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    The Israeli police have charged twenty-seven people, including two army officers, with membership of a Jewish extremist group.

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    1. SV & CU Rabbi Moshe Levinger speaking to newsmen. (SOT) (4 SHOTS) 0.20
    MAY 22 (GODER)
    2. LV & CU Crowds waiting beside police headquarters Jerusalem with banners. (2 SHOTS) 0.31
    3. LV & CU Mrs Levinger addressing rally in Hebrew. 0.41
    4. CU Men listen. 0.44
    5. SV Kiryat Arab spokesman gives statement, talking over shots of demonstrators. (SOT) (2 SHOTS) 1.07
    6. CU Kiryat Arab Rabbi speaks. (SOT) 1.53
    7. SV PULL BACK TO GV Police watch from rooftops. 1.59
    8. CU Mother of dead man speaks. (SOT) 2.07
    9. LV & SV Police on wall watch as woman laments in to microphone. (2 SHOTS) 2.23
    10. SV Men praying. (2 SHOTS) 2.32
    LEVINGER: (SEQ 1) "Every Arab that are doing things against a Jew we punish very strong, and the politic or the system of the government must be changed. Government must understand that it was their mistake and the trial must be for the Likud Government not for them."
    SPOKESMAN: (SEQ 5) "We have a government and the government should make the good things for the sake of all of its civilians. But if the government didn't do what we asked -- what Rabbi Levinger asked for many, many months, maybe this was the background for the deeds of these men."
    RABBI: (SEQ 6) "The feeling of insecurity by the Jewish settlers because of Arab attacks, violence which came into full picture by the massacring of six Jews and the wounding of about twenty that Friday night four years ago, when leaving prayers of the (indistinct), this feeling of insecurity this is probably what brought some of our people. I don't know what they're accused of as yet. I don't know who's been accused, but what we're hearing, this is what may have brought about the need to take security matters into their own hands."
    MOTHER: (SEQ 8) "The Arab terrorists they kill my son, the murderers was free."

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    Background: JERUSALEM

    The Israeli police have charged twenty-seven people, including two army officers, with membership of a Jewish extremist group. Among those arrested was Rabbi Moshe Levinger, the spiritual leader of the settlers of the occupied West Bank. The Rabbi established one of the first settlements less than a year after the territory was captured in the 1967 war. He is a founder of the ultra-religious Gush Emunim movement and has close ties with many leading politicians. The arrests and charges have embarrassed the Likud Government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. He and his cabinet are committed to programme of settlements on the West Bank. The Israeli officers have been charged with helping the group plan car bombings which maimed the Palestinian mayors of Nablus and Ramallah in 1980. The twenty-five settlers from the West Bank and Golan Heights have been charged with forming the terrorist organisation responsible for the murder, or attempted murder, of Arab civilians in a series of attacks over the last four years. Rabbi Levinger was released after questioning during eleven days in custody.


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