Israeli soldiers on Sunday (11 May) prevented three banished Palestinian leaders from returning to the West Bank of the Jordan.
SV Soldiers manning barrier on West Bank with demonstrators in background
SV Women holding banner with "Cancel expulsions" written on it
SCU Two women demonstrators speaking Israeli towards camera
GV Demonstrators holding banners and chanting
CU Knesset member Ari Azneri speaking in English to newsmen
GV AND PAN Demonstrators holding banners and chanting
GV Israeli troops guarding bridge (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators at front of march chanting
SV Demonstrator chanting and waving hands in air
GV PAN Crowd of demonstrators near barrier of troops lined along Allenby Bridge
ANZERI: "....expel anyone from Israel, without giving him....Israel or the occupied territories, without giving him the chance to appeal to the Supreme Court of Israel...once you do this behind the back of the Court, denying the Court the technical possibility of judging the legality of it, then you are attacking the Law of the land, you are attacking the highest judicial institution, and, I would say, you are showing how the continued occupation is corrupting Israel, corrupting Israeli democracy, and corrupting Israeli political system."
The demonstration took place as ultra-nationalist Israelis opened a new settlement of Tel Hadasha some five kilometres (3.1 miles) north-west of Jerusalem. This was the latest in a series of outposts which have set off international criticism during the 13 years the Israelis have occupied the West Bank.
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Background: Israeli soldiers on Sunday (11 May) prevented three banished Palestinian leaders from returning to the West Bank of the Jordan. The Israelis briefly sealed off the Allenby Bridge over the River Jordan to block the re-entry of the three men. They are the mayor of Hebron, Fahd Qawassmi, the town's religious judge, Shiekh Rajad Tamini, and the mayor of Halhoul, Mohammed Milhem. They had been deported to Lebanon nine days earlier, following a Palestinian raid on Hebron, in which six I Israeli were killed, and sixteen were wounded. Soldiers also turned back demonstrators who were supporting the three men.
SYNOPSIS: This roadblock was set up on a road about one kilometre from the Allenby Bridge. Military sources in nearby Jericho said the soldiers were unarmed as they stopped the three leaders and about three hundred supporters.
One demonstrator, a Knesset member, Mr. Ari Azneri, said how serious they considered the deportation were:
Among the banners and placards, was one containing the text of the United Nations Security Council resolution, which called on Israel to let the three men back into the West Bank. The resolution was passed last week with fourteen nations in favour, and the United States abstaining.
Reuters news agency quoted Israeli sources as saying the three men spat in the faces of the troops when they were not allowed to pass, and that their supporters tried to push their way past.
The three men had made their way from the Jordanian capital, Amman. They told newsmen they would try to return home across the bridge following the Security Council resolution. But the Israeli commanding officer told that the expulsion order meant that they could not go back. Jordanian troops were said to have led the demonstrators back to the eastern bank.