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    In the United Nations, Israel has accused delegates of anti-Semitism during a General Assembly debate on the Middle East situation.

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    GV INTERIOR UN delegates waiting for session to begin

    SV Algerian delegate Mr. Djamal Ourabah speech in French

    SV Turkish delegate Mr. Coskun Kirca speech in English

    SV Israeli delegates Mr. Yehuda Blum speech in English (3 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: KIRCA: "We firmly believe that a just and lasting solution to the Middle East question can only found by taking into consideration the legitimate national rights of the Arab Palestinian people, including their right to have a state of their own. We recognise the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the only legitimate representative of the people of Palestine and believe that the Palestine Liberation Organisation must participate actively in any meaningful negotiation on an equal footing with the other parties concerned for the achievement of a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East."

    BLUM: "There is, however, Mr. President one aspect of this debate that I must address myself to and that is the crudely anti-Semitic tone which pervaded a number of the statements made. The crudest anti-Semitic slanders were uttered by the representative of the Palestinian Arab state of Jordan. This of course is by no means the first time that Mr. Nuseibeh has revealed his warped mentality and embarrassed this assembly by drawing almost world for word from such notoriously anti-Semitic works as the so-called "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", a scurrilous publication published in Tsarist Russia at the turn of the century. Mr. President, these odious charges are nothing but out and out anti-Semitism of the worst and most virulent kind."

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    Background: In the United Nations, Israel has accused delegates of anti-Semitism during a General Assembly debate on the Middle East situation. Yehuda Blum, Israel's permanent representative, used his right to reply on Wednesday (10 December) to lambast Arab delegations. He reserved his harshest criticism for the Jordanian representative, Dr. Hazen Nuseibeh, whom he accused of perpetrating the crudest slanders. On Monday (8 December) Mr. Blum complained that the Assembly was restricting the debate to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Other speakers during Wednesday's session included representatives of Algeria and Turkey.

    SYNOPSIS: Algeria's representative, Djamal Ourabah, spoke of the subjugation of the Palestinians.

    Mr. Ourabah said the peoples of the Middle East were hardly out of the colonial night when they found themselves confronted with a new challenge. He claimed the Palestinian people were the principal victims of a scheme implemented by the super powers over the past 30 years. He charged that the domination of all the peoples of the region was being programmed through the subjugation of Palestine. Turkey's permanent representative, Coskun Kirca, spoke of Arab rights while Israel's representative, Yehuda Blum, attacked the anti-Semitic nature of the debate.

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