Jewish community leadership meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas



    OTTAWA, May 26 /CNW/ - Canada-Israel Committee National Chairman Moshe
Ronen led a delegation of Jewish community leadership today in a meeting with
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Chief Negotiator Saeb
Erekat.
    Said Ronen: "It was an opportunity to get Abbas's perspective on the
challenges facing Palestinians and Israelis as they try to advance the peace
process."
    Ronen added that the encounter also allowed the community to convey some
of its concerns regarding the continued anti-Israel incitement in the
Palestinian environment, much of it with anti-Semitic overtones, which has
leeched into the Canadian street and university campuses.
    Added Rabbi Reuben Poupko, co-chair of the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus: "Of
particular concern has been the distrust and suspicion rooted in the perceived
refusal to recognize the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state."
    Mr. Abbas praised Canada's involvement in the region as a donor country
and expressed particular appreciation for its role to help build the
Palestinian justice system and security infrastructure.
    Marc Gold, President of Federation-CJA of Montreal, expressed
satisfaction that the Canadian Jewish community was able to re-enforce its
support for ongoing dialogue based on a commitment to a two-state solution -
two states for two peoples.
    Eric Maldoff, Chairman of the Quebec-Israel Committee, concluded that all
stakeholders in the region - and their counterparts in Canada - share a
responsibility to foster and encourage voices of moderation to work toward a
peaceful and just resolution to the conflict.





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