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Palestinian Liberation Organization1 Can the Palestine Liberation Organization PLO justifiably claimto be the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people The PLO was set up in 1964 by an Arab League decision in responseto growing signs of Palestinian unrest The Palestinians desired to reclaimthe lands occupied by Israel which they felt belonged to them as said inthe Bible In 1964 the Arab states created the Palestine LiberationOrganization PLO While it was supposed to represent the Palestiniansin reality it represented the views of President Nasser of Egypt whoguided the formation of the PLO Its first leader made wild andirresponsible threats to drive Israelis into the sea and had littlesupport among Palestinians for he was seen as a puppet of the Egyptians Inthe 1960s Palestinian students began to form their own organizationsindependent of control by Arab governments although the Syrians Libyansand Iraqis continued to fund and control particular groups Yasser Arafatfounded an independent Palestinian-run party called Fatah He is said tohave the backing for most of the recent past of about 80 of thePalestinian people The position of the Arab governments was that a PLOunder Arab League supervision would be the best way of satisfying thedemands made by an emerging Palestinian national consciousness Also itwas felt that through such an organization Arab governments could controlPalestinian political activities Ten years after its founding the PLO was raised to the status ofgovernment And in 1988 the PLOs status was to be raised again thistime to a state in exile After several negotiations Arafat became aTerrorist leader and administrator of self-rule in the West Bank and theGaza Strip In the 1967 Six Day War the Arab armies did very badly againstIsrael losing 67000 square kilometres of land Palestinians came tobelieve that if they were ever to have their land they would have to do itthemselves After the 1967 war the situation changed drastically Theresistance activities of various
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