An Israeli military tribunal on Wednesday (28 November) started to hear an appeal by Mayor Bassam Al-Shaka from the West Bank, against a deportation order.
An Israeli military tribunal on Wednesday (28 November) started to hear an appeal by Mayor Bassam Al-Shaka from the West Bank, against a deportation order. He has been accused of expressing support for Palestinian guerrilla activity. And Thursday (29 November) marked the second day of a commercial strike in East Jerusalem to show solidarity with Mr. Shaka's cause.
SYNOPSIS: Streets in East Jerusalem were quieter than usual for the second day running as organisers urged merchants to protest Nablus Mayor Shaka's detention and possible expulsion by closing their shops. It was also the second day of a secret hearing at Tel Aviv's Ramle Prison to consider Shaka's appeal.
The tribunal sat for seven hours on the first day. If Mayor Shaka's appeal fails he will still be able to take his case to the Israeli supreme court. All Arab West Bank mayors have resigned over his detention and have said they will urge a general strike if the Mayor is expelled. Wednesday's East Jerusalem strike wasn't widespread at first, but crowds of youths moved through the streets calling on merchants and urging them to participate in the work stoppage.
Police increased their patrol during the day.
Egypt has warned Israel against what the call "serious consequences" if Mayor Shaka is expelled.