September 15, 1990 |
The leaders of two radical PLO factions returned to Jordan for the first time in 20 years Friday in a display of united hostility to Western pressure on Iraq in the Persian Gulf crisis. Nayef Hawatmeh, leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, crossed from Syria a few hours after George Habash, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, entered Jordan at the same spot.
September 16, 1990 |
Two Marxist Palestinians who were banned from Jordan for 20 years were greeted by loud applause as a conference of leftist and Islamic groups convened Saturday to demonstrate solidarity with Iraq's Saddam Hussein. The participation of George Habash and Nayef Hawatmeh underscored a growing alliance between Iraq and radical Arab factions that is alarming Western officials.
September 3, 1990 |
Radical Palestinian leader George Habash has split with his longtime Syrian backers and is now in Iraq, marking a major shift within the PLO triggered by the Persian Gulf crisis, informed sources reported Sunday. They also reported that another radical, Nayef Hawatmeh, is struggling to retain control of his group, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, after a mutiny sparked by his support for Syria's anti-Iraq stand in the month-old crisis.
February 8, 1995 |
Angered by the brazen assault on his authority as well as the murderous attacks on Israelis, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat on Tuesday ordered the roundup of members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine after the group claimed responsibility for killing an Israeli security guard in the Gaza Strip.
July 1, 1989 |
The Bush Administration, brushing aside a storm of criticism from Israel and its American supporters, on Friday defended its decision to talk to the deputy chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and vowed to continue the six-month-old U.S.-PLO dialogue. State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said Robert H. Pelletreau Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Tunisia, has held unannounced meetings recently with a number of PLO officials in addition to Yasser Arafat's deputy, Salah Khalaf.
February 12, 1989 |
The Palestine Liberation Organization is struggling to hold onto its grass-roots followers in refugee camps across Lebanon as refugees rebel against Chairman Yasser Arafat's moves to open peace talks with Israel. In Rashidiyeh, an impoverished camp near Tyre in southern Lebanon, hundreds of demonstrators marched in protest last month, brandishing rifles, chanting slogans and waving the red, white, green and black Palestinian flag.