In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops have forcibly broken a general strike called by the Palestinian liberation Organisation (PLO) after assassination attempts on three Arab mayors.
GV AND LV: Streets of Jerusalem (2 shots)
LV AND SV: Military patrolling on foot and in vehicles past closed shops (3 shots)
SV PAN: people seated outside open shops
CU AND GV: Sign and building Rafidia Hospital in Nablus (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR: Mayor Shaka lying in hospital
CU: Mayor Shaka speaking
SV(SAME SHOT) Interpreter speaks in English
GV PAN AND CU: Ramallah streets with armed soldier (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR: Mayor Khalaf speaking in English
GV: Kiryat Arba (West Bank settlement)
CU: Sign Jewish cemetery PULL BACK TO show people entering past armed guards. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: People attending graveside memorial service
SV: Israeli troops in streets of Kiryat Arba (2 shots)
GV: Bethlehem Town Hall
GV: Bethlehem Council seated
CU: Mayor Elias Freijo of Bethlehem speaking in English
MAYOR SHAKA'S INTERPRETER: "The military authorities and the Israeli intelligence are those responsible for these acts."
INTERVIEWER: "Did you expect it?"
MAYOR KARIM KHALAF: "What happened to me yesterday...."
KHALAF:"I was expecting the attempt and more than that. That's why I changed the parking let on my car to other place. And even they discover it."
MAYOR FREIJ:"I will resign today because, in protest against the uncivilised and brutal treatment we are receiving from the military authorities.
The humiliation which the military authorities are trying to inflict upon the mayors including me personally and because of the assassination attempts yesterday against my colleagues, the Mayors of Nablus, Ramallah and El-Bireh, against the expulsion of the Mayors of Hebron and Halhoul. I find it just impossible to continue to work as a mayor."
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Background: In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops have forcibly broken a general strike called by the Palestinian liberation Organisation (PLO) after assassination attempts on three Arab mayors. It's still not know who made the bomb attacks but West Bank Arabs are convinced they were the work of Jewish extremists.
SYNOPSIS: The general strike was called by the PLO as a wave of anger swept the West Bank.
It initially brought the area to a standstill but Israeli soldier quickly moved in and forced shop-owners to open. In some cases the troops smashed locks, and by midday business seemed to be returning to normal. But the political atmosphere of the West Bank has been irrevocably changed.
Arabs are unanimous in blaming Israeli fanatics for the attacks. There were three car bomb explosions during Monday's (2 June) violence and one of them cost the Mayor of Nablus, Bassam Shaka, both his legs. His car exploded when he touched the clutch pedal.
Mayor Shaka is an outspoken critic of the Israeli authorities and held them responsible.
In the town of Ramallah, Mayor Karim Khalaf was recovering from the loss of his left foot. Armed troops scanned rooftops and patrolled the streets. Mayor khalaf said that he had been threatened before and had taken extra security precautions.
At the settlement of Kiryat Arba, Jews held a memorial service for eth Israelis who died in a Palestinian attack last month. It was this attack which is believed to have caused Monday's reprisals.
The Rabbi who took the service said he could understand the motives behind the bombings, but moderate Israeli leaders have increased their criticism of the government's policy of establishing settlements on the occupied West Bank and have condemned the attacks.
As troops patrolled the settlement wary of possible Arab retaliation, the political repercussions of the violence were widening.
In Bethlehem the local council resigned. The Mayor, Elias Freij, considered one of the moderate palestinian leaders, explained why.