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Cablegate: September 19 "Islamic Jihad for the Liberation

O 191429Z SEP 88
FM AMEMBASSY BEIRUT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8837
INFO AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV IMMEDIATE
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY AMMAN
AMEMBASSY CAIRO
AMEMBASSY RIYADH
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY ROME
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
USCINCEUR VAIHINGEN GE

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BEIRUT 05548

TERREP

E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PTER LE US
SUBJECT: SEPTEMBER 19 "ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION
OF PALESTINE" COMMUNIQUE

REF: BEIRUT 5502

1. FOLLOWING IS EMBASSY TRANSLATION OF HAND-WRITTEN
COMMUNIQUE (ARABIC) DELIVERED THE NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 18
TO BEIRUT DAILY NEWSPAPER "AN-NAHAR" AND PUBLISHED IN
THE PAPER'S SEPTEMBER 19 EDITION. COMMUNIQUE WAS
ACCOMPANIED BY A COLOR POLAROID PHOTOGRAPH OF BEIRUT
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (BUC) HOSTAGES ALAN STEEN, JESSE
TURNER, ROBERT POLHILL AND MITHILESHWAR SINGH SEATED
TOGETHER. EMBASSY HAS OBTAINED COPIES OF THE COMMUNIQUE
AND PHOTO AND WILL POUCH TO DEPARTMENT. (NOTE: REFTEL
IS TEXT OF SEPTEMBER 16 COMMUNIQUE FROM SAME GROUP. END
NOTE.)

2. BEGIN TEXT OF COMMUNIQUE:

ATTENTION|

PURSUANT TO THE POSITIVE INITIATIVE PROPOSED TO SOLVE
THE ISSUE OF THE HOSTAGES AND THE SUBSEQUENT RESPONSES
OF THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION, THE ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR
THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES THE
FOLLOWING:

FIRST - THERE WILL BE NO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE AMERICAN
ADMINISTRATION. THE MOVEMENT TOWARDS ENDING THE HOSTAGE
ISSUE IS NOT AN INVITATION FOR NEGOTIATIONS. RATHER, IT
COMES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MORAL AND HUMAN VALUES THAT
WE BELIEVE IN. THE DAY WILL NEVER COME THAT WE
NEGOTIATE WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF KILLING AND CRIME.
FOLLOWING A CAREFUL, ATTENTIVE AND RESPONSIBLE STUDY OF
THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLITICAL DETENTE IN THE REGION,
HOWEVER, WE FOUND IT NECESSARY TO MOVE THIS DEVELOPMENT
FORWARD WITH A POSITIVE INITIATIVE REGARDING THE HOSTAGE
ISSUE, WHICH CONSTITUTES BOTH A PROBLEM AND A SOLUTION
IN THE CONTEXT OF REGIONAL EVENTS.

THIS IS A CHANCE FOR THE LEADING PERSONALITIES OF THE
AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION TO CONSIDER AND THINK
RESPONSIBLY OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THIS ISSUE, FOR
THIS IS A CHANCE THAT MAY NEVER COME AGAIN. ALL WE ASK
IN RETURN IS WHAT IS STIPULATED BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS PACT
(SIC) REGARDING THE INTIFADA OF OUR HEROIC PALESTINIAN
PEOPLE ON THE ONE HAND, AND NHAT IS REQUIRED BY THE
RESPONSIBILITY OF SUPPORTING THE DETENTE WHICH HAS BEGUN
IN THE REGION, ON THE OTHER.

SECOND - THE JUST CAUSE OF OUR PEOPLE IS PART OF A
GREATER WHOLE; THE SUPPORT OF LEGAL RIGHTS IS PART OF A
GREATER WHOLE, AND THE ISSUE OF THE USE OF POWER AND
VIOLENCE OR INITIATIVES OF PEACE AND STABILTY ARE ALSO
FUNDAMENTAL. THIS IS THE BASIS OF WHAT IS ACHIEVED
THROUGH OUR IDEOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES. WEAKNESS WAS NEVER
AN INCENTIVE FOR CHANGING OUR COURSE AND POWER HAS NEVER
FORCED ANY CHANGES. WHAT IS NECESSITATED BY OUR
PRINCIPLES AND FUNDAMENTALS IS WHAT WILL BE. WE ARE
ALWAYS PREPARED FOR VIOLENCE AND FOR CALM AND PEACEFUL
ATTITUDES. THIS IS A TIME OF POSITIVE RESPONSES. DO
NOT WASTE THIS OPPORTUNITY THROUGH HAUGHTY WORDS THAT
PROVOKE US AND ENCOURAGE US TO DRAW BACK AND RESORT TO
VIOLENCE AND FORCE TO GAIN RECOGNITION. THIS ISSUE MUST
BE SOLVED POSITIVELY AND THE ADMINISTRATION MUST ASSUME
ITS RESPONSIBILITIES.

THIRD - WE ARE ASTONISHED AT THE RIDICULOUS DEALS MADE
BY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DUKAKIS IN ANNOUNCING THE
TRANSFER OF THE AMERICAN EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM IN ORDER
TO OBTAIN THE SUPPORT OF ZIONIST PRESSURE GROUPS IN THE
ELECTIONS. HE HAS BLATANTLY DEFIED THE FEELINGS OF OUR
HEROIC PEOPLE AND THE MOSLEMS OF THE WORLD. THIS
FOREBODES A DARK FUTURE. WE DECLARE, HOWEVER, THAT
JERUSALEM IS AN EVER-BURNING VOLCANO IN WHICH THE
AMERICAN EMBASSY WILL MELT. UNTIL THEN, WE HAVE VARIOUS
POSITIONS. WE ARE CERTAIN THAT THIS VIEW OF HIS
(DUKAKIS) DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE. THAT IS WHY IT WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE
HOSTAGE ISSUE, OVER WHICH ALL THE SUITABLE CONDITIONS
FOR A SOLUTION ARE GATHERED.

FINALLY, THE INITIATIVE IS STILL THERE AND EXISTS. WE
ARE WAITING FOR RESPONSES, IN THE LIGHT OF WHICH WE WILL
DECIDE SUBSEQUENT STEPS, ON THE BASIS OF WHAT IS
REQUIRED BY OUR GLORIOUS INTIFADA.

PEACE BE UPON HE WHO SERVES THE TRUTH FOR THE TRUTH.

(SIGNED) ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE
ORGANIZATION.

END TEXT OF COMMUNIQUE.


SIMPSON

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