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Originally posted by ufoorbhunter
A Fatah spokesman is now saying the murder of the Palestinian that sparked the riots was a 'calculated' act with 'political goals.' It really does seem like a spanner is always thrown into the works when peace is on the horizon.
1,000 join in funeral procession of Palestinian killed by Israeli security guard in Silwan; ten people, three police officers injured, buses, police cars, other vehicles destroyed, set ablaze. Police dispersing rioters
On maps issued by the Israeli government and organizations, part of what Palestinians and others consider to be Silwan is labeled City of David (Ir David in Hebrew). Since Israel gained control over East Jerusalem in 1967, Jewish organizations have sought to re-establish a Jewish presence in Silwan. In 1987, the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations wrote to the Secretary-General to inform him of Israeli settlement activity; his letter noted that an Israeli company had taken over two Palestinian houses in the neighborhood of al-Bustan after evicting their occupants, claiming the houses were its property. Wadi Hilwe, an area of Silwan close to the western wall of the Old City, wherein lies the neighborhood of Al-Bustan, has been a focus of Jewish settlement.