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Radical Arabs Cheer Anti-U.S. Stance at Conference With AM-Gulf Rdp, Bjt

September 17, 1990

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Arab radicals meeting in Amman on Monday cheered calls for suicide attacks against American forces and for an Islamic uprising to topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

″We have striking examples of heroes who turned their bodies into bombs that horrified the aggressors and forced them to flee in darkness as happened to the American Marines in Beirut in 1983,″ said Ibrahim Al-Kharraz of the Libyan Peoples Congress.

The three-day conference of Arab leftists, Islamic party members and Palestinian guerrilla factions ended with an endorsement for a peaceful, negotiated Arab settlement of the Persian Gulf crisis.

But it also urged Arabs ″to strike against the American interests everywhere and by all means at the same moment an American attack is launched agaist Iraq.″

The conference communique also said regular appeals would be made to Arab troops in Saudi Arabia and some gulf states to rebel against their leaders and reject American orders.

Al-Kharraz drew rapturous applause by exhorting Arabs to swiftly move against U.S. forces and Saudi oil pipelines. He urged them to follow the example of Jaul Jamal, a Syrian gunboat commander who died in 1956 when he deliberately rammed his vessel into a French warship during fighting over the Suez Canal.

He also hailed the suicide bombers who killed 241 U.S. Marines in an attack on their Beirut barracks in 1983.

″We have to move swiftly and with all means against the American military presence on the peninsula and in the gulf and follow the examples of the Arab struggles in the ’50s and the ’60s,″ Al-Kharraz said.

The call for Mubarak’s ouster came from Adnan Saududdin, a member of the Jordanian Islamic Front and the fundamentalist Moslem Brotherhood. He made an impassioned plea for an Islamic uprising to ″free Egypt from the shackles of the treasonous Camp David accords.″

The 150 delegates from 11 Arab countries officially represent only their individual organizations, so the communique did not necessarily reflect the positions of their governments.

Jordan, for example, agreed to act as host for the conference although King Hussein has called for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait and allow the ousted emir to return. However, the king has resisted Western pressure to publicly condemn Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Saddam has won support in the Arab world by insisting that any Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait must be tied to a similar Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and a solution to the Palestinian problem. The United States objects to linking the Iraqi and Israeli issues.

″The Arab triumph had already started when an Arab leader said ‘No’ to America and slapped its face. We will slap the face of Bush with the shoes of Iraqi soldiers,″ Saududdin told the conference.

″Being leftists, Communists, Baathist or Islamist is not important. What is important is for us all to stand in the same trench with Iraq against Israel, the United States and their allies,″ Saududdin said.

Groups from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Mauritania, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Palestine Liberation Organization were invited to the conference. It was organized by the Jordanian Arab National Democratic Alliance.

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