Tension between Arabs and Israelis is growing on the West Bank of the Jordan following a raid by Israeli settlers, who went on the rampage through Ramallah -- one of the largest towns in the area (23 April).
GV AND SV: Troops walking along street in Ramallah, West Bank
SV PULL BACK TO GV: Army truck and soldiers
SV: Soldiers patrolling streets
SV: Man breaking up rubble with pick PAN TO smashed car windscreen
SV: People surrounding car with smashed windscreen
SCU: Smashed windscreen on car
SV: Soldiers with students beside car (2 shots)
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Background: Tension between Arabs and Israelis is growing on the West Bank of the Jordan following a raid by Israeli settlers, who went on the rampage through Ramallah -- one of the largest towns in the area (23 April). The incident followed a series of Arab attacks on Israeli buses travelling through neighbouring settlements.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli troops moved in quickly to prevent a violent backlash by Arabs. The army said four Israelis had been arrested after their van was found to be carrying stones. The soldiers also arrested some Arab youths who had tried to block the main road in Ramallah on Thursday (24 April) after the overnight rampage. At one stage troops fired into the air to disperse the students.
The windscreens of about one hundred Arab cars were smashed by the Israelis. Shop and house windows in the town were also broken.
The authorities imposed a ban on meetings, but this was defied by six West Bank Arab mayors. They gathered in the Ramallah town hall and called for demonstrations against the Israeli Vandalism. Arab workers have also been told to stay away from jobs in Israel, and a parade of shattered vehicles is planned through West Jerusalem. The military governor of the West Bank has threatened curfews if demonstrations are held.