Radio Israel: Arafat to Visit Egypt to ‘Avoid Expected Violence’ on Nakba Day
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s visit to Egypt on Tuesday is aimed at “avoiding being in the Palestinian territories when the violence escalates on Nakba Day,” Israel Radio reported.
The radio quoted Israeli security sources as saying that Arafat would head to Egypt to avoid “expected terror acts by Palestinians to mark the Nakba Day on Tuesday.”
Al Ahram daily reported that the Palestinian president would hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak on the “deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territories.”
The Palestinian national forces in coordination with the PNA have prepared a public program to mark the Nakba, which comes this year under the toughest conditions ever.
Rallies from each Palestinian town will march to city centers where at noon, sirens will sound. All Palestinians will stand for three minutes and sing the national anthem.
After that, President Arafat will deliver a televised speech to his people, to be followed by a broadcast of a poem by the celebrated Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, on TV and radio – Albawaba.com