There's been more violence in the streets of several towns in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan, after the area had been outwardly calm for four months.
There's been more violence in the streets of several towns in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan, after the area had been outwardly calm for four months. Arab schoolchildren rioted in protest against Israeli settlement of the occupied territories and also against King Hussein of Jordan, on the sixth anniversary of "Black September", when Jordanian troops subdued Palestinian forces in his country.
SYNOPSIS: In the town of Hebron, a general strike was called as a mark of protest. However, not all the town's shopkeepers responded, and while many shops remained closed, a large number -- particularly ones selling food -- were open. Although there have been no major clashes between Arabs and the Israeli security forces since May, there has been increasing tension in the territory following a number of takeovers of Arab land by the Israelis. These land disputes have been the main cause of most of the West Bank troubles.
Despite the strike call and possibility of clashes between Arabs and the security forces, many tourists still decided to visit Hebron. Shopkeepers whose main business comes from tourists decided to ignore the protest and opened for business as usual. The immediate cause of the unrest was the commemoration of the anniversary of the Jordanian action against Palestinian forces in that country. Full-scale war broke out between the two sides on 17 September, 1970, and the Palestinians were beaten by the Jordanian army. The Palestinians have since had to reduce their numbers in nearly all Arab countries, and face an uncertain future in Lebanon.
There were a number of incidents in other West Bank towns, including Nablus where schoolchildren rioted in the streets. They threw stones at Israeli troops and shouted ant - Israeli slogans. In Hebron, schoolchildren were turned away when they went to school, and a number set fire to car tyres, a common method of protest on the West Bank. There have been no reports any arrests during the disturbances.