Arabs Strike In Occupied Lands
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Palestinians blocked roads with burning tires, unfurled outlawed national flags and shut businesses today in a general strike marking the start of the 12th month of their uprising against Israel.
Soldiers shot and wounded three Arab teen-agers in clashes in the occupied Gaza Strip, Arab hospital officials said.
In Gaza City’s Mograbi Quarter, soldiers who were being stoned responded with a favorite weapon of Palestinian youths, the slingshot, before opening fire with guns, an Arab witness said.
A 17-year-old Palestinian boy later was wounded in the hip with a plastic bullet in that incident, said an official at Ahli Arab hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Another youth, also 17, suffered a serious chest wound from a plastic bullet in the Nozeirat refugee camp, the official added. A third youth was reported grazed in the head in a clash in Gaza City.
Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, meanwhile, published demands that the government take tougher action against Palestinian rioters. The demands came after a 52-year-old woman settler was injured in the head by a stone.
The stoning attack occurred Tuesday while the victim was in a car just inside Israel that had come from the West Bank, Israeli news reports said.
The victim, Margaret Rosner, was in serious condition today in Beilinson Hospital near Tel Aviv, a hospital official said.
Public transportation was halted and shops closed in the latest strike against the Israeli occupation of the territories captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
In the West Bank city of Bethlehem, activists sprayed walls with slogans praising the PLO’s plans to declare Palestinian independence at a meeting of the Palestine National Council which begins Nov. 12.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s 10-member inner Cabinet also debated the upcoming PLO meeting, including ways of responding to an expected increase in Palestinian violence, Israel radio reported.
Twelve Palestinians were injured Tuesday during clashes with soldiers, Arab hospital officials said.
Violence broke out in the Arab village of Taibe in northern Israel, where residents set tires ablaze and hurled firebombs and stones to protest the demolition Monday of 15 illegally built houses.
Hundreds of police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. Two police officers and an Arab were injured, Israel radio said.
It was the first serious riot by Israeli Arabs since January protests in solidarity with the revolt by Palestinians in the occupied lands against Israel’s 21-year rule. At least 309 Palestinians and 11 Israelis have died since the uprising began Dec. 8.
The latest fatalities came Monday when an Arab laborer stabbed to death an Israeli soldier and was shot to death by another soldier.
On Tuesday, the army said it bulldozed about a dozen shacks of Palestinian migrant workers in the West Bank shantytown of Jiftlic, 25 miles northeast of Jerusalem, in retaliation for the stabbing.
About 100 people were left homeless, Arab reports said.