TORONTO (Dec. 17)
The Canadian Jewish Congress cabled a proposal to Premier Golda Meir today to convene a world conference of Jewish leadership to demonstrate solidarity with Israel in the “worsening” Middle East situation.
The cable was sent by Monroe Abbey, president of the CJ Congress and Saul Hayes, executive vice-president, following a meeting of the organization’s national executive committee here. It said, “The Canadian Jewish community is perturbed by the deteriorating situation in the Middle East and the increasingly heavy burden which Israel has to shoulder. The Canadian Jewish Congress respectfully requests your Excellency to consider the feasibility of convening a world conference of Jewish leadership which would be a manifestation of profound solidarity and determination to mobilize for Israel all possible assistance in her hour of need.”
(A similar proposal for a Jewish leadership conference was made in Buenos Aires yesterday by the DAIA, central representative body of Argentine Jewry, the Association of Argentine Jewish Communities and the Argentine Zionist Federation.)
The CJ Congress also called on the Canadian Government and the United Nations to condemn what it charged was Soviet Russia’s support and encouragement of Arab terrorists operating against Israel.
It expressed “grave concern” over the recent invitation to Moscow “of an acknowledged Arab terrorist leader.” It said the Soviet Government’s invitation lent “stature and credence to Arab terrorists and their objectives as well as giving a stamp of approval to the methods they employ and can only serve to encourage them to further escalate violence and bloodshed both in the Middle East and elsewhere. The organization said Soviet recognition of the terrorists had encouraged an invitation to them to attend the Arab summit meeting at Rabat. Morocco.