Canada and Israel signed an agreement in Ottawa recently which will open the way for Canadian firms and individuals to start or invest in business concerns in Israel.
SV Israeli Ambassador Dr. Meron, left, and external Affairs Minister Sharp
SV Meron Tilt to Sharp signing
SV The two men finish signing and ??? shake hands
SV Pan Sharp seated with Canadian Arab group
SV Zoom in Spokesman, Dr. Louis Azzaria
CU Spokesman Azzaira speaking.
SOF IN "I think this is...."
SOF ENDS: "... rotting in the refugee camps."
MERON AND SHARP SIGNING AGREEMENT: THE TWO MEN FINISH SIGNING AND SHAKE HANDS: SHARP WITH CANADIAN ARABS: CANADIAN ARAB SPOKESMAN SPEAKING.
DR. AZZARIA: "I think this is one positive not that came of our meeting with Mr. Sharp, that he's going to look into the possibility of giving -- considering, increasing donations to UNRWA, so that it would be used for helping the Palestinians help themselves to become productive developing citizens, instead of just receiving charity which has been more or less the object of the Canadian donation - receiving charity and rotting in the refugee camps.
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This film, form the Canadian broadcasting Corporation, includes Dr. Azzaria's statement, a transcript of which appears below.
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Background: Canada and Israel signed an agreement in Ottawa recently which will open the way for Canadian firms and individuals to start or invest in business concerns in Israel. The agreement was signed by Canadian External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp and the Israeli Ambassador to Canada, Dr. Theodore Meron. Later, Mr. Sharp met representatives of a Canadian Arab group who opposed Canada's aid to Israel.
The bilateral agreement on foreign investment insurance which the tow men signed will protect Canadian investors in Israel by insuring them against such risks as war, nationalisation of industry or even revolution. Mr. Sharp described the agreement as a stop towards improving economic relations between the two countries. Similar agreements have already been concluded between Canada and five other countries.
It's reported that the signing of the agreement will further irritate the 80,000-member Federation of Canadian Arab Societies. And on the same day that he signed the agreement with Israel, Mr. Sharp met a delegation from the Federation.
They complained about Canada's intention to loan Israel up to one hundred million Canadian Dollars (approximately 40 million Pounds Sterling) for projects that would be approved by the Economic Development Council. A spokesman for the group, Dr. Louis Azzaria, said after the meeting that such Canadian help was aiding what he called Israeli occupation and oppression in Arab territory.
The spokesman said he was glad that Mr. Sharp said he'd examine the possibility of increasing donations to UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).