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    There was a tense calm over Galilee in northern Israel on Wednesday (31 March) as the Arab population buried four of the demonstrators killed by security forces there the previous day (30 March).

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    There was a tense calm over Galilee in northern Israel on Wednesday (31 March) as the Arab population buried four of the demonstrators killed by security forces there the previous day (30 March).
    Three of the victims were buried in the village of Sahknin and one in Arabeh. Although there were emotional scenes at the funerals there were no incidents.
    Six Arabs were Killed, 30 civilians and 30 police and troops wounded and 300 people arrested in the worst riots seen in Galilee since Israel was created 28 years ago.
    The rioting broke out following a call for a general strike to protest against the appropriation of Arab lands in Galilee for a development project. But Reuters quoted the Jerusalem Post newspaper as saying the disturbances reflected general dissatisfaction at Israeli Arabs' rate of progress in the past 28 years.
    However the Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, has blamed Israeli communists for the riots. Speaking in the Knesset (Parliament) on Wednesday, Mr. Rabin said the communists sought to tear up the fabric of co-operation between Jews and Arabs built over the past 28 years.
    Commenting on the riots and Mr. Rabin's allegations, Mr. Salim el-Kasim, head of the local Communist party in Nazareth, told newsmen that the people had the right to demonstrate and fight for their rights and were provoked by the security forces. "It was brutal attack," he said, "and resulted in people being killed and injured."
    After the riots Defence Minister Shimon Peres visited the area. He was asked by newsmen if he agreed with some Israeli Arab leaders who claimed the riots were caused by the large numbers of security forces in the area at the time.
    Mr. Peres said he didn't believe this was the cause at all but said he believed the riots were caused by a small minority.
    He went on to say that despite recent violence in the West Bank and Galilee areas he believed the infrastructure of goodwill between Israelis and Arabs was still there.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAMETNF33TZ8W76V2GOGY0QE4A
    Media URN:
    VLVAAMETNF33TZ8W76V2GOGY0QE4A
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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