INTRODUCTION: The body of thee assassinated Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) representative in Brussels, Dr.
LV Aircraft surrounded by officials in Beirut.
SV Yasser Arafat embracing Khader's widow.
LV Coffin carried by soldiers past officials ZOOM IN TO Arafat and Khader's widow.
GV Coffin carried into church.
GV Coffin lying in church with mourners walking past.
GV Coffin carried through streets of Amman.
SV Coffin carried into church.
SV Mrs. Khader and deadman's mother weeping.
SV Priest conducting prayers as mourners listen. (2 SHOTS)
SV Khader's widow delivering eulogy as mourners listen. (2 SHOTS)
GV Coffin carried to cemetery.
GV Mourners with wreaths. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The body of thee assassinated Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) representative in Brussels, Dr. Naim Khader has been returned to his birthplace, the occupied West Bank of the Jordan. Dr. Khader was gunned down on Monday (1 June) near Brussels University, by an unknown assassin. After a memorial service in the Belgian capital, his body was first taken to Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: Regarded as an intellectual spokesman for the PLO, Dr. Khader, who was 41, had played a key role in his organisation's struggle for diplomatic recognition in Europe. PLO chairman Yasser Arafat was at Beirut airport to pay his respects to Dr. Khader's Belgian widow. Beirut's streets were lined by a uniformed guard of honour.
The Palestinians, who usually fire their rifles in the air as a mark of respect for the dead, forsook this noisy tribute for a solemn Catholic mass. The Belgian and Turkish Ambassadors, along with three Belgian members of the European Parliament shook hands with Mr. Arafat in the church.
Mr. Khader's body was met in Amman by Jordanian and Palestinian leaders. The PLO has blamed Israel for the murder, but the Israelis have denied the charge. They suggest Palestinians opposed to the PLO's diplomatic offensive may be behind the killing.
A Jordanian priest and a Belgian clergyman who accompanied the body from Brussels led the prayers. Both men said Mr. Khader had died for his homeland and in a just cause. Mrs. Bernadette Khader praised her husband's service to his country. She said his death would enhance the faith of others in the fairness of the Palestinian cause. Later the body was taken to the Christian cemetery in Umm Al Hiran, for burial.
Belgian police have so far failed to arrest anyone for the murder of Dr. Khader. They believe he was killed by a professional assassin, because of the accuracy of the shooting.