NDP: Stop obeying the Israel lobby

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You gotta love gutsy Judy Haiven an Associate Professor in the Management Department at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. She is also a vocal member of Independent Jewish Voices,

She asks in wonderment:

What has happened to us? What happened to our generation of Jewish-Canadian boomers, aged 50 and up?How else can we explain the fact that so many Jews of our generation refuse to speak about or even acknowledge the atrocities committed by the IDF? In our silence, we Jews have allowed Israel to be seen as a neutral country—not as the only settler-colonial state left in the world, not as a place rife with human rights abuses aimed at 20% of its citizens who are Arabs, not as a country that violently enforces an illegal occupation over millions of Palestinians. We who read newspapers, the Internet, and have relatives in Israel won’t say a word.

Now she’s mad, justifiably so with the NDP.

It’s one thing for the NDP to say they don’t want to raise the red flag of Palestinian human rights during the election. After all, foreign affairs is not exactly one of the bread and butter issues politicians speak about on the hustings.

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But as a Nova Scotian, it shocked me that the NDP demanded the resignation of their Nova Scotia candidate Morgan Wheeldon, after the Conservative Party smeared him for daring to criticize Israel’s brutalilty against the Palestinians.
In August 2014, when Israel killed more than 2,000 Palestinians, including over 500 children, in its 51 day war on Gaza, Wheeldon (like thousands of other Canadians) called Israel’s actions against the Palestinians a war crime. Wheeldon also suggested that Israel has a long history of ethnically cleansing the Palestinians, which is entirely accurate.
Independent Jewish Voices – Canada believes Wheeldon was speaking truth to power. The Conservatives and the Israel lobby want to stop any criticism of Israel and its illegal and violent military occupation over the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. They want to deflect attention from Israeli-Canadian policing and trade agreements that implicate Canadians in this illegal occupation. So why is the NDP dancing to their tune?

If the NDP is allowed to betray Palestinians and rights activists, and then get elected, we wonder about their commitment to striking down the Anti-Terrorism Act (formerly called Bill C-51), and their determination to uphold international human rights.

2 Comments »

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    mushafta Says:

    In full agreement! Cowards! That is the word! Fear of losing the election.
    It is pitiful , disheartening and extremely sad the NDP and by extension the Liberals will not disturb their chances of getting elected by condemning Israel.
    So where do I strategically cast my vote, knowing that I will never vote for Harper?

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    mushafta Says:

    We are on the edge of the Anniversary of the war last summer wherein Israel pummelled Palestine relentlessly with little or no opposition from the world- particularly Canada’s Harper.

    Today’s Star:
    Life in the ruins of Gaza

    One year after a 51-day war between Hamas militants and Israel, the territory’s 1.8 million people face poverty wages, mass unemployment and a crippling lack of electrical power, reports Patrick Martin


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