Israel (the people)!!! does this date?

Does this date:

march 31 1988 and exactly 4PM (according to Pacific cost US time)

have any specific meaning?

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    4 Palestinians Die in Day of Protest Against Israel


    Published: March 31, 1988

    LEAD: Four Palestinians were shot to death by Israeli forces in the occupied territories today as Arabs staged a widespread protest strike despite heightened security.

    Four Palestinians were shot to death by Israeli forces in the occupied territories today as Arabs staged a widespread protest strike despite heightened security.

    Israeli officials said that at least 70 other people were wounded, mostly by gunfire, in clashes with Israeli soldiers and police officers.

    The clashes occurred as Arabs observed Land Day, the commemoration of the killing of six Palestinian Arabs in northern Israel 12 years ago in protests over land seizures by Israel. Strike by Israeli Arabs

    In addition to the protests in the occupied territories, Arab citizens of Israel held their own demonstrations and marches to mark Land Day. There was also a nationwide Arab sympathy strike, pledging solidarity with the Palestinians who were sealed off in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by special three-day curfews and border controls. The gatherings in Israel were peaceful.

    Israel put thousands of extra policemen and soldiers on duty for Land Day. It also shut down for six months the Arab-owned Palestine Press Service, which has been a major source of information on the daily clashes since the Palestinian demonstrations against Israeli occupation began 15 weeks ago.

    Many foreign journalists relied on the agency's reports to supplement the information provided by the Israeli Government. Palestinian Toll at 111

    The closing represented the latest move by the Israeli authorities to bar news coverage of the protests, in which at least 111 Palestinians have been killed, along with one Israeli soldier. Those reported killed today by Israeli gunfire were a woman in Deir Abu Mashal, a village northwest of Jerusalem, and three young men, in the villages of Shuyukh, Yamun and Burqa, all on the West Bank.

    Three Israeli soldiers were wounded today, as were three Israeli civilians, according to the army. But few details were available, particularly from Gaza, where telephones were cut off and the 650,000 residents under house curfew.

    Limited word got through from foreign relief workers in Gaza who told of 18 Palestinians wounded by soldiers during a demonstration - 10 reportedly beaten and others arrested in continuing mass roundups. Journalists Barred

    On Monday evening the Israeli army declared the West Bank and Gaza a closed military zone until Friday morning, meaning journalists were banned.

    With the territories barred to reporters and the Palestine Press Service shut down, verifying the army's version of events was far more difficult. Amnesty International, the human rights group, expressed concern today that it would be more difficult to track rights abuses.

    Reporters generally resorted to telephoning credible people in attempts to verify and supplement Government information. The army only reported on casualties in the West Bank. It was silent on Gaza.

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir invited journalists to enter the West Bank on Thursday, but only to cover the opening of a new tourism center.

    The Palestine Press Service which supports Palestinian nationalism, had established itself as the fastest and most reliable single source of information on the daily incidents. 'Step in the Wrong Direction'

    ''I'm disappointed,'' said the co-owner of the service, Ibrahim Karaeen, who denied having ties to terror groups, as some Israelis charge. ''This is another step in the wrong direction. The main point is to make the blackout complete, to disconnect the occupied territories from the international community.''

    The order to shut down the press service was posted at its offices in predominately Arab East Jerusalem. The order said the closing was ''necessary for maintaining public safety and public order.''

    The service was set up in 1978 and receives some support from the World Council of Churches. Mr. Karaeen said it had 50 subscribers in Israel and several Arab newspapers abroad.

    Travelers able to get through reported that roads in the West Bank were cluttered with Palestinian barricades. Many troops were on hand, with helicopters hovering above as youths gathered at crossraods and threw stones. The army said shots were fired at soldiers near Deir Abu Mashal.

    Israeli Arab volunteers policed their own marches and rallies. Stores and markets were shut as Israeli Arabs refused to work and held mass gatherings here near the Sea of Galilee, north of Nazareth, where the Land Day killings occurred in 1976. Bullhorns and Signs

    The holidaylike flow of family crowds proved peaceful as the police stayed away. Only shepherds could be seen working in the hills as throngs convened across fields of wildflowers to hear protests against Israel.

    On the main road from Nazareth, caravans of cars were baited by Rabbi Meir Kahane, the far-right Israeli politician who favors retaining the occupied territories. He had a bullhorn and signs on the main highway. Arabs drove past without incident.

    ''We want brotherhood with the Jews, but guys like him keep us afraid,'' said Fouad Khamiss, a school teacher who said his community fears extremism toward Arabs is rapidly becoming acceptable in Israel.

    At a rally of more than 5,000 Israeli Arabs here, a Moslem leader, Sheik Abdallah Nimr Darwish, told the crowd: ''We are the chosen people of the world. In the long run we will all meet at one point and make Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state.'' U.S. BACKS ISRAELI AUTHORITY

    WASHINGTON, March 30 (AP) -The State Department defended today Israel's authority to maintain order in the West Bank and Gaza, but said it should be exercised in a humane way.

    The department spokesman, Charles E. Redman, also supported assertions by Richard Schifter, an Assistant Secretary of State, that Israel ''not only has the right but the obligation'' to restore order in the territories it has held since the 1967 war.

    At a Congressional hearing on Tuesday Mr. Schifter said that Israel also was obliged ''to use appropriate levels of force to accomplish that end.''

    Abdeen Jabara, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, today called for the dismissal of Mr. Schifter. PROTEST BY JOURNALIST GROUP

    The Committee to Protect Journalists today protested the closure of the Palestine Press Service and the closing of the occupied territories to journalists. In a letter to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, the journalists' organziation said it ''deplores the escalating measures Israel has taken to restrict local and foreign media this week.''

    Source(s): From the new york times ... of course, it seems that the NYT would have reported an event from March 31 on April 1
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