PLO Presence at Icao Conference Draws Protest from Canadian Jewish Group

The Canadian Jewish Congress has protested to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney against the presence of the Palestine Liberation Organization at the executive meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which opened in Montreal Tuesday.

CJC president Dorothy Reitman said in a telegram to Mulroney Monday that “their (PLO) presence is unacceptable at all times, more particularly now in the wake of recent terrorist acts in Pakistan, Turkey and France.” She urged the Prime Minister to bar the PLO from Canada “because their presence here endangers the Jews of Canada.”

The PLO is represented at the ICAO meeting by O.H. Murad, who has the status of observer without voting rights. Canada and Israel are expected to present a detailed report at the meeting on measures to combat terrorism.

The Israeli delegation is headed by Chalom Schirman, Israel’s Consul General in Montreal. It also consists of Vice Consul Moshe Kimche and two representatives of the Ministry of Transport in Jerusalem, Shaia Shohami and Itzhak Elster.

The ICAO is an agency of the United Nations. The meeting will last three weeks.

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