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A general strike shut down shops in the West Bank towns of Ramallah and El Bireh today in protest against a window-smashing rampage by Jewish settlers there last week. There was no public transportation and workers did not report to their jobs. A group of West Bank mayors had called the strike for the entire territory but it was only partially effective in Hebron, Bethlehem, Tulkarem and East Jerusalem. A mass demonstration and procession of cars through Jerusalem failed to materialize. For that reason, the West Bank Military Governor, Brig. Gen Einyamin Ben Eliezer, said the strike was not worth intervention by Israeli authorities. He had warned the mayors in advance, however, that they would bear responsibility for any consequences.

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