Israeli Settlers Retaliate For Deaths
- Israelis Settlers Retaliate For Deaths
Friday, June 1, 2001; Page A27
JERUSALEM, May 31 -- Jewish settlers, enraged by mounting Israeli deaths in
West Bank drive-by shootings, responded today by stoning and shooting at
Zvi Shelef, 63, became the fourth settler to be killed this week when
Palestinians fired on his car in the northern part of the West Bank.
Later in the day, a 17-year-old Palestinian, Ahmed Salah Abu Hilu, was
killed and another Palestinian was critically injured in a clash with
Israeli forces near Ramallah, hospital doctors said. The Israeli military
said soldiers fired into the air.
Also, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy died from injuries suffered in an
explosion in Gaza on April 30. Ramadan Asanei was gravely wounded when
explosives went off in his home, which was in a building belonging to an
activist in the Islamic militant group Hamas. Two people were killed in that
Since fighting erupted last September, about 500 people have been killed,
more than 400 of them Palestinians. The Israeli dead include 24 settlers.
Already furious over previous attacks, settlers turned on Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon, whom they helped elect four months ago, criticizing his policy
of restraint and his decision to forgo offensive military action for now.
Several hundred settlers demonstrated outside Sharon's office today, sitting
on the road and blocking traffic.
Ricky Siegelman, 42, a mother of seven who moved to the West Bank settlement
of Efrat from New York 16 years ago, demanded that Sharon take action. "We
don't see it getting better," she said. "We can't live like this." Another
American immigrant from Efrat, Sarah Blaustein, was shot and killed Tuesday.
Peace efforts absorbed another blow with the death today of Faisal Husseini,
60, a longtime dialogue partner with Israeli peace activists, who considered
him a moderating force. Husseini, the top Palestinian official in Jerusalem,
died of a heart attack while visiting Kuwait.
� 2001 The Washington Post Company
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