An emergency session of the United Nations began on Tuesday (22 July) about the question of Palestinian self-determination.
GV PAN U.N. General Assembly holding minute's silence
SV President of General Assembly, Tanzanian Salim A. Salim speaking in English
GV Assembly hall
SV PLO representative Farouk Qaddoumi speaking in Arabic
SV President Anwar Sadat of Egypt speaking in Arabic in Alexandria and audience applauding (2 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Consulate General of United States in Jerusalem ZOOM IN TO sign
SV & CU Women with placards in English demonstrating outside consulate (5 shots)
SALIM A. SALIM: "The agony and suffering of Palestinian people has evoked not only greater world concern, but more importantly, a rising commitment and determination to pursue the path of justice that can thus provide conditions for peace, freedom, stability and security for the region and for all its peoples."
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Background: An emergency session of the United Nations began on Tuesday (22 July) about the question of Palestinian self-determination. As the United Nations debates the issue, it continues to cause tension int the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: The emergency session was opposed by both Israel and the United States. The session was opened by President Salim A. Salim of Tanzania.
The non-aligned states, Backed by the Soviet bloc ,initiated this meeting after the U.S. has vetoed a Security Council resolution earlier in the year. Palestine Liberation Organisation spokesman Farouk Qaddoumi said that this was the last chance for the Palestinian people to return to their homeland.
At the same time the Alexandria, President Sadat of Egypt was justifying his relations with Israel and the United States. he launched a strong attack on his Arab critics, and ruled out any improvement in relations with Moscow while Soviet troops stayed in Afghanistan. He specifically condemned Syria, Libya, South Yemen and Algeria for supporting the Soviet intervention. President Sadat said he is prepared to listen to alternative ideas on a Middle East settlement.
While President Sadat has had his critics, Israel hasn't escaped criticism either. Arab inmates of Nafha prison have gone on a hunger strike to protest at what they call 'inhumane' conditions. Their families have now come out on the streets to bring the attention of a wider audience to the protest. The inmates complain of overcrowding with 10 or 12 to a cell and say the danger of suffocating from lack of ventilation int these crowded conditions is verY real. The inmates maintain that they are not waging a political protest, but merely want to be treated the same as Jewish prisoners.