In the Middle East, a new source of friction between Arabs and Israelis has arisen over the Israeli government's attempt to take control of the Arab-owned Jerusalem electricity company, announced on New Year's day.
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Background: In the Middle East, a new source of friction between Arabs and Israelis has arisen over the Israeli government's attempt to take control of the Arab-owned Jerusalem electricity company, announced on New Year's day. As a protest, the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem on Monday (14 January) called a general business strike, to effect all traders except food vendors.
SYNOPSIS: Under the terms of the Israeli proposal, the Jerusalem District Electricity Company will lose its concession to supply electricity from the beginning of next year.
The strike, a one-day demonstration, was a spontaneous act of opposition to the Israeli decision to rescind this concession, awarded to the Arab company under the Turks, and later continued under the British mandate and Jordanian rule.
In the town of Ramallah on the West Bank, shopkeepers joined the protest, called for after last Friday's (11 January) prayers on Temple Mount.
Israeli troops were on the watch, but did not attempt to prevent businessmen from closing their shops. A military spokesman reported that the area was quiet, with no clashes.
The Chairman of the electric company, Mr. Anwar Nusseibeh, said the company would not sell any of its concession. He contested the Israeli Energy Ministry's claim that his company was unable to fully service more that half the Arab villages within its concession area.
Mr. Nusseibeh leaves for Amman this week to raise funds for developing the Company's generating capacity.