Board president against invite to Palestinian envoy

By Simon Rocker, December 24, 2010
Vivian Wineman

Vivian Wineman

Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of Deputies, is opposed to issuing an invitation to Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Authority’s UK envoy, to speak to the Board.

Mr Wineman had been urged to invite Professor Hassassian by the Board’s treasurer Laurence Brass, after the idea was suggest ed by another deputy at recent Board meetings.

But Mr Wineman, speaking from Israel on Friday, said that although the suggestion was still to be discussed by the executive, he was opposed to it.

He believed , he said: "It would be doubly inappropriate at this stage in the peace process , with talks stalled , for the Board to be hosting him”.

Last updated: 12:11pm, December 24 2010