In December 1995, accompanied by previously unheard of local celebrations, Israel pulled out of Ramallah, the West Bank Palestinian town where I lived from 1994 to 1998. It was quite an experience to see how much the town changed in the aftermath of this event, a direct result of the new hope that redeployment initially gave people. Since then, after it became increasingly clear that Israel's main priority had been to hand over the headache of controlling a hostile population to the Palestinian police, and land confiscation and other signs of occupation carried on unabated, this hope has evaporated. Several other sections of the diary deal with subsequent events in the Ramallah area and provide an important sequel to this section, and diary entries from them are listed below.
ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF RAMALLAH
REDEPLOYMENT DAY - 27 DECEMBER 1995
AFTER REDEPLOYMENT - 28 DECEMBER 1995 TO 5 JANUARY 1996
BEYOND REDEPLOYMENT - FEBRUARY 1996 TO MAY 1998