In Lebanon, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) on Saturday (12 August) commemorated the f\all of Tel all-Zataar, the refugee camp which has become a symbol for the Palestinian cause.
SV PAN: PLO leader Yasser Arafat looking at pictures in exhibition at Arab University, Beirut.
SV: Arafat looking at pictures and other artwork on display (5 shots)
CU: Arafat saluting then embracing young scouts.
SV: children performing folk dance and audience applauding (3 shots)
SV PAN: DAMOUR: EXTERIOR demonstrators at night rally led by band marching through streets. (2 shots)
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Background: In Lebanon, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) on Saturday (12 August) commemorated the f\all of Tel all-Zataar, the refugee camp which has become a symbol for the Palestinian cause.
SYNOPSIS: PLO leader Yasser Arafat attended on commemoration at the Arab University in Beirut. It featured paintings and other artwork by refugees from the camp.
On August the twelfth in 1976, right-wing militiamen invaded the camp after a siege of fifty-two days, which left an estimated two thousand five hundred people dead. It was one of the most savage defeats in the history of the PLO. Palestinian history books now describe the siege of Tel all-Zataar as a 'glorious battle against fascism and imperialism'.
Enjoying a more relaxed interlude here with young Palestinians, Yasser Arafat later spoke of 'huge plots' against the Palestinians, the Lebanese and the Arab peoples. He pledged that 'the Palestinian revolution will remain strong through its unity and martyrs.
Children's dances, for the moment, softened the hard edges of memories of Tel-all-Zataar. First established in 1950 in the north-eastern suburbs of Beirut, it expanded to cover an area of two square kilometres (about .77 square miles). Many refugees had fled there from camps in southern Lebanon after Israeli air attacks in the 1973 war.
A commemorative night rally was also held at Damour, a seaside town some twenty kilometres (12.4 miles) south of Beirut. The Palestinians claim that the peoples of all Arab countries had supported the defence of Tel all-Zataar throughout the sixteen months of its defence and the repeated rightist attacks of its final two months of siege. Members of the Palestinian Youth Organisation, Ashbal, were pledged to continue the struggle it represented.