INTRODUCTION: Jewish settlers barricaded themselves into the Israeli-occupied development town of Yamit in protest at government offers of compensation for their evaluation from the area.
YAMIT, SINAI 2 DECEMBER, 1981 (AGENCY POOL)
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GV ZOOM OUT Settlement To barbed wire. 0.08
SV Children filling sandbags. (2 SHOTS) 0.22
SV Settlement guards. 0.25
GV Sandbagged watch post. 0.29
SV PAN Men building sandbags up. (2 SHOTS) 0.43
SV Night Scene: Men carrying coils of barbed wire. (2 SHOT) 0.55
SV People building wall of tyres. 1.05
SV People welding. 1.12
SV ZOOM OUT Begin effigy with banner on watchtower. 1.22
SV Welding steel barrier. 1.27
GV & SV Fire inside building. (3 SHOTS) 1.40
GV & SVs Fireman arrive to fight fire. (3 SHOTS) 1.56
SV Police sign PAN TO policeman on telephone 2.03
SV Burnt debris in building. (2 SHOTS) 2.11
SV Fire burning in window PAN TO settler denouncing arsonists.
( SOUNDBITE ENGISH) SETTLER: (SEQ. 15): "What's happening, those people who are who have business in Yamit they burn these houses very close to here, someone who is cripple from the war and he can't get outside the house and they burn the house which is very close to him. People are living around this place and they don't care they just think about the money, they don't think about anything else." 2.38
GV Day Scene: Settlers sitting by fire PAN TO barricade. 2.46
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Jewish settlers barricaded themselves into the Israeli-occupied development town of Yamit in protest at government offers of compensation for their evaluation from the area. Next April the town is due to be returned to Egypt under the Camp David accords. On Wednesday (2 December) the settlers decided to dig in to stop the evacuation attempts.
SYNOPSIS: Yamit has all the trappings of a prison camp now. This barbed wire surrounds the settlement. The township on the Mediterranean coast was founded in 1975 when settlers from Israel and Jewish immigrants from abroad set up home in the former Egyptian territory. The children help fill sandbags to defend the township.
Latest talks with government leaders broke down -- so the settlers are setting up defence positions to resist evacuation attempts. Some Jews are angry at what they call betrayal by their own government. They have set up squatters camps and have vowed to stay in Sinai.
Night falls and the settlers continue the work of fortification. Everything is utilised to build a wall between Yamit and the outside world -- coils of barbed wire and tyres make useful barricades.
A more permanent barrier is erected across a road.
The settlers left only a man-size opening for people who take buses to work outside the seaside town. Some Yamit businessmen burnt houses and municipal offices in protest at government offers of compensation for the evacuation.
Firemen arrive to deal with the blaze. The trouble flared as Israel approved a US formula that the two countries believe will enable European units to join a multi-national Sinai peace-keeping force. The force will patrol the Sinai area after Israel withdraws next April. The government took no immediate action over this Yamit protest and no troops or police were sent in. Residents said five homes were burnt down in the protest as well as the municipal offices. One of the settlers denounced the arsonists who, he said, were endangering lives.
Meanwhile, the 5,000 Yamit inhabitants gather provisions for a blockade which they said would last several days.