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December 11, 1981 - Image 18

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18 Friday, December 11, 1981

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Levesque Disgusted by Invite
for PLO to Attend Quebec Parley

MONTREAL (JTA) —
Prime Minister Rene
Levesque of Quebec expres-
sed disgust that the Parti
Quebecois which he heads
invited two Palestine Lib-
eration Organization offi-
cials to attend its conven-
tion here last weekend as
observers.
Levesque indicated it was
a gesture by the party's rad-
ical majority to discredit
him.
But Levesque was
equivocal on the nature of
the PLO when he appeared
on a television interview
last Saturday night. Asked
by the host, Pierre Nadeau,
if he was aware that the
PLO is a terrorist organiza-
tion, the prime minister re-
plied: "There is an element
of terror in the PLO. But let
us not forget that the state
of Israel itself was born out
of terrorism."
Levesque repeated his
threat to resign from the
Parti Quebecois where
he is presently embroiled
in a struggle with radical
secessionists who, he
said, want to circumvent
the demcicratic process.
The invitations to Ed-
mond Omran, attached to
the PLO's information
bureau in Ottawa, and Ab-
dullah Abdullah, another
PLO spokesman, were the
first from any political
party in North America to
PLO representatives.
Levesque noted that the
convention also gave a

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An interview with PLO
chief Yasir Arafat was
shown, along with scenes
of various peaceful PLO
activities in Bogota. The
United Nations - spon-
sored Day of Solidarity
with Palestinian People
was marked by a full-
page ad in El Tiempo and
a screening of a UN film
on Palestinians.
According to Rabbi Mor-
ton Rosenthal, director of

the Latin American Affairs
Department of the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith, observers in Colom-
bia believe the media blitz
will have little impact in
Colombia, a country tradi-
tionally supportive of Is-
rael.
Colombia has promised to
provide a batallion of infan-
try troops for the interna-
tional peacekeeping force in -
Sinai, more troops than any
other Latin American
Country.
A second factor cited by
Rosenthal is the anti-
terrorist campaign cur-
rently being waged by the
Colombian government
against the M-19 and FARC
guerrilla organizations.
Seven guerrillas were killed
in clashes with government
troops last week.
In Auito, Ecuador,
Issam Besseiso, the PLO
representative for the
Andean region of South
America, has requested
authorization from the
Ecuadorian National
House of Representa-
tives to open a PLO office
in Quito as the first step
towards recognition of a
"Palestinian state."
Ecuador, the smallest
member of the Organization
of Petroleum Exporting
Countries (OPEC), has
made a strong overture for
support to the Arab nations
in 1981.
Informed sources in Quito
maintain that this move is
motivated by the need for an
expanded market for its
goods, credit with which to
finance its burgeoning in-
ternal development and dip-
lomatic backing in its unre-
solved territorial dispute
with Peru.
Traditionally close Israeli
- Ecuadorian relations may
cool noticeably if Ecuador
recognizes the legitimacy of
the PLO.
In the past Israel has
aided Ecuador in a number
of fields, including irriga-
tion, transportation, ag-
ricultural and rural de-
velopment and military
training. Ecuatoriana, the
Ecuadorian national air-
flies Boeing 727 jets
sold and still serviced by the
Israelis.

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Paul Rose, still in prison,
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the assassination of the
Liberal Party Quebec
Minister Pierre Laport in
1970.
Sylvain Simard, vice
president of the Parti
Quebecois, said after the
convention that the invita-
tion to the PLO did not sig-
nify direct support for the
Palestinian cause.
"Invitations were sent to
all the progressive parties
in the world, including the
Israeli Labor Party,"
Simard said.
The Parti Quebeccois
and the Quebec govern-
ment have never taken an
official position on the
issue of a Palestinian
homeland.
Levesque, before coming
to power, had advocated
creation of a homeland for
the Palestinian people. The
federal government does
not recognize the PLO. Its
informatibn bureau in Ot-
tawa is technically part of
the Arab League's informa-
tion office there.
Meanwhile, the PLO, in a
concerted effort to gain pub-
lic sympathy and recogni-
tion by the 'Colombian gov-
ernment, carried out a
major propaganda cam-
paign last month using
mint and television media.
"El Teimpo," a major
Bogota daily, ran a series of
lengthy articles on the PLO,
stressing children and suf-
fering of Palestinians. The
articles were written by a
reporter who went to Leba-
non at the invitation of the
PLO, which also invited
television reporters.

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BONN (JTA) — The West
German state Prosecutor's
Office has resumed proceed-
ings against two of the
former SS officials who were
found guilty in the trial of
Maidanek officials which
took place in Duesseldorf
earlier this year.
The move against Hil-
degard Laechert and Her-
mann Backmann was taken
because the prosecution
feels that the court had im-
posed relatively low prison
terms — 12 and 10 years,
respectively.
Originally the prosecu-
tion hoped it would succeed
in getting life imprison-
ment for both SS officials

and, as a result, omitted
some important points in its
bill of indictment. These
points will now be raised.
Since the verdicts against
the Maidanek officials were
handed down last July,
eight of the accused have
appealed.

Population Trend

JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
The Jewish population of Is-
rael has increased 668,000
during the last 10 years;
437,000 by native births
and 231,000 by immigra-
tion. The number of Jews
who left Israel during the
last 10 years is estimated at
150,000.

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