Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Key Events in Yasser Arafat's Life

-Aug. 4, 1929: Born in Cairo, Egypt, fifth child of Palestinian merchant Abdel Raouf al-Qudwa al-Husseini.

-1949: Forms Palestinian Students' League.

-Jan. 1, 1965: Forms Fatah guerrilla movement, which becomes core group of Palestine Liberation Organization; two days later attempts first attack on Israel.

-March 21, 1968: Israeli army attack on PLO base in Jordan; thousands join PLO.

-Feb. 4, 1969: Takes over PLO chairmanship

-Nov. 13, 1974: Addresses U.N. General Assembly.

-Oct. 1, 1985: Survives Israeli air raid on PLO headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia.

-Dec. 12, 1988: Accepts Israel's right to exist, renounces terrorism.

-Aug. 2, 1990: Supports Iraq invasion of Kuwait, resulting in PLO's isolation.

-November 1991: Secretly marries 28-year-old secretary, Suha Tawil; daughter Zahwa born in 1995 in Paris.

-Sept. 13, 1993: Signs Israel-PLO accord on Palestinian autonomy negotiated in Oslo, Norway; shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on White House lawn.

-July 1, 1994: Returns from exile, setting foot on Palestinian soil for first time in 26 years.

-Dec. 10, 1994: Wins Nobel Peace Prize with Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

-Nov. 9, 1995: Makes first visit to Israel in secret trip to offer condolences to widow of assassinated Rabin.

-Jan. 20, 1996: Elected president of Palestinian Authority in first Palestinian elections.

-Oct. 23, 1998: Takes part in Israeli and Palestinian meeting at Wye River, Md., agree on interim land-for-peace deal on West Bank.

-July 11, 2000: Sequestered with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for nine days by President Clinton at "Camp David II''; summit fails.

-Dec. 3, 2001: Effectively confined in West Bank town of Ramallah after Israel destroys his helicopters.

-March 29, 2002: Declared "enemy'' by Israeli Cabinet.

-April 2, 2002: Says would rather die than leave West Bank in response to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's offer of permanent exile.

-Oct. 29, 2004: Leaves Israeli-besieged West Bank headquarters for first time in nearly three years for treatment at military hospital near Paris.

-Nov. 11, 2004: Arafat dies at age 75.

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