"Sustained and consolidated by world imperialism handed by the United States." That was how Palestinian guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat described Israel to world leaders in Algiers on Thursday (6 September).
GV Pan Arafat walks to Rostrum to applause of other delegates.
Arafat speaks in Arabic. Arabic speech starts here
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GV Zoom in to Assad of Syria speaking
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"The Syrian President, Hafez el-Assad, followed Mr. Arafat in attacking Israel. His speech centrad on secure borders with Israel. The idea of secure borders as Israel wants them is a myth, and the Syrian leader added, secure borders were more essential to the Arab than to Israel "to defend them from repeated Zionist aggression."
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Background: "Sustained and consolidated by world imperialism handed by the United States." That was how Palestinian guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat described Israel to world leaders in Algiers on Thursday (6 September).
In a twenty-minute speech at the non-aligned summit conference, the Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation declared, "we revolutionaries in this world are sure that the Arab land will only return through struggle."
On Friday, Mr. Arafat, told newsmen the motives of the hijackers of Arab embassy officials in Paris was to discredit the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. He said the taking of hostages occurred at a time when world consciousness against Zionist terrorism was increasing.
Disclaiming the responsibility of his Organisation, Mr. Arafat said the incident's perpetrators would be "brought to account together with all those who planned it."
SYNOPSIS: Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, addressed delegates at the conference of non-aligned nations in Algiers on Thursday. During his twenty-minute speech, Mr. Arafat made no mention of the kidnapping of hostages from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris. The kidnapping operation by Arab extremists had began the day before. Mr. Arafat addressed the conference as the representative of fourteen liberation pavements from around the world.
During his speech, Mr. Arafat launched into a forceful attack on Israel. He claimed the country was sustained and consolidated by world imperialism, headed by the United Sates. Mr. Arafat noted that revolutionaries around the world were sure that Arab land, held by Israel, would only return to the Arabs through armed struggle. He asked the delegates what the outcome of resolutions on Israel passed by the conference, and the United Nations' General Assembly, had been. He gave them his answer. He said the outcome had been nothing but vanity on the part of Israel.
Hafez el-Assad, the Syrian President, also addressed the delegates on the subject of Israel. He called the idea of secure borders as Israel wants them a myth. He added there were no secure borders in the Israeli sense. Even if secures borders were necessary, they were more essential to the Arabs than to Israel, the President stressed, because they were necessary for defence against repeated Zionist aggression.
As delegates listened to the speeches, a Syrian aircraft, with five Palestinian guerrillas and six hostages aboard was refuelling in Cairo.