At the leaders of Egypt and Israel meet at Camp David in the United States, demonstrations have been held in the Middle East to protest at the peace negotiations.
At the leaders of Egypt and Israel meet at Camp David in the United States, demonstrations have been held in the Middle East to protest at the peace negotiations. Since Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace initiative late last year, when he went to Jerusalem for talks, several Arab states have voiced strong opposition to peace with Israel. On Wednesday (6 September), the start of the Camp David discussions prompted angry marches by Palestinians in the Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Several hundred marchers, in a demonstration organised by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), set out from Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp for the streets of the nearby city of Sidon. they brought with them an effigy of President Sadat, swinging from a gallows, and heard speakers accuse the Egyptian leader of having a "capitulationist" policy.
Among the demonstrators was Mr. Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the palestine Liberation Organisation (POLO) Executive Committee, who called on Arab nations opposed to the peace moves to respond by holding their own summit conference. To demonstrate their disapproval of Sadat's so-called "reactionary" policies, the protestors set fire to his effigy, wrapped in the American flag, in one of Sidon's main squares. Similar protests were held in another South protests were held in another South Lebanese port, Tyre, and in Palestinian refugee camps throughout the country.