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Tuesday, March 31, 1998 Published at 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK



World: Middle East

Arafat visits Anne Frank museum
image: [ Yasser Arafat outside the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam ]
Yasser Arafat outside the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam

The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, has paid a visit to the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam, which commemorates the life of a young Jewish girl whose diary was published after she died in a Nazi concentration camp.

Mr Arafat, who is on a two-day visit to the Netherlands, said he wanted to learn at first hand about the suffering of Anne Frank and her family.

A crowd of several hundred people applauded as Mr Arafat entered the building.

However, one Jewish group criticised the visit as a publicity stunt that desecrated the memory of Holocaust victims.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service






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