JERUSALEM/ UNITED NATIONS
Following an international outcry at the killing of Palestinian refugees in Beirut on September 16, the Israeli cabinet decided to withdraw more forces from the Lebanese capital.
JERUSALEM/ UNITED NATIONS
1. GV Crowds cheering as Prime Minister Menachem Begin walks through street 0.33
2. GVs Anti-Begin demonstration (3 shots) 0.47
3. SV Demonstrators carrying banners saying "Begin plus Sharon equals Guilty", and "Your Hand Drips Blood" (2 shots) 0.53
4. SV Man vociferating at police during demonstration 0.59
5. SV Police carrying demonstrators away 1.11
6. SVs Police using water cannon against demonstrators (2 shots) 1.28
7. SV Injured demonstrators (2 shots) 1.42
U.N. TV (NEW YORK)
8. SV Israel Ambassador at the UN Yehuda Blum speaking 2.56
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 8)
BLUM: "Quite simply, this organization is increasingly perceived around the world as a body in which people come to lie. I have postponed my intervention here tonight. I first wanted to listen to this procession of liars. And I was not disappointed. A crime occurred, in West Beirut last night. Civilians were murdered, and we joined all those who genuinely expressed heir revulsion and indignation at such crimes. We do so because in contradistinction to most speakers seated around this table, we are not selective in our respect for human life."
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Background: JERUSALEM/ UNITED NATIONS
Following an international outcry at the killing of Palestinian refugees in Beirut on September 16, the Israeli cabinet decided to withdraw more forces from the Lebanese capital. At the same meeting on September 19, the cabinet also reversed an earlier decision and agreed to allow Untied Nations observers into West Beirut. The massacre of approximately 1,000 Palestinian civilians in two Beirut refugee camps caused fierce protests in Israel itself. Police used tear gas and water jets to disperse angry demonstrators gathered outside Prime Minister Menachem Begin's home in Jerusalem. Israeli political leaders a military spokesmen repeatedly denied reports that Israeli government officials learned of the atrocity as soon after it began, but did nothing to prevent it During a bitter debate at the United Nations, Israeli Ambassador Yehuda Blum traded insults with other Security Council members who accused Israel of responsibility for the crime. A unanimous Council Resolution condemned the massacre and authorised the dispatch of 40 more Untied Nations observers to join a ten-man group already in West Beirut. The resolution also asked Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar to consult with the Lebanese government on ways of helping to safeguard Beirut's civilian population.
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