Green Leader Praised For Stand on Event
TORONTO — The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) said last week it was pleased that Green Party leader Elizabeth May advised her party’s candidates to cancel a planned “peace” conference featuring a virulently anti-Semitic speaker, as well as Iranian academics who support the Islamic Republic.
But the self-titled “Group of Four” – comprising two current and two former Green candidates – ignored May and went ahead with its “Just and Sustainable Peace” conference Oct. 28, featuring Davood Ameri, director general of the Iran-based Islamic World Peace Forum, which claims Zionists are not only responsible for 9/11 but also for all “criminal events” in the Muslim world today, including places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan.
The RCMP reversed course last week and decided not to send an outreach officer to the event, one day after Public Safety Minister Vic Toews criticized the move.
Buyout In Works?
EDMONTON — Canada’s Gehermezian family is in talks to buy Clal Insurance from its Tel Aviv-based owner, the Israeli business paper Globes has reported. Globes said the Jewish family, with estimated wealth of $4 billion, is in talks with Clal’s majority owner, IDB Holdings, to buy its 55 per cent stake in Clal for $1.1 billion. The family has holdings in real estate, hotels, and oil and gas, but is perhaps best known for building the West Edmonton Mall.