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    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) has passed two controversial acts -- the Jerusalem Bill and the Terrorism Bill.

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    GV & SV United Nations General Assembly with Israeli Ambassador Yehudi Blum asked to come forward to speak (2 shots)

    GV Blum walks to rostrum as other delegates leave

    SV Blum speaking in English, other U.N. delegates continue to leave, and he continues to speak (8 SHOTS)

    JERUSALEM, GV Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin hugs and greets members of Knesset (SILENT) (2 shots)

    CU Begin speaking in English

    GV & SV Demonstrators with placards at rally in Jerusalem (2 shots)

    BLUM: "Anybody accusing the United Nations of immobilism is being plastically disproved here right now. The delegations engaging in this childish exercise seem to believe that by walking away from the truth -- truth itself will walk away. The Arab states also created the terrorist organisation which came to be known as the P.L.O. That murder organisation was founded in 1964 -- that is to say three years before the six day war of June, 1967, at a time when Judea, Sumaria, and the Gaza district were under Jordanian and Egyptian occupation respectively. In other words, it is evident that the P.L.O. was created by the Arab states merely as another weapon in their (indistinct) arsenal for the destruction of Israel even before the six day war of 1967.

    BEGIN: "It is no more a peace-making, or peace-guarding organisation. It is an aggression-promoting organisation, in Jerusalem and the Gaza."

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    Background: In Jerusalem, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) has passed two controversial acts -- the Jerusalem Bill and the Terrorism Bill. The Jerusalem Bill declares the city to be the eternal and undivided capital of Israel, while the Terrorism Bill makes it a crime to support the Palestine Liberation Organisation -- the P.L.O. The passing of the two bills coincided with an emotional plenary session in the United Nations.

    SYNOPSIS: At the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday (23 July), all representatives of the Arab states, and their supporters, left the hall when Israeli Ambassador, Yehudi Blum took to the platform. Ambassador Blum alleged that the P.L.O. was created by the Arab states for the specific purpose of destroying Israel.

    In the Knesset in Jerusalem, Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, made his first public appearance since his heart attack to vote for the controversial Jerusalem and Terrorism Bills. He also attacked the P.L.O.

    On the same day, demonstrators took to the streets in East Jerusalem to support Arab political prisoners on a hunger strike. The prisoners -- all serving long-term sentences for terrorism -- went on hunger strike last week to demand better treatment, more exercise, and facilities for Friday prayers. One of the prisoners has died following attempts at force feeding. The demonstration took place in the grounds of the United States Consulate in Jerusalem -- and has angered the Israeli authorities who are asking for a formal explanation of the incident.

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