Palestinian commando chief, Yasser Arafat, told a rally in Beirut on Saturday (29 November) that Israel had massed an armoured brigade on the border with Lebanon.
CU Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat at rally in Bierut, Lebanon
SV Delegates listening to speakers at rally (3 shots)
SCU Former Portuguese President Costa Comesh speaking in portuguese
SV PAN Delegates listening and chanting
SCU Arafat speaking in Arabic
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Background: Palestinian commando chief, Yasser Arafat, told a rally in Beirut on Saturday (29 November) that Israel had massed an armoured brigade on the border with Lebanon. Mr. Arafat said the troops were poised to attack Palestinian guerrillas and eventually Syria.
SYNOPSIS: The rally was held in the western section of the Lebanese capital to mark Palestinian Solidarity Day. A packed audience turned up to hear the Palestine Liberation Organisation Chairman and other speakers.
The crowd heard accusations that threats and hints against Syria by the American administration were meant to serve as a green light for Israel to commit an aggression against Palestinian strongholds and Syria. The Israelis were said to have moved an armoured brigade towards Kfar Shouba on the border as a threat to the joint Palestinian Lebanese forces.
Speakers from various Arab organisations spoke to the crowd. Others from outside the Arab movement, such as the former Portuguese President, Costa Comesh, seen here, also spoke.
The audience listened to Yasser Arafat accusing the United States of "besieging" the Arab region with its naval vessels and military bases in Egypt, Somalia and other countries.
But Mr. Arafat added that the time had now gone when Israel and its allies could achieve a lightning victory in the Middle East. He reaffirmed the PLO's adherence to the Arab hardline group including Syria, South Yemen, Algeria and Libya, which is opposed to the Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.