NICOSIA (Sep. 10)
A campaign to obtain the backing of the Afro-Asian lands behind a propaganda drive directed against Israel was launched here by Arab representatives today, at a conference of Afro-Asian countries opened in this capital.
The campaign was begun by one of the first speakers, Yousef El-Sabai, of Egypt, who is secretary-general of the conference. He delivered a bitter tirade against Israel, accusing it in customary Arab fashion of being a “stooge” for British and American imperialism. He demanded that the parley condemn Israel, and appealed for “action to ensure that the Palestinian Arab people regain their right to return to their homeland and establish a unified entity there.”
Although the Government of Cyprus has been equally friendly to both Israel and Egypt, the leader of the Cypriote delegation, Vassos Lyssarides, claimed after Mr. El-Sabai’s attack that the “people of Cyprus follow with great sympathy the efforts of their Arab brother for unity.” He said further: “The shame of the Palestinian refugees must come to one and they should have their rights restored in Palestine.”