Palestinian Enforcers Kill Two Suspected Collaborators
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Palestinians on Sunday hanged a suspected pro-Israeli collaborator from a lamppost in a Gaza Strip refugee camp and fatally stabbed another in the West Bank, residents said.
Also Sunday, the government approved the establishment of a Jewish settlement in the occupied Gaza Strip, Israel radio said.
The United States and European nations oppose new settlements in the occupied lands, saying they are an obstacle to peace. The approval came three days before Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir visits Washington. More than 70,000 Israelis live in about 130 settlements in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
In the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza, the body of Ahmed Mohammed Jamil Shehadeh, 28, was found hanging from a lamppost early Sunday. Arab reporters said he had been kidnapped by four men and was suspected of collaborating with Israel.
In the West Bank village of Idna, masked Palestinians stabbed and mortally wounded Abdel Hamid Nassar Tmaizi, 40, Arab reports and hospital officials said. The army confirmed Tmaizi’s death and suggested that criminal motives were behind the slaying, but it did not elaborate.
On May 19, three armed guerrillas attacked Tmaizi’s house, but he escaped unharmed when a three-vehicle army convoy came to his rescue. An Israeli army sergeant and all three Arab enforcers were killed in an ensuing gun battle.
Sunday’s deaths brought to 146 the number of Palestinians killed by other Palestinians, most on suspicion of assisting Israeli authorities in the 23- month-old uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
At least 613 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers or civilians in the uprising, and 40 Israelis have been killed. The government approved of a new settlement in the northern Gaza Strip, Israel radio said. It is one of eight Jewish settlements the coalition government agreed would be built by 1992.
Zvi Hender, the head of the Gaza Coast Regional council, told Israel radio that foundation work would begin on the settlement this week and the first 10 families would probably move into temporary quarters in a few weeks.
Shamir’s 11-day visit to the United States begins with a meeting Wednesday with President Bush.
Israel is seeking assurances from Washington that proposed talks between Israeli and Palestinian delegations will exclude the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Shamir spokesman Avi Pazner said the United States ″must find a formula that satisfies us.″
″I believe if the Americans want to advance peace, and they do, then they will find a solution to this problem,″ he told Israel army radio.
Speaking on Israel television Sunday night, Shamir said of the U.S.-Israeli talks: ″There are certain differences of opinion that can cause differences during discussions, but I see no reason for confrontation.″
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin of the left-leaning Labor Party, which opposes Shamir’s hard-line approach, said in a speach that Israel should be prepared to take risks for peace.
″Israel has taken chances in war and in making peace with Egypt, and Israel therefore should take a calculated risk when it comes to attempts to reach a peace agreement,″ he said.