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Nachtengel
Thursday, June 4th, 2009, 11:59 AM
Couldn't hurt, on any day, given some worrisome trends in Canada though less here than in Europe to demonize both Jews and Israel, particularly via the rubric of anti-Zionism, which anybody with half a brain recognizes for what it is: The same old anti-Semitism tarted up in sleazy pedantic finery.

But yesterday, at the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda synagogue in North York, the most astonishing thing happened. Leaders of Canada's political parties got all gushy and goopy, practically falling over one another to show they love Jews and Israel best.

How gratifying this must have been for those assembled, and a wider constituency that has found itself besieged anew, bewildered and alarmed by the increasing brazenness of Jew-bashing in this country, a toxic debate that finds fertile soil in the political sludge of the Middle East.

There was Prime Minister Stephen Harper using the occasion to announce a new bill that would allow victims to sue perpetrators and sponsors of terrorism whether individuals, organizations or foreign states through Canadian courts, civilly.

And there was Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, sounding rather ticked that the Tories had thus pre-empted a private member's bill on that very issue, which justice critic Irwin Cotler had planned to introduce in the Commons.

Jack Layton had no such bill in his back pocket perhaps left it in his other pants but was adamant that New Democrats stood four-square with the Canadian Jewish Congress as human-rights advocates, whilst denying that new-wave anti-Semitism is a phenomenon of the modern left.

The Green party's Elizabeth May extolled Israel as "an exemplar of democracy" in the Middle East, while claiming violence in the region is fuelled by "petro-dollars to petro-dictators." The Bloc called in sick and was excused.

Of course, this was the 29th plenary assembly of the CJC and none of the invited speakers would dare wrangle with their hosts on the details. But beyond the core consensus of a two-state solution in the Middle East, it's always the details that kibosh any proposals for ending the Palestinian conflict, securing Israel's security, or civilizing the discussion.

Harper was there to accept the prestigious Saul Hayes Human Rights award, named for a former CJC executive director, the first time it's been given to a sitting PM. The standing ovation lasted for several minutes. While traditionally tilting Liberal, many Canadian Jews now embrace Harper as Israel's staunchest defender.

"I am troubled, very troubled, by the degree in which opposition to the government of Israel has become, in some circles, an intellectual cover for anti-Semitic discourse," Harper said, to rousing cheers.

"It is all too common nowadays for people to claim to support Israel and the Jewish people. Yet when Israel is attacked for the umpteenth time, because its enemies refuse to accept the right of the Jewish state to exist, these same people are quick to condemn Israel and accuse it of war crimes and to demand that it unilaterally suspend its right to self-defence.

"You will not hear that kind of double-talk from our government ever."

While certainly not all Jewish Canadians support Israel's conduct, the Harper government has been widely praised for being among the first to cut aid to the Palestians following the election of terrorist-designated Hamas, withdraw from Durban II and refuse to sign a francophone nation summit anti-Israel resolution.

Ignatieff yesterday conceded no ground to Harper's Tories on steadfastness with Israel.

First he teed off on Iran, "a dreadful regime that uses a great religion and then poisons the wellspring of generosity in that great religion with statements inspired by hatred. This is a state seeking weapons of mass destruction. This is a member of the UN denying another member of the UN the right to exist. Canada cannot be silent when one state denies another state their right to exist. Canada cannot be silent when a president of a state denies the Holocaust. And we cannot be in the room when the president of a state engages in vicious lies. Denial of the Holocaust is an unacceptable moral disgrace."

Ignatieff reminded that his father was a Canadian diplomat who served on the UN committee that recommended partitioning Palestine "a plan accepted by Jews, but rejected by the Arab world. Too much violence has followed."

Five months ago, Ignatieff drew intense criticism for refusing to assail Israel's protracted military assault on Gaza, in response to incessant rocketing of Israeli towns. "I was proud to stand with Israel, my party was proud to stand with Israel, during that hour of trial."

As an elected politician, Ignatieff added, he is required to represent and listen to all factions. "But it does not mean agreeing with everyone and there are some lines I cannot cross. I cannot be neutral between a member of the UN and a terrorist organization. I cannot be neutral between democracy and terror. I cannot be neutral with historical facts. I cannot meet groups or appear on platforms with groups that have links or connections to terror.

"I cannot say one thing in a synagogue and another in a mosque."

But Ignatieff, sensing electoral drifts ahead, warned against exploitation of solidarity with Israel as a partisan political wedge.

"It is reckless, reckless, for leaders to try to score points by branding one another as anti-Israel, to try to claim votes by claiming a monopoly on support for Israel. The true interests of Israel will not be served if Israel becomes a domestic political football in this country."

Sounded a lot like third-and-long yesterday, though.

http://www.thestar.com/news/columnist/article/643445

Svartljos
Thursday, June 4th, 2009, 03:05 PM
What can you really expect from a country which gave steadfast support for Israel during both the recent Lebanon and Gaza wars. I really don't know why our government takes the position of the Republican party in the US on these issues at all, but it's very peculiar to me. Canada considers itself to be one of those countries which extols and protects human rights, but they aren't doing a very good job of it over there.

In my personal experience, there are many Canadians who don't follow the same line as the government on this particular issue, although I don't hang out in very religious circles so perhaps that might be whom they are trying to appeal to? (minus muslims of course :P).

prodeutsch
Sunday, June 7th, 2009, 09:13 PM
I am not buying it for one minute. Canada is a poster child for all that is wrong in the west....they allow millions of Asians, Arabs, Africans into the country and now they are so-called pro-Jew? Please....Canada is a western country bent on self destruction similar to the Balkanization of Yugoslavia! The future does not bode well for Sharia -Land AKA Canada!

Albionoria
Monday, June 8th, 2009, 12:41 AM
Couldn't hurt, on any day, given some worrisome trends in Canada – though less here than in Europe – to demonize both Jews and Israel, particularly via the rubric of anti-Zionism, which anybody with half a brain recognizes for what it is: The same old anti-Semitism tarted up in sleazy pedantic finery.


What and where are these trends you speak of? I would also be interested in a more detailed explanation between Canada and Europe. Please define the word pedantic as I lack half a brain.



But yesterday, at the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda synagogue in North York, the most astonishing thing happened. Leaders of Canada's political parties got all gushy and goopy, practically falling over one another to show they love Jews – and Israel – best.

How gratifying this must have been for those assembled, and a wider constituency that has found itself besieged anew, bewildered and alarmed by the increasing brazenness of Jew-bashing in this country, a toxic debate that finds fertile soil in the political sludge of the Middle East.


Increased Jew-bashing in Vinland? Please tell me more. Oh wait that's all you have to say. No facts, figure or statistics. Just Jews proclaiming there eternal victimhood.



There was Prime Minister Stephen Harper using the occasion to announce a new bill that would allow victims to sue perpetrators and sponsors of terrorism – whether individuals, organizations or foreign states – through Canadian courts, civilly.


Something tells me this guy is a hard-lined Judeo–Christian. The more power he gives to the chosen Jews the brighter his spot in heaven will be.



And there was Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, sounding rather ticked that the Tories had thus pre-empted a private member's bill on that very issue, which justice critic Irwin Cotler had planned to introduce in the Commons.


Well so much for differing of opinion. This guy wants nothing more than the top spot and is willing to do anything to get there. I think I once read something about his father/grandfather being somewhat of anti-semite. Though of course he admittedly distance's himself from that part of personal history.



Jack Layton had no such bill in his back pocket – perhaps left it in his other pants – but was adamant that New Democrats stood four-square with the Canadian Jewish Congress as human-rights advocates, whilst denying that new-wave anti-Semitism is a phenomenon of the modern left.


Human-rights advocates? Don't think so Jack. I always thought true anti-semitism to be a far right ideal. I'm not saying the left doesn't feel that way. There just in denial of their feelings.



The Green party's Elizabeth May extolled Israel as "an exemplar of democracy" in the Middle East, while claiming violence in the region is fuelled by "petro-dollars to petro-dictators." The Bloc called in sick and was excused.


Well at least the Bloc showed some dignity and by doing so loyalty to it's true political objective. A separate nation, no Jews just Francophones. Maybe Anglophones if I'm lucky.

No surprises from Elizabeth May. She had a bad slip of the tongue leading up to the last elections. Managed to call the Vinnish people stupid. While I would agree with her if she was speaking about the sheeple. However seeing her show up at this event leaves no doubt in my mind what kind of person she is.



Of course, this was the 29th plenary assembly of the CJC and none of the invited speakers would dare wrangle with their hosts on the details. But beyond the core consensus of a two-state solution in the Middle East, it's always the details that kibosh any proposals for ending the Palestinian conflict, securing Israel's security, or civilizing the discussion.

Harper was there to accept the prestigious Saul Hayes Human Rights award, named for a former CJC executive director, the first time it's been given to a sitting PM. The standing ovation lasted for several minutes. While traditionally tilting Liberal, many Canadian Jews now embrace Harper as Israel's staunchest defender.

"I am troubled, very troubled, by the degree in which opposition to the government of Israel has become, in some circles, an intellectual cover for anti-Semitic discourse," Harper said, to rousing cheers.

"It is all too common nowadays for people to claim to support Israel and the Jewish people. Yet when Israel is attacked for the umpteenth time, because its enemies refuse to accept the right of the Jewish state to exist, these same people are quick to condemn Israel and accuse it of war crimes and to demand that it unilaterally suspend its right to self-defence.

"You will not hear that kind of double-talk from our government – ever."


Yes, you will never hear this kind of double-talk because I know my public life will be finished should I ever object.



While certainly not all Jewish Canadians support Israel's conduct, the Harper government has been widely praised for being among the first to cut aid to the Palestians following the election of terrorist-designated Hamas, withdraw from Durban II and refuse to sign a francophone nation summit anti-Israel resolution.


From what I gather so far from this article is. Francophones = balls, Anglophones = lacking.



Ignatieff yesterday conceded no ground to Harper's Tories on steadfastness with Israel.

First he teed off on Iran, "a dreadful regime that uses a great religion and then poisons the wellspring of generosity in that great religion with statements inspired by hatred. This is a state seeking weapons of mass destruction. This is a member of the UN denying another member of the UN the right to exist. Canada cannot be silent when one state denies another state their right to exist. Canada cannot be silent when a president of a state denies the Holocaust. And we cannot be in the room when the president of a state engages in vicious lies. Denial of the Holocaust is an unacceptable moral disgrace."

Ignatieff reminded that his father was a Canadian diplomat who served on the UN committee that recommended partitioning Palestine – "a plan accepted by Jews, but rejected by the Arab world. Too much violence has followed."

Five months ago, Ignatieff drew intense criticism for refusing to assail Israel's protracted military assault on Gaza, in response to incessant rocketing of Israeli towns. "I was proud to stand with Israel, my party was proud to stand with Israel, during that hour of trial."

As an elected politician, Ignatieff added, he is required to represent and listen to all factions. "But it does not mean agreeing with everyone and there are some lines I cannot cross. I cannot be neutral between a member of the UN and a terrorist organization. I cannot be neutral between democracy and terror. I cannot be neutral with historical facts. I cannot meet groups or appear on platforms with groups that have links or connections to terror.

"I cannot say one thing in a synagogue and another in a mosque."

But Ignatieff, sensing electoral drifts ahead, warned against exploitation of solidarity with Israel as a partisan political wedge.

"It is reckless, reckless, for leaders to try to score points by branding one another as anti-Israel, to try to claim votes by claiming a monopoly on support for Israel. The true interests of Israel will not be served if Israel becomes a domestic political football in this country."

Sounded a lot like third-and-long yesterday, though.

The whole details of this event just make me ill. Out of the four major parties not one has an ounce of honesty left in them. Yes we are Vinland and we will impose our moral authority over every nation in the middle east, that doesn't side with the Jews. Even though the Jews are not loyal to Vinland.

P.S. In response to this article I ask that the moderators change the name Canada to Vinland. After all this is a Germanic specific forum.