16.05.2011 12.Ijar, 5771 Tag 27 des Omer
Gideon Levy mulls the prospect of a third intifada, paying tribute to Palestinian youth Milad Ayyash killed last Friday.
While demonstrators in the north and south were trying to cross fences and borders yesterday, I stood in the shadow cast by a tree that overlooks the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The valley below me burned. Smoke from burning tires bellowed angrily. The roads I traveled to reach this berry tree were strewn with stones.
On this site, beneath the tree, Milad Ayyash was killed on Friday, perhaps the first victim of the third intifada. Somebody opened the barred window of the third floor of the marauder house, "Beit Yonatan," situated on the slope beneath us, pulled out a rifle and shot bullets into the boy's stomach from a distance of 20-30 meters. A few minutes before, some boys had tossed Molotov cocktails at "Beit Yonatan." Hours later, Ayyash, 17, drew his last breath in the emergency care unit of Al-Mukassad Hospital. East Jerusalem seemed ready to explode yesterday….