It is to shake your head to see how desperate the out of touch Canadian Jewish organizations like the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Bnai Brith are when it comes to anybody expressing solidarity with justice for Palestinians under occupation.
On August 7 in Israel Strategic Affairs Ministry Director General Sima Vaknin told lawmakers that Israel is perceived a “pariah state” in the international community and the ministry intends to reverse this stance in the next decade. You can read this in Israel but you will never see it reported here in our major dailies.
But for organizations like the Wiesenthal Centre and Bnai Brith the problem is those damn Palestinians who refuse to shut up and accept what Jewish writer ben Ehrenreich calls “the humiliation machine”.
We know that the Israeli ministry will do what it always has—more PR, more greenwashing and pinkwashing and never the obvious: It’s the occupation stupid!
The latest desperate move by the above organizations is the pathetic attempt to shut down the civil rights of Catholic elementary teacher Nadia Shoufani who had the actual gall to appear at a rally defending Palestine’s right to resist the illegal occupation of its land.
Now this will be ultimately laughed out as Ms Shoufani was engaged in legitimate activity outside school hours.
But the Catholic board Dufferin-Peel and the the teachers union OECTA are less than bold in their own justice making activity. OECTA particularly has been embarrassingly mum in responding to Kairos Palestine (2009) which is shockingly seven years in the past.
We are a Christian Palestinian movement,
born out of the Kairos Document, which advocates for ending the Israeli occupation and achieving a just solution to the conflict.
Based on Kairos South Africa, the clarion call 31 years ago (1985) by all the Christian churches for support in ending apartheid.
It is absolutely stunning to see a Catholic trade union of educated people mum on this issue, a document put forth by all, yes all, the Christian churches of Palestine.
Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace.”
We proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope and love.
We declare that the military occupation of Palestinian land constitutes a sin against God and humanity. Any theology that legitimizes the occupation and justifies crimes perpetrated against the Palestinian people lies far from Christian teachings.
Does an body at OECTA which constantly parrots its commitment to “human rights” even know about the Kairos document?