Dr Ghassan Khatib, the Special Envoy of the Palestinian Authority President, last week addressed the Capital Jewish Forum in the Victorian Parliament House.
(J-Wire, Jewish online news from Australia and New Zealand)
Dr Khatib spoke on ‘Statehood: Palestine and Israel’ and was introduced by Mr Izzat Abdulhadi, Palestinian Authority Head of Delegation to Australia.
CJF Founder and Executive Director, Manny Waks, told J-Wire: “Despite the short notice for this event, and the somewhat inconvenient time and venue, the turnout was very impressive. The community’s diverse views were represented at the event, which developed into a vigorous and passionate discussion, as expected.
I reiterate that the criticisms arising from some quarters condemning this event were unjustified and proved futile. I do not in any way anticipate the Australian Government will decide which way to cast their vote based on the platform the CJF provided to the PA’s Special Envoy.
The event provided many in the Jewish community the opportunity to engage in a stimulating discussion with the PA’s senior representatives. It was a great opportunity for us to hear directly from these representatives their perspective on some of the most complex, sensitive issues impacting Israel and the Jewish community, while simultaneously sharing with them our views on these issues.” read more