Thousands of demonstrations clashed briefly with guards outside jerusalem's Knesset (Parliament) yesterday (Monday). They were?
GV Demonstrators outside (Knesset) Parliament
SV Ditto with placards
MV Woman hands out leaflets
CU Placard `Israeli Law makes my children 2nd class citizens'
CU PAN Other placards
GV Police move into crowd
SV Police surging with demonstrators
GV PAN Surging continues
SV Another Angle - Surging
MV Demonstrators surging
CU Demonstrators shouting (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators with placards
LV Dahn ben Amotz addresses crowd from Knesset wall
LV PAN Crowd outside Knesset
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Background: Thousands of demonstrations clashed briefly with guards outside jerusalem's Knesset (Parliament) yesterday (Monday). They were protesting against Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir's handling of a new law defining Jewishness.
Left-wing movements organised the demonstration, together with leading intellectuals and artists -- including popular Israeli actor Dahn ben Amotz. Inside the building, the Knesset was debating the controversial Bill, which seeks to define Jewishness according to traditional religious criteria.
An estimated 3,000 people took part in the demonstration. Many carried placards condemning the Prime Minister's action and the baste with which the Bill was being rushed through Parliament.
As the crowd surged towards the Knesset building, guards moved forward to prevent their advance. For some time the two sides milled around the building, but there was no violence.
The government Bill seeks to give legal standing to the traditional religious definition of a Jew -- which is based on the Jewishness of a person's mother. Under religious law, Jewish religion and nationality are inseparable.
It also ensures, however, that the non-Jewish partner in a mixed marriage, and the children of such a union, will aitp,atoca;;u receive Israeli nationality on immigration to Israel.