Following the demolition by Israeli security forces of two houses on the West Bank which they alleged were the homes of Palestinian guerrillas, two West Bank mayors -- Mr.
GV PAN People around conference table
CU Mayor Ibrahim Tawil of El Bira speaking in English
SV Protesting lawyer Felicia Langer seated PAN TO Tawil and Mayor of Silwad, Moussa Khawad seated at table
SV Felicia Langer speaking in English
TAWIL: "This is against peace. It means that Israel does not think about real peace with the Palestinians, because what happened makes Arabs more and more to be away and to get more and more power to get their land and protect their houses."
LANGER: "The Military government of the West Bank knew about the order of the High Court, and I hope that the day will come and that even the necessary proof will be given to me. I was informed from well informed sources close to the military Governor at seven o'clock in the evening that they feel abused and very angry and nervous knowing that the order was issued by the High Court. The information about the order, was censored by the censorship in El Fajar, and a Shar (phonetic) newspaper. The number of the censorship was 637, and the one responsible for the censorship, is the one who was responsible for the action of the house. Therefore, the contention that they didn't know is sheer lie."
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Background: Following the demolition by Israeli security forces of two houses on the West Bank which they alleged were the homes of Palestinian guerrillas, two West Bank mayors -- Mr. Ibrahim Tawil of El Bira and Mr. Moussa Khawad of Silwad -- and a woman lawyer, Felicia Langer, condemned the action. They held a news conference in the West Bank town Silwad.
SYNOPSIS: The destruction of the two houses brought fierce reaction from Mayor Tawil of El Bira.
Lawyer Felicia Langer, representing some West Bank home owners, said she had obtained a High Court order preventing the demolition.