JACK STRAW CONCERNED ABOUT FOREIGN ANTISEMITISM
Last updated: 2003-07-16
Jack Straw was meeting the Boards new team of Honorary Officers following their recent election. He told them that his recent meeting with Israels Prime Minister had resolved many of the earlier difficulties and he welcomed the growing relationship between Ariel Sharon and Abu Mazen, the Palestinian Prime Minister. The British Government fully supported Abu Mazens position, but believed that Yasser Arafat could not be ignored as President of the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Straw also discussed the governments policy towards Iran, international terrorism, its voting record in the United Nations and the diversion of EU funds within the Palestinian Authority.
Following the meeting Board President Henry Grunwald QC commented:
We had a long and cordial meeting. We thanked Mr. Straw for the governments firm stance towards international terrorism, and urged them to ban the political wings of Hamas and Hizbollah following the banning of their military wings. We welcome all that the British Government has done to promote the Road Map and are pleased that most of the recent difficulties with Israel appear to have been overcome, although we do not believe that it is helpful to maintain dealings with Arafat, who is clearly seeking to undermine Abu Mazen. We appreciate Mr. Straws commitments to follow up on antisemitism in the Arab world and elsewhere, and look forward to continuing our dialogue with him.