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December 11, 2015 1:10 pm

Arab-Israeli Political Leader Refuses to Address Meeting of US Jewish Groups

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Joint (Arab) List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh refused to address a meeting of an umbrella body representing 50 American Jewish organizations. Photo: Wikipedia.

Joint (Arab) List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh refused to address a meeting of an umbrella body representing 50 American Jewish organizations. Photo: Wikipedia.

JNS.org – Ayman Odeh—leader of the Joint Arab List, the Israeli Knesset’s alliance of Arab political parties—on Thursday refused to address a meeting of an umbrella body representing 50 American Jewish organizations because the meeting was held at premises shared by the Jewish Agency for Israel and other “Zionist entities.”

“We received several suggestions that MK Ayman Odeh be invited and, in keeping with the Conference’s decades-long tradition of providing a forum for a wide variety of points of view on issues affecting the American Jewish community’s agenda, we extended the invitation,” said Stephen Greenberg, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “We have had leaders of virtually every faction and party in the United States, Israel, from friendly and unfriendly countries, and none ever refused to appear. For a member of the Knesset to assert that he will not enter a premises because it has an association with Zionist entities, like the Jewish Agency, is disturbing and dismaying. Representatives of a broad spectrum of organizations came to hear him and were rightly upset by his decision not to appear, although he was in the building lobby.”

The Conference of Presidents added, “We hope MK Odeh will reconsider his stance if he, indeed, wants to advance coexistence in Israel and promote understanding abroad. As a leader, he cannot succumb to the pressures of extremists in his constituency, but should take advantage of such opportunities to provide his perspective, and that of those he represents, to an important and interested audience.”

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  • Andrew

    When will people realize, the joint Arab list is more loyal to Hamas then Israel. He should be kicked out of the knees etc.

  • Jack

    Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

  • The Conference of Presidents added, “We hope MK Odeh will reconsider his stance if he, indeed, wants to advance coexistence in Israel and promote understanding abroad.”

    Note to the clueless Council of President – Odeh is not interested in any of the above and neither are a significant number of the Arabs whom call themselves ‘Palestinians.’

    They never have been. Get rid of the bubble and wake up.

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