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Scattered Riots, Arrests As Arabs Mark Arson Anniversary

August 22, 1988
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Riots and commercial strikes were held in the territories Sunday commemorating the 19th anniversary of the 1969 arson attack on the al-Aksa Mosque, committed by a mentally disturbed Australian Christian.

Three residents of Nablus were wounded by Israel Defense Force fire during disturbances in the town.

In Israel, police arrested seven Arabs suspected of having thrown three Molotov cocktails and a smoke grenade into a courtyard in Or Yehuda, near Tel Aviv, early Sunday morning.

Two of the gasoline bombs failed to ignite, and the grenade did not go off. No damage was caused.

In Shuafat, a northern suburb of Jerusalem, an empty bottle was thrown at an Egged bus, lightly injuring three passengers.

Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin told the Cabinet Sunday that 300 members of the local “popular committees” in the territories are already in detention.

The committees, which have operated as grass-roots, quasi-official organizers of the Palestinian “intifada,” were outlawed last week in an effort to break the back of the uprising.

Rabin said, however, that there had been an increase in terrorist incidents in the territories and in Jerusalem in the last week.

Police Minister Haim Bar-Lev said Sunday that police had found the murderers of a Jewish woman killed last week in El-Bireh in the West Bank.

The names of her attackers were not disclosed, and it was still unclear whether they acted out of political or criminal motives.

The woman, Ziva Goldovsky, 18, was found in El-Bireh’s industrial zone. Known for her leftist views, she reportedly had a number of Arab friends and moved freely in the territories.

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