Friday, October 24, 2003

Ashrawi hits back: boycott over Sydney Peace Prize ridiculous: "Dr Ashrawi told the Herald: 'Obviously she's [Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull] been misled deliberately or she's taken information based on incomplete or dishonest sources. I knew there would be mobilised voices trying to malign Palestinians, particularly ones like me who have been outspoken for peace.'"

"City councillors were not informed of the Lord Mayor's decision [that Sydney City Council would boycott the ceremony] until two days after Cr Turnbull sent a letter to the director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Stuart Rees. Professor Rees said he had been told Cr Turnbull's husband, Malcolm, was concerned the row was being used to derail his campaign to win Liberal preselection for the federal seat of Wentworth, which has a large Jewish vote."

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