Arafat and the Dream of Palestine: An Insider's Account by Bassam Abu Sharif

By Bassam Abu Sharif

Abu Sharif used to be one of many world’s so much infamous and unsafe terrorists within the 60’s and 70’s, performing as “minister of propaganda” for the Popular entrance for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and as a recruiter for terrorists like Carlos the Jackal. In 1972, a bomb was once placed in a publication and despatched to him, leaving him half-blind, deaf in a single ear, and virtually fingerless. ultimately leaving behind using violence as a method to accomplish his Palestinian nationalist aspirations, he aligned himself with Yasser Arafat, ultimately turning into certainly one of his closest advisors.In this booklet, Abu Sharif, usually along Arafat, takes us backstage of all of the significant occasions within the center East over the past 30 years, from the key caves within the West financial institution the place Arafat concealed on his technique to Jerusalem in 1967 to the peace negotiations in Oslo in 1993. Arafat and the Dream of Palestine combines a deeply own account, educated via Abu Sharif’s shut courting with Arafat, with a gripping, profoundly human background of Palestine.

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Habash and Dr. Haddad took over the leadership of the Palestine branch of the Arab National Movement and began discussions for restructuring it to establish a military unit of fighters from its membership. By then, thousands of young men, including myself, had already been trained as fighters, and strategies to fight the occupation were soon being developed. I was chosen to be a member of the executive committee in charge of the Palestinian branch of the Arab Nationalist Movement along with Dr.

His move 14 • ARAFAT AND THE DREAM OF PALESTINE was proof that not only was he a brave fighter in the field, but that he also was someone with great political acumen and organizational skills. Right under the noses of the Israelis, he was able to move from place to place to meet with his men in the field without getting caught. I was later told the details of Arafat’s trip to the West Bank by his bodyguard Saleh Nasser, an old fighter from Beit Fourik Village who had traveled with him. According to Nasser, Arafat crossed the Syrian border into Jordan in August 1967, joining up with some of his fighters near the northern city of Irbid.

The committee presented King Hussein’s proposal to Arafat, which called for the following: 1. No armed presence of the PLO in any refugee camps or in any of the cities; 2. All Palestinian forces were to move out of the city into the Dbein mountains and forest in the northern part of Jordan; 3. A committee made up of Jordanians and Palestinians would be the supreme decision makers regarding any future legal problems that might arise between the two parties; 4. All movement of any Palestinians in the country had to have Jordanian permission.

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