Strict security precautions were imposed by the Israelis in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday (June 5) the third anniversary of the Six-Day-War.
Strict security precautions were imposed by the Israelis in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday (June 5) the third anniversary of the Six-Day-War. They have held the area in East Jerusalem since the war, and were expecting street demonstrations and a strike even of Christian shopkeepers, in response to Arab propaganda. But while the Moslem shops were shut on their normal day of rest, the Christian ones opened -- though rather slowly. The streets remained relatively quiet in Jerusalem and other towns of the occupied territories.
During the week before the anniversary, the Arab propaganda calls were strong from Amman radio and the Voice of Palestine, urging the Moslems to close as usual, and the Christian shop-keepers to join them. Among Arab aims were to demonstrate West Bank and East Jerusalem dissatisfaction with the Israeli presence and administration, and to show their influence with the community in these occupied territories.
But for the Christians, to close on Friday meant to close two days in the week, since Sunday is their normal closing day. Only the Moslems stayed shut.
Border police in jeeps and armoured cars and riot police patrolled streets outside the Old Walled City, while foot patrols were on duty within. Outside police headquarters a number of riot vehicles stood ready. The Israelis were taking no chances throughout the day.