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  אדר ב 11, 5768 , 18/03/08

Mainstream Elements Joined Jabel Makaber Protest

National Security Agency (Shin Bet) officials are concerned that youth with mainstream backgrounds joined right wing activists in Sunday's protest on the Jabel Makaber home of the terrorist who murdered eight students at the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva almost two weeks ago. The protest developed into a rock-throwing confrontation with Arabs in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

Several of the youth were from Efrat, a suburban community south of Jerusalem and the largest town in the area of Gush Etzion outside of the Hareidi religious city of Betar Illit. One other protestor works for the Interior Ministry.

The police explained they allowed the demonstration, although it was illegal, in order to allow protestors to vent their anger after the terrorist attack, but the protest quickly escalated to violence, reflecting a growing frustration with the government.

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