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April 02, 1976 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-04-02

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Si April 2, 1976


Riots Inspired by Communists and PLO Condemned

(Continued from Page 1)
have been avoided and the
general strike, which was
only partially successful,
would have passed almost
Premier Yitzhak Rabin
angrily accused Rakah of
fommenting the strike and
violence in an attempt "to
tear up the fabric of cooper-
ation between Jews and
Arabs built up over the past
27 years." He promised a
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The Premier spoke in
reply to a no-confidence
motion filed by the Rakah
faction, headed by Meir.
Wilner. The motion was
presented to a virtually
empty Knesset. The coali-
tion parties and the oppos-
ition Likud absented
themselves in protest
against what they decried
as Communist hypocricy
in inciting the general
strike and then demanding
a no-confidence vote
against the government
because of the violence
their incitement engen-
Apart from the four
Rakah MKs and Meir Payil
of the leftist Moked faction,
no one was present to hear
the motion introduced by
Wilner. Addressing empty
seats, he railed against the
government, shouting,
"Murderers, do you now
flee, cowards?"
Later, all parties voted
against the Rakah motion

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Davar, the Histadrut persed by police.
daily, contended: "It is an
According to security
over-simplification to sources, Israeli soldiers,
maintain either that the police and border police
incitement by Rakah was were forced to use fire
the cause of the unrest, or arms to defend themselves
that the requestioning of against Arab mobs hurling
land was the main motive. stones, brandishing
These were catalysts in a torches and throwing
situation of unrest that lighted cans of gasoline at
has built up over the military and private vehi-
cles. Arabs blocked roads
Al Hamishmar, organ of in many parts of Galilee by
Mapam which is a member burning mounds of rubber
of the Labor alignment, tires and attacked soldiers
stated: "There should be a and police trying
re-appraisal of policy to- move the road blocks
wards the Arab minority in
An Egged bus was stoned
order to deal with the roots i n Dier Hanna village in
of the discontent and bitter- Galilee. Four Israeli soldiers
ness exploited by the Israeli i n the bus were injured by
Communist Party."
glass splinters-. Later a
The violence erupted in group of Arab youngsters,
protest of the government's hurled torches at a military -
planned expropriation of t ruck, setting fire to its can-
Jewish and Arab land in vas cover. Soldiers first fired
Galilee for housing develop- i nto the air but were forced
ments. The strike itself was t o fire into the attacking
only partially successful. mobs to defend themselves,
Labor exchanges reported s ecurity sources said.
that 80 percent of the Arab
One Arab was killed and
labor force reported for s everal were wounded in the
work. But those who stayed melee in which a number of
home forced the shut-down s oldiers and policemen also
of some factories in north- s ustained injuries. Town
ern Israel and a number of e lders tried to calm the mob
construction sites employ- b ut were unsuccessful until
ing Arab labor were idle. p olice reinforcements ar-
Strikers were threatened r ived and began making ar-
with dismissal from their r ests.
A 16-year old Arab high
The West Bank, where s chool student was killed
disturbances had been esca- when police fired into a mob
lating for the past month, a t Kfar Kanna near Naza-
was reported generally r eth. The incident occurred
quiet though shops and w hen police trying to re-
schools were closed in a m ove a pile of burning tires
number of towns. The strike f rom the Nazareth-Tiberias
was generally ignored by r oad fired tear gas at at-
Arabs in the Gaza Strip ex- t acking students, mainly
cept in Khan Yunis where g iris. The youngsters were
school students staged a j oined by adults and border
demonstration that was dis- p olice reinforcements were
* * *
ushed to the scene. The pol-
Rabbi is e commander was injured.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Dr. Abdul-Azziz Haj-
Four Arab villages in
The deportation Saturday of Ahmed, a dentist from El- Is Placed on Trial
pper Galilee — Beth Ne-
two prominent West Bank- Bireh, also planned to run
Dier El Hanna, Araba
ers, accused by the military in the elections. Jabaari
JERUSALEM (JTA) — a ofa, Sakhnin
— were placed
with having helped organize immediately protested the
Kiryat Arba leader Rabbi u nd
disurbances, threatens to expulsion and reiterated Moshe Levinger went on 0 nder 24-hour curfew. Seri-
trouble erupted at
burgeon into a political-ju- his earlier statement that
trial Wednesday before a s us
at 8 a.m. local time
dicial "episode" because of he would not run in the
three-man military court in w akhnin
if by a pre-ar-
the haste with which the de- election.
Ramallah on charges of in- r angement,
hundreds of
portation was executed.
Observers felt the explo- suiting an officer and inter- A
Supreme Court Justice sion would severely prejud- fering with an officer in i n rabs burst into the streets
Moshe Etzioni has ordered ice Jabaari's position if he the performance of his du- a violation of the curfew
nd clashed with Israeli sol-
Attorney General Aharon decided to run. Accused by
iers patrolling the village.
Barak to investigate why leftists and PLO sympathiz-
The court president, an G roups of soldiers, sur-
the order was executed, and ers of collaborating too army colonel, rejected de- ro
the two. men expelled to readily with the Israeli au- fense arguments that Levin- m unded by torch-carrying
Lebanon at 3:45 p.m. when thorities, the mayor would ger should be tried before a th obs, fired into the air and
the judicial authorities certainly be charged, if he civilian court. As a resident th en into the crowd, killing
knew that an application decided to run, with partici- of the occupied areas, he i n ree villagers and wound-
against the deportation was pating in a "rigged" election. was under the military jur- w g an unspecified number
ho were hospitalized.
due to be heard by the High
Meanwhile, Defense Min- isdiction, the court held.
The disturbances spread
Court Justice at 4 p.m. — 15 ister Shimon Peres' explan-
Levinger himself said he to three
Arab vil-
minutes later.
ation of the deportations at felt the whole of Kiryat l a ges in large
the eastern
In a radio interview to- Sunday's Cabinet meeting Arba was on trial. The set- s
day, a leading constitutional was greeted with skepticism tiers of the Jewish town- T haron region — Tirah,
lawyer, Hans Klinghofer, of by many of his Cabinet col- ship, overlooking Hebron, T aibeh and Kalang•v
the Hebrew University, for- leagues and by a large sec- were "step-children." oc he most serious i,
curred at Tireh , s, nere
merly a Likud MK, assailed tion of the Israeli press.
They did not benefit from p olice
the haste of the expulsion
A Jerusalem Post edito- the full protection of the ci ashed over a roadblock.
action and said it contrav- rial warned that the depor-
Israeli law, he said, nor Se
ened the basic practices of tations may have seriously from the regular legal j u ven policemen were in-
red by stones. Border
the rule of law.
compromised the position of process.
lice who were rushed to
Another element of the the traditional and more
The trial was adjourned th e scene opened fire, kin-
affair causing much criti- moderate West Bank lead-
until April 22 when the i n g one Arab and wound-
cism is the fact that both ership which now has to
prosecution will call its six in g two others. Thirty-
deportees were candidates prove itself at least as na- witnesses.
se ven villagers were ar-
in the April 12th West tionalistic as the opposition.
Levinger is accused of in-
Bank municipal elections. It also accused the authori- suiting and disobeying an re sted.
Dr. Ahmed Hamzi Natshi, ties of flouting "the princi- officer who ordered him out m The strike situation was
ixed in East Jerusalem.
a Hebron surgeon, was the ples of due process of law."
of Hebron during the Arab Sh ops in the Old City re-
leftist candidate who ob-
The deportations were disturbances there a fort- m ained
open but outside the
servers felt had a reasona- also condemned by Davar, night ago. Levinger had wa
ble chance of beating the which called the act "an as- called on Kiryat Arba's set- pe lls all business was sus-
nded and schools were
incumbent Mayor Sheikh tonishing and grave error of
tlers, who all have arms per- d o sed. About 20 Arab stu-
Mohammed Ali E1-Ja- judgment," and by Haaretz mits, to fire on all Arab riot-
baari. The other deportee, - and Al Hamishmar.
(Continued on Page 57)

Hasty Deportation of Arabs Hit



except for Marcia Friedman democratic rights to hold
of the Social Democrats, a peaceful demonstrations."
new splinter faction and Rabin said that the ongoing
Moked. The latter ab- efforts by successive govern-
stained, denouncing extre- ments, by Histadrut and by
mism on both sides:
the various political parties
Rabin expressed regrets to give expression to Israel
for the "pointless deaths." Arabs' full and equal rights
He praised the manner in had gained a large measure
which the law enforcement of success over the years.
authorities handled the sit-
Large police forces re-
uation, declaring that no mained concentrated in
country could permit such Galilee Wednesday but
disorders. He said he was they maintained a discreet
"happy to learn that most distance from Arab towns
Israeli Arabs did not heed and villages. Curfews
those who tried to incite were lifted at Sakhnin, Ar-
them and continued their aba and Dier Hanna, the
normal way of life."
scenes of some of the worst
Rabin noted that, "Some violence Tuesday, and no
of them used their legal new incidents were re-
* * *
There was a minor stone-
Election April 12 throwing melee in Nazareth
Tuesday night but it was
JERUSALEM (JTA) — promptly quelled. Local
Only 243 candidates had leaders were making efforts
registered for the West to reduce the tensions, but
Bank mayoral and town most Israelis agree that
council elections to be held while life is returning to
April 12. Observers said the normal among Israel's Arab
number was not large con- population, wounds were
sidering that 199 seats were opened that will take a long
being contested.
time to heal.
* * *
Many editorials called for
NEW YORK (JTA) — a re-evaluation of Israel's
About 50 American Palesti- policy toward the Arab mi-
nians held an hour-long nority. The Jerusalem Post
demonstration Tuesday in said the strike "was violent
front of the Israel Mission enough to bear out some of
to the United Nations. They the worst fears about the
carried signs protesting Is- growing estrangement of
raeli "oppression" of the the country's largest minor-
Arab population in the West ity group from the Jewish
Bank and Israel and majority." It added that
chanted slogans such as "more imaginative steps
"Palestine yes, Israel no." could have been taken to
Police were reinforced at help make Israel's Arabs
the site of the protest but feel fully-fledged Israeli cit-
there were no incidents.
* * *


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