Arab violence emanating from the Palestinian Authority is continuing
on what is called a "low flame" by military analysts, and it involves
such attacks as last nightís bombings of an IDF vehicle in Shechem
and of soldiers in the Rafiach area of southern Gaza, as well as
todayís attack by an Arab woman near the Machpela cave in Hevron. In
all the foregoing cases, there were no injuries.
However, such violence is not always directed against Israelis. In
Shechem, the internal PA violence reached the point that 500 Arabs
took to the streets yesterday (Thursday) to protest against the armed
terrorist and criminal gangs that roam freely, immune from
prosecution, in the city. As noted by an Associated Press
reporter, "Demonstrations against fellow Palestinians are rare in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip, though marches and rallies protesting
Israeli occupation take place almost daily."
On Wednesday, a 36-year-old Arab mother carrying an infant was shot
dead by three masked gunmen as they exited a Shechem pharmacy, where
they had attempted to abduct another unidentified individual. The
shooter opened fire either randomly, as he left the store, or in
response to the resistance offered by the intended kidnap victim.
Also Wednesday, a fourteen-year-old Arab boy was fatally injured when
a device, used by PA terrorists against Israeli vehicles, exploded as
he toyed with it. (IsraelNationalNews © 07/18/03)