Mayors and would-be mayors in thirteen towns on the West Bank of the Jordan River are campaigning for municipal elections to be held there on May 2 this year.
GV & MV People entering city hall (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR..audience seated
MV & SV Ja'abari speaking (2 shots)
SV PAN..dignitaries listening
MV Audience seated
CU PAN..Ja'abari speaking
SV & GV Ja'abari speaking, cameramen in foreground (3 shots)
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Background: Mayors and would-be mayors in thirteen towns on the West Bank of the Jordan River are campaigning for municipal elections to be held there on May 2 this year. Ten other towns and municipalities in the area held their elections two weeks ago -- in the first series of municipal elections since the Israeli occupation of the territory in the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The first round of elections were reported to be a success, with high percentages of voters turning out. Originally, it was feared, the political situation in the Middle East -- and especially King Hussein of Jordan's plan to create a Federal Kingdom of both banks of the river -- would cause the elections to collapse. Some candidates withdrew after alleged threat against them by Arab guerrillas and the Jordanian Government -- but later re-offered themselves for election after the Israeli Government said it would appoint military officers to run the towns in event of the elections breaking down.
One of the municipalities involved in the second round of the elections next month is Hebron, where the current Mayor -- Mohammed Ali Ja'abari -- was reported to be virtually certain of re-election. This film shows one of his campaign meetings, on Monday (April 10), when about two thousand of his supporters shouted for his re-election after he reminded them of the Israeli's Government's plan to appoint military officers in event of election break-down. Mayor Ja'abari, however, has publicly announced that he would rather the West Bank be handed over to the United Nations for the organisation of a plebiscite to determine the territory's future.