Eight Arab Agitators Are Expelled from East Jerusalem and West Bank Areas

Eight Arabs, five from Nablus and three from East Jerusalem, were expelled from Israel today for allegedly writing and distributing leaflets denouncing the Israeli occupation and inciting students to demonstrations and strikes. The eight — two women among them — were mostly school teachers or principals. They were roused from their homes early this morning and were driven to the Allenby Bridge where they crossed into Jordan without incident. Two Nablus high school students were detained by police following slight disturbances when news of the deportations reached the West Bank town. The deportees were all reportedly members of Communist and other left-wing parties which follow the Soviet-Arab line against Israel.

West Bank Arab leaders reported today that Mayor Hamdi Kanaan of Nablus was in Amman to try persuading Jordanian authorities to withhold support from Arab guerrilla bands. He reportedly intends to go to Cairo to make the same request of Egyptian authorities. Mayor Kanaan was said to believe that Palestinian Arabs are suffering because they are caught between terrorist incursions and Israeli retaliation.

West Bank leaders blame broadcasts from Arab radio stations, including ones from Amman. for inciting students to demonstrate against Israel. As a result of the protests, they say, curfews are imposed and the livelihood of West Bank Arabs is threatened. A curfew was clamped on part of Nablus yesterday as a result of new demonstrations. A curfew had been lifted only a few days before when town elders promised to restrain demonstrators.

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