US embassy cable - 88BEIRUT5548

SEPTEMBER 19 "ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE" COMMUNIQUE

Identifier: 88BEIRUT5548
Wikileaks: View 88BEIRUT5548 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Beirut
Created: 1988-09-19 14:29:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PTER LE US
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
O 191429Z SEP 88
FM AMEMBASSY BEIRUT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8837
INFO AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV IMMEDIATE
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY AMMAN
AMEMBASSY CAIRO
AMEMBASSY RIYADH
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY ROME
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
USCINCEUR VAIHINGEN GE
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BEIRUT 05548 
 
TERREP 
 
E.O. 12356:  N/A 
TAGS:  PTER, LE, US 
SUBJECT:  SEPTEMBER 19 "ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION 
          OF PALESTINE" COMMUNIQUE 
 
REF:  BEIRUT 5502 
 
1. FOLLOWING IS EMBASSY TRANSLATION OF HAND-WRITTEN 
COMMUNIQUE (ARABIC) DELIVERED THE NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 18 
TO BEIRUT DAILY NEWSPAPER "AN-NAHAR" AND PUBLISHED IN 
THE PAPER'S SEPTEMBER 19 EDITION.  COMMUNIQUE WAS 
ACCOMPANIED BY A COLOR POLAROID PHOTOGRAPH OF BEIRUT 
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (BUC) HOSTAGES ALAN STEEN, JESSE 
TURNER, ROBERT POLHILL AND MITHILESHWAR SINGH SEATED 
TOGETHER.  EMBASSY HAS OBTAINED COPIES OF THE COMMUNIQUE 
AND PHOTO AND WILL POUCH TO DEPARTMENT.  (NOTE:  REFTEL 
IS TEXT OF SEPTEMBER 16 COMMUNIQUE FROM SAME GROUP.  END 
NOTE.) 
 
2.  BEGIN TEXT OF COMMUNIQUE: 
 
ATTENTION| 
 
PURSUANT TO THE POSITIVE INITIATIVE PROPOSED TO SOLVE 
THE ISSUE OF THE HOSTAGES AND THE SUBSEQUENT RESPONSES 
OF THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION, THE ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR 
THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES THE 
FOLLOWING: 
 
FIRST - THERE WILL BE NO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE AMERICAN 
ADMINISTRATION.  THE MOVEMENT TOWARDS ENDING THE HOSTAGE 
ISSUE IS NOT AN INVITATION FOR NEGOTIATIONS.  RATHER, IT 
COMES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MORAL AND HUMAN VALUES THAT 
WE BELIEVE IN.  THE DAY WILL NEVER COME THAT WE 
NEGOTIATE WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF KILLING AND CRIME. 
FOLLOWING A CAREFUL, ATTENTIVE AND RESPONSIBLE STUDY OF 
THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLITICAL DETENTE IN THE REGION, 
HOWEVER, WE FOUND IT NECESSARY TO MOVE THIS DEVELOPMENT 
FORWARD WITH A POSITIVE INITIATIVE REGARDING THE HOSTAGE 
ISSUE, WHICH CONSTITUTES BOTH A PROBLEM AND A SOLUTION 
IN THE CONTEXT OF REGIONAL EVENTS. 
 
THIS IS A CHANCE FOR THE LEADING PERSONALITIES OF THE 
AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION TO CONSIDER AND THINK 
RESPONSIBLY OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THIS ISSUE, FOR 
THIS IS A CHANCE THAT MAY NEVER COME AGAIN.  ALL WE ASK 
IN RETURN IS WHAT IS STIPULATED BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS PACT 
(SIC) REGARDING THE INTIFADA OF OUR HEROIC PALESTINIAN 
PEOPLE ON THE ONE HAND, AND NHAT IS REQUIRED BY THE 
RESPONSIBILITY OF SUPPORTING THE DETENTE WHICH HAS BEGUN 
IN THE REGION, ON THE OTHER. 
 
SECOND - THE JUST CAUSE OF OUR PEOPLE IS PART OF A 
GREATER WHOLE; THE SUPPORT OF LEGAL RIGHTS IS PART OF A 
GREATER WHOLE, AND THE ISSUE OF THE USE OF POWER AND 
VIOLENCE OR INITIATIVES OF PEACE AND STABILTY ARE ALSO 
FUNDAMENTAL.  THIS IS THE BASIS OF WHAT IS ACHIEVED 
THROUGH OUR IDEOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES.  WEAKNESS WAS NEVER 
AN INCENTIVE FOR CHANGING OUR COURSE AND POWER HAS NEVER 
FORCED ANY CHANGES.  WHAT IS NECESSITATED BY OUR 
PRINCIPLES AND FUNDAMENTALS IS WHAT WILL BE.  WE ARE 
ALWAYS PREPARED FOR VIOLENCE AND FOR CALM AND PEACEFUL 
ATTITUDES.  THIS IS A TIME OF POSITIVE RESPONSES.  DO 
NOT WASTE THIS OPPORTUNITY THROUGH HAUGHTY WORDS THAT 
PROVOKE US AND ENCOURAGE US TO DRAW BACK AND RESORT TO 
VIOLENCE AND FORCE TO GAIN RECOGNITION.  THIS ISSUE MUST 
BE SOLVED POSITIVELY AND THE ADMINISTRATION MUST ASSUME 
ITS RESPONSIBILITIES. 
 
THIRD - WE ARE ASTONISHED AT THE RIDICULOUS DEALS MADE 
BY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DUKAKIS IN ANNOUNCING THE 
TRANSFER OF THE AMERICAN EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM IN ORDER 
TO OBTAIN THE SUPPORT OF ZIONIST PRESSURE GROUPS IN THE 
ELECTIONS.  HE HAS BLATANTLY DEFIED THE FEELINGS OF OUR 
HEROIC PEOPLE AND THE MOSLEMS OF THE WORLD.  THIS 
FOREBODES A DARK FUTURE.  WE DECLARE, HOWEVER, THAT 
JERUSALEM IS AN EVER-BURNING VOLCANO IN WHICH THE 
AMERICAN EMBASSY WILL MELT.  UNTIL THEN, WE HAVE VARIOUS 
POSITIONS.  WE ARE CERTAIN THAT THIS VIEW OF HIS 
(DUKAKIS) DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN 
PEOPLE.  THAT IS WHY IT WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE 
HOSTAGE ISSUE, OVER WHICH ALL THE SUITABLE CONDITIONS 
FOR A SOLUTION ARE GATHERED. 
 
FINALLY, THE INITIATIVE IS STILL THERE AND EXISTS.  WE 
ARE WAITING FOR RESPONSES, IN THE LIGHT OF WHICH WE WILL 
DECIDE SUBSEQUENT STEPS, ON THE BASIS OF WHAT IS 
REQUIRED BY OUR GLORIOUS INTIFADA. 
 
PEACE BE UPON HE WHO SERVES THE TRUTH FOR THE TRUTH. 
 
(SIGNED) ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE 
ORGANIZATION. 
 
END TEXT OF COMMUNIQUE. 
 
 
SIMPSON 

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