The guerrilla leader, George Habash, has promised that Palestinians would not move from their present positions in Southern Lebanon.
The guerrilla leader, George Habash, has promised that Palestinians would not move from their present positions in Southern Lebanon. He was speaking at a rally in Beirut on Thursday (30 March).
SYNOPSIS: Another speaker at the mass rally was Mr. Yasser Arafat, head of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. He received a tumultuous welcome from Mr. Habash and other Palestinian leaders. The rally was in Beirut's Arab University hall, to mark the second anniversary of the deaths of six Arabs in a clash with Israeli security forces during a demonstration. The demonstration was about the Israeli Government's land policy in Arab areas, and the anniversary of the event has come to be called "Land Day". The rally in Beirut was given added point by the presence of Israeli forces in the south of Lebanon, and many hundreds of people turned out to hear the Palestinian leaders.
Dr. Habash, who leads the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, told the crowd his forces would not withdraw one millimetre from the areas where they were now deployed. In an equally fiery speech Mr. Yasser Arafat said there was a continuing conspiracy against the Palestinian commando movement. The conspiracy, in south Lebanon, had been confronted by Palestinian and leftist fighters. Referring to Israel's military success, he said "The Israeli myth does not scare us."
Mr. Arafat added that Palestinian forces would continue to confront Israeli forces in the south of Lebanon. Other speakers at the rally criticised nations which had taken part in the United Nations peacekeeping mission.