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Israel / Violence / Bus Hijacking #320553

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 07, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) PLO-linked guerrillas reported sneaking across Egyptian border and hijacking bus near nuclear plant close to Beersheba. Report introduced.

(Jerusalem, Israel: Anthony Mason) Hijacked bus shown; details given. Hijackers noted claiming to be members of Yasir Arafat's PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) faction called Fatah Jihad. Police quoted with regard to negotiations, hijackers' demands and storming of bus by anti-terrorist squad. Hijackers noted killed on spot. Israeli dead and injured toll from incident given. [Defense minister Yitzhak RABIN - says act another atrocity committed by Arafat's PLO.] Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir, under pressure from cabinet to accept Secretary of State George Shultz's peace plan, now refusing to embrace proposals. [SHAMIR - says Israel belongs to Jews.] Palestinian teensshown brandishing PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) flag. Israeli soldiers reported going to leaders' homes to arrest them for action but were injured from grenade attack. [Mil. analyst Hirsch GOODMAN - says situation war.] World sympathy for rock-throwing youths noted all but vanishing with grenade toss.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Israeli government's media restrictions discussed. Henry Kissinger mentioned. Report introduced.

(DC: David Martin) Last month's video of Israeli troops beating Palestinian youths shown. Israel noted claiming media's presence incited violence and should therefore be banned. Troops noted now possessing authority to declare any protest or event off limits to reporters [Mil. analyst Colonel Harry SUMMERS - comments on situation.] Kissinger's memo to Jewish leaders quoted on screen. Kissinger noted unavailable to comment on comparing Israel to South Africa (R). [Jewish-American activist Morris ABRAM - defends Kissinger's comments.] Israel's image noted being damaged by media restrictions. [Brookings Institution spokesperson William QUANDT - comments on Kissinger's allusion to South Africa (R).] Media's presence promoting violence noted unverifiable. [QUANDT - says violence will continue] Falkland Islands and Grenada media blackouts compared to those in South Africa (R) and Israel.

Martin, David;
Mason, Anthony;
Rather, Dan

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