In Israel, a small community in Galilee has become the centre of violent protest at the country's housing laws.
In Israel, a small community in Galilee has become the centre of violent protest at the country's housing laws. The controversy started with the demolition of a building and the death of a demonstrator.
SYNOPSIS: Violence erupted in the village of Majd El Kurum a year ago. It was then that people in this small Arab community clashed with police and security troops over the demolition of an illegally built house. One demonstrator was killed in the fighting -- and now the villagers have made the site of the building a symbol for their community.
On Thursday (26 November 1978) a memorial service was held for the dead demonstrator. people gathered at the meeting hall near the centre of the village. Mayor Channa Morza welcomed members of the Communist Party to service -- where they paid tribute to their fallen comrade. After the memorial, a meeting was held to form a 'resistance group'. The villagers hope it will prevent similar demolitions from occurring in the future.
Only one week before the service, there was another demonstration. Several dozen people threw stones at police and officials who trained to carry out a court order to demolish a second house. Ten Policemen were hurt, three seriously. Shots were fired in the air and tear gas was used to break up the crowds. According to one report, several arrests were made.