NEW YORK (Jan. 26)
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations’ special committee on Mexico today called Mexico a friend of the Jewish people and said that relations should be fully normalized. The special committee was formed Jan. 14 at a full meeting of the Presidents Conference’s 32 organizations to “reassess” the Conference’s policy on Mexico.
The special committee in a statement today, said: “We have reviewed all relevant actions and statements by the government of Mexico and, in particular, (President) Luis Echeverria. We are satisfied, that a decided reversal of Mexico’s attitude toward Zionism, Israel and the Jewish people have in fact taken place. We are no longer confronting an adversary but have regained a friend. It is our recommendation that our relations be fully normalized.”
Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, chairman of the Presidents Conference, added. “It is significant that the vote of the committee was unanimous. I will forward the report to all our member organizations enabling each to take appropriate action.” All of the organizations that have tourism programs were represented on the committee. These groups cancelled their tours to Mexico after Mexico voted for the anti-Zionism resolution in the United Nations General Assembly. It is anticipated that they may now reintroduce the tours.