Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Holocaust Museum's Invitation to Yasser Arafat

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Holocaust Museum's Invitation to Yasser Arafat

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THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM'S INVITATION TO YASSER ARAFAT

WITH THE VISIT OF YASSER ARAFAT to Washington all but buffed in the headlines about White House intern Monica Lewinsky's alleged affair with President Bill Clinton, the only aspect of Arafat's activities that received widespread attention was the strange tale of his invitation to visit the U.S.-taxpayer-supported Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

Arafat had been asked by State Department peace team head Dennis Ross and his deputy, Aaron David Miller, both of whom are members of the museum board of directors, to include the visit in his Washington itinerary. Told it was necessary to assure U.S. Jews that he understood their pain over the genocide that took place before and during World War II in Europe while he was a child in Palestine, Arafat agreed.

Then he was informed by the museum's director that he would not be accorded a VIP welcome, but could stand in line like anyone else. (Presumably while pickets spat on him and potential assassins drew a bead. …

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