JERUSALEM (Aug. 26)
Five Palestinians suspected of collaboration with Israeli authorities were murdered by fellow Arabs, and four more wounded, while demonstrations in support of Saddam Hussein continued throughout the weekend in the administered territories.
The most gruesome of the murders took place in Rafah, at the southern end of the Gaza Strip.
Ashraf al-Gharbali, 25, was in his father’s home when six masked men arrived and tried to attack him. After closing all entrances to the house, Gharbali pulled out a gun and began shooting in the direction of his attackers.
Hundreds of Rafah residents surrounded the house, throwing stones, bricks and axes.
Gharbali’s father, fearing his family’s safety, tried to open the door to the attackers, and was stabbed in the back by his son.
When the younger Gharbali ran out of ammunition, he went out into the street wielding a large knife. He was quickly surrounded by hundreds of residents and stabbed, then lynched to death.
The other four incidents took place in the West Bank.
In other security developments, the Jerusalem District Court on Friday denied bail to Rachel Kahalon, remanding her in custody until the end of legal proceedings.
The 22-year-old mother has been charged with deliberately endangering lives by throwing stones at Arab vehicles following the murder of two Jewish youths in Jerusalem earlier this month.
Her indictment did not link her directly to throwing the stone that caused the death of Izzat Halahla, 42, a resident of Silwan village, during riots on Aug. 6 and 7. He died Aug. 9 of brain injuries suffered when he was struck on the head by a brick hurled into his car on the Hebron Road, in the southern part of Jerusalem.