JERUSALEM (May. 15)
Three Arabs were wounded, two of them by bullets, in clashes with Israeli security forces in Nablus today. The clashes followed a new outbreak of rock-throwing, occasioned by the 35th anniversary of Israel’s independence which falls on May 14 according to the Gregorian calendar. There were also rock-throwing incidents in Ramallah where windshields were smashed on several Israeli vehicles.
Security sources said one person trying to escape arrest was shot in the leg by Israeli soldiers and was hospilalized. Another was injured by glass splinters when he crashed through a window trying to escape. A third person was found with a bullet wound near a mosque. The circumstances of that shooting are unknown and under investigation.
Meanwhile, public criticism is mounting in Israel against the failure of police and security forces to impose law and order on Jewish settlers on the West Bank suspected of damaging Arab property. The windows of Arab-owned cars were smashed in four incidents of vandalism during the last two months in various parts of the West Bank but no arrests have been made. Israeli authorities have also been criticized for failing to stop development work by Jewish settlers on land Arabs claim to own.