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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Palestinian Health Minister attacked in Jenin restaurant

in the "increasingly lawless West Bank"

Surrounded by gunmen, Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Tibi, third right, speaks with the head of the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades cell in the Jenin refugee camp Zacariyya Zubeidi in the West Bank town of Jenin Wednesday Feb. 18, 2004. Masked gunmen opened fire on Tibi and a top economic official in a Jenin restaurant Wednesday, the latest in a series attacks on Palestinian officials in the increasingly lawless West Bank. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
JPost has the story:
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack. The group has targeted several PA officials, including the former governor of Jenin, who was dragged into the street and beaten by gunmen. The group has repeatedly accused the PA of stealing foreign aid.

PA Chairman Yasser Arafat has ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.

Together with Yitzhak Frankenthal, an Israeli whose son was killed by Palestinians, Dr. Jawad Tibi formed a group called the Parents Bereavement Forum, a support group for both Israeli and Palestinian families personally affected by the violence. Four of Tibi's brothers were killed by the army.