JERUSALEM (Mar. 11)
The 28th month of the intifada began over the weekend with renewed tension in Jerusalem, partly a result, it seems, of American statements equating East Jerusalem with the administered territories.
At least one person was killed during violent demonstrations at the Shuafat refugee camp in the northern outskirts of Jerusalem.
The police used rubber bullets and live bullets, a rare phenomenon in Jerusalem, where police have been under strict order to exercise maximum restraint before using live ammunition.
In other violence, five cars were set on fire Saturday night in the German Colony, a Jewish neighborhood in the heart of Jerusalem. Gasoline canisters were found nearby.
Two senior officers were appointed Saturday to investigate the incidents. But Mayor Teddy Kollek said he had no doubt the background of the renewed unrest was the recent American statements regarding Jerusalem.
Violence also was reported in Nablus, where several hundred masked demonstrators carrying the outlawed Palestinian flag chanted nationalist slogans and wielded axes.