As Expected – Land Day Turns Violent (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 03/30/12)
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Land Day turned violent Friday when Arabs began hurling Molotov
cocktails and stones at soldiers near the Kalandia checkpoint north
The riots began after Friday afternoon Muslim prayers – often a
starting point for violence – when dozens of masked Arab youths began
rioting at the checkpoint.
Soldiers responded with teargas and deployed the "Skunk" – a vehicle
loaded with canons spraying a noxious-smelling liquid. A machine
that transmits high frequency sound waves was also employed.
Israel Radio reported several protesters were lightly injured in the
clashes and taken to the hosptial. Hamas parliament member Ahmed
Atoun was lightly injured when he was struck in the head by a stone
hurled by the rioters.
A video uploaded to the IDF Spokesperson´s YouTube channel showed
rioters in Bethlehem hurling stones and firebombs at an IDF
Hundreds of Arabs gathered near the Nablus Gate in Jerusalem in an
attempt to stage an illegal march, but were stopped by police.
Numerous arrests were reported.
Some 200 people attended a parade marking Land Day in Kafr Kanna near
Nazareth, where no violence was reported.
Meanwhile, Jordanian news sites reported some 20,000 people are
gathering in order to take part in the massive march towards the
Israeli border. According to reports, 4 rabbis from the extreme anti-
Zionist Neturei Karta sect were marching with them.
The stridently pro-Hizbullah Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported 120
Hamas-provided buses will be transporting protesters to the Israeli
border to participate in the “Global March on Jerusalem.”
Friday’s violence was widely expected by security officials who
deployed on Thursday thousands of additional troops and police
officers in anticipation of trouble.
Palestinian Authority enclaves in Judea and Samaria were also
IDF chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Israel Police commissioner
Yochanan Danino on Friday personally toured potential hotspots to
make first hand security assessments.
At least 15 people were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers when
they tried to cross the Syrian and Lebanese borders with Israel in
May protests over Israel’s creation in 1948.
In June, Israeli troops killed 23 infiltrators who crossed into the
no-man’s land between Israel and Syria as a part of violent protests
against Israel´s presence in the Golan Heights since 1967.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/30/12)
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