Nablus Arab Women Hold March Backing East Jerusalem Victims of Rioting

About 200 Arab women marched through Nablus yesterday in a demonstration of solidarity with East Jerusalem Arab residents who were the targets of Jewish mobs reacting to the Aug. 18 grenade explosions which injured 10 Israelis in downtown Jerusalem. The women carried placards demanding the release of Arabs arrested in connection with the grenade incidents and also protested the Jewish settlement of the West Bank regions of Samaria and Judaea. The march was generally peaceful but warning shots were fired when the women started to converge on the military government compound. The marchers then went to the town hall to present their petition to Mayor Hamdi Canaan with the request that he submit it to the military governor.

Leaders of East Jerusalem Arabs cancelled a rally planned for Friday in protest against the riots. The cancellation followed a meeting between Arab leaders and Israeli police and security officials. Virtually all East Jerusalem merchants kept their shops closed Thursday in what amounted to a general strike protesting the mob action against East Jerusalemites. That action was deplored in a joint statement issued Friday by seven Israeli political parties. The statement warned that the mobs who invaded East Jerusalem beating up Arabs and smashing windows were playing into the hands of organized saboteurs and terrorists who want to disrupt Arab-Jewish co-existence in unified Jerusalem. Signatories of the statement were the Israel Labor Party, Gahal, the Liberal-Herut alignment, Mapam, the Independent Liberal Party, the Israel Communist Party, the National Religious Party and the Agudat Israel.

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