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By Bassam Abu Sharif

Abu Sharif was once one of many world’s so much 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. ultimately leaving behind using violence as a method to accomplish his Palestinian nationalist aspirations, he aligned himself with Yasser Arafat, finally turning into certainly one of his closest advisors.In this ebook, Abu Sharif, usually along Arafat, takes us behind the curtain of all of the significant occasions within the heart East over the last 30 years, from the key caves within the West financial institution the place Arafat concealed on his solution to Jerusalem in 1967 to the peace negotiations in Oslo in 1993. Arafat and the Dream of Palestine combines a deeply own account, trained through Abu Sharif’s shut courting with Arafat, with a gripping, profoundly human heritage of Palestine.

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Arafat smiled. ” Arafat sent some of the men ahead to arrange for the document he was eventually going to need once he decided to leave Israel. The Israeli army had set up THE RISE OF YASSER ARAFAT • 15 increasingly heavy border patrols along the Jordan River. The only way for Arafat to leave was going to be right under their noses. I was told later by some of the men from Arafat’s entourage just how tricky it had been to enter Jerusalem. They had to avoid main roads; they instead traveled along winding side roads that snaked through the surrounding villages.

But time for laughter was cut short once they started to leave the embassy. Much against their wishes, none of the bodyguards who had traveled with Arafat to the embassy were allowed to go with him. Ali Salameh was to be responsible for guaranteeing Arafat’s safety on his journey to Cairo. Three Jordanian armored vehicles had been arranged to transport the committee and, unknown to the Jordanian soldiers driving the tanks, Arafat to the airport. Sheikh Sa’ad, Arafat, and Ali Salameh traveled together in one tank, and the other members of the committee divided up into the other two.

Israeli troops were being hit from all sides; they had to contend with both the Jordanian forces in the mountains and us in the Valley. The battle was long, loud, and fierce. Israel incurred huge losses, something they must not have expected after their easy win in 1967. They had entered into the battle with the arrogance of a victor going on a picnic. When it was all over, the Israeli soldiers wanted to come in and pick up their dead and wounded. Negotiating through the Red Cross, we granted them permission, but only during the daylight hours because we wanted the press to be able to show the world what had happened to the great Israeli army at the Battle of Karameh.

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