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Army Raids West Bank Village; 1 Killed, 30 Detained

June 22, 1989

JERUSALEM (AP) _ The Israeli army today raided the West Bank village of Silwad, fatally shooting a 22-year-old Palestinian who refused to obey orders to stop and detaining 30 people, the military said.

Soldiers also sealed three Palestinian homes in and near the West Bank city of Hebron after their residents were detained on suspicion of attacking Israeli soldiers with firebombs, the army said.

In Jerusalem, the body of an Israeli history professor was found today, and police said they were investigating whether criminal or terrorist motives were behind the stabbing. The body of Menachem Stern was discovered by schoolchildren in a park across from Israel’s Parliament building, Jerusalem police spokesman Uzi Sandori said.

Sandori said robbery was ruled out because a watch and money were found on Stern’s body.

Stern, 64, was believed to be walking from his home to nearby Hebrew University when the attack occurred, Israel radio reported. He was an expert on Jewish history during the Second Temple period. The temple was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.

The army raid on Silwad, 10 miles north of Jerusalem, was the latest in a series aimed at capturing Palestinian activists.

The Palestinian fatality was identified as Abdel Raouf Mohammed Hamad. The army spokesman’s office said the victim was shot ″after he refused to obey an order to stop.″ His death raised to 528 the number of Palestinians killed since the start of the Palestinian uprising in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip 18 months ago. Twenty-three Israelis also have died in the violence.

The army said the 30 people detained were suspected of throwing stones or firebombs at cars of passing Jewish settlers.

Arabs from villages near Silwad said today they had received an unsigned warning from Jewish settlers in the area threatening retaliatory action against stone-throwers.

″We are seeking peace with you, but we are giving you a last warning,″ said the fliers printed in Arabic and tossed on village streets. ″If bloodshed continues, we are going to be forced to take harsh measures against all who are behind the disturbances.″

Jewish settlers in the territories have been blamed for a series of assaults on Palestinians in recent weeks. About 70,000 Jewish settlers live in guarded communities in the occupied lands, home to 1.7 million Palestinians.

On May 29, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot to death when settlers raided the village of Kifel Harith in the West Bank.

On Tuesday, a settler opened fire with an Uzi machine gun on Palestinians near Tel Aviv, wounding two of them. The assailant was captured by police.

The shooting near Tel Aviv occurred shortly after hundreds of angry Israeli settlers shouted down Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir at a funeral of a settler slain in the West Bank. Three Palestnians have been arrested in the killing.

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