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Middle East 
Africa 
South Asia 


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February 6, 197 


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MIDDLE EAST - AFRICA - SOUTH ASIA 

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CONTENTS 


Israel: West Bankers Protest 1 

Israel: Bombing Incidents Increase in 

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Israel 


West Bankers Protest 

Arab leaders of the West Bank's Hebron District 
are up in arms over what they regard as Israeli moves 
to expand and enhance the Jewish settlement of Kiryat 
Arba on the northeastern edge of Hebron. 

At a public meeting on February 3 called by 
Hebron's mayor, Shaykh Jaabari, 150 of the area's 
mayors and notables bitterly denounced the Israelis . 
The Arab leaders also passed a resolution calling 
on the approximately 500 Arab workers at Kiryat Arba 
to quit their jobs or face "the wrath of Allah." So 
far the Arab workers are not heeding the call to 
quit. 


The West Bankers' protest apparently was trig- 
gered by two recent decisions by the Israeli military 
administration. One enables Israeli citizens to buy 
--not just rent— apartments in the disputed orthodox 
Jewish settlement and to build private homes there. 

In the other decision, the Israelis approved plans 

roa< ^ to link the settlement with 
Hebron s highway to Jerusalem. Possibly contributing 
to the growing discontent in Hebron are reported 
Israeli decisions to give Kiryat Arba local self- 
government and to subject the Jewish settlement to 
rat her than to the Jordanian legal code 
stxli administered in the West Bank. 


Jewish residents of Kiryat Arba have callsd on 

rT he ^ g 2 Ve , rnment to P reven t similar meetings by Arab 
West Bankers. The Israeli military government 
reportedly has warned Jaabari that steps will be 
taken against him if he allows further meetings 
which, the Israelis contend, only incite the people. 
Israeli authorities reportedly also fear that resolu 
tions of the sort passed by the Hebron gathering 
might encourage Arab terrorists to step up their 
activity against the large number of West Bank 
Arabs who work in Israel. 


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Bombing Incidents Inarea.Be in Jeruaalem 

Jerusalem is experiencing its second rash of 
bombings in the past two months. Casualties have 
been minimal because Israeli citizens and security 
forces have discovered many of the devices before 

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The pattern of the most recent incidents sug- 
gests they are directed. at the Israeli presence in 
East Jerusalem. The favorite targets have been 
.Israeli buses serving routes originating in that 
part of the city. One bomb was discovered in a 
Jewish housing complex just north of East Jerusalem. 

Approximately fifteen bombings have been 
reported in Jerusalem over the past two months. No 
arrests have been made in connection with the most 
recent incidents. Israeli authorities are pLEabfy 

of P ?ni?rtoL dl ® tUr ^ ed the continu ing high number 
of incidents m view of their increased efforts 

unng the p ast several months to ro und up Arab 
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