Two Jewish settlers were lightly wounded by shrapnel Monday, when armed Palestinians attacked their bus on the embattled “Tunnel Road” near the West Bank town of Hebron, reported Radio Israel.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Army announced plans to evacuate close to 12 small Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, an Israeli MK told Israel's Army Radio on Monday.
MK Ron Cohen said that Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer had chosen him to supervise the evacuation during a Monday meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Cohen quoted Ben-Eliezer as saying that "these outposts include very few settlers and the IDF finds it particularly difficult to provide them adequate defense."
Since the outbreak of the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict last September, CNN reports that Palestinians have killed at least 112 Israelis with weapons ranging from stones and knives to machineguns and car bombs. Israeli military sources have reported well over 600 injuries to Israelis of Jewish descent.
In the same time period, according to CNN, Israeli soldiers and armed Jewish settlers have killed 13 Arab Israelis and at least 458 Palestinians with weapons ranging from machineguns and tanks to US-made Apache helicopter gunships and F-16s.
According to Amnesty International, nearly 100 of the Palestinians killed were children.
In addition, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society has reported over 14,000 Palestinians wounded, and over 500 killed.
Jewish author Noam Chomsky, who according to a New York Times Book Review article is “arguably the most important intellectual alive,” has been quoted as saying: “State terrorism is an extreme form of terrorism, generally much worse than individual terrorism because it has the resources of a state behind it.” - Albawaba.com
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