Ephrata’s Dr. Said is on U.N. delegation

December 8, 1988

Ephrata physician Dr. Mohammad Said, will be flying Out of Seattle en route to Geneva on Sun- day, Dec. 11, as the only American member of the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Said, a Palestine-born American citizen, is active in the Democratic Party in addition to his work on Palestinian issues and is a member of the National Democratic Standing Platform Committee. Prior to leaving for Switzerland Sunday, the Ephrata family practice doctor, in his role as a Democratic Committee member, will be attending a reception in Seattle for Fifth District Democratic Congressman Tom Foley. Sunday’s flight marks Said’s second overseas trip in the past month as a result of his involvement with Palestinian issues. Said noted that in November he attended the Palestinian National Council meeting in Algiers as part of the delegation and delivered a major policy speech in an effort to promote peace. Earlier this year, he served on the Democratic platform commit- tee and attempted unsuccessfully to add a Palestinian plank to the Democratic National Platform adopted at the convention in Atlanta. Dr. Said explained he views his role as the only American member of the delegation is designed to promote peace. “I’m trying to bridge the gap between the Palestinian Council and the American political main- stream,” he said, explaining the views the is trying to express are taken very seriously in the council discussions.