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West Bank Settlers Decide to Provide Legal Aid to Suspected Members of Jewish Underground

West Bank settlers, reversing an earlier decision, decided last night to provide legal aid to suspected members of a Jewish terrorist underground currently under investigation. About 50 leaders of settlements in Judaea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan Heights, met to consider the matter.

Twenty-five suspects have been taken into custody since security forces foiled an attempt to sabotage Arab-owned buses in East Jerusalem April 27. Most are said to be residents of the West Bank and Golan Heights and some reportedly are linked to leaders of the Gush Emunim.

REPORT LEVINGER IS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

Rabbi Moshe Levinger, the Gush leader in Hebron, was arrested Sunday night for questioning about his alleged links to the underground. He is still incarcerated, reportedly in solitary confinement.

Levinger, 48, the father of 11 children, is reported by the media to be suspected of having had advance knowledge of violent acts against Arabs carried out or planned by the underground. His son-in-law was one of the first suspects arrested when the investigation began.

Last night’s meeting of the Council of Settlements in Judaea and Samaria was to have been held at Kibbutz Kfar Etzion. It was moved to nearby Yad Shapiro because the kibbutz members charged that the Gush Emunim has not forcefully condemned the terrorist underground.

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