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Cablegate: November 4 Islamic Jihad Organization Communique

O 051155Z NOV 88
FM AMEMBASSY BEIRUT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9575
INFO AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV IMMEDIATE
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY AMMAN
AMEMBASSY CAIRO
AMEMBASSY RIYADH
AMEMBASSY BONN
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY ROME
USCINCEUR VAIHINGEN GE

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BEIRUT 06604

TERREP

E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PTER LE
SUBJECT: NOVEMBER 4 ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION COMMUNIQUE

1. FOLLOWING IS EMBASSY TRANSLATION OF TYPEWRITTEN TEXT
OF COMMUNIQUE FROM THE ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION,
DELIVERED AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 4 TO BEIRUT DAILY NEWSPAPER
"AN-NAHAR." COMMUNIQUE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A
POLAROID-TYPE COLOR PHOTOGRAPH OF U.S. HOSTAGE TERRY
ANDERSON. EMBASSY WILL OBTAIN COPY OF TEXT AND PHOTO AND
WILL POUCH TO DEPARTMENT.

2. BEGIN TEXT:

IN THE NAME OF GOD THE MERCIFUL, THE COMPASSIONATE

(KORANIC OPENING PHRASE)

TO THE LIBERALS OF THE WORLD
TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
TO THE FAMILIES OF THE DETAINEES

DAY AFTER DAY THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO
INCREASE ITS DECEPTIONS, LIES AND COMPLETE MISLEADING
OF THE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE FAMILIES OF THE
DETAINEES, IN ORDER TO REDUCE ANY ATTEMPT TO PRESSURE THE
AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION TO COMMENCE PRACTICAL STEPS TO
RESOLVE THE ISSUE OF THE DETAINEES AND TO SAFEGUARD ITS
POSITIONS, PRIVILEGES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS. AFTER THE
COMMENTS OF REAGAN AND BUSH ON THE CONTENTS OF THE
VIDEOTAPE ISSUED BY TERRY ANDERSON, WE WISH TO CLARIFY
THE FOLLOWING:

1 - THE VIDEOTAPE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT IT INCLUDED, WAS
ISSUED DIRECTLY BY TERRY ANDERSON WITHOUT ANY PRESSURES
AND AS A RESULT OF WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED MESSAGES SENT
TO HIM THORUGH NEW AGENCIES. THE TAPE WAS ISSUED AFTER A
SHARP AND LARGE DEBATE BETWEEN US AND HIM CONCERNING ALL
THE IDEAS HE PRESENTED IN IT, WHICH WE FOUND WERE GREATLY
INCOMPLETE. TERRY ANDERSON WILL HAVE A SUITABLE REPLY TO
THE CLAIMS (OF THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION - ED.).

2 - AMERICA ALWAYS ATTEMPTS TO "EVADE" THE CONTENTS OF
THE TAPE AND LETTERS, WHICH REPRESENT A TRUE REALITY
WHICH CANNOT BE DEBATED, BY RAISING DOUBTS AS TO THE
CONTENT OF THE TAPE AND (CLAIMING - ED.) THAT IT WAS
ISSUED BY THE KIDNAPPERS.

3 - THE DETAINEES IN OUR POSSESSION ARE NOT ISOLATED FROM
THE EXTERNAL WORLD. THEY RECEIVE ALL THE NEWS THROUGH
NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND TELEVISION. THEY KNOW
EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED OR HAPPENS WITH RESPECT TO THEIR
SITUATION, BIG OR SMALL. WHAT REAGAN SAID IN THIS CASE
IS LIKE THE OSTRICH WHICH HIDES ITS HEAD IN THE GROUND SO
THE HUNTERS WILL NOT SEE IT.

4 - THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION, THROUGH ITS PRESIDENT,
HIS VICE PRESIDENT, STAFF AND ASSISTANTS, MADE ALL THE
DEALS PERTAINING TO THE ISSUE OF DETAINEES; IF THIS WERE
NOT SO, WHO ELSE NEGOTIATED THE CASE OF THE TWA
AIRLINER? HOW WERE THE FORTY PASSENGERS AND 735
DETAINEES IN THE PRISONS OF ISRAEL RELEASED? WHO
NEGOTIATED THE ISSUE OF "IRAN-CONTRA?" WHO GAVE THE
ARMS, TOOK THE FUNDS AND TRANSFERRED SOME TO THE
CONTRAS? WE WERE SURPRISED THAT REAGAN RECENTLY
ANNOUNCED THAT HE DID NOT KNOW UNTIL NOW WHO GAVE THE
ARMS AND WHERE THE FUNDS CAME FROM IN THE "IRANGATE"
ISSUE. WAS IT NOT THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION? OR ARE
THEY ALL ON A FARM WHERE EACH CROWS ON HIS OWN? IF THEY
WERE AWARE, IT IS A CATASTROPHE WHICH CANNOT BE DENIED.
IF THEY WERE UNAWARE, THE CATASTROPHE IS GREATER.

5 - AS FOR CLAIMS THAT THE CEASEFIRE IN THE GULF WILL
SPEED THE RELEASE OF THE DETAINEES WITH US, WE REITERATE
FOR THE ONE-THOUSANDTH TIME OUR INSISTENCE THAT THE ISSUE
OF ALL THE DETAINEES IS UNCONNECTED, IN PART OR IN WHOLE,
NEAR OR FAR, WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE GULF. THE
HOPE WHICH PREVIOUSLY PREVAILED HAS GONE AND CANNOT COME
BACK. THE NON-RELEASE OF THE DETAINEES IS NOW DUE TO THE
AMERICAN SANCTIMONY, FRAUD AND THE FACT THAT PROMISES AND
GUARANTEES HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED.

6 - THE ONLY SAFE WAY FOR THE FREEDOM AND SAFETY OF THE
DETAINEES IS ACHIEVEMENT OF OUR JUST DEMANDS. THIS IS
THE PRINCIPAL FOCAL POINT OF THIS ISSUE; NOTHING ELSE.

THE ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION
NOVEMBER 2, 1988

END TEXT.

MCCARTHY

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