Jerusalem – July 17 Wafa (Official Palestine News Agency) – Dozens of Israeli occupation police force surrounded “The Orient House”, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s headquarters in East Jerusalem and banned a memorial ceremony for the Martyr Faisal Husseini was to have been held.

Husseini, who held the portfolio for Jerusalem in the PLO, died in Kuwait of a heart attack about 40 days ago.

The Orient House issued a statement calling the occupation banning order “a provocation and a slander against the legacy of peace and tolerance represented by the late Faisal al-Husseini”. It said it would defy the ban and go ahead with the memorial ceremony.

The late Husseni, was the man who symbolized the Palestinian hopes of making the holy city the capital of a future state of Palestine, was buried at Haram al-Sharif.

This release was issued on July 17, 2001.