Commercial life was at a standstill throughout the occupied West Bank on Tuesday (25 March) in a protest against Israel's decision to establish Jewish education centres in the Arab town of Hebron.
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TRANSCRIPT: LINOWITZ: "I just want to say hello to you. I've had another very long, very fine, very fruitful discussion with the Prime Minister on various of the issues and I'm now going on to Cairo where I will be meeting with President Sadat and talking about some of those issues with him. Thank you for your understanding."
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Background: Commercial life was at a standstill throughout the occupied West Bank on Tuesday (25 March) in a protest against Israel's decision to establish Jewish education centres in the Arab town of Hebron. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem Prime Minister Menachem Begin turned down a new American appeal for a halt to Jewish settlement on occupied Arab land.
SYNOPSIS: The general strike in Hebron marked the beginning of a campaign of Arab protest against the Israeli cabinet's vote to establish two residential Jewish schools in the centre of the town. The strike was announced at a stormy meeting in Hebron town hall on Sunday (23 March). AT the meeting, bethlehem Mayor Elias Freij accused the israeli government of trying to push Arabs off their land and turn good agricultural areas into Jewish settlements. He said such a policy could only be opposed by force.
With feeling running high among both moderate and radical Palestinians over the decision about the schools, Israeli troops were out in force in the streets of Hebron. But no disturbances were reported.
In Jerusalem Prime Minister Begin again met United States Special Envoy Sol Linowitz to prepare the next round of autonomy talks. They also discussed the separate meetings President Carter will hold next month with Mr Begin and Egypt's President Sadat.
Before leaving for Cairo Mr. Linowitz reiterated United States opposition to Jewish settlement on Arab land. He said that as a negotiator he felt the issue of Jewish schools in Hebron gave cause for concern. He would not confirm reports that Mr. Begin had refused to consider a settlement freeze but said the issue remained unresolved.