Palestinian Women Killed In Apparent Revenge For Slayings of Jews
JERUSALEM (AP) _ A Palestinian woman was shot to death as she drove past a Jewish West Bank settlement early today, and officials suspected she was killed by settlers in revenge for the slayings of two Israeli teen-agers.
In Jerusalem, police poured hundreds of additional forces into the city following mass anti-Arab riots that were sparked by the discovery of the youths’ bodies on Monday.
Thousands took to the streets in at least seven neighborhoods and officials said the extent of the rioting was unprecedented in this mixed Jewish-Arab city. The violence persisted this morning as Arabs heading to work in Jerusalem came under attack on the highway linking the city to the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem.
An angry Israeli mob forced a Palestinian-owned car to stop on that road and then smashed its windshield with iron bars, injuring seven passengers, Arab reports said.
Soldiers at nearby roadblocks later urged Palestinians not to enter Jerusalem, warning they could get stoned and most returned home.
Thousands of Israelis were expected to attend the funeral of the two youths later today - and police feared trouble.
The slain Palestinian woman was identified by Arab reports as Aziza Salem Jaber, 27, from the West Bank town of Hebron.
Mrs. Jaber was shot twice in the head as the station wagon she rode past the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba at about 2 a.m., police officials said, refusing to elaborate.
An official source confirmed police suspected the shooting was by a settler in revenge for the brutal slayings of the two Jewish teen-agers, 18-year-old Ronen Karamani and 17-year-old Lior Tubul.
Arab witnesses said a group of settlers were standing near the Kiryat Arba entrance when the shots were fired. The reports said Mrs. Jaber’s cousin, Najeh, was wounded in the shoulder.
Mrs. Jaber and other relatives were reportedly accompanying a pregnant cousin to a hospital at the time of the shooting.
Her death would bring to 726 the number of Palestinians slain by Israelis since the December 1987 start of the Palestinian uprising. Another 245 Palestinians have been killed by fellow Arabs, most on suspicion of collaborating with Israel.
The slayings of Tubul and Karamni brought the Israeli death toll in the uprising to 47.
Teen-age volunteers found their bodies Monday with multiple stab wounds in a dry river bed near the Jewish neighborhood of Ramot in Arab east Jerusalem, just inside the city limits.
The army swiftly clamped a curfew on a nearby village and conducted wide searches but no arrests were made.
News of the slayings sparked the worst anti-Arab riots in Jerusalem. ″The scope was unprecedented,″ Amir Heshin, advisor to Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek on Arab Affairs, said on army radio.
Several thousand angry Israelis blocked main highways throughout the city, showering Arab-owned cars with rocks and cinderblocks. Some 20 to 30 Arabs were injured by police estimate.
The depth of anti-Arab feelings stirred by the stabbings was also reflected in Israel’s mass-circulation news dailies Tuesday.
The three most widely read newspapers splashed across their front pages a picture of Karamani’s corpse. The photo showed the youth lying face down in a rocky field, a towel tied around his mouth and his blue T-shirt ripped by stab wounds.
The Yediot Ahronot daily linked the slayings to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. ″The war of Arabs against Arabs, just like the war of Arabs against us are a different face to a process of reducing the limits of human morality,″ Yediot editorialized.
The conservative Maariv daily called on security officials to restrict the free movement of Palestinians in Israeli-controlled territories.
″Perhaps it would harm our liberalism to a certain extent, but the harm done by the murderers is much more serious and in order to thwart them it is permissible to compromise on the open gates policy,″ Maariv wrote.