ABC television has lodged a protest with the Israeli government, claiming security agents posed as an ABC News crew to enter an Arab village in the occupied territories and arrest a Palestinian youth, state-run Army Radio said Wednesday.
The radio said ABC claims a vehicle bearing an ABC logo drove into the village of Salfit in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Security men in the car invited a youth, Huzar Gaduk, inside to tell his story and then arrested him for throwing a Molotov cocktail, Army Radio said.The radio said ABC sent a telegram to the Israeli government to protest the use of the ABC logo. The radio, quoting military sources as saying they knew nothing about the incident, said the government had not yet responded to the protest.
The incident was reported as Arab merchants reopened their shops Wednesday following a daylong commercial strike called for by the underground committee coordinating the Palestinian uprising. The committee has called for new strikes beginning July 9, the day the uprising enters its seventh month.
Palestinian protesters clashed Tuesday with soldiers in at least nine towns and U.N.-run refugee camps in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said. Soldiers shot and wounded an Arab man during a protest in Qabatia, the sources said.
Police clashed with Arab demonstrators in at least three East Jerusalem neighborhoods, state-run Israel Radio reported. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators in the Jebel Mukaber neighborhood.
A group of Arabs clashed with five members of the Temple Mount Faithful organization Tuesday in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, authorities said. The Temple Mount group seeks the construction of a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount, now one of the holiest sites in Islam.