Revenge blamed in killing of Palestinian in Jerusalem Police link stabbing to death of yeshiva student

May 14, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian laborer was stabbed to death in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood yesterday in what the police said was apparently an act of revenge for the fatal stabbing of a yeshiva student in the Old City last week.

The construction worker, Khayri Alqam, 51, a father of nine, was stabbed in the back about 5: 30 a.m. on his way to work in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood, a short walk from East Jerusalem.

At the crime scene the police found evidence, which they would not disclose, that they said linked the attack to the killing of the yeshiva student. The two knifings were carried out at the same hour.

"A cycle of bloodshed has been opened," said Jerusalem police chief Yair Yitzhaki. "It is perfectly clear that this is a response to the stabbing incident a week ago and other incidents that have occurred in Jerusalem. There are no signs of something organized, like an underground, rather the initiative of one person, maybe more."

Pub Date: 5/14/98

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