The Palestinian Mayor of Nablus, maimed in a car bomb attack last June, has arrived in a Paris for a series of medical tests at the invitation of French President, Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
SV INTERIOR Palestinian Mayor of Nablus, Bassam Al-Shaka speaking in Arabic at Press Conference
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Background: The Palestinian Mayor of Nablus, maimed in a car bomb attack last June, has arrived in a Paris for a series of medical tests at the invitation of French President, Valery Giscard D'Estaing. Mr. Bassam Al-Shaka, who lost both legs in the attack, is expected to stay at least a week in France before going to London for further medical tests.
SYNOPSIS: Soon after his arrival at Orly Airport in Paris, Mr. Shaka held a brief news conference amidst strict security. He told journalists that Israel would always be faced with difficulties as long as it continued to occupy Arab territories and conducted what he called an "aggressive policy". Mr. Shaka accused Israeli authorities of trying to intimidate other Palestinian mayors by saying "You saw what happened to Shaka". He claimed that no Palestinians had been interviewed about the bomb attack by those investigating the incident. The mayor said his family and neighbours had not been asked to give evidence. Mr. Shaka also accused Israeli military authorities of removing footprints and planks of wood left by his attackers. Referring to the European Community's present initiative to find a solution in the Middle East, he told the news conference that Western Europe had an important role to play on the Palestinian issue.