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Arab man stabbed, wounded in Jerusalem

May 7, 1998
Web posted at: 4:36 a.m. EDT (0836 GMT)

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- An Arab man was stabbed and wounded in a Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem on Thursday, and police said they were investigating a possible link to previous stabbings of Arabs there.

"This is the fifth incident for which we see a link -- apparently a kind of reaction of a Jew to Arab stabbings," Jerusalem police chief Yair Yitzhaki told army radio.

On Wednesday, a Jewish seminary student was stabbed to death in the walled Old City of eastern sector of Jerusalem.

Police said the Arab victim in Thursday's attack, about 35, suffered light to moderate wounds.

He was on his way to the shop where he worked when he was stabbed in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood bordering the eastern sector of Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed.

A Jewish settler in the West Bank shot dead a Palestinian attacker in a separate incident Wednesday.

Yitzhaki, citing a rise in tensions in Jerusalem, said it was the fifth stabbing of an Arab in an area that includes the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim. All the victims were stabbed in the back. None died.

The violence comes after U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held separate talks in London with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.

Israel regards all of Jerusalem, including the eastern sector captured in the 1967 war, as its "eternal and indivisible" capital. The Palestinians view the eastern sector of Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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