THE PEACE IN FLAMES

THE WORST DAYS OF VIOLENCE IN THREE DECADES MARK A SUDDEN WAR OF ISRAELI INTRANSIGENCE VS. PALESTINIAN RAGE

"They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem." --Psalm 79:3

On the first day, it seemed an exaggeration to say that the intifadeh had returned, that the Palestinians had resumed their six-year, rocks-and-bottle uprising against Israeli occupation. Still, in Jerusalem, stones had flown and sticks had flailed as Palestinian protesters battled Israeli cops. But that was all. By the second day, however, the violence had spread, shots had been fired, four people were dead and the term intifadeh was no longer an overstatement. On Day 3, a new description would be required for the confrontation raging between Israelis...

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