Israel: Bones of Contention in Jerusalem

A dispute over a dig poses a threat to Begin's coalition

Shouting imprecations and hurling bottles and stones, 200 ultra-Orthodox Jews laid siege to Jerusalem's major archaeological site last week, where the citadel of King David is believed to lie. As hapless archaeologists took cover, mounted police routed the bearded, black-robed zealots.

Later in the day, in Jerusalem's Shabbes Square, 10,000 religious militants staged a three-hour demonstration, protesting what they termed the desecration of graves at the government-approved dig. Leading the protest were members of Netorei Karta (Guardians of the City), a...

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