* One man killed in Gaza, violence around Jerusalem
* No clashes on frontiers, uneventful Israeli protests
By Ali Sawafta and Jihan Abdalla
JERUSALEM, March 30 Israeli security forces shot
dead one man in the Gaza Strip on Friday, medics said, and
clashed with Palestinian stone-throwers around Jerusalem during
"Land Day" rallies that turned violent.
Border police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun
grenades at crowds of Palestinian youths who tried to break past
checkpoints to the north and south of Jerusalem in coordinated
protests to mark Israeli land confiscations in the 1970s.
Medics in the Gaza Strip said the soldiers used live fire to
prevent protesters from approaching the border of the coastal
enclave, killing a 20-year-old man and wounding 37 others.
Palestinian activists called for a "Global March to
Jerusalem" to coincide with the 36th anniversary of so-called
Land Day, and although there were rallies in Israel, police said
crowd numbers were relatively small and largely trouble free.
Israeli forces were put on high alert on the frontiers with
Lebanon and Syria, but there were no reports of anyone nearing
the frontier fences, unlike last year when several demonstrators
were killed in separate protests.
Violence flared at checkpoints in the occupied West Bank to
the north and south of Jerusalem. Witnesses also reported
disturbances at gateways into the Old City, with police limiting
access to the Muslims' revered al-Aqsa Mosque.
A West Bank medic said 220 people were hurt in the clashes,
but none were thought to be in serious condition.
Jerusalem is a focal point of conflict, as Palestinians want
the city's eastern sector, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as
capital of a future state. Israel has annexed East Jerusalem as
part of its capital and says the city must remain united.
"We are determined to march together toward Jerusalem, and
hopefully we will break through and reach it," said a masked
youth, calling himself Rimawi, as he faced off against soldiers
on the edge of the West Bank city Ramallah, near Jerusalem.
Flag-waving crowds neared the Qalandiya crossing out of
Ramallah, some of them hurling stones at the security forces,
but were forced back when border police fired tear gas and
sprayed them with foul smelling liquid from a water cannon.
There were also confrontations in Bethlehem, where
Palestinians threw petrol bombs at an Israeli watchtower. One
man was critically wounded when he was hit in the head by a tear
gas canister, activists said.
Land Day commemorates the killing of six Arabs in 1976
during protests against the confiscation of their land in
Israel's Galilee region. Arabs make up around 20 percent of
Israel's total population and often complain of discrimination.
Previous annual remembrances have mostly passed quietly, but
Israel decided to reinforce its defences this year following
deadly clashes along the Lebanese and Syrian frontiers in May
and June that appeared to catch the military off guard.
Israel is wary of growing unrest in the Palestinian
Territories, with peace talks stalled for months and Palestinian
leaders refusing to return to the negotiating table until Israel
halts all Jewish settlement building in the West Bank.
Leading Palestinian activist Marwan Barghouti, serving
multiple life sentences in an Israeli jail for allegedly
orchestrating suicide attacks, called on Monday for a new wave
of civil resistance in the decades-long quest for statehood.