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    A tense calm prevails in the Israeli-occupied West Bank town of Hebron after days of violent clashes between Arab youths and Israeli security forces.

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    A tense calm prevails in the Israeli-occupied West Bank town of Hebron after days of violent clashes between Arab youths and Israeli security forces.

    During the disturbances the youths had set fire to piles of debris in the streets and stoned troops from rooftops. The clashes were the result of rising tension over a Jewish settlement outside Hebron. The village of Kiryat Arba was set up in 1970, despite Arab protests, near the Cave of Machpelah, a religious site sacred to both Jews and Moslems.

    The Arab Mayor of Hebron, Sheik Mohammed Ali Jaabari, said it was impossible for the Arabs of Heron and the Jews of Kiryat Arba to co-exist peacefully. He alleged the Jews had displayed arrogance and brutality and persistently disturbed Arab worship at Hebron's Mosque of Abraham.

    The leader of the Jewish community, Rabbi Moshe Levinger, is to stand trial before a military court on charges of disobeying army orders and insulting soldiers. The Rabbi fired shots into the air during clashes with Arabs and later called on his followers to open fire if they felt they were threatened by Arab demonstrators.

    Until the clashes started recently, Hebron had been regarded as the town on the West Bank most co-operative with the military government. Now, this has changed and the Mayor, Sheik Jaabari, said he doubted if the co-operation would ever exist with the Jewish settlers of Kiryat Arba.

    SYNOPSIS: The town of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, once regarded as the town most co-operative with the Israeli military government. But violent clashes between Arab youths and Israeli security forces have changed that.

    Hebron had stayed quiet while many other West Bank towns erupted it no violence after a court had acquitted wight young Jews charged with attempting to hold a prayer meeting on Temple Mount, a site sacred to both Jews and Moslems.

    But rising tension between the Arabs of Hebron and Jewish settlers at nearby Kiryat Arba led to clashes between young Arabs and Israeli troops. Hebron's Mayor, Sheik Mohammed Ali Jaabari, alleged the Jews had displayed arrogance and brutality and persistently disturbed Arab worship at Hebron's Mosque of Abraham. He also alleged Israeli army officers had given arms and ammunition to the settlers.

    Israeli security forces have arrested the leader of the Jewish settlement, Rabbi Moshe Levinger, on charges of disobeying army orders and insulting soldiers. The Rabbi fired shots into the air during clashes with Arabs, and later called on his followers to open fire if they felt they were threatened by Arab demonstrators.

    The recent clashes have destroyed the trust and co-operation between Hebron's Arabs and the Israeli military government, and Arab leaders doubt if the breach will heal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1RQQUXZ96HJ99Y3PDNY9BE35H
    Media URN:
    VLVA1RQQUXZ96HJ99Y3PDNY9BE35H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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