JERUSALEM (Aug. 5)
A new Arab terrorist organization boasted in pamphlets today that it was responsible for the explosion that damaged the Cafe Orient here last Thursday night and injured one of its patrons. The group, which styles itself the “students and pupils of the West Bank.” also claimed responsibility for a small explosion in an empty lot here two weeks ago. The “committee” is known to be affiliated with the Commune el Arab, an illegal terrorist organization based in Lebanon.
An explosion last night damaged a generator building on a Ministry of Agriculture farm north of Gaza that serves Arab farmers in the Gaza Strip. The generator itself was not damaged.
The blast at the Orient Cafe was caused by about 500 grams of high explosives concealed in empty crates in a storeroom. There were 50 Israeli and Arab patrons in the cafe at the time. One of them was slightly injured by flying splinters. Street clashes occurred after the blast between Israel and Arab youths. Fifteen East Jerusalem Arabs who were in the cafe were taken into protective custody.