Demonstrations took place in the West Bank village of Abu Dis on Tuesday (23 March) following the death of an Arab boy.
Demonstrations took place in the West Bank village of Abu Dis on Tuesday (23 March) following the death of an Arab boy. The boy had been shot by an Israeli soldier during disturbances a week earlier.
Arab youngsters marched through the village carrying big wreaths, shouting anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian slogans.
It was the latest of several weeks of demonstrations in the West Bank area. They followed a court decision to acquit eight young Jews arrested for trying to hold a prayer service on Temple Mount, the site of two Moslem shrines.
The Israeli government has discouraged Jews from trying to pray on the Mount since its capture in 1967, and a recent decision of the Israeli Supreme Court has supported police action preventing Jewish prayer services there.
The Arab boy, Ali Hussein Afana, was one of several hundred young Arabs who pelted an Israeli car in Abu Dis. A soldier fired into the crowd wounding Afana and two others. The soldier was put under arrest.
Following Afana's death, Israeli troops cleared Abu Dis of all newsmen and demonstrators. The Foreign Press Association protested to Defence Minister, Mr. Shimon Peres about the alleged manhandling of a Visnews cameraman by the troops. The association said that the cameraman, Mr. Mark Benjamin, filmed the boy's body leaving the mortuary of a Jerusalem hospital and was then forcibly detained by uniformed soldiers. His film was seized and confiscated and his sound recordist was hit in the face.
Cabinet ministers have complained about television coverage of the recent demonstrations. The Defence Minister gave local army commanders the right to bar newsmen from sensitive areas.
SYNOPSIS: Arab youngsters marched through this village in the Israeli-occupied area of the West Bank following the death of an Arab youth. The boy had been shot by an Israeli soldier during earlier demonstrations. The youngsters shouted anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian slogans as they passed through the village. It was the latest of several weeks of demonstrations in the West Bank area. The main cause has been that some Jews feel they have the right to pray on Temple Mount the site of two Moslem Shrines.
Heavily armed Israeli soldiers tried to prevent repetition of the earlier violence.
The village was later sealed off to the demonstrators, and newsmen before the boy's funeral. The Foreign Press Association protested to the Israeli Defence Minister, about the forcibly detention of a news cameraman by troops. He was manhandled and his film confiscated, said the Association.