Israeli Arabs Receive no Invitations to Assad's Funeral

Published June 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli Arab politicians had not received invitations to Syrian President Hafez Assad's funeral Tuesday, reported Haaretz.  

Knesset members, heads of local authorities and other key Arab figures discussed the possibility of making up a delegation to Damascus with National Democratic Alliance (Balad) Chair Azmi Bishara, who has close links to Syrian leaders and has visited Syria in the past, said the daily. 

Bishara, who contacted Sunday senior officials in Damascus, was doubtful that a contingency representing Israeli Arabs would take part in the funeral, but he does believe that such a delegation would soon be able to visit Damascus to offer their condolences, according to the daily. 

Some Arab members of parliament said Sunday that the short time left until the funeral actually works in their favor because of their reserved relations to the Syrian leadership as a result of their allegiance to Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, said Haaretz - Albawaba.com  

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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