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September 20, 1985 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-09-20

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26 Friday, September 20, 1985 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS




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Business As Usual
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Hebron (JTA) — Business ac-
tivity slowly resumed in the
casba last week. The curfew,
imposed two weeks ago, after
the fatal stabbing of Israeli re-
serve soldier Avraham Sorek,
was lifted Thursday. Vendors
set up their stalls and the nar-
row streets gradually filled with
customers and browsers. But an
air of nervous tension still
hangs over the old marketplace
in this troubled West Bank
The Israel Defense Force
(IDF) is very much in evidence.
Soldiers clad in olive drab carry-
ing automatic weapons conveyed
a clear message: life will return
to normal but would-be ter-
rorists will be swiftly dealt with.
Under orders to take preven-
tive measures the IDF is spot-
checking civilians, especially
young men. Periodically,
throughout the day, soldiers
stop youths who assume the
universal position of suspects —
arms outstretched hands braced
against a wall — while they are
searched for concealed weapons
and their identity papers in-
Meanwhile, Jewish settlers
are following an agenda of their
own to force the authorities to
take mdch harsher measures
than heretofore to curb terrorist
activity in the territory. Their
leaders admitted, at a press con-
ference in Jerusalem Thursday,
that they will have to switch
from para-military tactics to
more political activism.
Warned by the government
and the IDF that vigilantism
will not be tolerated, they have
more or less abandoned their
armed patrols in Arab towns
which they frankly admitted
were intended to intimidate the
Arab populace. But they are try-
ing to recover a two-story flat in
the Hebron casba from which
they were evicted last month.
It was while standing guard
over the vacant flat that Sorek
was stabbed to death on Sept. 3
and another soldier, Arye Bons-
tein, was seriously wounded.
The guard has since been re-
moved but IDF patrols regularly
pass the locked premises. The
Arab who reportedly sold them

the flat, Mohammad Yunes, has
petitioned Defense Minister Yit-
zhak Rabin to reoccupy it on
grounds that his deal with the
settlers has been declared il-
The settlers, who fear the
army might take permanent
possession, want it back in civi-
lian hands. That would improve
chances of re-instating the sale
in the future. The flat has no
particular value. But for the
settlers it represents an expan-
sion of the Jewish presence in
the heart of the Arab quarter.
They are also' trying to per-
suade the authorities to remove
the walls erected by the army
after the stabbings to prevent
Jewish militants from entering
the casba. According to Rabbi
Moshe Levinger, leader of the
Hebron militants, the wall
creates a "ghetto-like" situation.
Attempts by Jews last week to
breach the walls by force were
thwarted by soldiers.
Chief of Staff Gen. Moshe
Levy visited Jewish settlers in
Hebron to stress that the army
alone was responsible for secu-
rity in the territory and would
act against anyone who breaks
the law, Arab or Jew. The
settlers told Gen. Levy they
would no longer undertake
armed patrols in Arab towns or
similar activities which could
bring about confrontations with
the army.
Premier Shimon Peres warned
the settlers meanwhile that only
the government and Knesset
will decide where Jewish set-
tlements can be established and
those decisions will not be made
under duress.
Addressing a meeting of
Na'amat-Pioneer Women, the
Women's Labor Zionist organ-
ization in Tel Aviv, the premier
said recent events in the West
Bank showed that the settlers
were not protecting soldiers. The
soldiers have to protect the
settlers, he said.
In New York, the United Na-
tions Security Council met

Thursday afternoon to discuss
the unrest in the West Bank.
The meeting was requested by
Qatar's U.N. Ambassador,
Hamad Abdelazis Al-Kawari, in

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