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article imageAnniversary of Second Palestinian 'Intifada' marked with violence

By Paul Iddon     Sep 27, 2013 in Politics
The thirteenth anniversary of the Second Palestinian 'Intifada' has seen Palestinians clashing with Israeli forces in the West Bank, Jerusalem and on the Gaza frontier.
According to The Jerusalem Post Palestinian protesters all across the West Bank burned tires.
In the West Bank city of Hebron rocks were hurled at IDF soldiers who reportedly returned fire with tear gas and stun grenades in order to disperse a crowd of 300 protesters.
In Bethlehem near Rachel's Tomb 100 protesters fought it out with security forces. Israel's Army Radio has said that makeshift grenades were thrown by these people.
On the Gaza frontier the IDF broke up a gathering of 300 Palestinians near the border fence that separates the territory from Israel. Ynet reports that the Gaza demonstrators waved green Islamist flags and even burned a coffin wrapped in an Israeli flag. The coffin had the following inscription.
'Oslo [peace accords] is the negotiation of shame and humiliation.'
Effigies of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli President Shimon Peres were also torched.
A member of Hamas, Mushir al-Masri, was quoted as saying, “We call on the masses of our Palestinian people in the West Bank to revolt against injustice and oppression and declare a third intifada against the Zionist entity.
In Jerusalem 13 Palestinians were arrested after clashing with Israeli Police in the Old City.
As the LA Times points out in its report on these developments the protests were purposely started by various Palestinians acting in unison in order to mark the 13th anniversary of the Second Intifada. That Palestinian uprising began in September 2000 as a protest against a visit by Ariel Sharon to the Al Aqsa mosque.
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