Arabs and Palestinians in a number of countries staged meetings, marches and strikes at the weekend (26th January) to protest against the normalisation of relations between egypt and Israel.
SV INTERIOR Officials assemble for news conference with journalists seated
SV M. Seddik-Ketouni speaking in French with journalists listening (5 shots)
SV M. Seddik-Ketouni handing over to M. Derwiche, who speaks in Arabic with journalists listening (2 shots)
Announcing the proposed formation of a new league (Monday, January 28) President Sadat said Egypt was the leader of the Arab and Islamic worlds, and since the armed attack on the Grand Mosque of Mecca, all Moslems were looking to Egypt for the security of Islam.
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Background: Arabs and Palestinians in a number of countries staged meetings, marches and strikes at the weekend (26th January) to protest against the normalisation of relations between egypt and Israel. Their action coincided with the re-opening of borders between the two countries as a step in the normalisation process which is to be completed next month. A protest meeting in the Algerian capital, Algiers, took the form of a press conference at which carious speakers denounced President Sadat's peace initiative with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Seddik-Ketouni, of Algeria's Commission for Liberation Movements, chaired the meeting.
He told journalists that the hearts of Arab progressives were "bleeding" over the re-opening of borders between Egypt and Israel, because this meant the Arabs of Egypt were being deprived of their "democratic, national conquests" made since "the glorious revolution" of July, 1952.
M. Seddik-Ketouni called President Anwar Sadat's government a "regime of surrender" for accepting the "shameful ignominy" of an exchange of ambassadors with Israel. He called on all progressive Arab people to take up the challenge posed by Mr. Sadat, who he said had insulted the dignity and sovereignty of the Egyptian people.
The Liberation Movement representative accused Mr. Sadat of making concessions tot he Israelis at the expense of the struggle of the Palestinian people, and at the expense of Egypt's national pride.
Another speaker was a representative of the Egyptian Progressive Movement, Mr. Derwiche. Along with other protest speakers he condemned what was called "the surrender of President Sadat and his accomplices".
In Damascus leaders of Syria's Baath Party headed a demonstration protesting against the opening of borders between Israel and Egypt, and similar protests were staged in Lebanon, Iraq, and other Arab countries. In response to attempts by the Arab and Islamic worlds to isolate Egypt, President Sadat has proposed the establishment of a league of Arab and Islamic peoples. He has stated that the new league will bypass governments to reach the masses of Arab and Islamic peoples.