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    The 22-nation Arab group at the United Nations has introduced a resolution condemning Israeli action on the occupied West Bank after a week of violence.

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    SV Jordanian representative, Hazem Nuseibeh speaking in English.

    CU PLO representative Zehdi Terzi speaking in English.

    CU Syrian representative Dia Allah El Fattal speaking in English.

    CU Israeli representative Yehuda Blum speaking.

    TRANSCRIPT: NUSEIBEH: (SEQ 1) "The Israeli occupation is tightening the screw to speed up the process by striving to strangulate the inhabitants, military, economically and psychologically be savage means. This is an ordeal with every citizen who lives in the West Bank and the other occupied territories has to undergo day-in and day-out."

    TERZI: (SEQ 2) "All measures undertaken by the Israeli forces of occupation, it's continued occupation of land, its aggression against our people and national and human rights, and out institutions,all these acts are in defiance of international law as contained in the Charter of the United Nations. In addition, this illegal act assumes that the continued illegal occupation is lasting 'fait accompli' by virtue of oppression and force. It is no secret the these barbaric acts of the Zionist, racist forces against our people and our rights is fully supported by the United States of America on all levels, be it militarily, economic, political or diplomatic. This is also reflected in the position of the United States of America within the international organisation. Such a position only encourages continued aggression and justifies all pretext for the persistence of Israel in its acts of terror, and oppressive measures against our people and our children."

    EL FATTAL: (SEQ 3) "We hold the United States of America responsible for the deterioration of this situation in the Middle East in general and in the West Bank Arab territories in particular. For without the unlimited military, economic, financial, and diplomatic support extended to Israel, this racist entity would not have been able to apply the law of the jungle in our area."

    BLUM:(SEQ 4) "Against this record of brutality and inhumanity of Jordan, Syria and others, it is clear why any fair-minded observer must watch with disgust and contempt, the display of hypocrisy to which this Council is being subjected by the representative of Syria, of Jordan, who in their statements as well as other equally sanctimonious statements already delivered, and yet to be delivered have raised (INDISTINCT) over the alleged predicaments of the population of Judea and Samaria."

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    Background: The 22-nation Arab group at the United Nations has introduced a resolution condemning Israeli action on the occupied West Bank after a week of violence. In a session of the General Assembly which preceded Wednesday's (24 March) Security Council, debate, the Jordanian permanent delegate. Mr. Hazem Nuseibeh, accused the Israeli of militarily and economically, strangling the Palestinian people. Jordan is the only Arab nation represented int he Security
    Council. The Palestine Liberation Organisation delegate. Mr. Zehdi Terzi accused the Israeli government of defying international law with the full support of the United States. The Syrian delegate, Mr. Dia Allah El Fattal, accused the United States of responsibility for the deterioration of events in the Israeli occupied areas. But the Israeli delegate, Mr. Yehuda Blum, charged the Arab delegates with hypocrisy over their criticisms of Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which he referred to as Judea and Samaria.

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