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Non-aligned Declaration Condemns Israel

The final declaration of the eighth summit of the nonaligned countries, which was held here earlier this month, included repeated condemnations of Israeli policies and continued support for the “struggle against Zionism,” the World Jewish Congress reported.

According to the WJC spokesman here, the Harare declaration included a four-part final document in which the non-aligned expressed itself on the Middle East in explicit anti-Israel terms. Included in this political declaration were the following points.

Demand for “the total and unconditional withdrawal of Israel from all Palestinian and other Arab territories it has occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.”

Support for the PLO as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people” and their right “to establish a sovereign independent state in Palestine.”

Condemnation of “Israeli aggression against Lebanon and the continued Israeli occupation of parts of the country” as well as sharp condemnation of “the inhuman practices of the occupation forces in Lebanon.”

Deterioration of the Middle East situation is “caused by Israel’s continued practice of aggressive and expansionist policies in the region, which pose a grave threat to international peace and security.”

Israel’s 1981 strike against Iraq’s nuclear reactor was sharply denounced and the United Nations Security Council was asked “to take effective measures to ensure Israel refrains from strikes or threats to nuclear installations in Iraq or elsewhere.”

The WJC said there was “little new” in this declaration. “It is the same sorry anti-Israel pronouncements we have seen in the declarations of previous years,” the WJC spokesman added.

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