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Eighth Edition
The Constitution
Introductory Bulletin
The Constitution - Introductory Bulletin
Date posted: February 07, 2015
By PLO Executive Committee - Department of Culture and Information

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said:

ďCanada is indulging in political blackmail at the expense of our civil society institutions.Ē

These remarks were issued in response to the Canadian Governmentís decision to terminate a contribution agreement it had between MIFTAH and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

The project was terminated shortly following Dr. Ashrawiís response to Canadian Prime Minister John Bairdís insistence that the Palestinians are making a Ďhuge mistakeí by going to the ICC by stating that Ďthe huge mistake is allowing Israel to persist in its violations and war crimesÖ Israel is enabled by apologists like John Baird to persist with the support of self-appointed advocates who become complicit in these war crimes.í

The Representative Office of Canada had requested that Dr. Ashrawi accompany the Canadian Representative on a visit to the project, and later, she was asked to write a letter expressing gratitude for this specific Canadian project.

As Head of the Board of Directors, Dr. Ashrawi has no executive authority nor has she ever issued such statements or carried out such visits in relation to Mifahís projects.

Dr. Lily Feidy, as CEO of Miftah, is the proper address for all such responsibilities; however, the Canadian Representative Office insisted it should be done by Dr. Ashrawi herself.

In response, the project was suspended and the agreement terminated.

Dr. Ashrawi commented, ďThe Palestinians and their institutions are not up for sale, and should not be subjected to extortion.

Canadaís decision to end the cooperation agreement is a blatant attempt to extract political concessions in return for economic support for projects.Ē

Dr. Ashrawi issues political and policy statements as a member of the PLO Executive Committee, and in this capacity, her role is completely separate from her volunteer work in civil society organizations.

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