NDP silent on CUPW's involvement in 'Free Palestine' conference

Ahmed Saadat (C), leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), is escorted...

Ahmed Saadat (C), leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), is escorted by Israeli police as he arrives to attend a hearing in his trial at the Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem on September 9, 2012. Israeli forces captured Saadat in March 2006 in a controversial raid on a Palestinian Authority prison in Jericho, accusing him of planning the 2001 murder of far-right Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi, which was carried out by four PFLP militants. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

OTTAWA - The federal New Democrats refuse to criticize the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) for sending a delegation to a controversial "Free Palestine" conference in Brazil last week.

Critics call the conference anti-Israel, but NDP leader Thomas Mulcair didn't take a position Monday on whether it was appropriate for CUPW to attend.

"You're going to have to ask the CUPW about that," said Mulcair.


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