Israel Death Comes At Ramadan

A bloody West Bank flare of violence heats up the intifadeh

The trouble began just before dawn. Observing the ritual for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Palestinians in the West Bank village of Nahalin last week ended their prayers at the village mosque before sunrise and prepared for another day of fasting. Suddenly about 100 rifle-toting Israeli border policemen swarmed into Nahalin to make arrests, imposing a curfew on its 3,000 residents. Shouting vulgar insults, the Israelis started searching for young Palestinians suspected of stoning the cars of Jewish settlers traveling on nearby roads. Confronted by a stone-throwing mob, the policemen opened fire, killing a 28-year-old laborer named Riyadh Abu Gayadeh.


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