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Middle East / Arafat Death / Peace Process #770814

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 11, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The death of Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat reported; scenes shown of the flag-draped coffin in Cairo, Egypt, where the funeral will be held before the burial in Ramallah, West Bank. Arafat’s turbulent life & legacy reviewed; historical photos & footage, including his historic handshake with Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin and his acceptance of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, shown.

(Ramallah: Brian Williams) Statement from President Bush in reaction to Arafat’s death noted. Reaction to Arafat’s death featured; scenes shown of the military procession accompanying the casket in France, French President Jacques Chirac with widow Suha, preparation of the burial site in Ramallah, Palestinian demonstrations. [Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon PERES††- expresses hope about the chance for peace.] [Israeli SETTLER – says “Thank God.”]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Ramallah; Martin Fletcher) The tense situation involving Arafat’s militias featured; scenes shown of a skirmish at an Israeli roadblock set up to keep Palestinians from streaming to Ramallah; details given of Arafat’s support of the Al Aksa Brigade and the demand from Hamas for a share of power. [Masked Al Aksa Brigade MEMBER {thru translator} – says we will never give up our weapons.] [In Gaza, masked Hamas MEMBER – says we do not want civil war.]

(NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.)

Brokaw, Tom;
Williams, Brian

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