JERUSALEM (Mar. 29)
For the second day in a row, Palestinians stabbed to death a Jewish settler in the Gaza Strip on Monday.
The attack brings to 13 the number of Israelis killed by Arabs in March, which has turned out to be one of the bloodiest months since the intifada began more than five years ago.
Shaya Deutch, 38, was stabbed in his greenhouse in the Kfar Yam settlement and died of his wounds an hour later.
The Gaza Strip had been sealed off from Israel proper since early Monday morning in reaction to the stabbing a day earlier in which Yehuda Gawi, 49, was murdered by two Arab construction workers who were building a new home for him.
After the latest attack, security forces sealed off the area surrounding the Kfar Yam moshav and set up roadblocks as part of their manhunt for the attacker.
Settlers have become increasingly frustrated with the deteriorating security situation and have stoned Arab-owned vehicles in the Gaza Strip after the attacks.
Some 2,000 people flocked to Gawi’s funeral in Ashkelon on Monday, many of them attending as a display of solidarity against Palestinian violence.
Demonstrations against the security situation also took place in Jerusalem on Monday, one day after a jogger was stabbed and moderately injured on the Tayelet walkway near the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said the attacks only strengthened his government’s resolve to move forward with a plan to separate the residents of the territories from Israelis.