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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - September 10, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaIs Arontt flaming Riua thursday september 10, to 7-t airports step up Security measures George Habash Man behind the hijackers avowed marxist shown at press Parley in 1969 okays air piracy Arab Leader seen apostle of terror by the associated press the hand behind the rash of Airliner hijackings in the Middle East is that of a guerrilla chief Tain who is an avowed pro chinese marxist and an apostle of the use of spectacular terror to dramatize the Arab blood feud with Israel. He is a Man who is openly and stubbornly against any negotiated peace settlement in the mid dle East and is prepared to do All he can to prevent it. He will accept nothing which recognizes Israel s right to exist As a state. If seizure of airborne liners at gunpoint and holding of nun Beds of innocent passengers As hostages for guerrilla demands is called terror or. George Habash would reply that the israelis used terror in Drivie arabs out of their Homeland in the israe Lis deny. Habash himself is a Palestin Ian and a refugee. He Heads a guerrilla organization called the popular front for the libera Tion of the whose strategy is to avoid such routine As regular commando raids on israelis. Habash s idea is to think big and act big and Call the attention of All the world to Palestine and Arab de mands. We want the people outside both friends and foes to realize very Well what to us is very Clear we were driven from our country and our people have been living in miserable refugee tents for 20 he has said. We must fight for our the hijackings and attacks on planes Are not new but rather markedly stepped up in Tempo. The pulp was responsible for a number of violent incidents be ginning in mid-1968 the Sei Zure of an israeli Jet Over the Mediterranean. Guerrillas have shot up jets in airports planted bombs on others and pulled off such things As the bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket. World opinion has been shocked at the idea of air piracy and hostages and some arabs have suggested that their own cause might be Hurt but a Bash snorts impatiently we As palestinians have nothing to lose we have lost everything Al ready and at present have Nei ther land nor Home nor Habash born a Christian and educated at the american University in Beirut Lebanon comes through As a Brilliant erratic Leader who is a fanatical believer in the tightness of a cause which is a curious mix Ture of devout Arab nationalism and the far out marxism of Mao tse Tung s More violent follow ers. He says palestinian arabs should regard red China As their real ally. We describe our organization As marxist because marxism is our scientific he has said. We seek to escalate the struggle into a Long War of liberation such As was waged in Chi a. It is the Only Way a Back Ward people can face a highly technical society such As is to Hab Bash extreme Marx ism is the Only Way to Victory and echoing the marxists he says it should not matter How Long it few years or a generation. Arabs he believes should carry the Middle East conflict directly to americans and euro peans by whatever Means Possi ble. Our enemy is not he has said. Israel is backed by Imper list forces. It could not survive without the millions that imperialism is pouring in. If the West continues to Back Israel we have to regard the West As part of our picture of the ene Hab Bash looks the part of a Leader. His grading hair is Crew Cut in military style and his Black Mustache is militarily trim. He is of medium height. Squarely built and has a look of Power. He is 44, a doctor of Medicine the father of two daughters 7 and 3. In arabic his organization is called Al Jab a Al Shaab Iya i Tahir Valastin and it claims at least memos. It ranks have been growing with the tales of its exploits. The organization is Only one of Many liberation units in the Arab East warring on is Rael but it stays apart from the main grouping of the Plo. Or Palestine liberation Organiza whose military Arm is commando army known As Al Fatah under Yasir Arafat. Hab Bash would consider Arafat a reactionary from a marxist viewpoint. Hab Bash s popular front. Differs in of strategy and ideology from Al Fatah. Stowaway quizzed in London London a a would be stowaway made his Way wednesday through the heaviest Security net Ever thrown around Condon Airport and hid aboard pan american world Airliner bound for new York. Hundreds of police and Security men have been guarding and checking the Airport since the weekend Arab hijackings. But pan american flight Engi Neer David Kawamoto said he was making a routine preflight plane Check and found the Man Lidden inside the wheel Bay of the Boeing 707 Jet. He would most certainly have died the Plana had taken Kawamoto said. Police took the stowaway into study for questioning. His name was not revealed. The Nan said it was his third at empt at stowing away. Sirhan s Mother Renews Appeal new York a the Mother of Sirhan b. Sirhan convicted killer of sen. Robert f. Ennedy renewed her plea wednesday that the palestinian guerrillas spare the 17 Hijack hostages in Jordan. Don t forget you Are an Arab and forgive. This is in our Herit forgive and to Hary Sirhan told the guerrillas through a news conference at Airport. State department officials Tad thwarted her plans to Fly tuesday with two lawyers to Amman to press personally for re least of the hostages. The lawyers Luke Mckissack and Michael Mcgowan a Leared with mrs. Sirhan and said they sought a National Tele vision audience to explain their Mission. Mckissack said he had teen unable to relay mrs. Sir Lan s plea through private con acts in the Middle East. A state department spokes Man said tuesday that mrs. Sir Tan had been detained and the awyers passports revoked. New York a intensified Security precautions in eluding the searching of More passengers have been adopted at some International airports following the hijacking of four air planes last weekend. Acting at airline request . Marshals have intensified their searching of passengers at America s International airports since the hijacking sunday of four .-bound jets Over Europe by Arab guerrillas. A Tough new system has gone into effect in Europe too. Details of the Security precautions have been kept deliberately vague to confuse would be violators. A spokesman for the . Marshal s office in Brooklyn which has jurisdiction Over Ken Nedy said airlines have greatly stepped up requests for searches of passengers. These requests Are made said a spokesman for trans world airlines after the company s own trained men have spotted a passenger they believe matches a so called profile of would be hijackers put out by the Federal aviation administration. De tails of this profile have been kept secret As have the num Bers of persons searched at the airports. The Twa spokesman said they had also increased the number of devices which can detect guns or other unexplained Metal objects on Passen Gers before they Board. Pan american airways said that at Houston intercontinental Airport it had instituted a search of hand Luggage a full time guard while the plane is on the ground and a Complete inspection of the plane before and after loading. Moreover said pan am it is accepting no last minute ship ments except from known clients who can verify the Cus Tomer is looking closely at per sons who buy one Way tickets and is also using the profile sys tem. Similar precautions were re ported at other airports including o Hare in Chicago. Austin Brough assistant director of aviation at Philadel phia International Airport said there has been no change in Security procedures at the Airport although the Airport s Hijack preventative system recently has been updated. The Faa said in Washington it remained confident Security precautions were the Best yet devised although conceding they were not infallible. Delays up to several hours were reported because of the searches with the heaviest ones in Europe where some airports handle thousands of inter nation i Al passengers an of i whom were being searched at London and Amsterdam. Anything which might be used As a weapon even a toy pistol was being confiscated at Yijin Don. 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