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November 28, 1986 - Image 123

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-11-28

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NEWS

Violence In Jerusalem
Flares After Murder

LEAPIN' LIZARDS

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A medic treats Eliyahu Amedi after he was stabbed in the
Moslem quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Amedi's murder set
off a wave of violence in the capital.

Jerusalem (JTA) — David
Kraus, Chief of Israel's na-
tional police, told the Cabinet
last Sunday that caches of il-
legal arms have been found in
the possession of Jews in the
Old City. He said they in-
cluded grenades and light
weapons. But he did not
believe they signified the ex-
istence of an antiArab Jewish
underground such as was ex-
posed in the West Bank two
years ago.
Kraus provided the in-
telligence information to the
ministers after a week of anti-
Arab violence and harass-
ment by Jews that followed
the fatal stabbing on
November 15 of Eliahu Am-
di, a 22-year old student at
the Shuvu Banim yeshiva in
the Moslem quarter of the
Old City. Amdi was murdered
near the yeshiva. Three Arab
youths suspected of the crime
are in custody.
Kraus said that unless calm
is restored to Jerusalem,
massive military reinforce-
ments would have to be called
in to keep the peace. He said
the police preferred not to ask
the army for help, but it could
not allow itself to be over-
whelmed by rioters.
Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir called on "all sectors
of the Jerusalem populace" to
preserve order and peace in
Jerusalem and avoid public
disturbances.
Just hours after Kraus ap-
peared before the Cabinet, a
Molotov cocktail was thrown
in an Old City street. A

memorial service for Amdi,
marking the end of the seven-
day mourning period, took
the form of a procession from
the Shmuel Hanavi neighbor-
hood in West Jerusalem,
where the murder victim had
lived, to the site in the Old Ci-
ty Moslem quarter where he
was killed.
At the murder site, Rabbi
Moshe Levinger, leader of the
Gush Emunim in Hebron and
other rabbis harrangued the
crowd. They blamed the
government and the Jeru-
salem municipality for Am-
di's death. But the police were
out in force and no serious
violence developed.
In another development,
the leader of three terrorists
arrested for the murder was
one of more than a thousand
security prisoners released
from Israeli jails in a 1985 ex-
change for three soldiers held
by terrorists in Lebanon,
Haaretz reported. He recent-
ly completed another prison
term.
He has not been identified
by name but his terrorist con-
nection is with the Syrian-
backed Abu Moussa gang of
El Fatah dissidents opposed
to Palestine Liberation
Organization chairman Yasir
Arafat, according to reports.
The pro-Arafat "Force 17" of
El Fatah claimed responsibili-
ty for the stabbing but Israeli
authorities say the killers
were operating for George
Habash's Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine,
based in Damascus.

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