2001 News Story

Prince Sultan affirms Kingdom's support of Palestinian funds

Speaking at the Education Fair he attended yesterday, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz referred to his speech at the Arab Summit recently concluded in Amman, Jordan as clearly reflecting the Kingdom's policy, and noted that Saudi Arabia has always promoted joint efforts for the benefit of the Arab World. He described what the Israeli authorities are doing against the Palestinians as suicidal, inhuman and irresponsible, and running counter to all principles of human rights.

At a press conference later yesterday following a visit to the Riyadh Schools, Prince Sultan specifically refuted reports that had shed doubt on the Kingdom's support for the Palestinians. In a statement on Friday on his return from the Amman Arab Summit he reiterated the inalienable support of Saudi Arabia to the funds of Al-Aqsa and the Al-Quds intifada, noting that the financial support extended to the Palestinians over the last six months aimed at enabling them to face the siege imposed on them by the Israeli authorities.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who supervises the Saudi Committee for Support of the Al-Quds intifada, has issued directives for SR 8,920,000 [U.S. $ 2,378,666.67] to be paid to 892 Palestinians who have lost their houses or farms, each receiving SR 10,000 [$ 2,666.67]. This raises the sum of money extended to the Palestinians by Committee to over SR 150 million [$ 40 million]. Financial assistance is currently being extended to the families of those martyred, injured, handicapped, or imprisoned in Israeli jails, as well as to these Palestinians whose houses or farms have been destroyed by Israeli soldiers.

The fair, organized by the Ministry of Education at the King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh, chronicles educational development in the Kingdom, partly through theatrical performances and film presentations. In his address, Minister of Education Muhammed Al-Rasheed pointed out the Kingdom's efforts to educate the handicapped and disabled as well as its success in reducing illiteracy, which now stands at only 8.4 percent for males. Minister Al-Rasheed later reported that Prince Sultan had stressed the importance of sending more Saudis on scholarships abroad to study archaeology in order to preserve the country's antiquities. Prince Sultan has also decided to convert into a museum of education the Saqr Quresh School, where he pursued his early studies.