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Palestinians / Lebanon / Jews In Arab Lands #49738

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 04, 1977
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(Studio) Christians and Palestinians fight at 3 places in south Lebanon, near Israeli border. Fighting followed day of quiet arranged by United Nations observers. Battles in Lebanon result chiefly from dissatisfaction of 2 generations of Palestinians.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Beirut, Lebanon) Report on situation of Palestinians in camps in Lebanon; feelings brought to camps in exodus from Israel and now taught to children; recent confusion centers around Palestinian stand in order to get peace in Mid. East, especially in wake of Lebanon civil war. Yasir Arafat is still leader, but war has hurt him military and political, as it has hurt total Palestinian movement Some Palestinians now consider solutions to Mid. East problem that have been suggested, include move to west bank, though some are from Haifa and Tel Aviv, because of confusion Lebanon war has brought.
REPORTER: Larry Buchman

(Studio) Another minority in Mid. East is Jews living outside Israel, in Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Damascus, Syria) Jews in Syria say they have religious freedom; there's service every day in at least 1 of 14 synagogues in Damascus. Reporter notes lack of complete freedom for anyone in Syria and monitoring of filming for report by representatives of government; isn't known how this may have affected Jews interviewed. Details of Jews' life in Syria noted; almost all Jews interviewed said life under President Hafez al-Assad is better than under any other leader since 1948. Jewish community president Saalim Tota refuses to talk of past, praises Assad and won't talk of probable Jewish emigration if peace were between Syria and Israel. Reporter asks Tota if ban on emigration isn't ultimate restriction. [TOTA - (reporter translates) says it isn't gravest problem except for young Jewish women who can't find Jewish husbands here.] Imbalance of sexes, due to young men fleeing cntry., noted; government has been petitioned to allow some to seek husbands in US. Comments of one Jew, who talked with reporter without necessary permission from government, noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Buchman, Larry;
Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry

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