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Hebron’s Arab Mayor is First West Bank Leader to Condemn Jerusalem Bombing

December 10, 1968
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Shiekh Mohammed AH Jaabari, the mayor of Hebron, yesterday became the first West Bank Arab leader to publicly condemn the terrorist bombing of the Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem which took 12 lives and injured 55 persons last month. The mayor. in an interview on Kol Israel radio, said the citizens of Hebron condemned sabotage both in their own town and in Jerusalem. He said the Moslem religion did not countenance killing of innocent people. Mayor Jaabari has called for a meeting of West Bank Arab leaders to solve their own problems. His views were opposed by Mayor Hamdi Kanaan of Nablus who believed that Jordan – or Jordan in consultation with Palestinian leaders on both banks of the river – was the only true representative of the West Bank population.

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