PARIS (Jul. 4)
A hall rented for a pro-Palestinian rally was seriously damaged early yesterday by a bomb explosion. Later a group calling itself “Eye for an Eye” claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was carried out to avenge last week’s explosion in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market which killed two people and wounded 48. The communique said “We shall continue our anti-Palestinian attacks as long as they use terror and operate a Paris bureau.”
The organization’s anonymous spokesman later told police another bomb had been placed in an Arab bookshop in the north of Paris. Police sappers only found a crude imitation and believe it is part of an anti-Arab harassment. The manager of the bookshop, a Palestinian believed to have PLO connections, was murdered two years ago by a bomb explosion.
The blast in the hall yesterday caused no casualties but the building was seriously damaged and will take weeks to repair. The hall, which belongs to a local church, had been rented by the Paris bureau of the PLO. The meeting was cancelled. Police believe that the “Eye for an Eye” organization has carried out several other attacks in recent months but detectives say they have no clues as to the identity of its members.