Israeli troops on Wednesday (7 November) broke up a demonstration in Nablus, on the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in support of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) appearance at the Untied Nations.
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Background: Israeli troops on Wednesday (7 November) broke up a demonstration in Nablus, on the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in support of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) appearance at the Untied Nations.
About 1,000 residents marched on to the town square, chanting slogans in praise of PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, who addressed the UN General Assembly later that day.
Israeli troops charged into the crowd with vehicles and on foot. The demonstration was dispersed after an hour. But soldiers continued to patrol the streets to prevent similar incidents.
Throughout the morning all shops and schools in Nablus remained closed as part of a boycott in support of Mr. Arafat at the United Nations.
The demonstration was reported to be the biggest and most enthusiastic by Arabs living in Israeli-occupied territories, and the shut-down of shops and schools was the most widespread.
Several small demonstrations were also held in East Jerusalem. Shops and schools opened -- slightly later than usual, and after patrols by Israeli security officers.
SYNOPSIS: The city of Nablus -- on the Israeli-occupied West Bank - was the scene of an enthusiastic demonstration on Wednesday, in support of the appearance of the Palestine Liberation Organstion at the United Nations. Israeli soldiers used jeeps to disperse the demonstrators. Some of the demonstrators were children who boycotted school to take part in the march.
The demonstrators marched to the town square chanting slogans in paradise of PLO leader Yasser Arafat. Mr. Arafat addressed the United Nations' General Assembly on Wednesday and was received with the same protocol given to heads of state. He called for the return of all Palestinians to their homeland.
During the demonstration, Israeli troops arrested a few truckloads of demonstrators including a well-known writer, Romona Tawil. Throughout the morning, shops remained closed in what was called a "commercial" boycott in support of Mr. Arafat.
Several smaller demonstrations were held in East Jerusalem. But it was relatively a quiet day there. Schools and shops opened, but not before intervention by Israeli security patrols. A brief demonstration at a school was broken up.
East Jerusalem and the West Bank were occupied by the Israelis during the Middle East war in June 1967. About one million Arabs live in Israeli-occupied areas, which include the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Desert and the Golan Heights. The Israelis have always maintained that East and West Jerusalem are one city. The Arabs claim that the city belongs to them. The West Bank has a population of more than half a million, an area of more than two thousand square miles.