Jordanian Senator’s Son Arrested in Roundup Following Hebron Grenade Incident

The son of a Jordanian senator was one of 30 Arabs arrested in Hebron last week following the hurling of a hand grenade at a truck, injuring 11 kibbutz members. The senator is Rashed el Khatib. Many of those arrested have been released.

A number of noted Hebronites have indicated that they would like to go to Jordan to discuss with King Hussein prevention of sabotage activities which they regard as harmful to the Arab populations or towns and villages on the West Bank. Hebron Mayor Mouhamed all Jaabari met with notables and village leaders yesterday, reportedly to discuss the prevention of sabotage acts. He maintained that the Arab population suffers most from these acts.

In a related development, three 18-year-old Nablus high-school seniors, all girls, were sentenced today to seven, five and three year terms for planting a bomb last spring in the Nablus branch of Bank Leumi. The bomb exploded causing property damage but no injuries. The girls were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a guerrilla outfit which claimed responsibility for bombing the Hebrew University cafeteria in Jerusalem.

In another Nablus court action, a 37-year-old nurse was given three months’ imprisonment on charges of publishing pamphlets hostile to Israel. Lawyers in the Samaria district of the occupied West Bank have apparently ended their strike, which is more than two years old, and have decided to participate in court actions under Israeli jurisdiction. A Nablus lawyer appeared in the nurse’s case. Lawyers in the Judea district ended their boycott about two months ago.

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