West Bank/Israel - Wrap
Dateline: WEST BANK/ISRAEL
Date: 02/20/1995 05:00 AM
LOCATION: WEST BANK/ISRAEL
DATE: 14 FEBRUARY 1995
Hebron mosque massacre anniversary; Jewish taxi driver buried.
Palestinians in the West Bank town of Hebron observed a commercial
strike on Tuesday (14/2) to mark the first anniversary of the
massacre of 29 Palestinians by an Israeli settler in the Tomb of
the Patriarchs, an ancient mosque. Israeli security forces were on
high alert in Hebron and throughout the West Bank, Jerusalem and
Tel Aviv in anticipation of violence connected to the anniversary.
The attack on February 25, 1994, was the worst incident of
violence against Palestinians by a lone Israeli and set off a
sequence of suicide bombings across Israel in which some 60 people
have been killed. The anniversary was marked today according to
the Muslim calendar. In Jerusalem, where a Jewish taxi driver, who
was stabbed to death on Monday, was buried, Israeli Prime
Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, said his government was reluctant to lift
the closure of Gaza and the West Bank "until the Palestinian
Authority proves that it is committed to fighting terror". The
Authority responded by ordering a raid on the Khan Yunis district
of Gaza, where 200 kilogrammes of gunpowder and 25,000
pornographic playing cards were seized and later burned.
(HEBRON, WEST BANK 14/2) Tomb of the Patriarchs. Poster of
PLO Chairman, Yasser Arafat, at rally. WS of rally in hall. Jewish
settler arguing with Mayor of Hebron, Mustafa Neitshe.
(JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 14/2) WS funeral procession. Pallbearers.
Covered body. SOT Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin: "The
government of Israel is committed, on one hand, to continue the
negotiation, to bring about the implementation of the declaration
of principles of the peace accord in the West Bank, but at the
same time we have to see a real effort by the Palestinian
authorities against terrorism originated from their area."
(GAZA, 14/2) Gunpowder laid out on ground. CU gunpowder being
spread. Officials thumbing through pornographic playing cards.