INTRODUCTION There were strong reactions in Israel on Wednesday (12 January) to a French court releasing Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Daoud the previous day.
(ALGERIA) GV: Abu Daoud giving press conference in Arabic. (MUTE UNTIL 4 FEET)
(ISRAEL) SV PAN DOWN French Embassy in Tel Aviv.
GV AND SV: crowd baring banners, chanting. (3 shots)
CU: pictures of dead Israeli athletes, and their children holding pictures of their fathers.
CU: widow of one of the athletes speaking in Tel Aviv.
GV INTERIOR: Allon giving press conference. (MUTE)
(JERUSALEM) SV: Allon speaking
(FRANCE)SV: Israeli ambassador Mordechai Gazit walks to microphone and speaks in French.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 5: WIDOW: "We are shocked. We are bitter. We cannot believe that a thing like this can happen that an international criminal is walking free and is able to be with his family while we won't see our husbands and our sons any more-and this is the thing that we have tol??? the French ambassador. We have also talked to our own governments and we are asking our foreign minister to expel the French ambassador from Israel."
SEQ 7: ALLON: "I do hope that the world public opinion and French public opinion will disassociate itself from the latest decision by the French authorities and I hope that jews and non-jews will find a way to express their dismay against this outrageous policy which unintentionally is bound to encourage terrorism against Israel and against European countries.
The United States has expressed dismay over the French decision to free Abu Daoud. State department spokesman Robert Funseth would not disclose the contents of a note handed to French diplomats in Washington but he said that the United States position was that all governments should take stern action against terrorists. Asked whether Algeria's failure to arrest Abu Daoud would have any effect on United States relations with Algeria, Mr. Funseth replied "I am not able to answer that question."
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Background: INTRODUCTION There were strong reactions in Israel on Wednesday (12 January) to a French court releasing Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Daoud the previous day. Daoud, who was in Paris for the funeral of a fellow Palestinian murdered there last week, is suspected of planning the attack on Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich in 1972 in which 17 people were killed. Israel has recalled its French Ambassador for consultations because of the decision. French police arrested M. Daoud at his Paris hotel on Friday (7 January) but the court on Tuesday (11 January) ruled against an Israeli extradition demand and a request from West Germany for his continued detention. M. Daoud was allowed to leave the country and he flew to Algeria later in the day.
SYNOPSIS: In Algiers, M. Daoud blamed his arrest on some groups in the French police who, he said, were trying to sabotage relations??? between France and the Arab states.
He told a press conference after his arrival that these groups had acted in the interests of zionism, not of France.
In the Israeli capital Tel Aviv, hundreds of shouting youths tried to push through police barriers around the French embassy. The protestors yelled slogans branding French President Giscard d'Estaing as a nazi.
Children of the eleven Israeli athletes killed at Munich carried pictures of their fathers and one of the dead men's widows gave her reaction.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon said Abu Daoud's release would only encourage terrorism.
As Mr. Allon spoke in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the Israeli ambassador to France, Mordechai Gazit, was leaving Paris. Asked by French reporters why he was leaving, he said his return home was a gesture of this country's profound disapproval at the French decision on Abu Daoud.
M. Gazit said that in such a serious affair as someone suspected of mass murder, the least that one could expect was that Israeli officials should have been given enough time to complete the dossier before M. Daoud was released. He added that M. Daoud's quick release was a direct violation of the extradition agreement between France and Israel.