INTRODUCTION: Sunday (5 June) was the 10th anniversary of the 1967 June war, in which the Israelis captured part of Jordan's West Bank, Leaflets distributed throughout the area declared it a day of morning, and called for a general strike.
GV: army truck entering military governor's barracks in Nablus, West Bank.
GV: Neblus street scene.
CU: street sign in Hebrew and Arabic, PAN TO Arab seated talking.
CU: locked metal door on closed shop PAN TO street.
CU: sign in Hebron, West Bank.
GVs: empty streets and closed shops. (2 shots)
SVs: street stall and shops open for business. (5 shots)
GVs: closed shops (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Sunday (5 June) was the 10th anniversary of the 1967 June war, in which the Israelis captured part of Jordan's West Bank, Leaflets distributed throughout the area declared it a day of morning, and called for a general strike.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli police and army were on special alert in the occupied area to deal with any demonstrations, but none took place. Instead, many Arab merchants in Nablus, one of the West Bank's main towns, responded to a call for a general strike and closed down their businesses.
IN Hebren, most Arab shops were closed in the early part of the day. Apparently fearing that military authorities would seal up any premises they found closed, many traders stayed close to the door. There were no black flags, however, which were called for in the leaflets, and whether or not it was the prospects of lost business, or the fact that the strike was not enforced, stores in the West Bank towns gradually began to open and by the afternoon most were trading normally. The Arab protest was only meant to be a token one, and the traders may have felt they had made their point. Sunday's peaceful protest contrasted sharply to the violent clashes between local people and Israeli security forces which have marked previous anniversaries of the war. Observers have speculated that the unusual lull may be a result of the psychological blow felt by the Arab population at the emergence of right-wing Likud leader menachem begin as Israel's probable next Prime Minister.