Postal union takes heat over conference

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 1:42 AM ET

OTTAWA - Postal union members in Brazil for a political conference had the chance to rub elbows this week with supporters of a listed terror group and its leader.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) were in Porto Alegre for the World Social Forum's "Free Palestine" conference, which wrapped up Saturday.

There, the five-person delegation had the option of attending a session devoted to calling for the release of Ahmad Saadat from an Israeli jail.

Saadat was sentenced in 2008 to 30 years behind bars for heading the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Israel suspects he helped orchestrate the 2001 assassination of Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi by the PFLP - a militant group with a history of violence.

 


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