• Short Summary

    A group of Arab villagers, originally from the settlement of Bir'im (also known as Bar Am) near the Lebanon border in Galilee, returned there briefly on Monday (July 24) to protest over the Israeli Government's refusal to let them resettle in their homes.

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    LV PAN EXTERIOR..church with people milling about


    2.
    SV & CU INTERIOR..Meeting in progress in church (6 shots)
    0.50

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    SV PAN & CU EXTERIOR..Priest addresses meeting outside church (3 shots)
    1.06

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    LV People at meeting, chanting
    1.09



    Initials ES. 1510 ES. 1520



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    Background: A group of Arab villagers, originally from the settlement of Bir'im (also known as Bar Am) near the Lebanon border in Galilee, returned there briefly on Monday (July 24) to protest over the Israeli Government's refusal to let them resettle in their homes.

    The people of Bir'im were expelled and their homes demolished during the 1948 War of Independence. Successive Israeli Army chiefs of staff have refused to let them return because the village lies in a security zone along the border with Lebanon.

    Ninety of the original 140 families of Bir'im remained in Israel, most moving to the neighbouring village of Goush Halav, (also known as Jush). Their former lands are now worked by two kibbutzix and also form part of a national park.

    In the last 24 years, the villagers have fought a legal battle for the right to return to Bir'im, but this ended last February with the rejection of their case by the Israeli supreme Court.

    Last week the Israeli Cabinet decided that the ban on re-settling Bir'im would remain.

    On Monday, more than three hundred of the original residents and their children gathered in the Maronite Church which still stands at Bir'im and pledged to continue their efforts to return.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1VFDLRIH0AM95JXINSTQYB0R8
    Media URN:
    VLVA1VFDLRIH0AM95JXINSTQYB0R8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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