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Washington, DC Hostages #47621

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 10, 1977
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(Studio) In Washington, DC hostages situation, least is known with regard to condition of hostages.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Report on what is known with regard to hostages at B'nai B'rith building and Islamic Center; some at latter are Egyptian employees. (Network technical difficulty.]
REPORTER: Don Farmer; No artist given

(Studio) 1 relative of ill captive and California Representative Robert Dornan offer to exchange selves for hostages, but offers not accepted. According to spokesperson for Hanafi, word means upright.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Background of Hanafis, leader Hamaas Abdul Khaalis and murders of 7 Hanafis at Washington, DC headquarters noted. Khaalis was born Ernest Timothy McGhee in Gary, IN of Catholic parents; converted to Islam in New York City in late 1950's, joined Black Muslims, then split with them. Hanafis are orthodox and strictly and literally interpret Koran. Khaalis blames Black Muslims for DC murders of Hanafis and says he wants own vengeance against 5 convicted men. [KHAALIS - explains reasoning for getting vengeance.] Washington, DC headquarters house given to Hanafis by basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Until 1973 murders, Hanafis preached nonviolence, but since then, situation has changed.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

(Studio) Phone call to Los Angeles for interview with boxer Muhammad Ali noted. Conversation quoted; Ali says he'll only talk to President Carter and doesn't want to get involved.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Gibson, Charles;
Farmer, Don;
Walters, Barbara

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