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FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1989

gle in accordance with the
Covenant of the Palestine Na-
tional Council. He said that
the PLO is willing to go to an
international conference in
order to speak with the
enemy but he added that the
uprising will continue "wave
after wave, until the Israeli
occupation is brought to an
end, and our flag flies all over
our independent land."
There is no excuse for any
State Department officer not
to be aware of the above or
similar expressions made
almost daily by PLO leaders,
directly contradicting the "de-
nouncing of terrorism" made
at Geneva. Statements made
by PLO leaders demonstrate
quite clearly there has been
no genuine acceptance of
Israel's right to exist behind
secure borders, no departure
from the stage-by-stage policy
of dismantling Israel and no
renunciation of violent means
of achieving it.
It has been made clear
repeatedly, the Palestine Na-
tional Covenant still remains
the PLO's constitution, its
guiding set of principles. The
Covenant claims all of
Palestine. It embraces "arm-
ed struggle" as the basis of
"liberation" through the
destruction of the "racist"
and "facist" Zionist
"presence."
While the Palestinian
Arabs are termed a "people,"
Jews are seen as belonging to
a religion, not a nationality.
This invalidates the Jewish
peoples' claims to the Land of
Israel/Palestine. Only Jews in
Palestine before 1880 ("until
the beginning of the Zionist
invasion") will be allowed to
remain within the new state
of "Palestine."
The U.N. Partition of
Palestine in 1947, and the
State of Israel emerging from
it, are "entirely illegal" accor-
ding to the Covenant; the
passage of time cannot affect
this principle. Zionism is an
"illegitimate" movement, and
states concerned with "rights
and justice" should "outlaw
its existence."
It should be of concern to
our State Department, as it is
to Israel, that the PLO insists
they still are guided by that
Covenant.
The PLO is supposed to
have recognized Israel's right
to exist — and thereby
satisfied one of the State
Department conditions — by
accepting U.N. Resolution
242 (1967) and 338 (1973) —
which call for peace and
mutual recognition between
all states in the region on the
basis of direct negotiations
and land-for-peace. But the
PLO said they accept U.N.
242 along with other U.N.

resolutions since 1947.
These include the "right to
return" to Israel of Palesti-
nian Arabs (Arafat at Geneva
said there were three million
Palestinians . that must be
allowed to return); the right
of "liberation movements" to
use violence and terror; the
anti-Semitic "Zionism equals
racism" resolution of 1975
(which makes Israel an
"outlaw" state); resolutions
demanding the interna-
tionalization of Jerusalem,
the return of the Golan
Heights, and so on..
The State Department's
report on human rights
states: "Israel has rejected
U.N. General Assembly
Resolution 194 of 1948 which
calls on Israel to permit the
return of Arabs who left .. ."
The Arabs made-no secret of
their rationale for repatri-
ating the refugees. Egyptian
Foreign Minister Muhammad

The PLO's rule was
so brutal in
Lebanon, the local
populace
welcomed Israeli
troops in 1982 as
liberators.

Saleh al-Din said: "It is well
known and understood that
the Arabs, in demanding the
return of the refugees to
Palestine, mean their return
as masters of the Homeland
and not as slaves. With
greater clarity, they mean the
liquidation of the State of
Israel?'
Further, 242 stipulates
Israeli withdrawal from "ter-
ritory occupied in 1967, not
"the territory" or "all ter-
ritories." The PLO distorts
242 to read "Israeli
withdrawal from all the ter-
ritories:'
The ambiguous use of the
term "occupied territories"
looks as if it means Gaza and
Judea-Samaria. But the PLO
Covenant condinues to view
all of "Palestine" (including
Israel) as "occupied territory."

The PLO has killed some
tens of thousands of people by
now, only a relatively small
number of whom are Israeli
or Jewish, though these in-
clude many school children.
Arafat is the one we can
thank for the extra time and
money we now spend on air-
port security. The PLO
masterminded the political
strategy of blowing up inno-
cent travelers as a means of
making a political statement.
PLO chieftains are mer-
ciless and despotic. In the
state-within-a-state the PLO

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