Thursday, March 18, 2010

'Day of Rage' Engulfs Palestine

By Mel Frykberg

"QALANDIA, West Bank, Mar 17, 2010 (IPS) - On Tuesday tens of hundreds of Palestinians of all political persuasions took to the streets, alleys and sidewalks as widespread rioting and protests spread across East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and into Israel proper.

The worst violence in several years, something of a mini Intifadah or uprising, followed the Islamist movement Hamas calling for a 'Day of Rage' to protest Israel’s continued Judaisation of East Jerusalem and what Palestinians see as an attempt to take over Islamic holy sites.

The numbers rioting were kept relatively low by Israeli military roadblocks and a closure imposed on the West Bank to prevent Palestinians from reaching Jerusalem.....

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers have warned that they will retaliate against any Palestinian rioting by mounting counter-riots. They have also warned that they will attack "Arabs and their property" if they are prevented in the future from entering the Al Aqsa compound.

While a full-scale Intifadah does not appear imminent, further large-scale unrest appears highly possible with some Israeli analysts calling Tuesday’s events an "Intifadah-Light"."

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