• Short Summary

    Mrs. Ghassan Kanafani, Danish-born widow of the assassinated Palestine guerrilla leader Ghassan Kanafani, who was?

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    GV EXTERIOR TILT UP Ms Kanafani's residence
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    2.
    SV & CU Mrs Kanafani talking to reporter
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    3.
    CU's Pictures on wall showing Kanafani and their children (2 shots)
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    4.
    CU & SV Mrs Kanafani talking and reporter taking notes (5 shots)
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    EXTERIOR KANAFANI HOME: INTERIORS MRS. KANAFANI TALKING TO REPORTERS WITH PICTURES OF KANAFANI AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN IN BACKGROUND.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Mrs. Ghassan Kanafani, Danish-born widow of the assassinated Palestine guerrilla leader Ghassan Kanafani, who was killed outside his home on July 8 by a bomb planted in his car; spoke to reporters in her Beirut home on Friday (July 14) -- and pledged to continue her husband's work with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

    She said her husband had "struggled hard" for the P.F.L.P. for ten years, and she would not give up the fight.

    Kanafani, aged 36, and a well-known novelist, painter and journalist, was the Front's official spokesman. He died, together with his first-year law student niece, when a bomb planted in his car outside his Beirut home exploded after he'd started the motor.

    Describing his last hours, Mrs. Kanafani said their two children narrowly escaped being killed in the explosion -- for they normally played in the garaged space under the house at that time of the morning. But Kanafani has set up their toy train set inside the house that morning, and played with them for half an hour before leaving his family safely upstairs. Mrs. Kanafani, who blamed "Israeli elements" for her husband's death, said the assassins must have been plotting to kill her too -- for it was a Saturday, when she normally accompanied her husband in the car on a shopping, when she normally assassins would have known this, she said.

    The P.F.L.P., considered the second largest guerrilla organisation after the E1 Fatah group, came to international notice in September 1970 when it organised the hijacking and blowing-up of four Western airliners in North Jordan -- Dawson's Field -- and at Cairo airport. The group also claimed responsibility for the mass murder in May this year at israel's Lod airport.

    After Kanafani's assassination, the Front claimed a candlestick sign representing the Israeli coat of arms was found near the scene -- with a sentence in English reading: "With the compliments of the Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen". It blamed Israel for the bomb attack, and a statement said the front would take "painful and cruel" retribution.

    SYNOPSIS: At the Beirut, Lebanon, suburban home of the assassinated Palestine guerrilla leader Ghassan Kanafani on Friday, his Danish-born widow pledged to continue his work. Speaking to reporters about Kanafani's last hours -- in which he spent some time playing with their two children before meeting his death in his booby-trapped car outside his home -- Mrs. Kanafani said her husband had "struggled hard" for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. She would not give up the fight, she said.

    Kanafani, aged 36, was a well-known novelist, painter and journalist, and spokesman for the Popular Front -- which claimed responsibility for the May mass murder at Israel's Lod airport. Mrs. Kanafani said she and her children narrowly escaped being killed as well -- for the children normally played by the car at that time, and she normally accompanied her husband on a Saturday, the day of the attack. Instead he took his first-year law student niece, who also died in the explosion.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEEVTDNC5W0MMDCYNVABZ3SQC
    Media URN:
    VLVAEEVTDNC5W0MMDCYNVABZ3SQC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
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    N/A

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