinian military attacks against Israeli targets. In Rafah, the PNA is still having difficulty controlling the area.

28.6.01 A woman settler is shot and killed by Palestinian gunmen on a road near the settlement of Ganim in the Jenin region.

30.6.01 Israeli PM Ariel Sharon is indictable for crimes against humanity, ruled a Belgian court. The complaint against Sharon is admissible in court and an investigation will be launched into the events of the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in Lebanon in 1982 while Sharon was Israel's defense minister.
In this period, in the Palestinian territories, 54 Palestinians were killed by Israel security forces of whom 21 were under the age of 17. One Palestinian was killed by an Israeli civilian. Sixteen Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinians. Six Israeli security forces personnel were killed by Palestinians. Twenty-seven Palestinian security forces personnel were killed by Israeli security forces. Within the Green Line, 24 Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinians. One member of the Israeli security forces was killed by Palestinians.

Above figures from B'Tselem

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