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Dreifuss visits Israel and Palestinian territories

Interior Minister Ruth Dreifuss visiting the Yad Vashem Memorial


The Swiss interior minister, Ruth Dreifuss, is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, on a trip which is to include a ceremony at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, whtere she will receive an honorary doctorate.

Dreifuss' four-day visit also sees her holding talks with representatives of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, as well as with Palestinian parliamentarians. Her agenda for Saturday includes talks with the Israeli president, Ezer Weizman, and several Israeli ministers.

On Friday, Dreifuss - who is herself Jewish - visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and gave a speech on "Jewish Culture and Identity in the 21st Century" at the Hebrew University. On Sunday, the university will grant her an honorary doctorate for the work she has done in promoting social justice and anti-Semitism.

During her trip, the Interior Minister will also take part in the inauguration of Israel's Swiss Centre, dedicated to Sigi and Lisa Daniel. The research institute's focus is on conflicts and how they can be managed and solved.

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