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15 Arab-owned Shops in East Jerusalem Are Returned, Seized Following Protest

Fifteen Arab-owned shops in East Jerusalem confiscated by Israeli police last week were returned to their owners today following a meeting between Police Minister Eliahu Sasson and local Arab leaders. The Arabs promised to cooperate to prevent further unrest in the city. The Arab premises were seized in the aftermath of an Arab protest strike on the 51st anniversary of the Balfour Declaration which exacerbated tensions in East Jerusalem. Police said the shops were needed to billet extra police assigned to the city. Some of the shops are owned by Arabs Known to be active in the anti-Israel movement.