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PALESTINIANS OPEN 3 HOMES SEALED BY ISRAELIS

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Moving to erase the vestiges of occupation, Palestinian police on Friday opened three homes that had been sealed by Israeli soldiers because family members were suspected agitators.

A police commander, Col. Haj Ismail, joined his men in smashing welded doors and blocked-up windows at Salah Jelateh's house, sealed in 1989 after his son was imprisoned. Ten of Jelateh's relatives had been living in a tent in the yard."We want to remove everything that reminds us of the occupation," Ismail said as women ululated and drums sounded outside. "These homes belong to the youth that resisted the occupation."

But while the Palestinian police in Jericho were being cheered, their colleagues in the Gaza Strip had their first showdown with Islamic militants opposed to the Israel-PLO peace plan.

Police in Gaza City confronted activists over the painting of graffiti, and a radical group issued its first leaflet critical of the new Palestinian authorities.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said he would block any attempts by the Palestinians to make a creeping annexation of east Jerusalem by basing parts of the autonomy government there.