The Chairman of the Palestine National Council (PNC), Khaled Fahoum, told a press conference in Damascus on November 21 that 144 members of the PNC would boycott the Council's meeting in Amman on November 22.
NOVEMBER 20, DAMASCUS (SYRIAN TV)
SV Chairman of the Palestine National Council, Khaled Fahoum speaking. (English SOT)
NOVEMBER 20, AMMAN (HAJ)
SCU PLO spokesman Ahmad Abdul Rahman speaking. (English SOT)
NOVEMBER 20, BEKAA VALLEY (MAKDESI)
SV Anti-Arafat speaker Abu Moussa. (Arabic SOT)
NOVEMBER 21, WEST BANK (NBC)
GV ZOOM Students from Bir Zeit University throwing stones. (3 SHOTS)
GV Troops firing at students as they continue throwing stones. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Students carrying stretcher to injured protestor. (2 SHOTS)
GV Ambulance rushing to the scene.
GV & SV Burned-out car. (2 SHOTS)
CU Car owner speaking. (English SOT)
SVs Injured student giving victory sign from stretcher. (2 SHOTS)
FAHOUM: (SEQ 1) "The PNC will elect a new and independent leadership of the PLO. And this leadership will work hard to escalate arms struggle in the West Bank. Gaza and Palestine as a whole and inside Lebanon. Inside Lebanon we have a decision to escalate our arm struggle and preparation, and we have a decision to sabotage the camp (indistinct) in Naqoura."
RAHMAN: (SEQ 2) "The PLO is there as I said with its institutions, the PLO shall be, you know, established by the struggle of the Palestinian people with all its institutions, namely the present National Council, the present Executive (indistinct) the present centre of Council, the present National Front. And I am against any split whatsoever in the PLO."
CAR OWNER: (SEQ 9) "There will be armed struggle here and maybe the Israeli government can't, will not be able to handle the situation like that which has happened to my car, and it will be catastrophe here in this area."
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Background: The Chairman of the Palestine National Council (PNC), Khaled Fahoum, told a press conference in Damascus on November 21 that 144 members of the PNC would boycott the Council's meeting in Amman on November 22. As they comprise more than a third of the membership, Fahoum, charged with convening meetings of the PNC, said that the congress would be illegal under its regulations. He appealed to the Fatah Central Committee not to take decisive action by holding the meeting under its auspices. Jordan's King Hussein, who has strongly backed Yasser Arafat against his Syrian-backed foes, will inaugurate the PNC meeting. In convening the meeting in Amman despite Syrian hostility. Arafat is apparently taking one of the biggest gambles of his 15 years as PLO Chairman. Since 1982, Arafat has been ousted from Middle East battlefields by Israeli troops and suffered mutiny by some of his forces in Lebanon. His advisors say he called the PNC session to prove he still merits a role in future regional peace moves. On the West Bank meanwhile, an Israeli officer opened fire on students demonstrating on November 21 at Bir Ziet University. The youths, supporters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, burned tyres and threw stones. Five students were injured in the shooting, according to Palestinian sources. The area has been declared a miliary zone by the Israeli army.