• Short Summary

    While Arabs in many towns and cities in the Middle East have been demonstrating their support for, or opposition to, the Cairo peace initiative, there have been other demonstrations too, which underline the problems which face any attempt to settle the fundamental differences between the Arab and the Israeli people.

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    While Arabs in many towns and cities in the Middle East have been demonstrating their support for, or opposition to, the Cairo peace initiative, there have been other demonstrations too, which underline the problems which face any attempt to settle the fundamental differences between the Arab and the Israeli people. On Sunday (18 December) a thousand Arabs packed the main square in Majd el Krum near Haifa to protest against the destruction of Arab housing by the Israeli authorities.

    The Mayor of Nazareth, Toufiq Zaid, received an emotional response from the crowd when he said they felt persecuted by a bureaucratic system imposed on them by the Israelis. Israeli building codes are strict, and there are many forms and applications to be filled in. The Arabs on the other hand do not share this attitude.

    Last month there had been a big demonstration in the town in support of an Arab whose house had been demolished to make way for a new road scheme. The demonstration turned to violence and one man was killed. The Israelis said the building had been put up without a permit.

    Although this rally was peaceful, the attitudes of the speakers and the crowd were not. They rejected the Israeli system; not just because their shanty dwellings are being demolished, but, they say, because many of them, although they live in Israel, consider themselves to be Palestinians, first and above all. It is issues like this, as well as the major decisions about territorial divisions that underline the significance in human terms of the Cairo talks.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7TX3NX8GP6SC6WDUWS0A0U01S
    Media URN:
    VLVA7TX3NX8GP6SC6WDUWS0A0U01S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/12/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
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    N/A

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