• Short Summary

    ISRAELI AUTHORITIES YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) HANDED BACK THE RIFLES AND AMMUNITION, CONFISCATED FROM BEDOUIN TRIBESMEN IN THE SINAI DESERT, AFTER THE MIDDLE EAST WAR, LAST JUNE.

  • Description

    ISRAELI AUTHORITIES YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) HANDED BACK THE RIFLES AND AMMUNITION, CONFISCATED FROM BEDOUIN TRIBESMEN IN THE SINAI DESERT, AFTER THE MIDDLE EAST WAR, LAST JUNE. THE ARMS WERE HANDED BACK TO THE BEDOUIN CHIEFS BY THE MILITARY COMMANDER, MAJOR AVRAM SATZ, IN TWO CEREMONIES NEAR RAFAH, SOUTH OF THE GAZA STRIP.

    THE BEDOUIN CHIEFS ASKED FOR THE RETURN OF THEIR WEAPONS BECAUSE, THEY SAID, THEY ARE NECESSARY TO IMPOSE "THE DESERT LAW". ISRAEL AGREED TO THE REQUEST, AS PART OF A "NORMALIZATION PROCESS".

    MILITARY OFFICIALS IN TEL AVIV SAID THAT RIFLES AND AMMUNITION BANDOLIERS ARE THE PRIDE OF THE DESERT NOMAD AND SYMBOLS OF HIS FREEDOM. THEY SAID THAT CARRYING ARMS WAS AN AGE-OLD CUSTOM OF THE TRIBESMEN AND, AS SUCH, WAS AN INTERNAL AFFAIR OF THE BEDOUINS.

    THE MILITARY GOVERNOR TOLD THE BEDOUIN CHIEFS THAT THE ARMS SHOULD BE USED FOR SELF-DEFENCE AGAINST ARAB THIEVES AND RAIDERS IN THE AREA AND AGAINST ARABS, ATTACKING THE ISRAEL ARMED FORCES.

    THERE ARE REPORTED TO BE ABOUT 20,000 BEDOUIN TRIBESMEN IN THE SINAI DESERT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA16MDVNRCHMMDBQWCAH859DBYL
    Media URN:
    VLVA16MDVNRCHMMDBQWCAH859DBYL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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