Israeli Army Bans Demonstrations in Hebron, Blocks Planned Protest Near Tomb

The Israeli Army has banned all demonstrations and mass meetings in Hebron to forestall a planned demonstration by the so-called Greater Israel Movement outside the Patriarch’s Tomb where 47 Israelis were injured by a grenade explosion last week. The move was an effort to avoid further trouble in that tense West Bank town. Israeli authorities however, did not interfere with a march by several hundred Arab high school girls through the streets of Nablus yesterday protesting the Israeli occupation.

The Greater Israel Movement is made up of Israelis, several public figures among them, who maintain that Israel must hold on permanently to the Arab territories occupied in the June, 1967 war and incorporate them into the state. It planned to demonstrate in Hebron against Arab terrorism and for Jewish rights there. The school girls in Nablus shouted slogans of loyalty to President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt.

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