Canada blind on Palestine

Brother Phil Little the Bard of Vancouver Island expresses my exact sentiments when I read Justin Trudeau’s statement regarding Brian Mulroney’s receiving the OR Tambo award by the South African government. One wonders in the year of our Lord 2015 when we are approaching the birthday of the most radical Jew to live under occupation, Yeshua ben Miriam (Jesus of Nazareth) how intelligent people can still be deaf, dumb and blind over the new Jews, Palestinians living under the world’s longest occupation.Mike Marquesee in his book If I Am not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew phrased his incredulity this way:

The blindness of the majority of American and British Jews to the criminality of Israeli behaviour towards the Palestinians beggars belief and is an index of moral, spiritual and intellectual decadence.This is the question. When it comes to 68 year long oppression of Palestinians why is the world so blind?

Trudeau is probably not aware that Nelson Mandela was a fierce supporter of the Palestinian cause. South Africans were well aware that Israel was apartheid’s best friend. Hence  Israeli  PM Netanyahu had the brains to stay home when the great Mandela was buried. He would have been booed out of the stadium.Unlike North Americans black Spoiut africans kneww all too well who their friends were

Mandela

Sadly, we live in a time of massive amnesia and cowardice in high places.Enjoy brother Little’s fine riposte which follows Trudeau:

On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I would like to congratulate Mr. Brian Mulroney on being awarded the highest honour South Africa bestows upon foreign nationals: the Supreme Companion of Oliver Reginald Tambo award. This prestigious award recognizes Mr. Mulroney’s exceptional contribution to South Africa’s liberation movement and his steadfast support for the release of Nelson Mandela.
“Under the leadership of Mr. Mulroney, the Government of Canada strongly opposed apartheid, a system of racial segregation in South Africa that was at the centre of political violence in the country for decades.
“Only four months after his release, Nelson Mandela travelled to Ottawa, Montréal and Toronto as a gesture of gratitude for Canada’s contribution. In 1998, Mr. Mandela became the first foreign leader to be awarded the Order of Canada. He later became the first living person to be awarded honourary Canadian citizenship in 2001.
“In Canada, diverse perspectives and different opinions are celebrated, not silenced. Canadians know that we are stronger not in spite of our differences, but because of them. I am therefore very proud of the role Mr. Mulroney and Canada played in bringing an end to apartheid and helping Mr. Mandela’s fight for freedom.
“I extend our congratulations once again to Mr. Mulroney on receiving this tremendous honour, and on showing the world that Canada champions pluralism and multiculturalism, both at home and abroad.”

The Prime Minister’s Office

Phil Ltitle writes:

Is Trudeau aware of the implications of his statement?  He has praised the liberation struggle in South Africa and the leadership of Nelson Mandela. He says “This prestigious award recognizes Mr. Mulroney’s exceptional contribution to South Africa’s liberation movement and his steadfast support for the release of Nelson Mandela.  “Under the leadership of Mr. Mulroney, the Government of Canada strongly opposed apartheid, a system of racial segregation in South Africa that was at the centre of political violence in the country for decades.”

 

Apartheid is a system of racial segregation that is at the centre of political violence.  Is Trudeau also referencing Israel?  Surely if there is a state in the world actively engaged in a policy of racial segregation, a military operation of genocide and an internal system of denial of basic rights using a pass system and segregating a different ethnic and religious group to designated areas (such as Gaza) and the imprisonment of dissenters and selective assassination, then Trudeau must be speaking about Israel.

Leaders of the South African resistance, including Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu, and even US former President Jimmy Carter, state that Israel is more of an apartheid state than South Africa in its worst time. 

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6 Comments »

  1. 1
    mushafta Says:

    Phil raises an excellent point!
    Politicians will always put the last spin on things though, so I’m sure that if someone points this out, you’ll get the spin.

    Ohh, and which member of the opposition will raise this point? Conservatives! Nah!
    Not too many NDP ers left.

  2. 2
    mushafta Says:

    Not surprising that the racist bigot leading all Republican polls in the US- Donald Trump was invited to Israel by Netanyahu for a visit.
    Shoring up support is always first on his agenda but today Trump wisely declined amidst the turmoil he is in.

    Hard to believe we are living north of a country with so many racists. Americans spend billions trying to take out Middle East dictators and give billions to one man to continue Apartheid policies and military occupation in a land that is not theirs. Go figure!

  3. 3
    mushafta Says:

    Talked to a Lebanese guy today and his face lit up when I told him of my sympathy for his people.

    Before I could speak another word he said he wanted to tell me hundreds of stories of the injustice done to his people.

    In summary he said the greatest terrorist in the world today is Netanyahu.
    Hmmm.

  4. 4

    Only one commentator here. Of course it is Ted.
    As for the Lebanese guy, ask him to tell you about the injustices done to the Jews by his own people. If he cannot, you know you cannot trust him.

  5. 5
    mushafta Says:

    Ted, I thought you got rid of this guy! Even shaming doesn’t work!
    Suddenly out of nowhere he shows up.
    Why?

    • 6
      Margaret Grieving Says:

      Francesco cites proof for his reasoning while you cannot seem to keep your emotions at bay. And he should be shamed?


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