(Washington Post, Molly Moore and John Ward Anderson, 8/2/02): Two Americans have been killed in previous [Palestinian terror] attacks [in Israel]. A 31-year-old teacher who was pregnant was here on a study program and among 15 people killed by a suicide bomber at a Sbarro restaurant last August. And a 71-year-old architect who was a permanent resident here was abducted and shot dead in the West Bank in January.
: The number of American fatalities is considerably higher than two. Since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, 36 American citizens have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists. Twenty-four of the 36 casualties have occurred during the current wave of violence initiated by the Palestinian Authority in September 2000. In addition to the deaths, many Americans have been wounded in the conflict. Sixty-eight have been injured since 1993, 43 of them since September 2000.
Palestinian Arab terrorists, since 1968, have killed more than 100 Americans and have injured nearly 120 US citizens.
(Washington Post, Howard Schneider, 1/12/01): The fate of an estimated 8.6 million displaced Palestinians and their descendants, including more than 3 million registered for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the West Bank and nearby Arab countries, is among the central issues to be resolved in any Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
: The highest number heard from advocates of the Palestinian "right of return" in the context of Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements is 5 million. (Even this number, though, is highly exaggerated when compared to U.N. data on the numbers of Palestinian refugees.)