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October 2000 - Return to Complete Index            MiddleEast.Org     10/08/00
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Hillel Lieberman, a missing Jewish settler feared kidnapped and killed by Palestinians, is a cousin of U.S. Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Joseph Lieberman, according to sources in the Jewish settler movement in the West Bank. The senator has been apprised of his cousin's disappearance and is closely following efforts to secure his release, the sources said Sunday. Israeli security forces have opened a widespread search for Lieberman, 36, a resident of Elon Moreh in the West Bank and a father of eight, who has been missing since Friday night. Israeli media have said he was was last seen en route to a demonstration against the Israeli army's evacuation of the Joseph's Tomb shrine in Nablus. Hillel Lieberman's father, a rabbi, is a first cousin of the senator.


                   ISRAELI POLICE DO NOTHING

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 10/08/00:

At about 7.00 PM today, a mob numbering at 1, 000 left the Jewish town Upper Nazareth and descended upon the neighboring Arab town of Nazareth, some holding clubs and other having firearms. They broke into the Eastern Neighborhood of Nazareth and started hitting and shooting indiscriminately at its inhabitants. The Israeli police
stood aside and did not interfere, but when Palestinian inhabitants of Nazareth rallied to defend themselves, the police attacked them - first with tear gas and later with live ammunition. There are many wounded, and at least one Arab inhabitant was killed.  At the time of writing, the police is still shooting at inhabitants of Nazareth.

Today's attack followed an attack yesterday upon the Arabs who live in Upper Nazareth itself, which included an attack upon the home of Knesset Member Azmi Bishara.  Then, too, the Israeli police stood aside.

Nazareth seems not an isolated case. Reports of the same kind are coming from different places, both from the occupied territories where armed settlers are reported to be simultaneously attacking many Palestinian villages and towns as well as the Arab neigborhoods in East Jerusalem. The simultaneity and the exact similarity in tactics suggests preplanning and coordination.

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