The executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan said his 12-minute speech today at a Jerusalem Day rally in front of Dearborn City Hall was misrepresented by a local Jewish group.
In his speech, Dawud Walid said he doubted the upcoming peace talks between President Barack Obama and Arab and Israeli leaders would produce any change because the person representing Palestine was not elected by the Palestinian people. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, was elected to serve until January of 2009; however, he extended his term. Some Palestinians have disputed his presidency.
But shortly after the rally, the Jewish Community Relations Council, in a statement, said it was disappointed by Walid's remarks.