Arabs inaugurate Yasser Arafat commemorative institute

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 |  by Staff Writer  

A ceremony held in Cairo and attended by Palestinian leaders and Israeli Arab lawmakers on Tuesday marked the inauguration of an institute to commemorate and preserve Yasser Arafat's legacy, reported Ynet.

The institute will, among other things, establish a photo and audio archive and museum in Ramallah and will be responsible for the preservation of the monument recently erected over Arafat's grave.

Speaking to Ynet prior to the Cairo ceremony, Israeli Arab Knesset Member Mohammed Barakeh characterized the deceased arch-terrorist as "an international symbol to all supporters of freedom in the world."

During his life, Arafat founded and led what was for decades recognized as the world's preeminent terrorist organization. His Palestine Liberation Organization, or PLO, was responsible for the deaths of an untold number of Arab, Israeli and Western victims.

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