Palestinian Youth Stabs Israeli In Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) _ A Palestinian youth stabbed an Israeli delivery man in Jerusalem today as police sent 2,000 reinforcements into the city and set up roadblocks to keep Arab visitors out.
Police said the travel ban was intended to prevent assaults on Jews. They said they also feared Jews might attack Palestinians to avenge the killings Sunday of three Jews by an Arab assailant.
Scattered clashes were reported today between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. At least 18 Palestinians were shot and wounded by troops, Arab reports said.
An Arab youth attacked a soldier with an ax today in a military government building in the Gaza town of Rafah, Arab and Israeli reports said. On Sunday night, a soldier was assaulted by an attacker armed with a knife in the Gaza town of Khan Yunis. Both soldiers were slightly wounded, radio reports said.
Police said a 46-year-old Israeli, Moshe Koren, was slightly wounded in the back when he was attacked by a Palestinian today as he unloaded his meat truck outside a supermarket. The Palestinian was a delivery boy at the market.
Koren told Israel radio, ″I turned and saw him running away with a bayonet.″
Police pursued the assailant, who escaped by running toward Arab villages in the West Bank, the radio said.
Also today, family and friends buried the last of the three Israelis stabbed to death Sunday in Jerusalem.
The victim, Charlie Chelouche, 28, was an off-duty policeman who managed to shoot the assailant in both legs before he was killed. The two other victims were buried Sunday.
The attacker was captured and has been identified by police as Omar Abu Sirhan, 19, a construction worker from the West Bank village of Ubbadiyeh.
Police said he apparently acted alone and intended to avenge the Oct. 8 police killings of at least 19 Palestinians on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The shootings on the Temple Mount, known to Arabs as Haram al-Sharif, came after Palestinians stoned Jews praying at the nearby Western Wall.
Israeli newspapers said Abu Sirhan had no police record and that he told interrogators he also wanted revenge because he was beaten by three Jews several years ago.
Police officials said they would decide late today whether to continue the ban on Palestinians entering Jerusalem.
National Police spokesman Adi Gonen said there was concern that ″in a tense situation, there can be cases where hot-headed people beat the Arabs.″
Arab reports said some Palestinian-owned vehicles were stoned in Kfar Sabah north of Tel Aviv, but no injuries were reported. On Sunday night, three Jews attacked a Palestinian youth with a sharp instrument in east Jerusalem, injuring him slightly, the radio said.
Jerusalem is home to 350,000 Jews and 150,000 Palestinians. Israel captured the Arab eastern sector from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East War and later annexed it. Most Western countries do not recognize Israeli rule in the eastern portion.
Some newspaper editorials urged the government to consider permanently barring West Bank and Gaza Strip residents from entering Israel.
″A substantial problem exists,″ the Hebrew daily Maariv said. ″Jews are still being killed simply for being Jews.″
Amir Cheshin, adviser on Arab affairs to Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, suggested the violence could cause irreparable harm.
″We are returning to a normalcy with scars of our wounds. We won’t forget and they won’t forget,″ he said on the radio.
Also today, Israeli leaders urged increased security measures.
″We need an increase in security to overcome this insane terrorism,″ Justice Minister Dan Meridor said.
Measures being considered included random searches of Arabs in Israel and allowing troops to fire more freely at Arab protesters, Israeli media said.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s senior adviser, Avi Pazner, sought to lay some blame for Sunday’s slayings on the U.N. Security Council, which condemned Israel for the Temple Mount killings.
He said the U.S.-supported condemnation created ″an atmosphere that incites extremist actions against innocent Jewish civilians.″
Israel has refused to cooperate with a U.N.-ordered investigation of the Temple Mount shootings.