At the United Nations, the Israeli Permanent Representative, Mr. yehuda Blum told the Security Council?
SV Israel's Permanent Representative to Security Council, Mr. Yehuda Blum speaking in English.
GV & CU Security Council President, Donald Mills of Jamaica announcing next speaker, PLO Permanent Observer Zehdi Terzi.
SV Terzi speaking in English.
SV Israeli delegation walking out of debating chamber.
SV Empty Israeli seats.
BLUM: "Jordan was invited to join the peace negotiations. It rejected this invitation, and continues to do so. Instead, it has allied itself with the enemies of peace. It attended the Arab summit held in Baghdad last November, and subscribes to its bellicose declarations and designs. Since then, it has gone out of its way to demonstrate its loyalty to the so-called 'Rejectionist' Arab states, and all they stand for. This Mr. President, is the reason why Jordan has requested the debate which is taking place here today. For the last few weeks, it has publicised its intentions in the Jordanian Press, radio and television. Even the most cursory monitoring of its media reveals that it has made no secret of fact that it wants a debate calculated to throw difficulties in the way of the peace initiative in the Middle East. The sudden urgency which it has claimed for the debate this week, has been occasioned only by the momentous talks which it knew would be held in the Middle East now."
MILLS: "The next speaker inscribed on my list is the representative of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, to whom I give the floor."
TERZI: "Thank you, sir. Yes, Mr. President, the Security Council is dealing with a very explosive situation. The Zionist racist forces of occupation are set upon a course leading to the elimination of the Palestinian from his homeland, a virtual genocide. From the outset, let me make it clear, that what is really happening has been the vision, to us the nightmare, of the founder of Zionism, Theodore Herzl, In his teachings he predicted quote unquote the spiriting away of the Palestinians."
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Background: At the United Nations, the Israeli Permanent Representative, Mr. yehuda Blum told the Security Council on Friday ( 9 March) that Jordan had sought a debate on the West Bank, calculated to bring problems to the Israeli-Egyptian peace moves. Jordan, he said, had allied itself to the enemies of peace. Later, the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) observer, Mr. Zehdi Terzi, accused israel of carrying out a policy of 'genocide' against the Palestinians. Mr. Blum led his delegation from the Security Council chamber as Mr. Terzi began to speak. Mr. Blum spoke first in the debate on Israel's policy on the West Bank of the River Jordan
SYNOPSIS: The Israelis object to the presence of the PLO representatives in the Security Council, and choose not to hear their speeches.