• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: The trial has opened in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of four Palestinians accused of murdering six Israelis in the West town of Hebron last year.

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    GV EXTERIOR Nablus court-house PAN TO street
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    SV Israeli soldiers outside courthouse
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    SV PAN Sign TO soldiers at checkpoint outside
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    GV INTERIOR Bench
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    SV PAN Soldiers checking people entering TO Arab women sitting down
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    SV Court official talking to soldier
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    SV Israelis seated in court
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    SCU Arab woman sitting down
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    GV & SV Defendants entering courthouse one by one, giving victory sign, sitting down, then ZOOM INTO CU Taha
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    CU PAN Defendants Shubaki and Alzeidat
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    SV Defendants standing up. Taha giving V-sign, then told to be seated, sits down
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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The trial has opened in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of four Palestinians accused of murdering six Israelis in the West town of Hebron last year. But the proceedings were adjourned after defence lawyers challenged the authority of the court.

    SYNOPSIS: The trial, by military court, opened on Sunday (5 July) in Nablus, also on the West Bank.

    Israeli troops mounted a stringent security operation outside the courthouse as the proceedings got under way. The defendants are accused of killing six Israelis and wounding 16 others in an ambush in May 1980. In the attack sub-machine guns were fired and grenades thrown at a group of Jewish settlers as they walked home from Friday evening prayers through the predominantly Arab town of Hebron. The attackers managed to escape. Tension had been high for a year before the attack since Jews from a nearby settlement had occupied an old hospital in Hebron.

    Relatives of the victims crowded into the court, along with members of the defendants' families.

    Then the accused entered. First came Yassir Hussein Alzeidat, then Mohammed Abdul Rahman Shubaki, followed by Persir Muhmud Taha and Adnan Jabber Jabber. The charges allege that the four joined the al-Fatah guerrilla organisation in Jordan, and returned to the West Bank two years ago under orders to attack Jewish settlers. They were arrested last September, four months after the Hebron attack.

    In a statement at the start of the trial the defendants reportedly said the victims were 'land robbers' who deserved their fate. The four refused to recognise the court. Their lawyers said it had no authority because the men were prisoners of war. The trial was adjourned awaiting a judicial ruling.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5ECZQAV6BY7D4S3CRJ63TPIYF
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ECZQAV6BY7D4S3CRJ63TPIYF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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