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  • August 10, 1949

    Arrest of Jewish Smugglers

    Report on the arrest of a number of smugglers of Jewish people and gold to Palestine.

  • August 15, 1949

    Untitled report on the return of Palestinian refugees

    Short document regarding the return of Palestinian refugees to Israel.

  • 1950

    Onset and Development of Communism

    Discusses how Communism began in Lebanon, the importance of the educators’ visit to Moscow in the 1920s, the early conception of the role of Islam in the Lebanese Communist Party, the Communist Party in Palestine and the Israeli occupation, activities of the Communist Party in France, and internal affairs/organization of the Lebanese Communist Party.

  • September 01, 1951

    Jordan after the Assassination of King 'Abd Allāh

    Report on the aftermath of King 'Abd Allāh's assasination; including effects on the Jordanian working class, the results of the elections in eastern Jordan and the West Bank and their after effects, information on Communist activity in Amman, rumors of a plot to make Prince Nayf the new King of Jordan, a information on the Jordanian economy.

  • March 16, 1952

    Assassination Attempts against Emile al Ghoury

    Document describes four assassination attempts carried out against members of the Arab Higher Committee including Emile al-Ghoury during 1951.

  • March 28, 1952

    His Eminence Haj Amin al-Husseini's [Amīn al-Ḥusaynī] Visit, and the Real Reason behind his Mission in Beirut

    Report on the President of the Higher Arab Commission's visit to Beirut to discuss Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

  • November 10, 1953

    An Important Report about a Palestinian Network Working for America to Settle Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

    Report on a network working to settle Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

  • November 27, 1953

    Untitled report on an Israeli plan to attack the Palestinians

    Report on Israeli military strength and position on the military strength of the other Arab countries.

  • 1955

    A British Plan against Saudi Arabia

    Report from Basra of a British plan regarding the Hijaz and Jordanian and Palestinian territories.

  • January 01, 1956

    Communist Activities

    Report on a meeting between the Syrian and Lebanese Communist Parties in Damascus.

  • February 11, 1957

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Syria, 'The Situation of Ambassador Chen’s Visit to the Syrian Foreign Minister'

    The Chinese Ambassador to Syria and the Syrian Foreign Minister discuss the timing of the Second Asian-African Conference and the Arab-Israeli conflict

  • December 17, 1963

    Record of the Second Meeting between Premier Zhou Enlai and President Nasser

    Zhou and Nasser discuss developments in and relations with Libya, Tunisia, Israel, Palestine, Morocco, Yemen, and Mauritania, as well as the Non-Aligned Movement and the proposed second Asian-African Conference.

  • 1965

    Palestinian Communists

    A list of Palestinian communists, including their current locations, city of origin and role in the party.

  • June 28, 1965

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Ahmad Shukeiri

    Zhou and Shukeiri discuss Chinese aid to the PLO and the situation of Palestinian refugees.

  • February 10, 1966

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Department, 'Some Aspects of Israel's Foreign Policy and the GDR's Position Toward Israel"

    A detailed analysis of Israel's founding and the history of East German foreign policy toward Israel and the Arab states. Vehemently attacking Israel, and emphasizing the close relations between West Germany and Israel, was considered essential to capture the interest of Arab audiences, steering them towards closer relations with the GDR.

  • August 10, 1970

    Hungarian Foreign Ministry memorandum on the Palestine Liberation Movement in 1970 (excerpts)

    This memorandum briefly describes the growing Palestinian Movement in Israel and recommends that the Hungarian Solidarity Committee establish ties with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), while not endorsing any radical acts of terrorism.

  • March 09, 1971

    Untitled report about the Palestinian Organizations

    Account of Palestinian opposition groups and their relations to the Arab, Western, and Third worlds.

  • August, 1974

    Notes on Yasser Arafat's Vist to Moscow in July [1974]

    Notes on meetings that took place from July 30th to August 3rd 1974 between PLO President Yasser Arafat and unnamed Soviet officials. Topics discussed included improving likelihood that the issue of Palestinian independence would be resolved, Arafat's approval of Soviet support for Palestine, the Soviets' expression, at length, that they do not support the destruction of Israel, and continuing cooperation between the Soviets and the PLO.

  • March, 1978

    Notes on Yasser Arafat's Visit to Moscow in March [1978]

    Notes on a meeting in Moscow from March 6-10 between Yasser Arafat & the PLO Delegation and the Soviet government. Arafat was met by Brezhnev, Boris Ponomarev and Andrei Gromyko. Among the issues discussed were the situation in the Middle East, the Soviets desire for Palestine to counter Egypt's "capitulation" to Israel and the U.S. (which Arafat affirmed), tensions in Southern Lebanon and the PLO's increasing desire to further cooperation with Syria and non-Christian Lebanese groups.

  • November 14, 1978

    Notes on Yasser Arafat's Visit to Moscow in October 1978

    A synopsis of discussions between Moscow and PLO Leader Yasser Arafat that had occurred on October 29, 1978. The Russians expressed concern that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has participated in peace agreements with Israel and the U.S. The Russians framed this as anti-Arab and assured Arafat that they supported Arafat and his "progressive" policies. The Soviet Union aligns itself firmly with the PLO and those in the Arab world that reject cooperation with the U.S. and Israel. Due to these discussions, the first joint Soviet-PLO communique was issued, which pleased the Palestinians.