The Middle East Online website reports that hundreds of Palestinians clashed with police in Israeli-occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem today (March 16, 2010), amid heightened tensions in the Holy City where Israel vowed to expand illegal Jewish settlements.
Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at protesters who hurled rocks at security forces in the Shuafat refugee camp.
A heavy security presence was evident around the Old City, and Israeli forces said they deployed 3,000 officers in Jerusalem.
Israel's announcement last week of plans to build 1,600 new illegal units for mainly radical Jewish settlers in Palestinian East Jerusalem infuriated not only the Palestinians, but also the Obama administration. In fact, Israel's housing plans for East Jerusalem have already resulted in the derailment of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and the most hostile United States-Israeli relations in more than four decades.