Arabs in the Israeli-occupied West Bank staged a two-hour strike on Tuesday (28 September) and warned of bigger protests unless the government removed an official who called for curbs on Arab population growth in the Galilee region.
GV Security forces in Nblus streets, occupied West Bank
CU Padlocks on shutters ZOOM OUT TO GV of deserted streets
GV Few demonstrators with Palestinian flag in Nablus street TILT DOWN TO security forces in armoured personnel carrier
GVs security forces in streets (3 shots)
GVs Demonstrators throwing stones at security forces (3 shots)
GV Demonstrators with Palestinian flag running through streets
GV fire engine past camera
GV Fire in street
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Background: Arabs in the Israeli-occupied West Bank staged a two-hour strike on Tuesday (28 September) and warned of bigger protests unless the government removed an official who called for curbs on Arab population growth in the Galilee region. Mr. Yisrael Koening, Chief Administrator of Galilee, said Jews must act quickly to avoid being outnumbered in the region by 1978. He called for more Jewish settlement, cuts in welfare benefits to large Arab families and incentives for Young Arabs to study abroad and stay there. Arab leaders condemned the report as a racist document.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli security patrols were on the streets of Nablus in strength to forestall expected demonstrations and violence. In most areas, the strike was peaceful, leaving the streets all but deserted.
The demonstrations which did occur were mainly on a small scale, and easily controlled by security forces.
There had been fears of a repetition of the street battles in March this year when six Arabs were shot dead in clashes with the security forces. In more than 40 towns, the strike passed without incident. There was trouble only in a few towns on the West Bank where students stayed away from school.
The students stoned Israeli security men and private vehicles. for a week before the strike, Arabs on the West Bank had been encouraged to join the protests by Jordan TV and Radio Amman. The students responded as they have in the past and took to the streets under the Palestinian flag.
In efforts to dampen down the situation, the government repudiated Mr. Koenig's document and has shelved the report without submitting it to the cabinet. However, Mr. Koening remains in his post and local Arab leaders warn the demonstrations could get hotter unless he is removed. They have threatened a general strike of half a million Arabs as a possible weapon.