MONTREAL (May. 25)
Yitzhak Mayer, the Consulate General of Israel in Montreal, denounced the coaltiion of trade unionists, political figures, Socialists and Palestinians who have formed a coalition to protest a scheduled visit here in June by former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon.
In a statement, Mayer said that “the persons behind this dubious effort have publicly based their opposition to this visit on a string of misconstrued facts and have launched an unprecedented campaign of slander against Sharon the man and Sharon the Minister (Without Portfolio) in the Israeli government. “The coalition has termed Sharon a “war criminal.”
Mayer expressed confidence that “public opinion in Quebec will reject this blatant attempt to libel Minister Sharon, the State of Israel and its institutions.”