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    A leading Palestinian activist has declared that force is the only way to remove Israeli control of Palestine and Jerusalem.

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    SV PLFP Politburo member, Bassam Abu Sherif speaking in English. (3 SHOTS)

    GV Audience at rally at Beirut Arab University. (2 SHOTS)

    SV Fatah leader Khalil al-Wazir addressing rally in Arabic with audience listening. (2 SHOTS)

    SHERIF:"From now on, the Palestinian masses, the Palestinian revolution, will evaluate the stand of each Arab regime according to the following: first of all, the active use of the oil, Arab oil, in the battle against Arans' Israeli enemy. We will demand that Arab oil-producing countries should use this out in the battle because it is one of the most important weapons we have. Second. we will ask all Arab countries to mobilise its military forces with capacity, economic and political, in order to be used in the battle against Israeli enemy. Because we believe there is no other way to liberate Jerusalem, or to liberate Palestine, without of forces in that respect should be the aim of all Arab official sources. Third, we will demand that all Arab regimes should support the progressive forces in the Lebanon in order to fight back all the plans of the fascists and their allies, the Zionists, to control Lebanon and to turn it into a submissionist state ruled by reactionaries."

    Khalil al-Wazir also contended that two prisoners on hunger strike in an Israeli prison had died after their captors tried to force-feed them.

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    Background: A leading Palestinian activist has declared that force is the only way to remove Israeli control of Palestine and Jerusalem. Bassam Abu Sherif, a member of the Party for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) said in Beirut on Sunday (17 August) that his organisation was urging `capacity' mobilisation of Arab military forces. He was commenting on the call that Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia had made a few days earlier for a jihad, or holy war, against Israel for its incorporation of Arab prisoners a month on their raids. First, Mr. Sherif, who spelled out a number of Palestinian demands for Arab nations.

    SYNOPSIS: Khalil al-Wazir spoke at a rally, held in the Arab University, and was dedicated to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. He was to make a series of allegations against the Israelis.

    He said that Israeli commandos were arresting up to two hundred Arabs after every raid -- or an average of six thousand a month. According to al-Wazir, some were released after only a few hours, while others spent weeks, months, or years, in Israeli custody.

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