At the United Nations, the Security Council has called on the Israeli Government to withdraw its expulsion orders on the West Bank Mayors of Hebron and Halhoul, and the Moslem judge of Hebron.
CU PULL BACK TO GV: Sheik Rajab Bayyoud Al-Tamini speaking to rally in Arabic.
GV: People chanting and clapping
CU: Flags PAN TO Sheik Al-Tamini still speaking.
CU: Majed Abu Sharar, member of FATAH Central Council, speaking in Arabic to applause.
SCU PULL BACK TO GV: People listening from window, as crowd applauds.
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Background: At the United Nations, the Security Council has called on the Israeli Government to withdraw its expulsion orders on the West Bank Mayors of Hebron and Halhoul, and the Moslem judge of Hebron. In the debate, on Thursday (8 May) all members voted for the resolution, except the United States which abstained. The resolution described as illegal the deportations, which followed a Palestinian guerrilla attack in which six Israelis died.
SYNOPSIS: Sheikh Rajab Bayyoud Al-Tamini, the Moslem judge of Hebron, addressed a rally in Beirut on tuesday. He told the crowd, which gathered outside the Palestine News Agency, that the whole West Bank was rising against the Israelis and would continue to do so until the area achieved total liberation. The Israeli authorities expelled him along with the town's mayor last Friday (2 May), after Palestinian guerrillas attacked Jewish worshippers and left six dead. In other moves, the Israelis have banned West Bank leaders from making political statements, or planning any massed protest action.
Sheikh Rajab Bayyoud Al-Tamini, and the two mayors have all said they believed their deportation was part of moves by the Israelis to force through autonomy plans for the occupied territories that have been rejected by most Palestinians. This latest incident on the West Bank comes at a time when Egypt and Israel are involved in negotiations on the whole question of Palestinian autonomy. From Cairo, on thursday night (8 May), came news that the next round of negotiations-- due to be held in Cairo next week -- have been indefinitely postponed at President Sadat's request.
Majed Abu Sharar, a member of the Fatah Central Council, also addressed the rally. He called the Camp David agreement "a plot" and said that the autonomy talks would never stand in the way of the people living in the occupied territories. Earlier a Palestine Liberation Organisation spokesman said the expulsion of the three leaders was a panic measure by the Israeli authorities. When the Security Council debate the Israeli action, delegates stressed the need for an immediate return of the expelled men so that they could resume the functions for which they were elected and appointed. There has been no response yet from Israel.