JERUSALEM (Dec. 27)
Jamil Shalhub, an Arab lawyer in Haifa, is organizing a delegation of Israeli Arabs and Jews to go to Cairo to express support for Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s peace initiative. Shalhub told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that he has 200 names on his list of participants so far and “the telephone does not stop ringing.”
He has filed a request with the Prime Minister’s Office for permission to go to Egypt and says the Egyptian authorities have indicated they would welcome such a delegation. If it materializes, it will be the first group of Israeli citizens to visit Egypt apart from diplomats engaged in negotiations and the officials and journalists accompanying them. Groups of Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza Strip went to Egypt on good will missions earlier this month with the encouragement of the Israeli authorities. But they were not citizens of Israel.