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Unrest on the West Bank

A burning car tire was hurled at a bus in the Jerusalem suburb of Shuafat yesterday and stones were thrown at the bus, but no one was hurt. The incident was one of several reported on the West Bank, reflecting a wave of unrest in the area. Shuafat is midway between the city center and the new Jewish area of Neve Yaacov.

At nearby Kalandia, also within the city limits, tires were set alight on the road as a protest measure. And in Jericho, school walls were daubed with nationalistic slogans and the military authorities stepped in to stop school for the day.

In part, the West Bank unrest is seen as a response to a recent noticeable toughening of policy by the military government. This has manifested itself in a number of ways; houses of terrorists have been demolished demonstratively, after a period of many months during which this measure was not resorted to. An expulsion order was issued against a young political activist. (It is now being fought in the high court.) Public political meetings have been banned again — following a period of liberalization in the wake of the Camp David accords.

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