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Jordan Re-opens Dispute with Israel over Mt. Scopus Road; Serves Notice

August 14, 1959
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The Jordan Government re-opened another dispute with Israel today, when it served notice on Major Carl C. von Horn, United Nations truce chief, that it demanded the re-opening by Israel of a road through the Israeli enclave on Mount Scopus used by Arab villagers.

The road leads from the Arab village of Issawiya, which is illegally occupied by Jordanian forces, through the Israeli enclave to Jordanian territory. It was closed by the Israeli authorities following a shooting affray in May, 1958, when gunfire from the village of Issawiya caused the death of Col. George A. Flint, a Canadian member of the United Nations truce force, and four Israeli policemen. It was subsequently opened to the Arabs during the hours of daylight.

Gen. von Horn was expected here today to discuss the Jordanian demand with the. Israeli Foreign Ministry. Israel insists that the question of the road can be discussed only within the framework of negotiations for implementation of Article VIII of the Jordan-Israel armistice agreement under which Israel is guaranteed freedom of access to Mount Scopus. Jordan has refused to honor this section of the armistice agreement.

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