By Bassam Abu Sharif
Abu Sharif was once one of many world’s such a lot infamous and unsafe terrorists within the 60’s and 70’s, appearing 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 used to be placed in a publication and despatched to him, leaving him half-blind, deaf in a single ear, and nearly fingerless. eventually forsaking using violence as a method to accomplish his Palestinian nationalist aspirations, he aligned himself with Yasser Arafat, finally changing into one in all his closest advisors.In this ebook, Abu Sharif, usually along Arafat, takes us behind the curtain of the entire significant occasions within the center East over the last 30 years, from the key caves within the West financial institution the place Arafat concealed on his strategy to Jerusalem in 1967 to the peace negotiations in Oslo in 1993. Arafat and the Dream of Palestine combines a deeply own account, knowledgeable via Abu Sharif’s shut courting with Arafat, with a gripping, profoundly human background of Palestine.
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Once they reached a prearranged place on the West Bank, Arafat immediately began to make plans. He knew that the Israelis would hear of his presence in the Occupied Territories sooner or later, that he had to make good use of every minute to set up the tanzim (military organization), and that, of course, he had to let the fighters know by his presence there that he was their leader. Arafat’s entourage spent three weeks sleeping either in caves or under trees while moving from village to village.
S. Sixth Fleet had been put on alert. The United States issued a warning to Syria because it had opened its borders to allow Palestinian fighters free passage into Jordan to reinforce the besieged Palestinian troops. President Nasser wanted the summit to remain in session while a fourmember committee of Arab representatives headed to Jordan in an attempt to mediate an agreement between the Jordanian government and the PLO that would end the fighting. Sudanese president Ja’far Al-Nmeiri headed the committee, which also included Sheikh Sa’ad, the crown prince of Kuwait.
The members of the committee would be leaving Amman immediately. 4 ARAFAT’S ESCAPE W ith the fighting still continuing and the committee sent by Nasser about to leave Amman, I, along with several of Arafat’s inner circle, advised him to contact the committee before they left. We all felt it was advisable for him to give the committee our perspective on the situation we were facing. ” he responded. His voice was tense. The Jordanian army had been shelling all of our locations so heavily that it was practically impossible for any one of us, let alone Arafat, to move from one location to another without risking either being killed or arrested.
Arafat and the Dream of Palestine: An Insider's Account by Bassam Abu Sharif