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Sasson Will Propose Cancellation of Seizures of East Jerusalem Arab-owned Shops

Police Minister Eliahu Sasson promised yesterday that he would recommend at the next Cabinet meeting that the confiscation of 15 Arab-owned shops and restaurants in East Jerusalem be cancelled. He made the promise in return for pledges by Moslems and Christian religious leaders and businessmen of East Jerusalem that they would do their best to cooperate in preserving order and to prevent demonstrations. The Arab business premises were confiscated by police last Sunday as the result of an Arab protest strike on the 51st anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Police said the premises were needed to billet extra men assigned to patrol the streets as tensions in East Jerusalem increased. The confiscations precipitated a new business strike but no further incidents were reported.