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November 18, 2002

Jewish settlers vow to take all of Hebron

When will the Arabs, the ones who say little but endure the suffering , demand that their terrorist brothers stop their murdering of Jews?
HEBRON, West Bank (AFP) - An unlikely symbol of revenge, the tiny two-man tent marks the first sign of the new Jewish settlement being built just outside the West Bank town of Hebron as a response to a Palestinian shooting which killed 12 Israelis.

Moves to claim the land started early Sunday, less than two days after three Palestinian gunmen ambushed soldiers and border police just outside the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, mowing down nine soldiers and police and three settler security guards.

In response, dozens of Jewish youths, armed with prayer books, mattresses and sleeping bags, moved down to the sandy plot, setting up home in a burnt-out shell of an armoured bus and erecting a makeshift synagogue to remember the dead.

"We have created a new settlement outpost, and it would have been a historic sin not to have made use of this occasion," said Kiryat Arba's mayor Zvi Katsover.

"The young people have moved into tents to create territorial continuity between Kiryat Arba, on the edge of Hebron, and the Tomb of the Patriarchs" in a Jewish enclave in the city centre itself, he said, referring to the shrine of Abraham which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

The move was, in principal, approved by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who said Sunday the army must ensure territorial continuity between Kiryat Arba and Jewish enclaves in the city centre around the Tomb of the Patriarchs.