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PLO Officials Claim That Israel Poisons Arab Food

NEW YORK -- A senior PLO's official false claim that Israel is poisoning food that it exports to the Palestinian Arabs "is a bizarre and patently fraudulent attempt to smear Israel's name," said Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).

Abdel Hamid al-Qudsi, Deputy Minister of the PLO's Palestinian Authority Ministry of Supplies, declared: "Israel is distributing food containing material that causes cancer and hormones that harm male virility and other spoiled food products in the Palestinian Authority's territories in order to poison and harm the Palestinian population. We absolutely feel that it is an organized plan and conspiracy which is under the auspices of the Israel Defense Forces this is a planned is a planned and initiated war against the Palestinian people." (Yediot Ahronot, June 25, 1997)

Al-Qudsi's allegation follows a recent statement by Saleh Abdulal, Director of the Inspection department of the PLO's Palestinian Authority Ministry of Supplies, that Israel chewing gums sold in PLO- controlled areas "contain a sexually-stimulating adrenaline substance." Similar allegations were recently made in the Egyptian government-controlled press, in order to demonstrate "that Israel was exporting its depraved moral standards to Egypt to weaken its youth." (Jerusalem Post, May 27, 1997)

Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America, said: "Yasir Arafat has not condemned the latest PLO lie about Israel poisoning Arab food. Arafat seems to have learned well from other dictators, who understand that the bigger the lie, and the more frequently it is repeated, the more people will believe it." The food-poisoning lie is the latest in a long series of anti- Israel fabrications that Arafat and the PLO have circulated, including:


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