A Palestinian commando leader warned on Friday (17 May) that the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) would step up its operations inside Israel following the bombing of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
GV Nabatieh Camp with bombed buildings. (2 shots)
SV Pressmen surround PLO spokesman Farouk Kaddoumi.
SCU Kaddoumi speaks.
CU Explosive charge removed from toy bowling ball said to have been planted by Israelis.
SV Charge exploded on rock...bang at 49 feet.
CU Toy spinning top (booby trap) held up by mn as another man describes its function.
MR. KADDOUMI: ".... to show the Israelis that we can do, that we can retalliate in order to convince the Israelis that these ways are wrong ways to deal with this war. They have been told our freedom struggle will really accelerate as will our operations in the occupied lands."
QUESTION: "If they accept to talk to you, would you accept to talk to them?"
MR. KADDOUMI: "Well first of all Ma'alot showed that they don't want to talk. Because they feel they are selected people, they are fascist in their nature and their superiority. If you read my note to this conference, you will realise that the Israelis really dealt with the heros of Ma'alot in a very filthy way."
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Background: A Palestinian commando leader warned on Friday (17 May) that the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) would step up its operations inside Israel following the bombing of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
Mr. Farouk Kaddoumi, head of the political department of the PLO,; was speaking at a press conference in the ruins of the Nabatieh refugee camp in South Lebanon.
At least 53 people died and another 120 were injured in the Israeli reprisal raids against Palestinian camps on Thursday (16 May). Israel was retaliating against the attack by Palestinian commandos at Ma'alot, in which sixteen schoolchildren were killed and another 70 injured.
Mr. Kaddoumi spoke about Israel's handling of the Ma'alot massecre and the Israeli reprisal raids.
SYNOPSIS: The Nabatieh Palestinian refugee camp in South Lebanon was flattened in an Israeli reprisal raid last Thursday. Palestinian commando spokesman Farouk Kaddoumi warned of more commando attacks inside Israel.
During the press conference, newsmen were shown booby-rapped toys, allegedly dropped in Palestinian camps by Israeli 'planes. One of the toy devices was exploded.
The commandos claimed the Israelis were practising a policy of genocide against the Palestinian people. The Israeli raids against the Lebanon camps were in retaliation against the Palestinian commando attack in Ma'alot last week. Sixteen children were killed, and another seventy injured. The commandos claimed the booby-trapped toys were another Israeli attempt at Sabotage.