Two Palestinians Killed; Abie Nathan May be Charged with Illegal Meeting
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Police said they fired on a crowd of about 200 Palestinian protesters Tuesday near Shuafat refugee camp on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem, killing one teen-ager and wounding two.
Police spokesman Uzi Sandori said the demonstrators blocked the main road near the shantytown of about 8,000 Palestinians and began hurling stones at passing vehicles.
″They then assaulted an outpost manned by three policemen who fired tear gas, rubber bullets and finally live ammunition to drive them back,″ he said.
Doctors at Jerusalem’s Mokassed Hospital said 16-year-old Mumzer Zuhdi Musa Adabed was brought in dead with a gunshot wound in his chest - the 724th Palestinian killed by Israeli security forces or civilians since the 31-month- long revolt began. Forty-four Israelis have also been killed.
In the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian identified as Salim Salah Khuly, 24, was found stabbed and beaten to death near Tulkarum. Residents said the victim was suspected of collaborating with Israeli authorities.
The army confirmed the death but blamed the slaying on internal strife between rival Palestinian clans.
Since the revolt began in December 1987, at least 233 Palestinians, including Khuly, were killed by fellow Arabs, most as suspected collaborators, drug dealers or prostitutes.
In other developments Tuesday:
-The attorney general ordered police to press charges against Israeli peace activist Abie Nathan for allegedly meeting with leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization in violation of Israeli law, Israel television said.
-Doctors advised Foreign Minister David Levy to delay his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III in Paris next week pending an improvement in his health. Levy, 52, underwent surgery following a mild heart attack last month.
Baker has sought for months to arrange Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, but his efforts have been deadlocked by Israel’s insistence on excluding the PLO from talks. Israel views the PLO as a terrorist group.
-Police announced the arrest of Israelis Eli Vanunu, 33, and Nir Ephroni, 27, for the 1984 murder of Omar Ahamad Uda, an Arab gas station attendant. They said the killing apparently was to avenge the death of an Israeli female soldier, believed killed by Palestinian nationalists.
An informed Israeli source meanwhile said Israel supplied intelligence information to Washington indicating that an elite military unit within the PLO was behind the May 28 bombing at a Jerusalem vegetable market that killed one Israeli and wounded nine.
Defense Ministry spokesman Dan Naveh declined comment and officials in Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s office said they knew of no such information.
The bombing came two days prior to a failed speedboat attack on Israeli beaches by a splinter PLO faction.
PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat refused to condemn that raid, leading to suspension of the 18-month-old U.S.-PLO dialogue, launched after Arafat renounced terrorism.
The Israeli source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the bombing was the action of Force 17, a military unit set up by Arafat. The source said this information was passed on to the United States and likely played a role in President Bush’s decision to cut off the U.S.-PLO dialogue.