- The members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Egyptian
People's Assembly (parliament) in a meeting night before last unanimously
rejected a call to observe the Nazi holocaust on 27 January each year,
in accordance with a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly.
The decision came in response to a letter in which the President of the
Israeli Knesset called on Egypt to observe the occasion.
- After reviewing the text of the letter from the President
of the Israeli Knesset, the committee members affirmed that the occasion
does not concern Egypt, and that "we should celebrate and salute the
annual anniversaries of the dozens of Israeli massacres committed against
the Arab peoples, such as the massacre of Deir Yasin and Bahr al-Baqar
- The deputies declared that the resolution issued by the
United Nations General Assembly was directed at governments, not parliaments,
and was not binding on the Arab peoples. Dr. Mustafa al-Fiqi, the
Chairman of the Committee, said that the President of the People's Assembly
was currently preparing a reply to the letter of the President of the Knesset.