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Seek to Ban Protests Outside Begin’s Residence, Other Homes

The coalition will give top priority to a Knesset bill banning demonstrations outside private residences. The measure was drafted as a result of weeks of anti-war demonstrations and pro-government counter-demonstrations outside Premier Menachem Begin’s residence on Balfour St. in the Rehavia section of Jerusalem.

Begin is not known to have complained but some of his neighbors are annoyed by the constant hum of conversation and occasional arguments under their windows in what is normally a quiet neighborhood. The demonstrations have been peaceful. The anti-war group displays a daily “score” of Israeli casualties in Lebanon which currently stands at 501 dead. The government supporters also display a scoreboard showing 13 months of “peace for Galilee.”

Begin is not known to have had any dialogue with the demonstrators. On one occasion he is reported to have sent a messenger to the anti-war group protesting that it was “not nice” for a boy and girl to camp out during the night under the same blanket.