EFRAT SETTLEMENT, WEST BANK
Several hundred Israeli demonstrators invaded a half-completed Jewish government's policy in the region.
EFRAT SETTLEMENT, WEST BANK
1. GVs Demonstrators setting makeshift roadblock at Efrat settlement on West Bank, (3 SHOTS) 0.14
2. GVs Metal girders girders put into place of roadblock. (2 SHOTS) 0.25
3. GV/SV Protesters erecting wire-mesh structure. (2 SHOTS) 0.35
4. GVs Protesters putting up placards on walls of empty dwellings. (3 SHOTS) 0.51
5. GVs Metal barrier being welded into position and demonstrators erecting rocky wall. (2 SHOTS) 1.12
6. SV Demonstrator, Radi Malkin speaking. (SOT) 1.52
7. SV PULL BACK TO GV Protestors setting on fire sign saying 'Peace Now'. 2.05
TRANSCRIPT: MALKIN: (SEQ 6) "We are the Peace Now movement. Today for example, King Hussein of Jordan declared that, if the settlements would be free, there is a chance for peace. This is just an example. These empty houses are going to be filled with people who are practically being paid to come and live here. We protest against that. We see being built on the West Bank as an obstacle to peace, as a factor that will lead to further bloodshed. You can see around you those beautiful empty houses practically being taken away from the poor neighbourhoods of Israel, and being given to people who are going to fill them up in a way that will endanger the peace process for good."
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Background: EFRAT SETTLEMENT, WEST BANK
Several hundred Israeli demonstrators invaded a half-completed Jewish government's policy in the region. Members of the Peace Now movement travelled from Jerusalem to Efrat, between Bethlehem and Hebron. They erected roadblock across the main street and plastered empty apartment blocks with posters. Although senior army officers watched the demonstration, which was held without official consent, they did not interfere with the demonstrators, who had came via secondary roads to avoid soldiers. After setting ablaze a structure symbolising Peace. spokesmen said they were alarmed by Israel's takeover of the West Bank. One demonstrator, Mr. Radi Malkin, said Prime Minister Menachem Begin's settlement policies amounted to a siege of the occupied territories. He accused the government of offering substantial financial rewards to Jewish families willing to resettle in the region, in an attempt to present the world with an irreversible situation in the disputed zone. About 700 families are scheduled to move to Efrat when the first phase of a new cheap housing project is completed in a few months. About 25,000 Jews and 850,000 Palestinian Arabs now live in the former Jordanian West Bank territories. King Hussein of Jordan now insists on Israeli withdrawal form the area as a pre-condition to a peace settlement in the Middle East.
Source: REUTERS - TALI GODER