Israeli Army roadblocks prevented Arab Mayors on the occupied West Bank of Jordan from getting to a planned protest meeting on Wednesday (12 December).
LV Israeli troops at roadblock
SV Cars carrying Mayors to settlement site PAN TO Soldiers
SV PAN Mayor Al-Shaka out of car and greeted
CU Mayor Al-shaka speaking in Arabic
LV AND CU Israeli soldiers holding weapons and manoeuvring vehicle (3 shots)
CU One of demonstrators speaking in English (2 shots)
LV Women demonstrators chanting
SV Man standing next to Mayor Shaka chanting
LV AND CU Israeli soldiers moving forward (3 shots)
GV Soldiers walking behind demonstrators
DEMONSTRATORS: "The only piece of land in the occupied territories is Palestinian, and we resist any settlement on it, because settlement policy will not lead to peaceful co-existence between the two people. On the contrary, it will create a turmoiling situation which will not lead for a peaceful settlement in the future."
The elon Moreh settlers are members of the radical Gush Emunim movement, which believes in the Jewish people's divine right to settle anywhere within the Biblical boundaries of Israel.
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Background: Israeli Army roadblocks prevented Arab Mayors on the occupied West Bank of Jordan from getting to a planned protest meeting on Wednesday (12 December). The Mayors wanted to protest against the establishment of a new Israeli settlement at Jebel El Kabir.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli officials said the meeting had been banned because the Arab mayors had not requested the mandatory permit for all political meetings in the occupied areas. Israeli soldiers turned away the mayors at roadblocks set up near Jebel El Kabir.
Among them was Mayor of Nablus, Bassam Al-Shaka, who was recently released from jail after charges that he had openly supported Palestinian guerrillas were dropped. He is a prominent leader of the West Bank Arabs.
Israeli experts say the new site can be settled because it is government-owned land. However, Arab protesters claim the road to it threatens one of their village cemeteries, and the settlement should be stopped.
At the United Nations, a Security Council Commission this week recommended steps were taken to persuade Israel to stop establishing settlements in occupied territories, and to dismantle existing settlements.
An Israeli court had earlier declared illegal the Israeli settlement of Elon Moreh, and ordered it dismantled, accepting an appeal by Arab villages whose land was confiscated to make way for the settlement. The government later declared it would resettle fifteen Elon Moreh families at Jebel El Kabir. However, it may eventually have to reconsider the scheme because of increasing opposition.