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West Bank Arabs Divided on General Strike June 5, First Anniversary of Middle East War

May 31, 1968
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West Bank Arab leaders are split over whether to call a general strike on June 5, the first anniversary of the start of last year’s Arab-Israel war. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today that the question is being hotly debated and opinion is divided equally. Nationalist Arabs from Ramallah and Nablus are demanding a total shut-down of all businesses and transportation. Others argue that a strike would only hurt the Arabs. They fear, for example, that licenses to operate bus lines and other public services might be rescinded by the Israeli authorities.

(The semi-official Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, reported yesterday that Arab guerrillas plan commando raids for the period June 5-10 to “punish Israel” on the anniversary of the Six-Day War.)

Students and faculty members at the Hebrew University who are opposed to the annexation of the occupied Arab territories by Israel held a mass meeting on the campus yesterday. Apart from some heckling, there was no repetition of the clashes that occurred earlier when groups of students and building employes tried to prevent forcibly the gathering of signatures on a petition asking the Government not to annex or settle the occupied regions.

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