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25 July
2002
The UNSC holds an emergency meeting to discuss the Israeli air strike on Gaza that killed 17 Palestinians and the international outcry at the targeting of a civilian neighborhood.
2002
The World Bank says that 70% of Palestinians live on less than $2 a day and that 21% of children under five years suffer malnutrition and 45% from anemia.
2001
Israeli forces assassinate Hamas member Salah Eddin Darwaza, 36, from Nablus, by firing five anti-tank missiles at his car while he is driving within PA territory near Ein Beit Al-Maa’ Refugee Camp.
2000
The Camp David summit ends without reaching an agreement mainly because of the issue of Jerusalem.
1995
The deadline for the expansion of Palestinian autonomy to the West Bank passes without an agreement.
1994
Jordan, Israel sign ("Washington Declaration").
1982
Yasser Arafat meets in Beirut with a US Congressional Delegation and signs a statement acknowledging all UN resolutions pertaining to Palestine. Paul McClosky, US Congressman says, the move signals PLO recognition of Israel.
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Qassem: Financial disengagement from West facilitates conciliation
Qassem: Financial disengagement from West facilitates conciliation
[ 12/03/2009 - 11:22 AM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)-- Dr. Abdul Sattar Qassem, professor of political science in Najah University and former PA presidential candidate, has opined that the Palestinians should find other sources of financial assistance if they really wanted a speedy success of national dialog.

Qassem told the PIC in an exclusive interview on Thursday that as long as "we take our salaries from western countries then we will never agree, because those countries put the condition that Palestinian factions should not agree in order to continue channeling funds to the PA".

Funds, he asserted, are the main obstacle before signing any Palestinian-Palestinian agreement.

He said that the Palestinians should look for alternative financial resources to get rid of foreign pressures, which, he added, are rampant in the Palestinian political arena.

Qassem expressed cautious optimism toward the success of the ongoing national dialog in Cairo after hearing statements for Palestinian leaders, which insisted on previous stands.

Asked whether he would accept a post in the coming national unity government if it ever materialized, the professor said that he should first read the agreement then decide, adding, "If I was asked to participate in an authority that recognizes the occupation then I would not participate".

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