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Israeli Police, Jewish Activists Clash in Jerusalem


Israeli police have clashed with hundreds of right-wing Jewish activists trying to destroy the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who killed eight students at a Jewish seminary earlier this month.

Police had put up barricades outside the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood where the gunman's family lives, but many demonstrators managed to evade the cordon. They threw stones at cars and houses before police moved in, arresting 13 people. No injuries have been reported.

Police said the Jewish group did not get near the home of Alaa Abu Dheim, who was killed during his assault on the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva rabbinical seminary on March sixth.

The 25-year-old attacker burst into a crowded room and opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle, killing eight people and wounding 35 others.

At the time, the militant group Hamas praised Abu Dheim's attack, calling it revenge for Israel's offensive against militants in the Gaza Strip. Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza celebrated after they learned of the shooting, a response that a U.S. government spokesman said was "fairly disgusting."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, President Bush and other world leaders have condemned the Jerusalem seminary shooting.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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