Support for the Palestinian cause came from 120 American residents in the Lebanon, who today began a Good Friday march to publicise their feelings.
GV & LV Americans marching by sea (2 shots)
SV Mother marcher and child
SV & CU Marchers passing by camera
SV Cameraman ZOOM TO Woman & child
SCU PAN TO Marchers with pro-Palestine placards
SV Newsman interviews organiser
ORGANISER: "The purpose of our march is to let Americans back home know that Americans here in the Middle East, who are living close to the situation, very strongly support the rights of the Palestinians. And we hope that we'll motivate people at home to begin thinking and speaking up and realising the suffering that these people have had to endure for 25 years in exile from their homes."
QUESTION: "How many will there be in the march?"
ORGANISER: "We'll be between 100 and 120. some people will be joining us tomorrow but will not be in the march with us today."
QUESTION: "I see a lot of children. Will they march on the way along?"
ORGANISER: "Yes, they will. Americans wanted to bring their children because this is a symbolic march. It is a symbolic march stating that we hope that the Palestinians will be permitted to return home again and live as peaceful citizens in their country."
STARTS: "The purpose of our march.."
ENDS: "... citizens in their country."
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Background: Support for the Palestinian cause came from 120 American residents in the Lebanon, who today began a Good Friday march to publicise their feelings. Besides supporting the Palestinians, the march is also intended as a protest against United States policy int he Middle East.
Several of the protesters carried banners calling for the return of the Palestinians to their homeland. One of the leaders of the march explained the purpose of the protest:
SYNOPSIS: A Good Friday protest march with a difference. A group of Americans living in the Lebanon decided they would record their own Easter protest against United States policy in the Middle East.
The march is also a gesture of support for the Palestinians. Among the placards being carried by the hundred marchers were slogans calling for the return of the Palestinians to their homeland. Others proposed that a democratic state of Jews and Arabs should be established. The marchers will and their protest on Easter Sunday with a service at the Crusader Fortress in the ancient Phoenician city of Sidon, thirty miles south of their starting point in Beirut. both Sidon and Beirut were targets for the recent Israeli raid into Lebanon.
One of the organisers of the march explained the motives behind their protest: