• Short Summary

    Calm has returned to most parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan after clashes between Israeli troops and Arab youths last week.

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    GV AND LV Troops in quiet streets of Nablus (3 shots)

    CU INTERIOR damage to house

    TOP GV tyres burn in streets of Ramallah.

    SV AND CU troops watch from armoured car as tyres burn themselves out (3 shots)

    LV chanting children in school yard (2 shots)

    LV PAN UP soldiers on roof of building.

    CU INTERIOR mayor of Ramallah speaks

    SOF BEGINS:"We believe.....

    SOF ENDS:....accepted by us"

    SV troops patrol streets (2 shots)

    "We leave it to our representatives, the PLO. We believe in the PLO, and the most of the people here they are believing in the POL and supporting the PLO, and the PLO is recognised by the united Nations. They have the right to talk by the name of the Palestinians even if they are living in the occupied territories or outside the area. And any decision that will be taken by the PLO will be accepted by us".

    Calm has returned to the West Bank town of Nablus, the scene of clashes between Israeli troops and Arab students last week. Nablus was one of several towns affected. The students say they want the Israelis to stop Jewish settlement in occupied areas and an end to Jewish prayer services on Temple Mount, an area sacred to both Moslems and Jews.

    The town of Ramallah was also affected. Students there set fire to tyres in the streets. Israel sent troops in. The town's Mayor and council have joined several other councils in the area in protest over at Israeli actions.

    Ramallah's mayor said in future they will leave the Palestine Liberation Organisation to take actions.

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    Background: Calm has returned to most parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan after clashes between Israeli troops and Arab youths last week.

    The town of Nablus was quiet after earlier clashes between students and troops, caused, according to the troops, by the students attacking them with stones.

    The Mayor of Nablus, Mr Mazous Al-Masri, a leading opponent of Israeli rule, has resigned his post in protest over he called Israel's "bad treatment" of West Bank residents.

    Mr. Masri said he had made five main demands to the Israeli authorities. They were - end prayer services by Jews at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site sacred to Moslems as well as Jews; end Jewish settlement on the West Bank; stop confiscating Arab lands; stop Israeli troops entering Arab schools and quash fines and prison terms already imposed on Arab demonstrators.

    Several other mayors and town councils have also resigned in protest against recent Israeli actions. The resignations have endangered local elections due to be held next month.

    Mr. Masri said neither he nor the Nablus council would withdraw their resignations or stand for office next month unless their demands were met.

    In a strongly worded speech in Ramallah the town's Mayor said West Bank residents would leave future decisions to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).

    Residents believed in the PLO and would accept any decisions taken by the it regarding the current situation, he said.

    This film is serviced with part of a speech in English by the Mayor of Ramallah, a transcript follows.

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