MEXICO CITY (May. 8)
The Jewish community here is deeply disturbed by the visit to Mexico several days ago of a delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization which became the occasion for an upsurge of anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-Egyptian propaganda. The PLO group was the guest of the Mexican Communist Party (PCM) which sponsored their public appearances including a press conference.
The delegation included the Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish and Abdel Rahman, editor of the magazine “Palestine,” who charged that “American imperialism is developing a conspiracy against the Palestinian people to liquidate freedom of movement and promote the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty in order to surround Syria and help (President Anwar) Sadat against isolation in the Arab world.”
Sergio Nudelstejer, secretary general of the Central Jewish Committee of Mexico and representative of the American Jewish Committee in Mexico and Central America, reported on the activities of the PLO visitors and their leftist supporters. He noted that the PCM and other left-wing political movements have been legalized and may participate in the next parliamentary elections to be held July 1.
In their propaganda they always stress the struggle of the “Palestinian people against Zionist imperialism,” Nudelstejer said. They accuse Israel of sending weapons to Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile and other right-wing military regimes in Latin America. Nudelstejer produced samples of anti-Semitic leaflets directed against Israel and prominent local Jewish personalities. He said that Mexico probably will be the site of next year’s Conference of Arab Federations in Latin America.