There have been a number of violent demonstrations in recent weeks in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the River Jordan.
There have been a number of violent demonstrations in recent weeks in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the River Jordan. Arab unrest in the region has been blamed on calls from. Israeli nationalist groups for more Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Rabbi Meir Kahane is the leader of one such group - the Jewish Defence League. On Friday (6 May), he led a group of supporters with the intention of establishing an unauthorised Jewish settlement outside the Arab town of Nablus.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli military government of the occupied West Bank had assured Arab mayors and leaders of the region that Rabbi Kahane would not be allowed to enter the area. But the Rabbi made a defiant statement.
Rabbi Kahane and about 30 of his followers were detained by security forces when they tried to force their way through the army road block.
The recent demonstrations in Arab West Bank towns have left two dead and many injured. But the area was reported to be fairly quiet on the day of Rabbi Kahane's march.
Another group of the Rabbi's supporters led a second march to the West Bank and tried to block a road. They stopped the traffic for a short while but were eventually moved by Israeli troops.
Apart from the unauthorised settlements, there are a number of others that are being created. The Allon Plan - named after its initiator, Foreign Minister Yigal Allon - calls for the establishment of a line of defensive agricultural settlements in the occupied territory. Eighteen of the 25 planned villages under the Allon plan are already in existence. The plan has never been officially adopted, by the Israeli government, and has been rejected by the West Bank Arabs.