The Palestine Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafat, has made a blistering attack on the Egyptian and Libyan leaders and on the Camp david accord.
GV: PLO leader Yasser Arafat, entering building in Beirut with officials
SV: Arafat seated in audience holding youngest son of Abu Hassan
SV: Palestinian flag PAN DOWN TO Arafat and members of audience applauding. (2 shots)
SCU: Arafat speaking at microphone in Arabic.
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Background: The Palestine Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafat, has made a blistering attack on the Egyptian and Libyan leaders and on the Camp david accord. The attack came on Monday (21 January) at a commemorative ceremony in Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: The PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, was attending a special commemorative ceremony to mark the anniversary of the death last year of his security aide, Abu Hassan Salameh, who was killed in a bomb attack in Beirut. Yasser Arafat's attack on the Libyan leader. Muammar Gaddafi, centred on libya's disagreement with his efforts to steer the Palestinian movement towards moderation and diplomacy.
The P.L.O. has resisted the pressure to return to a more vigorously military pursuit of Palestinian aspirations although there is impatience over the West Bank autonomy talks.
In an emotional speech Yasser Arafat also attacked the Camp david accords between Egypt and Israel. His speech co-incided with a call from his organisation for a general strike throughout the Arab world (on 26 January) to protest against the opening of the Egyptian-Israeli border.
The death of Abu hassan has since been followed by several killings of other P.L.O. officials, often attributed to factional conflicts within the organisation. The latest was Youssef Moubarak who was fatally shot near his Arab bookshop in Paris. The P.L.O. have accused agents of Israel for the shooting. Among the P.L.O. officials killed in several parts of Europe and the Middle East have been a number of close associates of Yasser Arafat.