INTRODUCTION: The third Islamic summit conference ended at Taif in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday (28 January) with a declaration calling for "Jihad" (a Holy War) against Israel.
GV Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Fahd Ibn Abdulaziz, addressing Summit Conference at Taif, in Arabic
SV Palestine Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafat listening
SV Crown Prince Fahd speaking in Arabic
SV King Hussein of Jordan listening
GV delegates applauding
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The third Islamic summit conference ended at Taif in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday (28 January) with a declaration calling for "Jihad" (a Holy War) against Israel. In it the liberation of Israeli-occupied, Arab lands was identified as "the prime Islamic cause of this generation". The so-called Mecca Declaration" was endorsed by 37 countries and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
SYNOPSIS: Crown Prince Fahd Ibn Abdulaziz, of Saudi Arabia, closed the conference with a plea to Iran and Iraq to stop fighting. He described the conflict as a "bleeding wound" in his nation's heart. But, the P.L.O. leader, Yasser Arafat was pleased with the conference's main declaration against Israel. Its main provision is an economic boycott against the Jewish state until Israeli forces withdraw from Arab lands. The call for "Jihad" was not specifically defined, but most delegates said it was synonymous with "relentless struggle, not necessarily through military means". The declaration also expressed continued support to the people of Afghanistan. The Soviet Union was not mentioned by name for what it called the "blatant invasion of Islamic, sovereign Afghanistan".
The man with the most interest in the conference "Jihad" declaration is Jordan's King Hussein whose kingdom borders the West Bank and Israel. He is bound by its provisions to use military and other resources to actively support Palestinian national rights.