INTRODUCTION: The israeli Knesset --parliament-- in Jerusalem had tow separate incidents of high drama on Monday (12 January) -- the murder of an Arab member, and the government's winning a decision on a controversial takeover move by a single vote.
GV EXTERIOR TILT UP Front of building to Holyland sign TILT DOWN TO parked police car
GV Forensic experts inspecting car in which Sheikh Muhammad Abu Rabia was killed PAN ACROSS TO hotel
CU Dead man inside car PULL BACK TO SV with photographer at open door
SV Men searching car
CU Shattered windscreen PULL BACK TO GV car
CU Policeman with spent cartridges inside plastic bag
SV Policeman leaving with bullets
SV Police car and officers
GV Ambulance leaving with body
SV INTERIOR Prime Minister Menachem Begin and other members inside Knesset (4 shots)
SV Knesset members taking vote speaking in Hebrew ZOOM OUT AND PAN to chamber as vote taken
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The israeli Knesset --parliament-- in Jerusalem had tow separate incidents of high drama on Monday (12 January) -- the murder of an Arab member, and the government's winning a decision on a controversial takeover move by a single vote. Unidentified gunmen shot dead the country's most noted Bedouin politician, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Rabia, who represented the Bedouin of the Negev in parliament. He was struck by several bullets as he sat alone in his car near the hotel where he stayed in west Jerusalem during Knesset sittings. Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday (13 January) that Israeli police had detained a number of Bedouin Arabs in connection with the murder. A few hours before he was killed, the government of Prime Minister Menachem Begin had defeated by a solitary vote a motion to block its plan to take over the Arab-owned East Jerusalem Electricity Company.
SYNOPSIS: The hotel where Sheikh Rabia stayed in Jerusalem. His assassination was the first-ever of a Knesset member. Reuters said he'd been recently involved in two bitter disputes which split the Bedouin community, and had told friends he feared for his life.
He'd been a key figure in negotiations with the government over compensation to be paid to Bedouin for Negev lands on which Israel is building two military air-fields. He had urged them to accept and move to new villages built for them.
Abu Rabiya had also been involved in an argument with a rival Bedouin leader, Jabber Mahdi, over who should hold his Knesset seat, for which there was a rotation procedure. Police have two murder theories: an inter-Bedouin feud, or a vengeance strike by extremist Jews.
Inside the Knesset, and further tension for Mr. Begin with the vote on the take-over under way. The electricity company was described as the last significant Arab company serving East Jerusalem and the West Bank of the Jordan. It provides power for many Arab towns and Jewish settlements. Like other recent actions concerning Jerusalem, the government's take-over plan had aroused controversy. This was the first vote in the Knesset since the resignation of Finance Minister Yigael Hurvitz and two fellow party members left Mr. Begin's government without a safe majority.