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Arafat Defiant Over Calls for Expulsion

Israel issued an ominous threat Thursday to “remove” Yasser Arafat (news – web sites) because he has failed to halt suicide bombings. Thousands of Palestinians rushed to Arafat’s compound to protect their leader, fearing Israel wants to expel or even kill him. A defiant Arafat, grinning broadly, emerged from his sandbagged West Bank office building shortly after the Israeli security Cabinet’s announcement, flashing victory signs to his supporters. “The leader is Abu Ammar,” the crowd chanted, referring to Arafat by his nom de guerre. Using a bullhorn, the 74-year-old Palestinian leader recited a passage from the Quran, the Muslim holy book, about being steadfast in the face of an oppressor. He then led the crowd in a chant, waving his finger in rhythm: “To Jerusalem, to Jerusalem, to Jerusalem.” Full Story

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