November 22, 1994 |
In a massive show of force, an estimated 10,000 supporters of PLO leader Yasser Arafat marched in Gaza City on Monday, firing their guns in the air and chanting slogans against the Islamic opposition just days after Arafat's security forces and Islamic militants engaged in bloody street battles. "Here is the weapon, here are the Fatah Hawks, at the hands of our leader, Yasser Arafat, ready to heed your call," roared thousands of young men armed with automatic weapons.
August 1, 1992 |
PLO leader Yasser Arafat, in his first interview with an Israeli newspaper in 10 years, said Friday that he would be willing to meet Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to talk peace. Arafat, whose remarks were published in the respected daily Haaretz, also said that Israel has nothing to fear from offering Palestinians the right of return--an issue the Jewish state has refused to discuss.
April 14, 1992 |
Last month, at a stormy meeting of top Palestine Liberation Organization officials, a dissident posed a sharp question to PLO leader Yasser Arafat about his one-man grip on the group's financial affairs. "What would happen," the questioner inquired with a mixture of irony and concern, "if, God forbid, you should suddenly die?"
September 30, 1990
More and more it appears that we are moving toward war in the Middle East. And the thought is frightening. We must not let it happen. The charges and counter-charges by Hussein and Bush, the tit-for-tat moves by each to gain advantage fill one with horror. If this continues, war is inevitable. We must find someone such as King Hussein of Jordan, PLO leader Yasser Arafat or some Islamic religious figure to talk to Saddam Hussein to try to get him to soften his position. We can't get him to change his mind by using belligerence.
October 13, 1989
"They are depicting Arabs in a very derogatory manner--as conniving, with hook noses, as ugly--and this image has been haunting the Arab community." --Terri Ahwal, board member of the Detroit Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, explaining the organization's boycott of Spencer Gifts Inc., a retail chain that is selling Halloween masks that look like PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
May 8, 1989
PLO leader Yasser Arafat denounced a call by an Iranian official to kill Westerners in retaliation for Palestinian deaths in the Israeli-occupied territories. "I reject this call in its totality," Arafat told reporters at Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters in Tunisia. On Friday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani called for five Britons, French or Americans to be executed for every Palestinian killed in the Gaza Strip or West Bank by the Israeli army. The statement brought immediate condemnation from Washington, London and Paris as well as from other Palestinian leaders.