Israeli authorities in the Arab West Bank and Gaza were prepared for violence on Thursday (15 November) as tension ran high in the occupied areas following Israel's decision to deport the rebellious Mayor of Nablus, Bassam Al-Shaka.
LV & CU Chanting crowds outside government building in Nablus
CU West Bank Mayors file through crowds
SCU INT A mayor speaking in English
SV PAN Mayors with arms raised and linked
SV & SV Mayors being carried shoulder high through the streets of Nablus as crowds chant (3 shots)
SV PAN AND CU Mounted police in East Jerusalem watch as welder cuts bolts holding shuttered shops closed (3 shots)
SV Shutter lifted away from windows
SV & CU Troops patrolling around stone-marked bus in Bethlehem (3 shots)
MAYOR: "We want to say, we want to say to the occupiers, and to the enemies of our national aspirations that we are and we shall and we will never yield. We will never bow, we will never bargain, and we will never give up a grain of our national soil."
Mayor Shaka has been locked in prison near Tel Aviv since Sunday and his deportation has so far been blocked by a Supreme Court injunction taken out by his wife. A government appeal against the injunction is due shortly.
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Background: Israeli authorities in the Arab West Bank and Gaza were prepared for violence on Thursday (15 November) as tension ran high in the occupied areas following Israel's decision to deport the rebellious Mayor of Nablus, Bassam Al-Shaka. The decision followed press reports that Mr. Shaka made remarks justifying an Arab guerrilla attack in Israel, but his supporters deny this.
SYNOPSIS: In Nablus, largest of the West Bank towns, shops were shut and business at a standstill as people crowded the streets in support of their Mayor.
All mayors in the Arab territories resigned their posts, and gathered in Nablus to express their anger at the decision.
It seemed the Israelis might be having second thoughts over the expulsion. They announced the early retirement of their General Dany Matt, coordinator of operations in the occupied territories, who has been at the centre of the affair. It was during a meeting with him that Mayor Shaka was reported to have made his controversial statement.
However the Israeli authorities have so far denied General Matt's retirement is connected with Mayor Shaka's expulsion, and said they were prepared for any possible violence. In East Jerusalem mounted security forces stood by while shops were re-opened by force.
But the authorities had more to cope with than re-opening shops. Schools have been closed in many areas and there were reports of young people roaming the streets stoning passing vehicles and burning tyres.