Palestine House mourns the passing of Yasser Arafat

TORONTO (11 November 2004) -- Palestine House announces with sorrow and regret the death of the symbol of the Palestinian struggle, the chairman of the PLO, leader of FATAH and the President of Palestine National Authority, leader Yasser Arafat ( Abu Ammar). Palestine House extends its sincere condolences to the Palestinian people in Palestine, the Diaspora and to Arafat's family and colleagues.

Arafat's lifetime commitment and tireless struggle towards the creation of a Palestinian state has been unparalleled. As one of the most influential leaders in the Arab world, his contributions will long be remembered.

Palestine House and the Palestinian community in Canada call upon the Palestinian leadership to respect the democratic and institutional principles in choosing a new leader. Palestine House calls on the Canadian government to support and work closely with the new leadership and to offer moral and logistical assistance to the Palestinians during this difficult period and to demand that the Israeli government does not abuse this transition by exercising any military or political interference.

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