Great. We're Burying a Family of Murdered Muslims. What to Do, What to Do? Oh, I know, "We're Interrupting this Programme for a Message on Anti-Semitism."
The optics may not be great but the Trudeau government is staging an emergency summit on antisemitism. WTF?The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has been calling for an emergency summit, citing a "troubling rise of anti-Jewish bigotry" in Canada following the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Jews in Canada and around the globe are being targeted for their identity and for expressing solidarity with their fellow Jews in Israel who were under attack from Hamas, a listed terrorist organization," the centre's president, Shimon Koffler Fogel, said in a statement Friday welcoming the summit.
It seems that Canadians have become a lot more aware of the plight of Muslims in Canada so let's play a different tune, the antisemitism waltz. It's a thinly veiled attempt to suppress legitimate criticism of Israel.
Those who fall for the Liberals' vile antisemitism smear should read Gwynne Dyer's recent column.
He writes that the liberal progressive Israel embraced by so many Canadians and our politicians is no more, hasn't been for a long time. Israel is a nation and a people of the far right and, for them, there's no going back.
Just before the Six-Day War, thanks to massive Jewish immigration from the diaspora, Jewish Israelis outnumbered the Arabs who had not been driven out in the 1948 war by around seven-to-one. That’s a comfortable majority, big enough that Israel could afford to let its Arabs have citizenship, the vote, all the usual democratic rights. And it did.
But after 1967 Israel ruled a far larger territory on which almost exactly half the population was Arab. More than half a century later it still does, and it doesn’t want to give that land up. But it cannot afford to give all those Arabs citizenship and all the rights that go with it, so the only solution is permanent subjugation of all its post-1967 Arab subjects. Only hard Right-wing Governments can do that and still be at peace with themselves, so that is what Israel has ended up with.
As former Prime Minister Ehud Barak said in 2017: “If we keep controlling the whole area from the Mediterranean to the river Jordan where some 13 million people are living, if only one entity reigned over this whole area, named Israel, it would become inevitably … either non-Jewish or non-democratic.”
Netanyahu’s solution to this dilemma is never stated explicitly, but a majority of Jewish Israeli voters understand and accept it. It is that the Arabs in the occupied territories will have to live under permanent military occupation, in order that Jewish Israelis may continue to live in a Jewish State that extends from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River.
"Permanent subjugation." That's what's going on here and with the Canadian government's blessing. If you doubt that, even a bit, look at Canada's voting record on Palestinian issues in the General Assembly since the Trudeau Liberals came to power.
Not since South Africa have we seen such an apartheid state and Mr. Trudeau's response is to smear Canadians of conscience as anti-Semites. Mulroney knew that apartheid is utterly evil and he stood up to both Reagan and Thatcher, to Canada's credit.
FFS, Liberals, this has been going on since 1967. 2021-1967 = ? That's 54 years we've been hearing the same fantasy, embracing it in our foreign policy.
All the Palestinians have to do is accept Israel and all their problems are over. That's crap and we've developed a taste for it.
Time will tell. There are people dying in Gaza who were born into subjugation. They've never drawn a breath as a free man.
Dyer explains why Israel won't accept a two-state much less a one-state Israel. Time bears him out, each and every time.
Liberalism that drew me to the party in the mid-60s is an artifact. Today's Liberals are a much less progressive party to what it was in the 60s. Progressive thought, to them, is great - for branding. Form over substance.
Many praised Justin when, in 2019, he lost his majority to a hayseed political movement led by a guy whose CV was limited to a part-time summer job as a counter-clerk for a mom & pa insurance agency.
The alternative is nothing to swoon over either.
Before Pierre Trudeau came to federal politics, he was a rebel. He was an intellectual, editor of Cite Libre. He manned the picket lines with his friend, Jean Marchand. He was a resolute foe of Duplessis.
Mike Pearson saw this Quebec bike gang forming and brought them to Ottawa.
Lester Pearson's own biography is, on a global scale, rich. It was never really a question of would he win a Nobel Prize or when or for what. The community of nations venerated Lester Pearson for championing peacekeeping. For decades that was Canada's "thing." Nobody did it better. We weren't afraid to fight and, from time to time, had to do just that.