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Israel / Violence / Israel's Image / Israel-South Africa Comparison #111892

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 18, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Lifting of curfew in Palestinian refugee camps by Israeli reported; situation in Gaza Strip and West Bank described; scenes shown. Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Pub. relations problem facing Israel due to reporting of violence in Israeli-occupied territories reported; scenes shown of unrest. [Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Yossi BEILIN - says Israel will explain context of Palestinian problem.] Beilin's meeting with reporters and American Jewish groups during United States visit reported Israel's working paper rebutting comparisons of Palestinian situation to that in South Africa noted. [BEILIN - says Israel is only democrat in Middle East.] [American Jewish Orgs. spokesperson Morris ABRAM - denies comparison.] Position of State Department with regard to Israel's image noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Areas of comparison between Israel and South Africa detailed. Report introduced.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ; Johannesburg, South Africa: Jim Hickey) Handling of security by Israeli military in Gaza and West Bank and by forces in South Africa reported; details given, scenes shown of Israeli patrols and South African security forces. Living conds. for Palestinians and SouthAfrican blacks compared; scenes shown. Freedom of movement for Palestinians and South African blacks described; scenes shown. Pol. freedoms for Palestinians and political dissidents in South Africa compared; scenes shown. Electoral representative for Palestinians and Arabs and South African blacks compared; scenes shown. Freedom of press in Israel &South Africa compared; scenes shown.

(W. Bank: Dean Reynolds) Israel's response to comparisons to South Africa's apartheid regime reported

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Dean

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