Anti-Israeli disturbances in reaction to yesterday's shooting attack in the Dome of the Rock Mosque, in which an American-born Israeli soldier has been arrested, spread through the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip today. Eleven Israelis and foreign tourists were injured in the protests, and Israeli Army troops firing to disperse demonstrators wounded at least 10 Palestinians, according to Israeli officials.
Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization, leading an outcry of Arab outrage, called for an urgent Islamic summit conference to confront what they said was official Israeli responsibility for the violence in Jerusalem.
In the Gaza Strip, several hundred youths from a refugee camp near Khan Yunis marched with copies of the Koran and Palestinian flags, confronting security forces in a rock-throwing melee. Israeli troops wounded six demonstrators, according to military officials.
Three more Arab protesters were wounded when troops fired on a rock-throwing crowd in the Dheshia refugee camp near Bethlehem, Army officials said, and in Nablus, another Arab was shot during a protest. The Dheshia camp and the Balata refugee camp near Nablus were placed under curfew.
In Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, protesters attempted to set fire to the municipal building and others were reported to have thrown burning tires at the local office of Israel's national health insurance cooperative.
In East Jerusalem, six Israelis and four foreign visitors were injured when hit by rocks thrown by Arab youths, police reported. Rock-throwing was also reported in Arab towns throughout the West Bank, with large demonstrations reported in Ramallah and El Bireh.
In the Old City of Jerusalem, an Israeli television cameraman for the Visnews agency, Eli Fastman, was shot in the shoulder while filming Israeli troops firing at rock-throwing youths in the narrow Via Dolorosa.
The disturbances followed the beginning of a week-long general strike throughout the occupied territories called by the Supreme Islamic Council of Jerusalem in response to the Easter Sunday shooting rampage on the Temple Mount that left two Arabs dead and seven wounded and touched off three hours of rioting.
Authorities subdued and seized the alleged gunman, whom they identified as Alan Harry Goodman, 38, an Israeli immigrant from the United States. The gunman, wearing an Israeli Army uniform and armed with an M16 assault rifle, shot his way into the 7th century Dome of the Rock Mosque, one of Islam's holiest shrines. The mosque is on the Temple Mount, which is also holy to Jews as the site of King David's temple.
Eleven persons remained hospitalized today with gunshot wounds and another 16 were reported in hospitals with injuries sustained in the rioting that followed the shooting.
The Supreme Islamic Council, which blamed the Israeli government for the attack again today, attempted to hold a protest march from Saladin Street, East Jerusalem's main thoroughfare, to the Temple Mount. The march was dispersed by security forces with water cannons, and 37 Arabs were arrested.
Anwar Nusseibeh, former Jordanian defense minister and a member of the council, criticized the police action, saying Israeli authorities had no reason to believe the march would not be peaceful.
Throughout East Jerusalem, which was paralyzed by a strike of virtually every shop and school, Arab youths stoned Israeli vehicles and tourist buses and burned tires.
The walled Old City, which normally is crowded with Christian pilgrims during the Easter season, was practically deserted as Army units patrolled the streets and rooftops.
In a press conference, Interior Minister Yosef Burg said he had ordered the police to determine as quickly as possible whether the gunman had any accomplices and whether he was linked to any extremist organization. Goodman is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in connection with the shooting.
Israeli Army officials confirmed that Goodman had joined the Army two weeks ago to serve a shortened stint, usually reserved for immigrants who are over the normal draft age. Goodman therefore got a rifle and a uniform.
Burg imposed a news blackout on details of the investigation, but Israeli radio reported that the investigation had established that Goodman had no formal link to the Jewish Defense League, an extremist group headed by Rabbi Meir Kahane. League literature had been found in Goodman's room in a Jerusalem boarding house, police sources said.
Kahane said at a press conference in New York that the Jewish Defense League would provide a lawyer for Goodman. Kahane said that while Goodman had visited the movement's office in Jerusalem several times, the league had nothing to do with the attack. "I don't know anything about him, but I find it outrageous that people are throwing someone who is Jewish to the dogs," he said, explaining why he was providing a lawyer.
The Jewish Defense League office here issued a statement today dissociating itself from Goodman, whom it called "a sick Jew." The statement, however, repeated the league demand that all "non-Jews" be evicted from the Temple Mount and that Moslem shrines there be razed to end "foreign control of the land of Israel."
Washington Post correspondent Edward Cody reported from Beirut:
In official statements and controlled newspapers or radios, Arab leaders seized on the violence to condemn anew Israel's control over the sacred Islamic sites in Jerusalem.
Apparently in reaction to the shooting, an unknown gunner fired a grenade at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut early today. It caused no injuries and only slight damage, embassy sources said.
Two Lebanese radio stations received calls saying the firing was the work of a previously unheard of group named after Al Aqsa, Islam's third-holiest site, which is also on the Temple Mount.
At the United Nations, Morocco and the Islamic group of states requested a meeting of the Security Council on the shooting attack, Reuter reported. Council members will consult privately Tuesday to set a time for a public debate.
Although a strong PLO statement yesterday sought to include the United States in condemnation of the mosque violence, the call today by PLO leader Yasser Arafat for an Islamic summit conference focused directly on Israel. In a message to King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, Arafat urged the talks to "take swift action to confront this new crime."
Khalid, as the Saudi monarch, is responsible for protection of Islamic holy places. Saudi Information Minister Mohammed Abdo Yamani called the shooting a "despicable act" and compared it to "the crime of 1969," when a Christian cultist set Al Aqsa afire.
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry charged that Israeli authorities were behind the shooting, which it described as "a criminal assault on Arabs and holy places in Jerusalem."