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    THE SECRETARY OF THE ARAB STUDENTS' COMMITTEE AT THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY, MR. KHALIL TOAME, ADMITTED?

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    THE SECRETARY OF THE ARAB STUDENTS' COMMITTEE AT THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY, MR. KHALIL TOAME, ADMITTED IN AN ISRAELI MILITARY COURT IN LYDDA YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT HE HAD KEPT A MEMBER OF THE ORGANISATION KAWMIYUN EL ARAB IN HIS JERUSALEM FLAT FOR SOME 10 DAYS IN DECEMBER BUT HE INSISTED HE HAD NOT KNOWN HIS GUESTS HAD BEEN A "SUBVERSIVE". THE GUEST, MR. AHMAD KHALIFA, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS' IMPRISONMENT FOR ACTIVITIES ENDANGERING SECURITY.

    AN ISRAELI ARMY MAJOR CLAIMED IN EVIDENCE THAT KAWMIYUN EL ARAB HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED IN 1958 IN BEIRUT, LEBANON, TO PROMOTE PAN-ARABISM UNDER EGYPTIAN LEADERSHIP AS A PRE-CONDITION FOR THE SOLUTION OF THE PALESTINE PROBLEM. HE ALLEGED THAT SOME LEADERS ENVISAGED THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE BY ARAB ARMIES, BUT OTHERS, MAINLY THE STUDENTS, ADVOCATED TERROR.

    IN HIS EVIDENCE, MR. TOAME DENIED HAVING TOLD POLICE HE HAD CONSPIRED WITH MR. KHALIFA THAT IN CASE OF ARREST THEY WOULD BOTH CLAIM HE HAD NOT BEEN INFORMED OF THE LATTER'S POLITICAL ACTIVITIES. HE ALLEGED THAT THE POLICE HAD INSERTED THESE, AND OTHER ALLEGED CONFESSIONS, IN HIS STATEMENT WITHOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE.

    MR. TOAME ADMITTED THAT MR. KHALIFA HAD TOLD HIM ABOUT HIS ASSOCIATION IN BEIRUT WITH KAWMIYUN EL ARAB BUT SAID HE HAD DESCRIBED IT AS A POLITICAL MOVEMENT OF INTELLECTUALS INCLUDING AN ELEMENT THAT WAS NATIONALIST BUT PROGRESSIVE AND ANOTHER THAT WAS LEFT-WING. THE ORGANISATION WAS OUTLAWED IN JORDAN.

    HE ALLEGED THAT MR. KHALIFA HAD ALSO TOLD HIM THAT THE ISRAELIS, WHO OPERATED "HAND IN GLOVE WITH KING HUSSAIN", SEEMED TO BE ARRESTING PEOPLE ON THE JORDAN "BLACKLIST", AND THAT WAS WHY HE WANTED A SAFE PLACE TO STAY FOR PALESTINIAN STUDENTS INFILTRATING ILLEGALLY FROM JORDAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8LLMWU074X20TPM4AS9EK6V7Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA8LLMWU074X20TPM4AS9EK6V7Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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