THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, September 2, 1983
Pro-Palestinianism Espoused at UN Parley in Switzerland
GENEVA (JTA) — The World saying that peace
The only ones who will
The report, prepared by
The report indicated that
United Nations-sponsored and security would remain gain from this 10-day meet-
Dr. Harris Schoenberg, di- on June 14, the preparatory proved by Madagascar, the
Conference on Palestine elusive as long as the just ing will be the Arabs and rector
of the International committee adopted a pro- Laos Peoples Democratic
opened Monday with an un- and legitimate rights of the Arafat's faction along with
Council's Geneva office, posal, demanded by the Republic, Syria and the
expectedly strong speech by Palestinian people to the es- the Soviet Union, which will charged
United Arab Emirates, had
that the confer-
UN Secretary General tablishment of an indepen- exploit the gathering in ence's preparatory commit- PLO, requiring that all been opposed by the Egyp-
Perez de Cuellar calling for dent national state were order to bolster its flagging
tee already had taken steps izations (NGOs) wishing to tian representative, who
self-determination for the unrecognized."
argued for open participa-
position in the Middle East to exclude pro-Israel groups
Palestinian people, but
Also during the opening by appearing to be the only and viewpoints and that the attend the Geneva confer- tion.
ence to submit material
stoppingjust short of calling session a message from non-Arab nation fully sup-
Schoenberg said 12 pap-
committee had formed a
for a Palestinian state.
Liberation porting the Arab cause "mini-working group" documenting their sym- ers approved for the confer-
Another unexpected de- Organization chief Yasir against Israel. Thus, close which has censured and re- pathies.
ence, after screening of all
Schoenberg said this de- papers offered for the event,
velopment, one which Arafat was read. It declared to $6 million will have been jected more than half of the
caused fury among the that the people of"Palestine squandered by the time the background papers submit- cision "excluded any senti- were "rife with anti-Israel
Arabs at the conference, will go on fighting in spite of conference ends to reaffirm ted so far to the conference. ment favorable to Israel." themes," portraying Israel
He said the proposal, ap- as a "dark and evil nation."
was the attendance by 300 the adversity and the prob- what Soffer called a "policy
international press corre- lems it will have to face of intransigence and re-
spondents at a press confer- along the road" to victory fusal."
ence called by Israeli Am- over Israel and called on the
In 'Washington all na-
bassador Ovadia Soffer ear- international community
her in the day. His denunci- not to be "paralyzed by the tions which believe in the
ation of the gathering was Zionist arrogance."
"rule of law" and the
thus the first news item of
The international press founding principles of
correspondents found the United Nations were
In his speech, de Cuellar this statement harsh and urged by Bnai Brith In-
said the plight of the Pales- provocative.
ternational to shun the
tinian people was highligh-
The conclusions of the UN Conference on Pales-
ted by last year's massacre conference are already tine.
Philip Lax, chairman of
in the Sabra and Shatila known. They are contained
refugee camps. He said the in the drafts of the final the Bnai Brith Interna-
problem of the Palestinians resolution which is certain tional Council, made that
was no closer to a solution to be adopted because there appeal when he released a
than it was 36 years ago is no opposition.
report he said indicated the
when the UN first ad-
Geneva conference would be
These drafts call for total used as "a staged attempt to
dressed the problem.
The tragic events of war against Israel by "all discredit Israel and under-
Lebanon culminating in possible means, including mine its right to exist."
the massacre of unarmed
Jerusalem as Israel's capi-
men, women and chil-
tal; call for a new Middle Israel to Withhold
dren in Sabra and Shatila
conference with the
brought to our attention
the need to find urgently full participation of the Some UN Aid
a solution to the question PLO; and urge that the
of Palestinians to an (JTA) — The government of
of Palestine," de Cuell
independent state be recog- Israel has decided to with-
hold a certain amount of its
Solutions, he added, nized.
The conference has been yearly contributions to the
"must be based on the exer-
criticized by the United Nations in response
cise by the Palestinian
Swiss press. The consensus to the "anti-Israel activi-
people of their inalienable
of the media was that "the ties" by various UN agen-
rights which have been
reaffirmed in a number of drastic security measures, cies, Ambassador Yehuda
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