This was a local Jerusalem affair, improvised in one day in response to a much smaller demonstration of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's supporters.
When I met with Faisal Husseini, the senior Palestinian in charge of Jerusalem affairs, I asked him a question about coexistence.
"This vote has nothing to do with what people want," said Haim Ramon, a minister charged with Jerusalem affairs.
Most of the Palestinian Authority's offices responsible for Jerusalem affairs are located in the town.
The police used stun grenades on the protesters, of which 15 were later arrested, including the Palestinian President's adviser on Jerusalem affairs.
Israeli police arrest and release Khaled Abu Arafa, minister of Jerusalem affairs in the new Hamas-led government of the Palestinian Authority.
He currently co-authors a biweekly column in the Jewish Press on Jerusalem affairs.
Two settlers were assaulted, and Faisal Husseini, a Palestinian cabinet member responsible for Jerusalem affairs, was slightly hurt.
The Jerusalem affair has brought back to the surface tensions between the Bush Administration and Israel that had been lying dormant.
"Today there was a provocation that was a clear invitation to violence," said Mr. Husseini, the Palestinian cabinet member responsible for Jerusalem affairs.