NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 14, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Bethlehem, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Israeli government's curfew upon Palestinian refugees discussed; details given, scenes shown. Towns without curfews reported experiencing violence. [Palestinian Sari NUSSEIBAH - comments on Israeli oppression.] Israeli police shown arresting Palestinian journalists; details given. [Wife of Salah ZUHHEYKA - describes how police raided home and arrested husband.] [Newspaper editor Hanna SENIORA - comments on civil disobedience.] Jerusalem merchants reported losing money. [MAN - says better to lose money than self.] [Bethlehem MERCHANT - says will strike if called.] Israeli police noted ordering shops open. Israeli government reported admitting mistake in not acting more quickly and strongly to prevent riots. Civil disobedience campaign noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) US-Israel relations reported strained by situation. United Nations Sec. Council reported calling for return of deported Palestinians. United States mentioned abstaining from United Nations vote. Report introduced.
(DC: Chris Wallace) Reagan administration's reasons for United Nations vote abstention discussed. [American ambassador Vernon WALTERS - describes Israeli deportations.] US noted being resigned to lack of influence over Israel. Situation noted being compared to South Africa (R). [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments on situation.] Secretary of State George Shultz, National security advisor Colin Powell and US amb. Thomas Pickering reported asserting President Reagan's concern to Israeli government White House officials quoted on screen regarding United States actions toward Israel. Reagan reported attempting to make US-USSR summit an international conference USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev mentioned. Shultz mentioned inviting Israeli prime min. Yitzhak Shamir to summit. Jordan's King Hussein I noted refusing due to DC summit's limited time frame. [Mideast expert Geoffrey KEMP - comments on US pressure on Israel.] White House officials quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat quoted regarding international peace conference
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