INTRODUCTION: As the faltering Palestinian autonomy talks resumed in Egypt on Wednesday (11 November) tension was still high in the Israeli occupied West Bank.
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GV Soldiers in jeep and on foot patrol in Ramallah (2 shots)
GV Ramallah street with burning tyre (2 shots)
GV Road block in Ramallah (2 shots)
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GV Students listening to history lecturer Professor Albert Aghazarian speaking
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 8: AGHAZARIAN: "We ask for the immediate re-opening of Bir Zeit University and the protection of academic rights, academic freedoms. We ask for the cessation of these oppressive measures of arresting people, detaining them, harassing them, house detentions and we are addressing ourselves to the international community in this respect. We have already started a campaign with our friends in the academic community."
Background: INTRODUCTION: As the faltering Palestinian autonomy talks resumed in Egypt on Wednesday (11 November) tension was still high in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Security forces have arrested several prominent Arabs after more than a week of demonstrations in West Bank towns and at the Bir Zeit University.
SYNOPSIS: In Bethlehem and East Jerusalem, Arab shopkeepers closed on Tuesday (10 November) to protest at the introduction of civilian administrators. Palestinians regard this as a bi to implement autonomy on Israeli terms. Security was stepped up after a petrol bomb was hurled at an israeli army jeep. Those arrested were charged with inciting the violent protests, and included academic, trade union and municipal Arab representatives.
Israeli owned vehicles were set alight in Ramallah where the shopkeepers' strike was also observed. Police and security forces patrolled the streets and set up road blocks in an attempt to restore order. They also closed the nearby Bir Zeit University regarded as a hot-bad of Palestinian opposition.
Students and teaching staff are incensed at the closure as history lecturer Albert Aghazarian explained.
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