Arab youth is slain on eve of talks

April 10, 1994|By Los Angeles Times

JERUSALEM -- A young Palestinian from the Gaza Strip was shot dead yesterday when he allegedly attempted to attack a group of Israeli soldiers with an ax, deepening the bitterness of a violent week as negotiators prepared to resume talks on Palestinian self-rule.

In Jerusalem, Israeli border guards deployed around an East Jerusalem hotel, blocking a scheduled conference on the 30th anniversary of the Palestine Liberation Organization's founding and sending participants marching through the streets with American civil rights leader Jesse L. Jackson to an alternate site.

Israel, still frustrated with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat's failure to condemn two terrorist attacks last week that killed eight Israelis, announced new determination to impose an economic seal on the occupied Palestinian territories. Since Thursday, travel restrictions have prevented up to 70,000 Palestinians from going to their jobs in Israel.

Agriculture Minister Yaacov Tsur said the Israeli Cabinet will meet today to set recruitment figures for foreign workers to replace Palestinian laborers in Israel.

FTC PLO officials, furious at the closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, said Israel is transforming Palestinian lives into "a true hell." They said the peace talks, scheduled to resume today in Cairo, Egypt, have little chance of producing an agreement by the April 13 deadline envisioned under the declaration of principles signed by Israel and the PLO in September.

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