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UAHC Distributes Videocassette Depicting PLO Terrorist Tactics

September 1, 1982
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A documentary videocassette graphically depicting a decade of PLO terrorism against Israel’s civilian population is now being distributed by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Prepared by the Israel Defense Forces, the 15 1/2-minute color tape entitled “Uprooting Terror” presents a dramatic chronology of the attacks launched by the PLO from Lebanon between 1970 and 1980 that killed 800 men, women and children and wounded more than 5,000.

Interspersed with actual newsreel footage of PLO attacks on Kibbutz Misgav Am, Ma’alot, Nahariya and the Tel Aviv-Haifa coastal road are flashbacks to PLO chieftain Yassir Arafat’s outbursts calling for the obliteration of the State of Israel.

The tape, designed for use in synagogues, churches, schools, public affairs groups, community centers, camps and libraries, seeks to put “Operation Peace for Galilee,” Israel’s recently-concluded operation in Lebanon, into historical perspective.

Its aim, according to Rabbi Daniel Syme, director of the UAHC’s education department, “is to help Jews and non-Jews understand why Israel was impelled to act as it did and to expose the PLO as terrorists who commandeered a country from which to launch murdering attacks upon innocent civilians.” “Uprooting Terror” also underscores the PLO’s role as a center for training terrorists active throughout the world.

Accompanying the tape, available in either 1/2″ VHS or Beta, is a discussion guide outlining the history of the PLO since its expulsion from Jordan and its avowed aim. . . “to render the establishment of Israel fundamentally null and void.”

“Uprooting Terror” may be purchased from the UAHC’s TV and Film Institute, 838 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021 at a cost of $50 per tape. Each order should specify whether a VHS or Beta tape is desired and be accompanied by a $53 check, to cover the cost of the tape plus postage and handling.

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