While Israel has been celebrating its 30th anniversary, Palestinians in Lebanon have again stressed their determination that they will succeed in establishing an independent Palestinian state in the region.
CU PFLP spokesman Bassam Abu Sharrif speaking in English (2 shots)
BASSAM ABU SHARRIF: "Well this, the 15th of May reminds us always of the Zionist terror and fascist racist means that have been used by the Zionist...(indistinct) ....to drive out by force the Palestinian indigenous population. To....(indistinct)....our lands, would be....(indistinct)...of imperialists to establish a Zionist state in Palestine. This will always give us more strength to be more determined to continue the struggle to liberate our homeland and to establish a democratic state, rather than any other state. I think that '78 witnesses a new level of Palestinian struggle, and indications of the future possibilities are all optimistic to show that this racist structure can never live in this part of the world, and we renew in this occasion our offers, our plans, to establish together with Jews in Palestine, a democratic state where all would live with equal rights, away from racim, away from Arab chauvinism, and away from imperialism. A democratic state that will build Palestine for the interests of all who live in Palestine."
May the 15th is the date traditionally accepted by the Arab world as the anniversary of Israel's establishment in 1948.
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Background: While Israel has been celebrating its 30th anniversary, Palestinians in Lebanon have again stressed their determination that they will succeed in establishing an independent Palestinian state in the region. One of the leading Palestinians working towards this goal is Bassam Abu Sharrif, Editor of the Al-Hadaf newspaper in Beirut, and spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the P.F.L.P. In an interview in Beirut on Thursday (11 May), Mr. Abu Sharrif expressed optimism about the ultimate achievement of the Palestinians' aim for an independent state.