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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta mesday, November 12, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 PLO leader: U.S. arming of Israel major barrier to peace By JUAN DE ONIS New York Times Service BEIRUT, Lebanon Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian guerrilla leader, said today that peace in the Middle East "remains distant" until the United States recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to statehood and stops arming Israel for a new war. Arafat, who plans to go to New York this week to address the United Nations General Assembly on the Palestinian question, said that recognition by the U.S. of the Palestinian Liberation Organization as a party to Middle East peace negotiations "would be helpful if it happens." But during an interview of an hour and a half, for which written questions were sub- mitted in advance, Arafat avoided making any commit- ment on behalf of a future Palestinian state to recognize: Israel or give up a state off belligerency toward the. Jewish state. In reply to a question whether any basis could be es- tablished for establishing a peaceful border between Israel and a future Palestinian state in the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip. Arafat replied: "Why is everything being, asked of the Palestinians? Why is it always stressed that the Palestinian side has to always make concessions? Why? We have to ask Arafat slapped his hand on the table top where he sat in one of the many offices that the Palestinian guerrillas have in the crowded residen- tial area near the Arab univer- sity. "Why should the victim be asked to clarify his proposals when the victimizer (Israel) withholds any proposal to rec- tify the Arafat said in a brief show of annoyance. Arafat said that a Palesti- nian government in exile will soon be formed as a step preparing the way for es- tablishment of a Palestinian sovereignty over territories now occupied by Israel on the west bank of the Jordan River. He said that such a state would be the "nucleus" of a future Palestinian state, embracing present-day Israel, where "Moslems, Christians and Jews can live on an equal footing." "We expect all those around us to struggle with us to es- tablish a future democratic Palestinian state where all can live together in equality, in peace, in justice and brotherhood in Palestine, the land of Arafat said. Arafat called on the United States to "stop the continuous flow of arms to Israel, and the economic, diplomatic and political support that inter- national Zionism uses to realize its expansive and YASIR ARAFAT aggressive ambitions" in Israel. Arafat, who has never visited the United States, said he believed this would come about through pressure by the nonest and honorable American citizens as happened with the war in Vietnam." Q. Would you discuss the key events that have shaped the national conscience of the Palestinian people? A. The Palestinian people have suffered occupation, oppression and suppression. More than 60 per cent of the Palestinian people have been obliged to leave their homeland. Since 1948, the Palestinians have lived out of their country, without iden- tity, and under the worst cir- cumstances that a human be- ing can suffer, in the refugee camps, in caves, waiting for the charity of UNRWA (the United Nations Palestinian relief Under these circumstances, it was natural that a people like ours would rise up in arms and struggle for their freedom and liberation. Especially after waiting for 17 years for the application of the United Nations charter and resolutions. We have waited for the international conscience to move, but in vain. The only results which we found were more and more expulsions, more and more dispersion, and more and more refugees. Q. What brought about the decision to create an active resistance? A. All these factors I have already told you were the motives which made us take such a decision. Do not forget that we are living in the era of the liberation of peoples, do not forget that the Palestinian people have the highest level of education in the Arab world. One must not forget that the founders, and the first fighters, of the Al Fatah movement, have felt personal- Healing Substance... Shrinks Piles, Checks Itch Exclusive healing substance proven to shrink hemorrhoids...and repair damaged (issue. A renowned research institute has found .1 lic.iimi: sub- with the ability to shrink hemoiihoids painlcsslx. It rc- itihin.u .ind diseonifoil in minutes .ind speed- up healing ol the mimed, inflamed tissues. One huiu-iilioidal i..isc his- another icpoltcd sinkim: impioxerncnt." 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We were living the circumstances of the Algerian revolution. WP witnessed the rise of Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt, and we have shared and taken part in the Arab rise after the Se- cond World War. From all these elements and circum- stances, and the Arab realities, we have derived ou feelings and sense. When all these things, which could appear to be little, ari gathered to each other, the} compose a real motivation which inspired us to begin ou: Fatah movement. Q. Israeli leaders refer t< the P.L 0. as a crimina organization, dedicated to terrorism. Would you pleas' discuss the legitimacy of the tactics employed by the Palestinian guerrillas? A. First of all, this is an un just saying and a complete fallacy We don't get-annoyec by these expressions, which they do repeat, and which have penetrated and spread in western circles, particularly the United States. All freedom fighters for the liberty of the people have been callec terrorists. But, for the record we must say who are the rea! terrorists. What can we call Mrs. Meir, who said that the birth oi every Palestinian child dis- turbed her1? What can we call Dayan, who says we have nothing to offer the Palestinians but death? What can we call the Israeli cabinet, which has decorated the Israeli aviators who shot down a civilian Libyan air- liner? How can we describe the decisions taken to demolish and destroy 19.000 houses un- der the pretext that their owners are commandoes, or relatives of commandoes? How can we describe those who have decided to destroy and demolish all the houses of Quneitra on the Golan Heights before evacuating it? If we are going to enumerate the cases, it would take a very long time. These are just examples to show who are the real terrorists. Q. Is it necessary for the Palestinian guerrillas to employ extremist methods to carry on their struggle? A. As the commander general of the Palestinian revolutionary forces and chairman of the executive committee of the PLO. I say that I am against, and condemn, all kinds of terrorist action against civilians. All the orders which I give to our fighters are aimed at military targets and sensitive economic targets Q. Do not some actions by Bne-lime Barton Sets am Mi Eopy Books Business Forms OUR-HIGH SPEED, ROtl FED BUSINESS FORMS PRESS IS AT YOUR SERVICE IN IETHBR1DGE Palestinians go beyond these orders. A. Yes. But I want to say that such actions come from desperate and irresponsible individuals, while the deeds from the enemy come from a j responsible government. Q. How do you interpret the recent international recogni- tion that has been given the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people, and how do you view the attitude of the United States toward the PLO? A. It pains me to see a very big country like the United States of America standing against the legitimate rights of a young people and a young country like Palestine, which is fighting for its freedom and liberty, while at the same time all the peoples of the world stand behind our struggle. But the United States offers napalm and all the up-to-date, most modern weapons, such as the Phantom jets, to our enemy, who kill our people and their children in the refugee camps. And who pays for these weapons and killings too? It is the American taxpayer. Does the American taxpayer know he is paying taxes to kill another in- nocent people' Q. Does the decision at Rabat by the Arab chiefs of state, including King Hussein of Jordan, to support the es- tablishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip contribute to peace in the Mid- there is no such thing as the man question to stability in istence and self-determination die East or to a new war Palestinian people, and only a the Middle East. If is not a of the Palestinian people This u_.-----i-----1 __Jti.-A_.i-_n refugee problem The Rabat decision, the Arab unanimity between Israel and the Arabs? A. Peace in the area will re- main distant as long as the in Rabat, is a recognition of question of frontiers or is how the resolution of Kabat borders, but a question of the put the whole issue in its United States insists that the centrality of the Palesti- existence, the right of ex- oroper framework People love us for number of reasons. Here's just one. Zenith 6-6O14. 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