Beit Jallah is a lovely but restive town outside of Jerusalem, on the Bethlehem road. On March 21, 1978, students in Beit Jallah assembled to protest the Israeli incursion into Lebanon, begun six days earlier to repay in kind the murderous Palestinian assault upon an Israeli bus on the coastal highway. Hopes for the conclusion of a peace with Egypt were eclipsed by the anger and distrust unleashed by the PLO attack and the Israeli response.
On the West Bank the situation seemed explosive, and Israeli troops were ordered to Beit Jallah to disperse demonstrating students. There the Israeli soldiers stormed a school, shut pupils in a classroom and hurled tear gas grenades inside. To escape the fumes, the trapped pupils...
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