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October 17, 1972
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Brig. Gen. Shlomo Gazit defended Israel’s open bridges policy noting that the 150,000 Arab visitors who crossed the Jordan River bridges this year were not responsible for acts of terrorism which have admittedly increased somewhat during the past few months. He attributed recent minor acts of sabotage to local terrorists who were spurred on by terrorist acts in Europe. According to Gazit, coordinator of activities in the administered areas, none of the summer visitors were known to have tried to smuggle arms or ammunition across the bridges. He said several suspects were detained, largely for attempting to re-establish contacts with terrorists or to set up new cells. But none of the suspects were found to have engaged in sabotage, Gazit added.

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