The election campaign for the municipal councils in this Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan began officially today (Thursday) - the film was shot yesterday in Jericho and Nablus, shortly after King Hussein had announced his proposed plan for the creation of the new United Arab Kingdom, incorporating the West Bank.
REPORTER: In Israeli occupied Jordan, Palestinian leader were sceptical. They dismissed King Hussein's plan as empty promises and charged that its real purpose is to detract from West Bank municipal elections slated for the end of this month. Some 100 candidates are challenging the old pro-Hussein leadership in the belief that Israel will permit a new generation of town mayors to chart the future of the West Bank. The next Mayor of Jericho will probably be Daoud Salah. What do you see as the future?
SALAH: I see the future to have all our own government here, the Palestinian people.
REPORTER: Completely independent?
SALAH: Independent, yes.
REPORTER: You would not want to go back to Jordan?
SALAH: I don't want to go back to Jordan.
REPORTER: Then wold you have relations.......
SALAH: We'll have relations with all the Arab countries.
REPORTER: How about the Israelis?
SALAH: Israelis also. Because we are living long time with them and we need to live together also.
REPORTER: Further north in Nablus, the biggest West Bank city, political leaders complain there was no consultation with Hussein, that he's trying to shove his plan down their throats. There's much distrust of the King here ever since he cracked down on the guerilla movement. Many prominent people say they prefer Israeli occupation to Hussein.
MRS. TAWIL: Unfortunately occupations is occupation. Nobody likes occupation. We are completely against occupation. But if you value the matters, you can see that they prefer to say under occupation rather than to go back to a corrupt regime.
REPORTER: Finally, in spite of Israeli denials, many West Bankers still suspect that the king had made a deal with Israel. One that ultimately works to the disadvantage of the Palestinian.
JERICHO STREET SCENES: OFFICIAL PREPARING CANDIDATE LISTS: DAOUD SALAH SPEAKING TO REPORTER: NABLUS STREET SCENES: PEOPLE READING BILLBOARDS: MRS. TAWIL SPEAKING TO REPORTER: SOLDIERS & CIVILIANS IN STREET.
GV and SV Jericho street scenes (4 shots)
SC and CU INT official preparing list of candidates (2 shots).
CU Daoud Salah speaks to reporter.
GV PAN Nablus street scene.
SV and CU people reading public newsboards.
SV People in street (2 shots)
CU INT Mrs. Rymonda Tawil (political organiser) speaking.
SV Soldiers and civilians in street (2 shots)
GV PAN city
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Background: The election campaign for the municipal councils in this Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan began officially today (Thursday) - the film was shot yesterday in Jericho and Nablus, shortly after King Hussein had announced his proposed plan for the creation of the new United Arab Kingdom, incorporating the West Bank. It shows one of the main candidates, Daoud Salah who is running for Mayor of Jericho, giving his views on the future; and a local political organiser giving her comments in Nablus.
Reactions to King Hussein's proposal have been mixed - at first it was reported that Jordanians and Palestinians welcomed the plan. But today reactions from other Arab countries and from Israel are, in general, negative to the Idea. Whatever the Future of he negotiations on the King's plan, they will undoubtedly affect the electorial Campaign in the West Bank - where a number of local leaders were reported to have registered at the last minute. They were said to have avoided registering earlier because hey feed possible pressure by pro-Arab guerrillas and displeasure of the Adman Government at the elections.
At the deadline, 141 candidates were registered o seek the 107 ??? at stake.
SYNOPSIS: Jericho - in the Israeli-occupied West bank of Jordan. Thursday was the last day for the registering of candidates for the municipal elections - it was also the day in which king Hussein announced his proposal for a new United Arab Kingdom, incorporating the West Bank. With the electoral campaign commencing the follow day, the King's controversial plan would certainly play a big part in the electioneering. Favourite to win the po??? of Mayer of Jericho is Daoud Salah:
A less certain outcome is in towns such as Nablus - where candidates outnumber seats by two to one. They've distrusted the king since his crackdown on the guerrillas - and now feel his plan is being pushed without sufficient local consultation. Political organiser Mrs. Tawil said:
Initial reactions from both Arab war and Israel have not been generally favourable to the King's proposal, but there are still many crucial sectors to heard from on the plan.