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Unrest in East Jerusalem

March 15, 1979
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A large number of security forces patrolled East Jerusalem today in an effort to put on end to the continued unrest among Jerusalem’s Arabs. The present wave of unrest began when President Carter arrived here last weekend and intensified with the positive end of the talks.

Students at two Jerusalem high schools left classes today and began walking around the narrow alleys of the Old City, forcing shopkeepers to close down their shops in a gesture of protest against the proposed autonomy. They were followed shortly after by the security forces, which advised the merchants to reopen their stores. In the past, storekeepers who refused to do so, were not allowed to reopen their stores for a longer period.

In other parts of the city, roads were blocked to traffic. Motor vehicles which tried to get through were stoned. There were no report of injuries.

There was an explosion in the Morasha Quarter, bordering with the Old City, Although damage was heavy, no one was injured, But shortly afterwards, young Jews attacked and beat up severed Arabs. The disturbances in East Jerusalem were the peak of the overall unrest in the West Bank In Ramallah and EI Bireh, two Arab towns some 10 miles north of Jerusalem, schools and businesses were shut down. Students also stayed away from schools in other towns. In Hebron, high school students raised the Palestinian flag and tried to block the main road. Earlier they threw rocks near the main market square and the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

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