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Introduction ----This paper will provide an overview of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, including its early history and its rise to prominence during the Intifada that began in 1987. It will also include a description of Yasser Arafat's ascendency to the leadership of the PLO, a position that earned him the right to speak for all Palestinians by virtue of the peace framework signed by him and the former Israeli Prime Minister Yitsak Rabin in 1993. Early History …

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…once again, Arafat is trying to rally the world to the side of the PLO in its ongoing struggle. Bibliography Gerner, Deborah. "The Arab-Israeli Conflict." Intervention into the 1990's. ed. Peter J. Shraeder. Boulder: Rienner Publishers, 1992. pp. 361 - 382. Nassar, Jamal and Heacock, Roger, eds. Intifada: Palestine at the Crossroads. New York: Praeger, 1990. Peretz, Don. Intifada: The Palestinian Uprising. Boulder: Westview Press, 1990. Biographical information taken from: Koury, Philip S. "Arafat, Yasir." Colliers Encyclopedia CD_ROM. Vol.2 1996.