NEW YORK (Jul. 26)
Amid tight security imposed by volunteers, the “November 29 Coalition” held a “teach-in” yesterday on the war in Lebanon that drew some 1,500 people to Town Hall in midtown Manhattan.
The all-day rally was originally to have taken place at the Diplomat Hotel across the street, but was cancelled, according to the hotel’s management, when it became clear that the sponsoring organization was a front for the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Comparing Israel’s operation in Lebanon to the Nazi Holocaust, the panelists, who included pro-PLO Americans, Lebanese, and Palestinian academicians, as well as an Israeli anti-Zionist attorney, Lea Tsemel, condemned the invasion and derided the U.S. attempts to evacuate the PLO from Beirut. Also attending the rally was Zehdi Labib Terzi, the PLO’s permanent observer at the United Nations, who was greeted by the audience with boisterous cheers hailing the PLO. (By Judith Kohn)