Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

3 Palestinians Killed in New West Bank Clashes Jewish Students Shoot First One; Others Die in Riots That Follow

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

3 Palestinians Killed in New West Bank Clashes Jewish Students Shoot First One; Others Die in Riots That Follow

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Two Jewish seminary students opened fire with Uzi submachine guns Tuesday in downtown Hebron, fatally shooting a 24-year-old Palestinian and sparking hours of riots against Israeli soldiers that left two more Palestinians dead and dozens wounded.

Israelis and Palestinians offered conflicting accounts of the shooting in the polarized city. Israeli officials said the students, who study in Hebron's small Jewish community and carry army-issue weapons, claimed to have been attacked by a group of Palestinians and to have fired their guns in self-defense.

Palestinians who said they witnessed the shooting on a street of Arab shops charged that the Israelis fired without provocation. The shooting resulted in one of the worst days of violence in more than two weeks of Israeli-Palestinian clashes, which began after Israel broke ground last month on a new Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem. The rioting in Hebron raged for more than five hours, with hundreds of protesters throwing stones and firebombs at the Israelis, who fired back tear gas and rubber bullets. In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israeli security forces and Palestinian police to cooperate in restoring calm and warned that one more major terrorist attack could scuttle the peace process. Palestinian police tried to prevent the protests from spilling over from the Palestinian-controlled part of the city into the enclave still held by Israel, where the shooting occurred - only to be pelted with stones by their own people. The violence in Hebron - where 500 Jewish settlers live in uneasy co-existence with 130,000 Palestinians - exploded amid Arab dismay over the failure of Monday's summit meeting between President Bill Clinton and Netanyahu to break the deadlock. In Washington, U.S. officials appealed for calm in Hebron, and Clinton repeated his position that both sides must take steps to get themselves back to the bargaining table. "I want these parties to do what they have to do to get this process up and going again," Clinton said. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., speaking to a pro-Israel lobby, blamed Yasser Arafat for the crisis, saying the Palestinian leader was an active accomplice in a campaign of "terror and coordinated propaganda" aimed at defeating Israel. Netanyahu accuses Arafat of orchestrating the riots and authorizing militant attacks, including a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last month that killed three Israeli women. …

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