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Court Halts Unseating of Shaka

The Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction today b###ring the Defense Ministry from unseating Mayor-bassam Shaka of Nablus. Although no action to remove him from office was taken, the injunction was granted at the request of Shaka’s wife who feared that such a move was pending.

Shaka elicited an angry public reaction to a statement he made allegedly justifying the terrorist band from Lebanon that carried out the massacre on Israel’s coastal highway in March, 1978. The matter was referred to the Defense Ministry amid demands that he be expelled. The court order called on Defense Minister Ezer Weizman to show cause why Shaka should be removed. The Military Government is still considering what action, if any, to take.