Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 11:33 AM
Subject: Mr. Jonathan Schneiderman
Canada Palestine Association,
Halifax, NS. B3J 2X1
Aug. 12, 2005.
The Hon. Mr. Pierre Pettigrew,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dear Mr. Pettigrew:
We are astonished and deeply concerned at the
appointment of Mr. Jonathan Schneiderman as your special adviser on Middle East
It is our understanding that Canadian foreign
policy, as related to Middle East, should be balanced and displays no bias to
any side, with special reference to the Palestine/Israel conflict. Our
government's policies should reflect international legitimacy, as reflected in
international conventions like the Fourth Geneva Convention and UN
Mr. Schneiderman's record shows, as displayed in
article below, a longstanding committment in support of Israeli government and
its advocates in Canada as Canada Israel Committe, Canadian Jewish Congress and
Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy group.
The article "Schneiderman advising Pettigrew on Mideast" from the Canadian
Jewish News (link http://www.cjnews.com/viewarticle.asp?id=4792
the following information"
"Schneiderman is president of
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, and has been
involved in various areas of the
Montreal Jewish community. He managed
Thomas Hecht's unsuccessful challenge
for the presidency of Canadian Jewish
Congress in the mid-1990s, and was
regional director of the Canadian Friends
of Bar-Ilan University."
large part of Schneiderman's time since his appointment in September has
been spent in communication with Jewish groups. On the day he was contacted,
he was scheduled to meet with leaders of the Canadian Council for Israel and
Jewish Advocacy, which was created last year.
He'd already met with
the Canada-Israel Committee and Israeli Ambassador
Alan Baker, and was
planning a second meeting with the ambassador and
Pettigrew in a couple of
With this background, it is clear, in the eyes of
any neutral observer, that this appointment is contrary to any claim by Canada
to hold a balanced view on Middle East Affairs or any committment to
international law. We call on you to examine this serious concern to many
Canadians and re-consider this appointment.
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Plestine