• Short Summary

    Israeli authorities in the Arab West Bank and Gaza were prepared for violence on Thursday (15 November) as tension ran high in the occupied areas following Israel's decision to deport the rebellious Mayor of Nablus, Bassam Al-Shaka.

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    Israeli authorities in the Arab West Bank and Gaza were prepared for violence on Thursday (15 November) as tension ran high in the occupied areas following Israel's decision to deport the rebellious Mayor of Nablus, Bassam Al-Shaka. The decision followed press reports that Mr. Shaka made remarks justifying an Arab guerrilla attack in Israel, but his supporters deny this.

    SYNOPSIS: In Nablus, largest of the West Bank towns, shops were shut and business at a standstill as people crowded the streets in support of their Mayor.

    All mayors in the Arab territories resigned their posts, and gathered in Nablus to express their anger at the decision.

    It seemed the Israelis might be having second thoughts over the expulsion. They announced the early retirement of their General Dany Matt, coordinator of operations in the occupied territories, who has been at the centre of the affair. It was during a meeting with him that Mayor Shaka was reported to have made his controversial statement.

    However the Israeli authorities have so far denied General Matt's retirement is connected with Mayor Shaka's expulsion, and said they were prepared for any possible violence. In East Jerusalem mounted security forces stood by while shops were re-opened by force.

    But the authorities had more to cope with than re-opening shops. Schools have been closed in many areas and there were reports of young people roaming the streets stoning passing vehicles and burning tyres.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA96IBCQJN2F72NZLKJ136EVUYW
    Media URN:
    VLVA96IBCQJN2F72NZLKJ136EVUYW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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