• Short Summary

    The headquarters of the United Nations in New York was like an armed camp on Wednesday (13 November) for the unprecedented visit of Palestinian Liberation Organstion leader, Yasser Arafat.

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    The headquarters of the United Nations in New York was like an armed camp on Wednesday (13 November) for the unprecedented visit of Palestinian Liberation Organstion leader, Yasser Arafat.

    One thousand police were involved in what was the tightest security restrictions ever enforced at the 14-acre (5.6 hectare) complex. Hundreds manned street approaches; other patrolled the East River beside the United Nations complex in boats; some flew overhead in helicopters.

    Yasser Arafat -- who arrived in New York on an unscheduled flight from Algiers before dawn -- was taken in an Army helicopter to the United Nations building.

    Inside, arafat received a standing ovation from the General, Assembly and was treated by protocol as a head of state.

    In his 80 minute address, punctuated by repeated applause, Mr. Arafat called for the establishment of a single Palestinian state incorporating Arabs, Jews and Christians. He said he had "come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun".

    While he was speaking, hundreds of Jews and Palestinians took part in pro and anti-PLO demonstrations outside.

    Jewish demonstrators chanted pro-Israel songs and slogans and carried placards reading "Six million, never again": "War on Hitler, war on Arafat -- same fight, same struggle".

    Around the corner from the main anti-Palestinian demonstration, a group of about 50 Arabs staged a quite counter-demonstration in support of Mr. Arafat. Police used a series of fences to keep the two groups apart and there were no clashes.

    SYNOPSIS: Strick security surrounded the arrival of Palestinian commando leader, Yasser Arafat at the United Nations on Wednesday. The leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisatior had arrived in New York before ??? on an unscheduled flight from Algie ??? as under heavy guard wherever he went.

    The United Nations headquarters -- on the banks of the East Rive r-- was like an armed camp for Mr. Arafat's arrival. One thousand policemen were involved in what was the ???tighist security restrictions ever conformed at the fourteen-acre complex.

    Once inside the complex, security was just at strict. Newsmen and United Nations officials were all subject to searches.

    While Mr. Arafat has addressing the General Assembly inside, hundreds of young Jews staged an anti-Palestinian demonstration outside. They chanted pro-Israeli songs and slogans and carried placards accusing Palestinians of mass murder. Militant Jews have earlier threaten to assassinate Mr. Arafat.

    Around the corner from the main anti-Palestinian demonstration, a group of about fifty Arabs staged a quiet counter-demonstration in support of Mr. Arafat. Police used a series of fences to keep the two groups apart, and there war no cle???hes.

    ??? Arafat Hass been requested to speak to the General Assembly during its debate on the Palestinian question.

    Mr. Arafat spoke for eighty minutes. He began by saying he had come with an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. His speech was punctuated by long bursts of applause. Mr. Arafat proposed the establishment of a single Palestinian state inhabited by Arabs, Jews and Christians. He was treated by Assembly protocol as a head of state -- much to the displeasure of some nations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA30PXP2K6U5NZC8G03TPJW9K6V
    Media URN:
    VLVA30PXP2K6U5NZC8G03TPJW9K6V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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