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By Shafiq Al-Hout, Jean Said Makdisi, Hader Al-Hout

This can be the interior tale of the Palestine Liberation corporation (PLO), from its beginnings in 1964 to the signing of the Oslo contract in 1993. For over 3 many years, the most target of the PLO used to be to accomplish a simply peace within the Arab-Israeli clash, and to construct a democratic nation in Palestine for all its voters. Shafiq Al-Hout, a excessive rating PLO reliable till his resignation in 1993, presents formerly unavailable information at the key occasions in its historical past similar to its popularity by means of the UN and the Oslo peace negotiations. Taking us correct to the guts of the choice making methods, this ebook explains the personalities and inner politics that formed the PLO's activities and the Palestinian event of the 20th century. even if he used to be an insider, Al-Hout's ebook doesn't shy from examining and criticizing judgements and participants, together with Yasser Arafat. This e-book is a vital piece of heritage that sheds new gentle at the value of the PLO within the Palestinian fight for justice.

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He left the room, but within less than half an hour he was back, carrying the document, complete with Othman Beik’s signature! Years later, I asked Othman Beik what had happened, and he said: “Actually, I had already signed your papers but delayed their submission. ” On August 25, 1955, I finally received my Lebanese identity card. I placed it in my pocket and guarded it carefully till I made it home. (6) My prospects improved radically in spring 1956, when a committee from the Kuwaiti Ministry of Education came to Beirut in order to recruit teachers from all disciplines.

As for my comrades, they were immediately expelled and taken to the Lebanese–Palestinian (Israeli) border where they were dumped facing a fearsome dilemma: if they returned to Lebanon they would be wanted men, facing prison and torture, while if they entered Israel they faced an even worse threat. One of them managed to escape and eventually made it to Iraq, but I have heard nothing about him since then. The other was caught by the Syrian authorities, who handed him over to Jordan. He was taken to the Jafr Prison, where he spent more than eight years in jail.

In addition, he had solid ties with a number of powerful institutions in the United States that were at the time under the sway of McCarthyism. I entered Crawford’s secretary’s office, and she asked me to wait, as the vice president was busy with some visitors. As I sat I noticed strange movements in the room and felt as though I was being watched. The secretary finally asked me to go through. Mr Crawford stood up and greeted me in his broken Arabic. He then started questioning me about my extracurricular activities, both inside and outside the university.

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