Israel has begun easing a 3-week-old curfew imposed on the occupied lands at the outset of the Gulf War, and the army said Wednesday more restrictions could be lifted if no anti-Israeli violence breaks out.

Palestinian leaders urged the 1.7 million Arab residents in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip to violate the curfew to keep up the momentum of their 3-year-old revolt against Israeli occupation.There were two incidents Wednesday in Israel.

In the north, a Palestinian riding on an Israeli bus stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier, police said. The attacker was arrested.

In Arab east Jerusalem, police fired in the air to disperse Palestinians who tried to prevent the arrest of two youths suspected of damaging an Israeli car, police said.