Faisal Husseini to be buried Today n Jerusalem
- Mewnews Notes:
Feisal El Husseini, dead at 61 from an apparent heart attack, is widely mourned by Israeli dialog
activists, because he was a pioneer in Palestinian-Israeli dialog. His visit to Kuwait was the first
such visit by a PLO official in 11 years, following the rupture that occurred during the Iraqi
invasion of kuwait. Husseini was PNA minister
for Jerusalem. He was in Kuwait to attend the anti-normalization conference
being held there, it seems.
The Husseini family was for many years the most prominent in Palestine, and Feisal Husseini was its
current leader and viewed as a possible successor to Yasser
Arafat. The family led the Palestinian revolt of 1936-1939 and the resistance to
the U.N. partition plan of 1947, under the Grand Mufti, Haj Amin El Husseini.
Husseini's father, Abdel Khader El-Husseini Suleiman was a prominent Palestinian
military leader. He was killed in the battle for the Kastel in April 1948, and his
funeral, likewise held on a Friday, was attended by thousands.
His grandfather, Moussa Khazem El Husseini, was Mayor of Jerusalem in
early mandatory Palestine.
Faisal Husseini to be buried Friday in Jerusalem
By Ori Nir and Ha’aretz Service
[May 31, 01] Faisal Husseini, the Palestinian minister responsible for Jerusalem Affairs, who died
of a heart attack while attending a conference in Kuwait, is to be buried Friday afternoon in
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat cut short his visit to Belgium in order to accompany
Husseini's coffin from Amman to the West Bank city of Ramallah. Three Jordanian helicopters flew
Husseini's body, his family, Arafat and his entourage to Ramallah.
Arafat has not requested permission from Israel to attend Faisal Husseini's funeral in Jerusalem.
Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, on humanitarian grounds, granted the Husseini family and
Palestinian VIP’s permission to participate in the funeral. Israel also gave the Palestinian
Authority (PA) a list of those permitted to enter Jerusalem for the funeral.
Funeral proceedings will begin with a military ceremony in Ramallah. The coffin will then be
transferred to Jerusalem where the funeral procession will begin at around 4 P.M. at Orient House in
East Jerusalem, which served as Husseini's headquarters, and proceed to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the
Temple Mount. Husseini will be buried beside his father, Abed al-Kader Husseini, a Palestinian
militia commander who died fighting Israel in the 1948 War of Independence. A large crowd is
expected to attend.
Husseini was found dead Thursday morning in his hotel room in Kuwait, where he was attending a
conference of Persian Gulf states against normalization with Israel. He apparently died in his
sleep. He had suffered from heart trouble for years, as well as asthma and other breathing
Husseini's death took Palestinians by surprise, and especially the Arab community of Jerusalem, of
which he was the acknowledged leader. Thousands of residents of the city came to Orient House on
Thursday morning after hearing of his death. There, black flags were hung and verses from the Koran
were read over the loudspeakers.
The mourners included youths who admired him as a charismatic and uncorruptible leader, elderly men
who remembered fighting alongside his father, colleagues from the Palestinian leadership and members
of the international diplomatic corps.
The "National and Islamic Forces" in the city declared three days of mourning, starting Thursday,
during which time Arab merchants will be asked to close their shops. Husseini's family will receive
condolence visits at Orient House for the next week.
The U.S. sent a message to the PA, telling them not to exploit the funeral for their own violent