Canada and the Palestine Liberation Organization

53rd General Assembly
November 1975
Dallas Texas

WHEREAS in July 1975 the government of Canada decided to cancel the projected Conference on Crime that was to be hosted by Canada on behalf of the United Nations and that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) had indicated that it would attend as observer in the status accorded to it by the plenum of the United Nations in November 1974; and

WHEREAS this action by the government of Canada was in recognition of the inherent immorality of the PLO's attendance at a crime conference and in response to the wishes of large numbers of Canadians, both Jewish and non-Jewish;

THEREFORE, BE IT, RESOLVED THAT the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, convened in General Assembly, records its appreciation for this unprecedented action of the Canadian government for its courageous stand in the face of great international, economic, and political pressure and for its determination and courage in taking a moral stand rather than one of inaction or opportunism; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the more than 1 million members of the UAHC, with congregations both in Canada and the United States, note with sincere admiration and appreciation the expressions of continued support and friendship that the government of Canada has extended to the State of Israel, helping to preserve thereby the frail foundations of world order and peace.