State Department protests after Arafat is ejected from New York concert
Wednesday 25 October 1995
New York - The State Department protested angrily after learning that New York officials had thrown the PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, out of a classical music concert for leaders celebrating the UN's 50th anniversary.
New York's mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, defended his decision to eject Mr Arafat, shown above with an unidentified companion at the concert on Monday night, saying the Palestinian leader had not been invited and was using someone else's tickets. "When you're having a party, I would rather not have someone who has been implicated in the murders of Americans," said Mr Giuliani. It did not matter that Mr Arafat had twice been a guest at the White House and shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize: "If I had the discretion I would not invite Yasser Arafat to anything, anywhere, anytime, any place."
Mr Arafat, who was mobbed by autograph-seekers, was not told to leave until half-way through a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. His departure went unnoticed by most concert-goers. A State Department spokesman, Nicholas Burns, said: "We don't think this is right. He's the leader of the Palestinian people and he is negotiating peace with Israel. He should be given the respect and dignity and hospitality in the United States that the leader of the Palestinian people deserves.". Reuter
- 1 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 2 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 3 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 4 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
Bono's group has made more money from Facebook investment than from all his music
Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told 'the non-Jews' are 'evil' in worksheet produced by London school
Wikipedia rocked by 'rogue editors' blackmail scam targeting small businesses and celebrities
More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches, it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This recognized leader in providing software s...
£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...