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Haifa Riots Provoke Two-hour Debate in Knesset; Police Blame Indicated

The day-long rioting in a slum quarter in Haifa last Thursday, in which 11 policemen and an unknown number of rioters were injured, was the subject of a two-hour debate in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, today.

Police Minister Behor Shitreet, announcing the Government’s decision to name an inquiry committee for the disturbances, intimated that four policemen in the incident might have fired too quickly in seeking to subdue a drunk.

Reports that the shooting victim, a North African immigrant, had died Thursday of his wounds, brought hundreds of other North African immigrants to Haifa on that day. They wrecked shops and set parked cars afire before they were subdued by police and fire battalions.