Canada officially passes anti-BDS motion

Canada officially passes anti-BDS motion

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Canada's House of Commons WIKI COMMONS PHOTO
Canada's House of Commons WIKI COMMONS PHOTO

Canada’s Parliament passed a motion formally condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The motion passed Monday in a 229-51 vote. Introduced last week by members of the opposition Conservative Party, the motion won support from the ruling Liberal Party as well.

It calls on the Canadian government to “condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”

In addition, the motion notes Canada and Israel’s “long history of friendship as well as economic and diplomatic relations.” The motion says the BDS movement “promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel.”

READ: DON’T SELL OUT ISRAEL FOR UN SECURITY SEAT, CLEMENT SAYS

Speaking in favour of the motion last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said “the world will win nothing for boycotting Israel but depriving itself of the talents of its inventiveness.”

Canadian Jewish groups have praised the motion. In a statement last week to The CJN, Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said, “The boycott movement does not contribute to peace and is not pro-Palestinian. It is discrimination based on nationality, and it harms both Israelis and Palestinians alike by driving the two sides further apart. The BDS movement is a fringe movement and is outside genuine peace efforts.”

Responding to the vote in a news release, the National Council on Canada Arab Relations said the anti-BDS motion goes “against the spirit of the Freedom of Speech, a right enshrined in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

The group described BDS as a “non-violent campaign that supports proven methods of conscientious objection to encourage Israel to respect international law.”

  • G. W. Markle

    Why I’m boycotting Israel…

    There seems to be a great deal of global concern about the boycott of Israeli trade at this time, and this never ending subject of Anti-Semitism, so let’s make something perfectly clear: Zionism is not Judaism. Equating Zionism with Judaism is a misconception that’s been propagated so widely, and for so long, that even many Jews cannot discern the difference. It’s this fantasy of a “Chosen People”.

    There are no “Chosen People”. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more nothing less. The choice is yours alone. Labels, however they choose to describe themselves, won’t save you.

    • Douglas Green

      The Jews are people with a national language, identity, history, a founding myth, national legends, historical periods, a very definite sense of identity and national consciousness, symbols and so on. We are, along with the Chinese, the Koreans, Egyptians and a few others, a people that retained a continuous link with our past and we might be the few who have a religious continuity. Before the first word of Arabic was ever spoken anywhere, we were speaking Hebrew and it was was spoken in the places that now constitute Israel. Jews abroad never forgot their attachment- virtually every synagogue on earth points to Jerusalem. The attachment is deep in side Jewish thought, writing, poetry and art throughout time. As for the chosen people, I think you are being a little anachronistic, judging how the past through the lense of nearer events. The Jews coming out of Egypt, and perhaps before their captivity, saw their national experiences as being special- a sentiment many nations typically have about their own founding or history. I am not going to argue whether or nor the Torah is true, but what is clearly true is that the Torah reflects how the Jews saw themselves, saw the world and saw their role in it- not as missionaries to shape the world in their image, but to make something special of their freedoms. It was an attempt to create a society based on a legal system that would sit above everyone, including rulers. Your very idea of right and wrong, as reflected in this conversation is from us. The Romans and Greeks, had a very different sense of morality- so you are welcome.

      • Alcide McLeod

        The Native Americans are people with distinct languages, identity, history, a
        founding myth, national legends, historical periods, a very definite
        sense of identity and national consciousness, symbols and so on. We are,
        along with the Chinese, the Koreans, Egyptians and a few others, a
        people that retained a continuous link with our past and we might be the
        few who have a spiritual continuity. Before the first word of Arabic
        was ever spoken anywhere, we were speaking Mi’kmaq, Iroquos, Algonquin, etc.
        and it was was spoken in the places that now constitute North America. The attachment is deep in side Native thought, legends, lore and art throughout time. Thought I would use your words for a different perspective. The term “Chosen People”, considering God and Jesus are fictional characters from a book(Torah, Bible, Quran) written by men, is self-aggrandizing. We Natives have suffered far worse and continue to suffer at the hands of our oppressors. To say ” Your very idea of right and wrong, as reflected in this conversation is from us.” is a pompous statement. Many cultures had a hand in the formation of of morality, legalism, fairness, and basic tenets of how life should be lived. Any group, country, race, political party who try to justify stealing, killing, and dehumanization of a people for personal gain are just wrong. I don’t think of it as a Jewish thing, but I do think of it as an Israeli thing. A large portion think of themselves as better and the Palestinians as nothing more than dogs who should be put down. The reason I say this is based on hundreds of comments made about the murder of the 13 year old Palestinian girl who was gunned down I read on Israeli sites just after the incident. I personally am a believer in one earth, one people.

        • Douglas Green

          I have no idea what the First Nations lecture has to do with this save for the fact that Native American roots go back 10 to 15k years and Arab presence is about 1.3k years. But let me make sure I’m clear. If we took 100,000 Koreans and moved them to Gaza, Gaza would be as rich as Italy in 20 years. Gaza’s exports are babies and terror. Arab culture is backward, violent, despotic, corrupt and dysfunctional. Where are the Arab democracies? Why aren’t the Saudies taking in their brothers? Ireland, Korea, Germany, Mexico, Turkey, India, and many other nations have lost territory or suffered division and figured out how to live and thrive without being a menace. Gaza elected Hamas who – and you cannot make this stuff up – used resources intended for tourism to train terrirists. Instead of importing products to build their economy they import rockets. So go ahead and call me a bigot. But peace won’t come until the Arab states of the Middle East decide to build societies free of corruption and theocracy

          • Alcide McLeod

            Israel enforces severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’
            human rights, and it builds and supports unlawful settlements in the
            occupied West Bank. Its security forces appear to use excessive force
            against Palestinian demonstrators and suspected attackers, raising the
            specter of extra-judicial killings. It has renewed the practice of
            punitive home demolitions. The Palestinian Authority has arrested
            students and activists allegedly for their political affiliation or
            because they expressed criticism. Hamas security forces also engage in
            torture and ill-treatment of people, including journalists. Israel’s
            closure of Gaza, supported by Egypt, amounts to collective punishment
            and has impeded reconstruction.
            Israel commits war crimes in the form of collective punishment,
            disproportionate force, targeting of civilians, and other violations of
            the Geneva Conventions and international law. Despite these repeated war
            crimes and other human rights violations, the United States government
            continues to give Israel economic, military, and diplomatic support in
            violation of its own laws.

          • Douglas Green

            With that in mind I’ll vote for anyone offering to double up on the effort. Really now. The Middle East is a center for horrific regimes, military juntas and theocracies and then one nation where Arabs do not live under martial or clerical rule is the country you’re all worried about. I wonder if you ever spend time worrying about the Chinese colonization of their western provinces where the non-Han Chinese are being driven to extinction. Will any Tibetans be around when the “save Tibet” bumper stickers are fulfilled. But no one is running around threatening the trillion dollar trade exchange between Canada, the US and the People’s Republic. So lets be honest. As for special punishment, what a great idea. Part of the terror game is to convince some young fool that he’ll die a martyr verse live as a loser. Its a very very good idea that Israel send this message: today you blow up Mrs Cohen, and tonight your mom and sister will be on the street and your house will be rubble.

            When will this end? When the “occupation” does not mean the last block of Tel Aviv and when the Palestinians disabuse themselves of the idea the idea that Israel will just go away.

          • Alcide McLeod

            Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.
            The point I’m going to make is that there has been large-scale
            killing in China in the twentieth century, but this was caused by
            warfare, war-lordism and anarchy; it was not due to a deliberate or
            systematic policy. Also while there has been discrimination against
            various ethnic and religious groups, this discrimination did not involve
            deliberate killing of these groups. I could find no reference to your statement – “non-Han Chinese are being driven to extinction”.
            (The experience of the Jews in China maybe one of the few examples in
            world history where a Jewish community assimilated almost completely.
            They lost virtually all contact with the outside world because they were
            so far away. So their ties to Jews outside of China were broken. After
            several generations, their rabbis no longer knew Hebrew. They still had
            their synagogue and when the synagogue burned down, the Chinese
            government helped finance its rebuilding.)
            Whether it be Tibetan – Bhuddists, Chinese Muslims, Aboriginal groups of any country, Tutsi, Armenians, Kurds, Jews, etc., it is not acceptable. I strongly support any group who is treated unfairly and am very aware of the many atrocities occurring in the world. Most are based on economics that affect the power nations and their allies who not held up to a moral standard. Superpowers (US, Russia, China, Great Britain) dictate, based on economic impact who gets away with what, And support those groups (Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, themselves) when ever they have done wrong in the eyes of people.
            As for trade exchanges, we protest against them when we know the are happening, but more and more in the western countries, these deals are made in secret and passed before we even get wind of them and furthermore our protests and cries against them are ignored. NAFTA, CETA, TPP and many more FTAs.
            “We have the money, the power, the
            medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love and the
            community to produce a kind of human paradise. But we are led by the
            least among us – the least intelligent, the least noble, the least
            visionary. We are led by the least among us and we do not fight back
            against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons.”
            ONE EARTH, ONE PEOPLE!

          • Borukh

            When a people have been under continual oppressive occupation for almost 50 years with virtually no hope of achieving statehood, what do you imagine they will turn to doing? And demolishing their families’ homes will not deflect their determination, if they feel there is very little real hope of ending it. Israel holds out no such hope. What we have seen in the unorganized virtual random attacks with vehicles, knives, scissors and guns clearly is a manifestation of the frustration felt by some of the Palestinians.

            Many Israelis realize this, but they seem to be frozen into their traditional response to the need for a Palestinian state and they continue to elect and re-elect ever-more rightist governments which don’t have any possibility to make a change in the direction they are headed for. What will the Israelis do if, for rg., the PA simply resigns en mass and leaves it all up to them to ‘govern’ the West Bank? Or what will they do if say tens of thousands of Palestinians simply start walking towards one of the so-called settlements (they are most of them really small cities and towns) with no weapons but determined to confront their oppresors and if need be die. WIll the IDF start shooting them by the tens of hundreds, by the thousands? WIll some of the soldiers refuse such an order?

            As for the Muslim Uighurs ( non-Han) in N-W China who are oppressed by Beijing, or the Tibetans (ditto), or the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar (Burma) who solely had their citizenship revoked by the government (out of more than 20 different ethnic groups) even though they have lived there for at least 200 years. They have been rioted against and killed, and their plight has neither been recognized nor acted upon. not even by the famous Burmese Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the Peace Prise in 1991 – these are all egregious horrific situations. I do not buy anything made in China – that’s extremely hard to do these days! And I protest these and other ant-human atrocities in word and in deed.

            But even if I didn’t, that wouldn’t make what’s going on in Israel and by Israelis right, nor would it mean that I had no right to protest it.

          • Linda

            Alcide, what you said…all hateful LIES.

          • Alcide McLeod

            They suffer from Stockholm syndrome. A classic case.

          • Normando782

            Are you really so dumb to ignore that hamas destroyed 3,000 greenhouses the Israelis gave them when they vacated Gaza? Are you not aware that it is hamas that attacked Israel with rocket attacks that forced Israel to retaliate?
            Israel has neighbours who are barbarians who do not wish democracy but instead wish for authoritaryism and a world wide caliphate to enslave people like yourself.

          • Borukh

            Your comments are very racist and crude. Arab cultures (note the plural) are in fact highly refined. Their art and music are superb,as is their science (the break-through concept of zero as a number comes directly from Arabic mathematics, and is in fact an Arabic word). However they suffer from forms of tribalism and sectarian narrowness that have eclipsed their very great achievements. Yet Christian cultures have gone through similar historical periods of nationalism (a form of tribalism) and sectarianism. Think about the many many hundreds of years of wars and gross religious discrimination and killings in Europe, not to mention colonial oppresions. I hope you know enough history to realize how long it took for democracy to take hold in the west, and even in the USA and Canada (eg. US Civil Rights Act, women’s right to vote). As for corruption, sadly that exists everywhere, including Canada and indeed Israel too! Perhaps ours isn’t to the same degree or extent, but the impetus for it is the same – power and control.

          • Douglas Green

            If these societies are so esteemed..,
            1. Why is there net migration from these countries to the west- and not the other way around 2. Why are the kindred lands of the Arab world receiving even a reasonable share of the refugees. Arab culture is homophobic, xenophobic, masogynistic.., and exceptionally corrupt. An Arab living in Israel can open a business by taking out a license. An Arab living in Cairo needs to administer several bribes to do the sane thing. Egyptians watched in 2008 as China, a nation with an equally long history, staged the Olympics – and the Egyptians began asking questions: why is China becoming an advanced nations while Egyt stagnates? This isn’t racial, this is cultural and political. China put an end to foot binding, mind dulling anachronism and neutered religion, politically. The Arab world will eventually work its way out of its rut – but a lot of changes will be needed. And when they do, that’s when peace will come

          • Kavod And Kaved

            The Chinese didn’t “put an end to foot-binding”, Christian missionaries shamed them into ending the practice. They were unable to end it from within because it was too much a sign of status, and therefore marriageability for women. Not until influential and high-born Chinese converts to Christianity began signing pledges refusing to marry a foot-bound woman did families begin to fear the opposite to be true, that binding would reduce their daughters’ chances in marriage, and the practice ended. Of course, this moral victory over “backwardness” and “barbarism” was achieved by a much more sensible culture that instead merely constricted its women’s waists to the point of occasionally losing consciousness. One that, I might add, continues to force women into footwear deemed dangerous to their health by doctors, on pain of losing their jobs or being denied entry to prominant cultural events.

            China, like Russia et al, neutered religion by adopting a political religion, Communism, and by oppressing and murdering its pagans and heretics. After adopting “state communal capitalism” it continues to oppress its own citizens with inhumane working conditions to produce those cheap electronic gadgets us enlightened Westerners enjoy so much but don’t want to pay Western-made prices for. China is involved in some scandalous behaviour in Africa, where they are viewed by locals as the new colonial power exploiting them, importing corruption, crime and bad labour practices and human rights abuses, and leaving in their wake environmental problems and massive debt.

            I surely do hope you’re not going to hold up China as a shining example of all that the Middle East could be. It certainly is becoming an economic powerhouse, but only people like Joel Osteen believe that wealth is a sign that God thinks you’re a mensch. Torah teaches what the rest of us know instinctively, that d-bags who walk all over others are often very successful in this world.

          • Douglas Green

            There is a notion that all cultures are equal in terms of being able to deliver to their people equal results of economic progress and so on. In the developing world the question is always what needs to go: what refiorm needs to be made in order to move forward while an identity is maintained. Only idiots living in the west have a soft spot for primitivism. The Indian practice of throwing wives onto the funeral fires of their husbands, as charming a cultural antique as it was, has been abandoned, That’s s little peice of British imperialism that in 70 years of independence. The caste system remains -unofficially – and the US economy should be grateful. We get talented people who can find freedom from that stupidity here. People vote with their feet. The Syrian refugees should be clamoring to more to kindred Arab nations where language, religion and culture would be familiar. Instead Canada is top
            of the list.

          • truthdareisay

            so refined that in Gaza, if they know you happen to like Jews, they will tie your body to two motorcycles and drag you along the road. YOu can keep that type of refine and shove it!

          • Linda

            Good for you!

          • riccotelaly

            Your racist and uneducated with no sense of history.

        • HugoManningham

          Well said.

          • Borukh

            YES!

        • G. W. Markle

          Beware of the Anti-Christians ~ The Christian Dilemma:

          The greatest threat to Canada, America, and indeed to the rest of world, at this point in history, comes from the staunch advocates of right wing ideology, and I must submit this warning to you: There is a grave problem with the right wing movement, in that; they seem to possess a distorted sense of entitlement. They’ve set themselves apart, and seem to think that their faith gives them the right to view the world from a platitude of conceit, through condescending eyes, and with a false sense of superiority. They actually believe themselves to be superior beings, with a manifest destiny and some strange notion that God is on their side. A people with a desire to conquer, under the false guise of Christianity, seeking to dominate in the name of Christ, their view of humanity being reduced to nothing more than a matter of “us” and “them”.

          What they fail to realize is; if the Christ you believe in leads you to view other humans as lesser beings, then you are a follower of the anti-Christ. The plain truth is; God doesn’t have a religion and God doesn’t discriminate. Any religion that professes to be the only true religion, or that they‘re special in the eyes of God preaches false doctrine. If the Spirit of God is truly with you, it will only be known by acts of “unconditional” love and charity. No religion can claim exclusive rights to God. He belongs to all that He has created, and to foster a belief in “us” and “them” is to divide humanity, not unite it.

          And so it will be, in The End, that those who have set themselves apart from their fellow man will find that they have set themselves apart from God. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more, nothing less. Woe to those who have taken the widow’s mite and built castles and empires in His name. They have incurred a great accountability, their suffering will be unending.

          Even Jesus will not claim to be Christian, but will only proclaim the glory of the Father. And when He returns they will shout: “Here we are Lord!” And He will respond: “I never knew you”. They have forsaken the Word and have become prisoners of the Numbers.

          Those who have put themselves first will be last.

          • Juan Rabinovits

            Jesus said , “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

        • Normando782

          It is the pPlestinians who have conducted intifada, the murder of Jews and not the Jews against the Palestinians. The Jews are called Jews because they come from Judea, the Arabs were nomads and when Jews set up farms and small industry many Arabs navigated towards them, as it was the Jews who created economic viability. Look at Israel today, a land where medical advances are at the top, where silicon valleys come to do research, where agricultural advances are shared with 3rd world countries, where industrial technology benefits the world and compare with the Arabs who continually fight with each other and support tyranny rather than democracy. It is the Arabs who practice apartheid and discriminate against minorities.

      • G. W. Markle

        ~ And so it will be, in The End, that those who have set themselves apart from their fellow man will find that they have set themselves apart from God. The worth of a soul will only be measured by how much it has loved, nothing more, nothing less. Woe to those who have taken the widow’s mite and built castles and empires in His name. They have incurred a great accountability, their suffering will be unending.

      • Tadhg Morris

        Any philologist worth his salt will tell you that Arabic is a far more archaic language than Hebrew, particularly the Israeli version.

        • k1962

          Archaic language and archaic behaviour.

          • Borukh

            How ignorant that is!

        • Borukh

          If by “archaic” you mean age, then I don’t think you’re correct. The earliest written form of Arabic dates to about the mid-sixth century CE. One of its precursors, Safaitic, date to at least the first century CE. On the other hand Hebrew was in common use in the ancient Kingdoms of Judaea and Israel dating back to about 1,200 BCE. And though it declined as a spoken language after the sixth century BCE (as Aramaic took hold) it was still heavily used as a written language. The oldest Hebrew writing dates back some 3,000 years. You can check all of this in Wikipedia, complete with relevant sources.

          • Alcide McLeod

            Cuneiform is a system of writing first
            developed by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia (Iraq) c. 3500-3000 BCE. It
            is considered the most significant among the many cultural contributions
            of the Sumerians and the greatest among those of the Sumerian city of
            Uruk which advanced the writing of cuneiform c. 3200 BCE.

          • Borukh

            Quite right – but Tadhg Morris was comparing Arabic and Hebrew. Sumerian, Akkadian, etc. all of which use the cuneiform writing system, weren’t part of the comparison.

      • Kavod And Kaved

        The issue of which language is older is nonsensical at the best of times and doubly so given the interrupted and religiously preserved nature of Hebrew and the function of the Quran in standardizing one variant of earlier Arabic dialect and replacing the others. Your belief that antiquity equates to moral uprightness is something you can thank the Romans for. It’s certainly not an idea that Abraham would have held, or he’d have stayed in Ur Kasdim making a comfortable living in idols.

        In any event, since the Palestinians are culturally Arabized, and not actually Arabs (Palestinians and Jews are far more closely related genetically to each other than either is to Arabs of the Arabian peninsula), and therefore would have spoken a dialect of Canaanite closely related to early Hebrew at the time proto-Hebrew broke away, it’s no more germane to this discussion than an argument about the relative ages of Frisian and English would be to a discussion about Germany and France’s long conflict over Alsace-Lorraine.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      You want to boycott your own civilization that you are happy to sell out to totalitarians.

      • Alcide McLeod

        My civilization is the native tribes of the North American Continent, Do you really believe that the countries, under the guise of democracy, are any less totalitarian than the others. They are just a lot better at it.They are controlled by the Big Oil and Banks who enjoy controlling the people’s subservience to the state perpetuated through control of the media to keep the people ignorant of the facts, controlling marketing to keep them distracted and turning them against each other so that we don’t turn our attention on them.

        From my earlier statement – Any group, country, race, political party who try to justify stealing,
        killing, and dehumanization of a people for personal gain are just
        wrong.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          I think that as a native American you are much better off as part of western society than as part of an Islamist or communist world where the antisemites get their strength, sustenance and propaganda.

          • allan

            Your comments are not only silly, but downright wrong. Arabs are semites as much as Jews who hail from the same rootstock of humanity are semites.
            Tell me, why is it that for hundreds of years and more Palestine, which includes what is now called Israel, was home to Islamists, Jews and Christians who managed to live and prosper together without violence?
            History clearly shows that violence only began to divide these people after Zionists who came from outside Palestine started a campaign of brutality against the indigenous peoples of Palestine.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            Yes, there are semites and there are semites…go ahead and make alliances with the ones who would cut out your heart and eat it for breakfast and see how far that gets you on your way to turtle island.

      • Borukh

        Just remember please, that “our civilization” includes hundreds and hundreds of years of religious sectarian warfare and atrocities, including drawing & quartering, burning at the stake, beheading, hanging, torturing, etc., etc. The western world also fomented dreadful things against people in a great many places in the ‘third world’ that became colonial territories and ‘countries’ defined by those colonial regimes.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          Put on a disdasha, carry a sword and join the beheaders and see how long it will take for your head to roll.

          • Borukh

            Such an ignorant response to my having pointed out a historical fact. It was just 100 years ago that our western civilization fought a war in Europe which was killing tens of thousands of young men every day, and for what reason?

          • TerrorIsEvil

            So you regret having defeated Naziism? No wonder you do not want to defeat Islamism which shares many of those fascist traits. Recall what happened with respect to the conquest ended at the gates of Vienna?

          • allan

            Naziism was not even a factor 100 years ago when Europe was torn apart by WW1, but you seem desperate so go ahead and make up another myth to justify Israel’s abuse of Palestinians.

          • TerrorIsEvil

            You seem to like to conveniently select mere parts of history, always out of context and with a particular Marxist perspective. I would expect no less from a person who sees history through a lens that skews everything against the West and everything for totalitarians, barbarians, fools and dissemblers.

    • k1962

      Idiot. Jews were “chosen” to follow G-d’s commandments after other’s refused. Nothing more and nothing less.

      • Borukh

        You sound like quite a lteralist, biblically speaking. Do you also advocate stoning to death those who curse their parents?

    • TerrorIsEvil

      You are a fool and a supporter of terrorism…see how that works out for old bearded leftists and their families in Europe, Canada and America in the future. Being ignorant and unwilling to defend your own is now a deadly condition and the barbarians will take advantage of your love for naive anarchy. When anarchy hits your neighborhood, remember what I just said and then hang your head in shame.

    • riccotelaly

      Conflating all Hews with Usrael is racist as it suggests Jews are drones who act with one mind. Trudeau unwittingly promoted anti-semitism. Pierre would disown him.

    • Linda

      Uh, no “chosen people?” Ever read that little book called The Bible?

  • Murray

    Ask Mulcair why he voted against. His wife is Jewish. Be nice! thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca

    • truthdareisay

      Jewish INO born Jewish that.is.all. in name only.. and plenty are self hating leftist Jews. “Loh haser” as we say in Hebrew.

      • josie Jumps

        Ah, so anyone who speaks against Israel must be a ‘self hating leftist Jew’? I don’t think so.

        • truthdareisay

          There is constructive criticism and then there are lies… learn the difference!

        • Douglas Green

          The Zionist Camp is a big place and it includes many voices critical of the government of the day. Here’s a basic question. Should there be an Israel? Its a very simple question. If the answer is yes, everything is possible. This is not a land dispute and its no a Holy War, a religious fight. Should there be a a nation that is Jewish by national character?
          Interestingly the folks who cannot say yes to that answer seem to have a hard time with the idea that almost any western nation should retain its national character.

      • riccotelaly

        My point exactly – the right wing Zionist is the ultimate anti- Semite. Anti-semitism is the life blood of the Zionist.

    • josie Jumps

      I’d say he voted against because he has not let the fact that his wife is Jewish get in the way of doing what is right. Because he is not hateful, racist, bigoted or supremecist. What has his wife being Jewish, or even if he was Jewish, got to do with anything? Does that mean all Jews should be blind to the truth? Being Jewish doesn’t mean we have to accept things that are just downnright WRONG. Speaking up for justice and truth as a Jew against the actions of Israel doesn’t mean being anti Jewish. It means being a good decent human being. Look at Norman Finklestein and Miko Pelod.

      • Murray

        If I wanted your opinion I would have asked you for it.

      • Murray

        Mulcair wishes to remain at the helm of the NDP. As every NDP MP voted against the motion Mulcair would not have exactly scored brownie points by voting in favour of the motion. Mulcair is a hypocrite based on what he said in a conversation at La Molisana Restaurant on Fleury about four years ago, during the NDP leadership campaign! :o)

  • Steve

    Must be running scared of what Israel will do to them if they didn’t pass it.

    • Oliver Puma

      Yes, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion also posited that jews controlled world governments.

      The book is still popular with white supremacist/neonazi types.

  • bill smith

    Good news, but Hummmm… National Council on Canada Arab Relations“ arguing for freedom of speech?

    • Normando782

      An anomaly for sure

  • truthtimenow

    Canada is Israel’s bitch. #freepalestine

    • Casey Sierhuis

      israel is systematically and ruthlessly killing Palestinians and are illegally occupying the Palestinian lands . they are destroying their homes and killing their crops ,depriving them of water and the freedom to move about . Israel needs to be boycotted until they stop being the murderous regime they are !

      • Oliver Puma

        Ok. We’ll get back to you.

      • Linda

        Casey nothing you said is true. NOTHING. But I suspect you are so filled with hate that won’t matter to you. I feel sorry for you.

        • Dave

          It is all true. Stop believing in your bullshit, partisan media coverage and look around at some real news sites. CNN does not report this stuff.

      • Tom

        Palestinian lands? You must be typical stupid north American. Palestine is almost 80 years old and Israel is at least 5000 years old in the same territories. Stop vomiting your ignorance here , open some historical books , you might learn something.

        • Dave

          Nope, Israel was made in 1948 and agreed in resolution 242 to give back much of the land they stole after that date from Palestine. They never did.

    • Linda

      and you are a fool

  • papajaxn

    Canada has over 600 Palestine like nations in its borders. I guess if demonization and invalidation of people is legitimate Canada has a conscience problem.

  • Ray Songtree

    So government can have sanctions against this country or that, but citizens can’t??????

    • Oliver Puma

      You can do whatever you want, and we can criticize you for it.

  • Nelson Guedes

    In a nutshell:

    – North Korea: not an ally. When they kill innocent people they are bad people. Sanctions.
    – Iraq: not an ally. When they kill they innocent people they are bad people. Sanctions.
    – Russia: not an ally. Bad people. Sanctions.
    – Saudi Arabia: ally. Kill innocent people. Let’s give them billions of dollars worth of weapons!
    – Israel: ally. Kill innocent Palestinians, including children. Let’s criminalize any boycotts against them!

    Don’t believe in moral arguments from governments, governments are grossly immoral, it’s all BS.

    • Justin Lutz

      ya you know what else is BS, that Russia is bad and your enemy, Russia is actually attempting to resist and expose western political corruption and lies that are being told for western powers to try to gain more power over the world by starting wars of aggression. why do you think the west demonizes russia? same reason they demonize everyone else, cause theyre the demons and they need to create a boogeyman for you to believe in while they fuck you and the rest of the world behind everyones backs

    • TerrorIsEvil

      Israel: Defend themselves against the aggressive Islamist terrorists who make it their life goal to kill Jews and the nut-bars become raving maniacs coming to the defense of terrorists and terrorism.

      • Borukh

        How do you feel about the aggressive ultra-national and often ultra-religious JEWISH terrorists that the israeli Shabak (Shin-Bet, equivalent to the US FBI) is struggling to contain? Should I give you a list of their MANY atrocities against Palestinian civilians? And how do you feel about the rabbis who supported the opinions of Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira (who lives in a settlement in the West Bank) as recorded in his 2009 book, The King’s Torah (torat ha-melekh) in which he specifically states that it is permissible under Jewish religious law to kill innocent non-Jews including babies? I hasten to add that the preponderance of Israeli rabbis condemned the book.

      • Steven

        Terror you need to look at it from a different perspective..you can’t keep kicking people when they are down and defenseless and then pretend you are protecting yourself. Quite frankly you are not, you are creating long term enemies through resentment. Be nice and niceness will come back to you….create an Apartheid and only immoral people will protect you. There was a reason Israel was the last country supplying weapons to South Africa…tell me why you supported that?

        • TerrorIsEvil

          Who is down? The anti-civilization gangs raping and killing people throughout the world to establish their caliphate and express their religious odium with death and destruction ….or those, like the Israelis, making an attempt to keep them at bay as leftists such as you tie their hands, call them Islamophobes, and tell Jews to give away their historical and biblical land to barbarians?

        • TerrorIsEvil

          I do not support Apartheid and there is no Apartheid in Israel. Walk the streets and you will see all kinds of different races, religions and cultures happily mixed in under the same laws and under the same democracy.

          Go to the other Middle Eastern hell holes and you will see what real Apartheid looks like – worse than South Africa at its worst.

          Go carry your “Palestinian” flags and Jew-hate banners into Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Libya, etc., and see how far you get. Within 10 minutes you will be thrown into jail where you will be tortured, raped or shot to on the spot in most cases.

          Don’t lecture us about Apartheid states unless you are willing to admit which states are free and which are not and have the intellectual capacity to tell the difference.

      • Vinny V James

        French Resistance = Warsaw Uprising = Palestinian Resistance = Noble Causes.

        French Resistance was NOT a charitable organisation, but a TERRORIST organisation, in trying to FREE France from German occupation. Same what the Palestinians and other Arabs are doing.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          People who hate Jews and hate Israel are always finding ways to justify their prejudice and need to put Jews down with whatever garbage they can concoct, steal, borrow or suggest. It sounds better, more justifiable and is more believable to the kids you propagandize when it comes from history, doesn’t it, Mr. Vinny?

          If you can see moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorism and the Warsaw uprising then you are stretching reality beyond the twilight zone.

          Why not take a different tact, Vinny, and just admit that you hate Jews and do whatever it takes to undermine the people, their religion and their cause? That way you would at least appear to be honest (and evil) rather than a phony BS’er (and evil).

    • Linda

      I guess you are OK with innocent Israelis being killed by Palestinians who love knives & bombs. The Israelis only protect themselves. If you really care about the Palestinians why aren’t you brave enough to speak out against their corrupt & ruthless leaders that rob them of aid money & make their lives hell? Really, why aren’t you brave enough to do that?

  • moosehorn

    People are free to chose which corporation or country products they want to boycott. No law will force them to do otherwise.

    • goodsensecynic

      Too bad people are not free to choose which corporation or country they do NOT want to boycott.

      I recall how envious some American friends were when I returned from a vacation in Cuba in 1974.

      The “law” certainly curtailed any plans to visit Havana or to smoke Cuba cigars at their homes in Kansas and Ohio.

      • Douglas Green

        And ironically boycotts don’t work.

        • Borukh

          You are very mistaken. The boycotting of produce (eg. grapes, lettuce) grown in California using farm workers who were trying to get a fair wage was VERY successful. Also successful was the general BDS campaign against South Africa during its apartheid regime. THere are other examples too.

    • Oliver Puma

      The motion does not prevent you from doing anything.

    • k1962

      Too bad I can’t boycott Arab oil. But I can boycott Iranian raisins and all other things (what do they actually make, lol) made in Arab and Muslim dictatorships.

  • Juan Rabinovits

    Well done Canada! BDS is finished because the “occupied territory of the West Bank” is not occupied. In 1948 israel was confirmed as a national entity by the U.N. with Judea and Samaria as part of this sovereign state based on an international agreement signed by the government of Turkey and recorded in the Treaty of Lausanne which legalized the San Remo Accords. The government of Turkey as signatory to this binding treaty gave up all claim to its former territories and the Mandate for Palestine came into legal force. And thus ‘Jewish Palestine’ was established by the League of Nations on September 16th 1922 as Eretz-Israel when Israel was defined as the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea by the Transjordan Memorandum. This subsequent partition plan of 1947 was merely a proposal and totally rejected by the Arabs. It has no legal standing whatsoever. The San Remo agreement and the Treaty of Lausanne are Israel’s Magna Carta and are in full force to this day. No country may try to change the legitimate borders of another country by intimidation, coercion or force.

    • Sophie

      so palestinians should not have a country of their own, is that your point?

      • Juan Rabinovits

        They want a one state solution from the river to the sea.

        • moosehorn

          Isn’t that what is in Israel agenda?

    • josie Jumps

      ‘No country may try to change the legitimate borders of another country by intimidation, coercion or force.’. That’s exactly what Israel has done since its creation in 1948.

      • Juan Rabinovits

        Israel is 100% legitimate and legal. It was a member of the UN since 1949. Its borders were defined by the British Mandate. More than 139 countries have recognized it. Its borders were established by the Council of the League of Nations in 1922 when the Transjordan memorandum was approved. The partition plan was rejected by the Arabs because they want everything from the river to the sea. Israel is only defending itself and its right to exist. There was no country before it. It is legal. BDS has failed because the truth is now known.

        • Alcide McLeod

          As a Native American I have always wondered how they warranted getting a whole country annexed from the people living there, given nation status, given Billions of dollars and support that continues to this day, when we suffered more, lost more lives, had our culture denied us, our lands taken away from us, were forbidden to use our language, had our children taken from us(only a few decades ago), were forced to live on reserves in areas we couldn’t even grow or hunt food. To this day our land is taken and our money stolen by the government. And there is so much more we suffer. So sometimes I wonder why were they are treated so much better.

          • Douglas Green

            Because (1) Jews have always lived there – there was never a complete exit (2) it’s actually a rather multi-ethnic region- in other words there are actually a number of different distinct groups (3) much of the area in question was literally under water, swamp or sand. The entire Palestinian population in 1900 was perhaps less than 350,000 people. In most cases land was sold to Jews who then typically created farms of kibbutzim. The process was not at all like the US and Canada settlement process since Native Americans were rarely given money or involved in the sale of land. In NA most of the tribes ended up with treaties that pushed them into reservations. In the case of Israel, land owners, often absentee land owners, simply sold land that was not being used for either grazing or farming. You may be interested to know that many Arabs welcomed the infusion of skills, capital and investment. This was a very backward and neglected part of the Turkish empire, ruled from a distant capital and without much autonomy. But here’s the big difference. They were buying land that our ancestors had owned. Actually, a major irony in all this is that the West Bank actually has more Jewish history than Arab, while some of Israel inside the green line is less well connected with Jewish history. Now the question on the table is this. Should the Euro-Canadians go back to Scotland and France? Or do we move forward? The UN offered Palestinian statehood in 1947, including parts of Israel inside the green line. The answer: no. Another offer in 1948. Answer No. Again in 1978. No. 1995. No 1999 and 2000. No. Pakistan was created in 1948 and the Muslims there said yes, though more Muslims live inside India.
            No one in the history of the world has been offered independence more times. And certainly First Nations were never offered it

          • riccotelaly

            Sephardic Jews-yes.. There is zero evidence that Ashkenazis have any roots in Israel. Biblical claims are nonsense. Israel has been trying to find evidence of its claims archaeologically and have come up with nada. But it is obvious who the descendants are, the Palestinians. This is Ashkenazis killing Sephardic descendants. All very obvious and disturbing.

        • riccotelaly

          So you agree Israel must retreat to the 1947 borders, glad that is cleared up.

          • Juan Rabinovits

            The 1947 borders were not agreed upon by the Arabs. Israel is defined by the 1922 borders. Everything after that is only discussion on the way to a final agreement.

          • Juan Rabinovits

            No the 1922 borders are legal.

  • D Laurier Beaulieu

    White colonialism.
    The fear is that if the Canadian public can force the white colonial masters in Palestine to stop slaughtering native Palestinians, then the same Canadian public can also force restrictions upon white colonialism here in Canada.
    Once the native Palestinians are allowed to have their own schools, within the camps… its only a matter of time before natives here are allowed to build our own schools on reservations.

    • Normando782

      Last I heard the Palestinians do have their own schools, they also elect their own governments although the 4 year term of Abbas was held in 2005 and he is still in power although local elections have been held since, they also have their own armed security. There is no colonialism, but there are plenty of hostile actions between Hamas and Fatah followers and a few honor killings as well. Please educate yourself a little better.

      • josie Jumps

        Their own armed security? Yeah, it’s called the IDF. Wise up!

  • Pacemaker4

    15% of the jews in Canada are from Israel.

    • Oliver Puma

      Reference?

      • Pacemaker4

        Study: 14% of Canadian Jews are Israeli emigrants- Ynetnews

        edit add: Canadian study in vancouver

        • Oliver Puma

          What study?

          • Pacemaker4
          • Pacemaker4

            Study conducted by Jewish student shows number of Israeli emigrants to Canada constantly rising. Most have trouble assimilating socially, but end up staying longer than planned
            Brent Harris, a Jewish student who conducted of the study, researched the phenomenon of Israelis emigrating to Canada, and specifically to British Columbia.
            Jewish institutions in Vancouver estimate that there are some 5,000 Israeli emigrants in the city, although their numbers keep rising. In total, there are 26,000 Jews living in the city and suburb areas.
            The study included interviews with 31 Israeli citizens living in Vancouver (16 women and 15 men; ages 19-57), most of whom have a higher education and immigrated to Canada between the years 1990-2007.
            Most of the interviewees claimed they managed to integrate into the local job market, however they were having a difficult time simulating socially, even after several years in Canada.
            The emigrants claimed forming social ties with the local Canadian Jews was not easy, and therefore mostly associated with other members of the Israeli community.
            According to the study, the reason for the cleavage between Israelis and locals stems from cultural and behavioral differences. As such, Israelis are much more direct and “warm blooded” than the Canadian, and often find it difficult to understand what the locals really mean. Another difficulty comes from the language barrier – some Israelis often find it hard to explain themselves to the locals.
            No more Stigma
            Most of the interviewees claimed the biggest obstacle they are facing in Canada is the large social gap between them and the Canadian Jews. While Israelis feel connected to the Canadians, the latter see themselves as Canadian both in definition and in behavior. According to the Israelis, the differences between the two groups are larger than the similarities.
            The study also showed most Israeli emigrants still possess a strong Israeli identity. They enter Israeli internet websites at least once a day, continue to read Hebrew books and want to maintain their Jewish roots. Most view their move to Canada as temporary; however end up staying there for a longer time period than originally planned.
            Even those who hold Canadian citizenship find it hard to express strong feelings toward their Canadian identity. According to the study, some of the emigrants were not clear about what it meant to “be Canadian”.
            Surprisingly, the study showed that the degree to which the emigrants feel connected to Canada has nothing to do with the amount of time they spent in the country, nor is it connected to the age in which they emigrated.
            According to Harris, unlike in the past, Israeli emigrants no longer suffer moral condemnation for leaving the country. Harris further claimed that most emigrants do not have guilty feelings for moving overseas, and some even said they paid their dues after finishing the military service.
            Those who felt uncomfortable with leaving Israel stated this was not because of guilt, but rather because they felt they left behind their families and friends.
            Most Israelis think today’s Israel is different then what it was, says Harris about the attitude towards emigration within Israeli society. The second intifada, the leadership crisis, lack of trust in politicians and public corruption have reached a negative record, and made emigrants reconsider the question of “when to return” to “should we return”.

          • Pacemaker4

            wow.. the moderation is epic

  • Renter204

    Shows how corrupt Canadian politicians are.

    • Justin Lutz

      ya it only needs to be shown to people who dont already know.

  • josie Jumps

    Shame on Canada!!

    • Linda

      Josie, shame on Canada for passing a law that fight discrimination? Is that what you mean?

      • Dave

        Shame on Israel for their genocide.

  • So I hear Mulcair was one of the 51 against us. Didn’t he trot out his Jewish wife during the last election to help him in our community? Anyone surprised? Of course, Junior wants a seat on the Security Council so get ready for “token” gift to the UN. Palestine House, Alghabra and now Mulcair. Eternal vigilance.

    • Murray

      Considering what I heard Mulcair say when he was running for the NDP leadership, he’s a hypocrite but then that’s nothing new for a politician. Amusingly, Obama signed a bill yesterday making BDS illegal against Israel. The BDS movement is dying.

      • Borukh

        You misunderstand what was passed and signed. It was the Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which sets out terms that EU countries (for eg.) must accept in order to achieve a free trade agreement with the USA. It does NOT make BDS illegal in the USA. Such a law would certainly be shot down by the Supreme Court as being in gross violation of the US Constitution! And the BDS movement is far from dying. I don’t agree with it, but I do strongly support a targeted BDS against goods and services coming from the illegal so-called settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan.

    • Canada First

      Referring to the Prime Minister of Canada as “Junior” is immature. Your party lost the election and with the Liberals and NDP no longer splitting the anti-right wing vote, the Conservatives won’t be back anytime soon. Grow up and get over it.

      • riccotelaly

        Pierre would disown him.

    • riccotelaly

      No he stood up for the right of people to stand and act on their beliefs. He stood up for Jews as well. Unless you conflate being jewish with Israel. If you do that is just plain anti-Semitic.The real anti-Semites are Zionists. Their raison d’être is everyone hates Jews. If that wasn’t true the entire point of Zionism is lost. Ben Gurion said as much. Everybody hates all of us because of who we are not because what some of us do. Zionism can only thrive if their is anti-semitism. It’s all very circular. The power of victim hood. I’m Jewish and I’m not buying into the nonsense. In Canada people are free to disagree. Free to spend their money any way they desire. Thanks Israel for making us a little more fascistic. And let’s face it mission accomplished Zionists – the ill informed will conflate this motion with all Jews? More anti-semitism- mission accomplished you racist thugs.

  • Oliver Puma

    25% of Liberals (including Stephan Dion) did not show up to vote. At least the Conservatives (92%) and NDP (95%) almost all showed up to take a stand. (even if I don’t agree with the latter)

    • Canada First

      It is clear from your comments on CJNews in 2015 and 2016 that you are a Conservative shill so why would you find it necessary to point out that you don’t agree with the latter?

  • Ellen Atkin

    As an activated ultra from the MK Ultra programme (remember me Carolyn Bennett and Jean Marmoreo?), I
    do formally condemn and render null and void all such proclamations from the last illegitimate parliament in Canadian History.. Watch out cray handlers….. clean out your desks is the best advise I can give you… go home and look after your families. You are in big trouble… Trudeau you need to stop listening to Hedy Fry and Carolyn Bennett. They are your handlers. Play them along though, I don’t think either of them will get out of jail free. Oh yeh,,, and you cray anti jews.. you are just so funny as in funny koo koo.. That means this paper.. Everybody knows better, whatever you are trying to pull will not work.

  • Oliver Puma

    I am a bit perplexed by the dozens of anti Israel posts here at a jewish newspaper.

    What are the posters trying to prove other than proving that jews permit open discussion ?

    Would BDSmovement.net allow these sorts of insulting comments to be posted about arabs?

    Surely they don’t think that their verbally violent comments will change anyone’s mind about this.

    • I don’t think anyone here is anti-Israel, any more than people protesting ex-president Bush’s policies were anti-American, or folks protesting Harper’s policies were anti-Canadian.

      I, personally, have no problem with the Jewish people, faith, or with Israel the nation.
      I DO have a huge problem with the aggressive war the Israeli government is committing against the Palestinian people, and the war of terror that Hamas is committing against the Israeli people.

  • Douglas Green

    There is a single nation in the Middle east where an Arab can freely join a political party of his choice, petition the government, sue the government, do business with the state such as getting a license without having to issue a bribe, speak and write freely, be a religious apostate or a convert, be openly gay or transgender, and even become a member of parliament without having to take an oath of allegiance (otherwise required in places like America)… This country is Israel. And there are some side benefits too. The #$%-damn sewers actually work, the water is safe to drink… If you were an Arab, where would you really rather live? Syria, where eventually some horrendous faction will eventually win the day and offer some horrific brand of despotism, or Israel? Those of you who are very critical of Israel should keep this in mind. Your range of expression would not exist in the nation you are saying you would like to replace Israel, while that same range of liberty is carefully protected by the state you seek to destroy, were you living there.

  • Thinking that the Israeli governement is committing war crimes against the Palestinian people doesn’t make one antisemitic.

    Thinking that the Israeli governement has become the same type of nationalistic fascism that perpetrated attempted genocide against the Jewish people in WW2 doesn’t make one antisemitic.

    BDS is one of the only tools we, as peaceful Canadians, have to express our severe disappointment that the Israeli government continues to wage genocide against the Palestinian people. That they continue to pursue a war of expansion against a vastly outpowered opponent.

    Supporters of banning BDS should be ashamed. The blood of children is on their hands as much as it is on the hands of people who support Hamas.

    Note that I ALSO don’t condone the violence that Palestine is doing to Israel, but they’re throwing rocks and molotovs, while the Israel government throws cruise missiles and F16s. Neither side is right, but Israel does, as the more “enlightened” side, bear more of the responsibility to be the ‘adult.’

    Frankly, to an outsider, to a peace loving atheist Canadian, both the Israel government and Palestine’s Hamas are acting like thuggish violent children, and it’s disappointing that the Israeli government seems to be incapable of being reasonable and turning the other cheek – of facing down anger with love, of meeting violence with patience and kindness. It’s beyond disappointing. It’s pathetic, and hypocritical.

    What’s worse is that where kindness, patience, and compassion would see an end to the violence within a generation or two, the continued violence just breeds more violence. You are, in effect, firebombing your own descendants.

  • Alcide McLeod

    I do not agree with how the Israelis are handling things and wonder why they are above international law. As a Native American I have always wondered how they warranted getting a whole country annexed from the people living there, given nation status, given Billions of dollars and support that continues to this day, when we suffered more, lost more lives, had our culture denied us, our lands taken away from us, were forbidden to use our language, had our children taken from us(only a few decades ago), were forced to live on reserves in areas we couldn’t even grow or hunt food. To this day our land is taken and our money stolen by the government. And there is so much more we suffer. So sometimes I wonder why were they are treated so much better.
    Fairness is something that just does not happen in this world.

    • Oliver Puma

      Instead of trying to drag Israel down to the level of native communities in North America, maybe you would be better to learn from the Israelis how to lift yourselves up.

      If you reached out to Israel as First Nation to First Nation, they could share with you some of their secrets to success.

      Denying Israel it’s existence and success will never help the First Nations of Canada.

      • Alcide McLeod

        Interesting choice of words.
        “Instead of trying to drag Israel down to the level of native communities
        in North America, maybe you would be better to learn from the Israelis
        how to lift yourselves up.”
        Down to the level of native communities?? In what context do you mean this?
        Sounds like a demeaning statement that we are below the you or Israelis.
        We are a proud people who believe in spirits who are about the protection of what mother earth has provided us, only taking what we need and giving back to her and protecting her from those who would harm her.
        Or are you referring to subjugation. We offered our help to the Europeans and taught them how to survive and shared our land with them. Then they took everything, committed genocide of our people and cultures. Their restitution has been minimal and we are still considered a lesser people. They make it hard for us to educate our children and steal our money and still prefer we live on their designated reserves. We fight for more, but they won’t budge. They even violate the Chartered Rights of Indigenous People as Dictated by the UN. We will continue to fight. We are no less or better than any other human. We stand with other indigenous people from around the world for fair treatment and recognition of our rights. The Israelis could learn from us.
        We never had the sympathies, education, monies, powers or connections the Jews who helped form Israel had and have. My sympathy may lie with the Palestinians for the reason that they are considered a lesser people(dehumanization). The Israelis punish all for the actions of a few. Israel enforces severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’ human rights, and it builds and supports unlawful settlements in the occupied West Bank. Like the Americans you fuel the very hatred against yourselves.
        Maybe rather than dragging you “down” to the level of the Native, you should be pulled up to the level of the North American Natives.
        It is not denial of Israels existence, (which was never even implied in my statement), but it is disappointment in a people who have not learned anything from their own history on the treatment of other human beings.

        • Oliver Puma

          You described in your own comments how Native communities had been dragged down, i.e., lost their language, territory, children etc. You said yourself that you were suffering.

          I agree with you that the history and treatment of native communities in North America is grim. How did you interpret my comment as a negative when you are saying the same thing?

          Perhaps I did not express it clearly enough, but what I wanted to say was that jews and native Canadians share a history of suffering and subjugation. (Jewish history did not start with the creation of Israel in 1948.)

          Yet, for the most part, we have maintained our customs and traditions dating back thousands of years, as well as (for the most part) strong family and community units in countries the world over.

          Perhaps you could start by modelling your community after a success story, instead of continuing to identify with a group that you refer to as a “lesser people”.

          I’m sure that if your first nations community approached the jewish community with an open heart and open mind, that they would have many skills and resources to share with you.

          • emwatcher

            “jews and native Canadians share a history of suffering and subjugation.”

            Indeed they do, but in modern times Israel, falsely acting in the name of all Jews, is the instigator of suffering and subjugation. It’s a well-recognized psychological phenomenon — children who grew up being abused too often end up as abusers themselves — but healthy people repudiate abuse rather than defending modern abusers.

    • Borukh

      That’s a valid comment. After hundreds of years and countless human rights violations against Canada’s First Nations, there has been some shift in how First Nations people are being recognized and treated. OK – I said “some shift”, but I hasten to add – not a hell of a lot. My hope is that it bodes well for the future and helps us all to recognize the debt we non-First Nations folk owe. I heard on the news yesterday (March 1) that Louis Riele’s portrait was hung in the corridoprs opf Manitoba’s Legislature alongside those of all of Manitoba’s premiers. His role in establishing Manitoba as a province and indeed being recognized as the first premier of Manitoba was acknowledged in the ceremony. That is a small but significant example of change!.

    • Nat

      @Alcide McLeod: I’ve read some of your posts here and would like to respectfully respond to you.

      It is erroneous to assume that all Israelis agree with how the current Israeli government operates. There is enormous dissent, I assure you, within Israel and the Jewish diaspora.

      Should I assume that, as a Canadian citizen, you were a die hard Harper government supporter? Chances are you weren’t, since his governments’ priorities were incongruent with those of many indigenous nations.

      There are more political parties in Israel than you probably know. Also, reading dozens or hundreds of comments on a thread about a murdered Palestinian girl is not quantitative data that is reliably representative of the Israeli public. I personally hold Israeli citizenship and would never dream of joining a thread to celebrate or praise the death of anyone, even a supposed enemy. There are others like me, believe it or not. We humans always seek out information that confirms our beliefs. This phenomenon is known as confirmation bias. Be cautious. There are dehumanizing and inflammatory examples from both sides. This action is not unique to Israelis.

      Just as the indigenous people of turtle island never lost their title rights to the land they were displaced from, neither did the Jewish people. Our title rights are inalienable.

      As for your fairness rant, I don’t see any merit or value in comparing one groups’ tragedies to another. Both of our groups have suffered immense tragedies, and still do. Why is the extent of someone’s suffering a competition? Perhaps you can relate more to your groups’ suffering since it is your own ancestral history.

      • Alcide McLeod

        The context of my statement is based on the content of the previous comments and their content.

  • Alex

    I hope Trudeau will no become the second Canadian Prime Minister to be handled by the cojones by the jewish israeli lobbyist as harper who will be registered by history as the biggest zionist sell out in our country politics

  • TANNED STEWIE

    This is the equivalent of apartheid South Africa pressuring nations to pass laws preventing boycotting of that horrible system. South Africa actually paid Arnon Milchan, the Hollywood movie mogul and admitted spy, to help present a “nice face”for apartheid to the world. Boycotting was the only way South Africa got the message. Forcing Canadians to act the way Israel wants them to is unheard of. Israel has clearly demonstrated that they do not want peace, but genocide.

    • Oliver Puma

      Isn’t Canada grand: You have the right to post vile, anti Israel comments in a Jewish newspaper and you are not deleted.

      Try posting pro Israel comments on Hamas’ website.

      • Borukh

        That’s a silly remark and irrelevant to the discussion. Get serious. As for the CJN, they know that there’s a wide range of opinion among Canadian Jews and non-Jewish readers, and they are a credible newspaper who do try nd reflect the specturm of opinion.

        • riccotelaly

          Exactly I’m Jewish and am horrified that my country would condemn free speech. That is the Israel effect. As my great aunt would say “we couldn’t go to Israel when we left Europe. We just had our property stolen it wouldn’t be right to steal someone else’s. ”

    • Canada First

      A “nice face” for South Africa’s apartheid system was promoted by the Northern Foundation, a far right organization co-founded by Stephen Harper.

  • Murray

    Interesting to see how many pro BDS trolls can be attracted to the CJN site when parliamentarians, all but destroy BDS in Canada. Now that Obama has all but destroyed BDS in the USA I guess that the same is happening there. That reminds me. I must buy more supplies for our SodaStream. Great device as it has saved so much plastic from being wasted and at the same time has saved us $$$!

  • Borukh

    I took the time to read through the entire debate as recorded in Hansard. There was a great deal of politicing and too little substantive discussion; no legislation was actually passed – only an opinion about BDS by MPs. A very few Liberals even voted against it. The issues raised by a general BDS are problematic imo and I don’t agree with it. But I do strongly support a targeted BDS against goods and services coming from the illegal so-called settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan.

    A general BDS gets mixed in with charges of anti-Semitism and general Israel ‘bashing’. It is promoted by some people who wish the destruction of Israel. It diverts the discussion away from what I consider has a GREAT deal of broad support among Jews and non-Jews, and is absolutely the wrong tactic to use in implementing a strategy of getting Israel to stop what it is doing in the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem and Gaza, and the Golan) in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention (signed by Israel in 1949 and ratified in 1951); UN Security Council resolutions (eg.465); and the 2004 judgement by the International Court of Justice.

    The violations of humanitarian and international law that Israel continues to propagate in the territories are completely unconscionable and must be stopped. Upwards of 650,000 Jewish Israelis are now illegally living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Israel continues to increase their number. It has fomented an absolute apartheid regime in the West Bank, and the number of fanatical ultra-national Israelis are running their own terrorist cells and attacks that are beyond the government’s ability to completely control.

    A focused BDS campaign targeting goods and products from the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Golan, Gaza and East Jerusalem avoids any concerns about BDS leading to the demise of Israel as a country and is bound to be more effective and garner MUCH more support, as has already happened in Canada, the USA, the UK, and other countries whose governments support the existence of Israel.

  • olegrin

    It seems Nazi boycotter trolls attacked the site. Blackshirts marching.

  • Steven

    Where can I get some BDS stickers to put up around my city? My conscience requires me to act morally and this is about the best non-violent chance to stop the apartheid I have seen yet.

    • riccotelaly

      Yeah a bumper sticker. Pierre rolls in grave over sons dismal intellect.

  • Pacemaker4

    Canada wants to help Ukraine but not Palestine. Yet it benefits from the inventiveness of Russia. ie seats on rockets to the ISS and rocket engines…. oh wait those arent sanctioned. How hypocritical.

    • riccotelaly

      Ukraine we got wrong as well. An American financed junta of a democratic country. Siding with the worlds leading terror state-USA.

  • riccotelaly

    Pierre would disown Justin. Justin is so dumb he just conflated being a Jew with being Israeli. What an Anti-Semite. Hey Justin there are millions of Jews who are not on board with Netanyahu and other forms of right wing fundamentalism.

  • Johnny Jones

    Israel: im gonna buldoze your home
    Palestine: you cant do that!
    Israel: yes, god said this my land and you better leave cause iv just buldozed your home
    Palestine: how could you do this. Im gonna throw rocks and launch this cheap bottle rocket i made at the house you built on the land that was mine.
    Israel: Then we have the right to defend myself by using excessive force and US military aide to ethnically cleans the land we took. We will call anyone who has an issue with us stealing Palestine land, an anti semite. We will gain support in america by making it about terror (never about territory).

    In a nut shell, this is why the people of the world will stand agaist the new apartheid regime. BDS absolutely absolute.

  • Vinny V James

    Living in a so-called ‘FREE’ country, I should have the ‘FREEDOM’ what to buy, and who to buy it from. Making my freedom of choice ILLEGAL, you are asking for MEGA TROUBLE in the future, because it will destroy all those countries where the politicians and rulers are oppressing their citizen by imposing any such LAWS. BE CAREFUL, BE VERY CAREFUL about what you are doing.

  • VinceJames

    What right these 229 Canadian MPs have to tell Canadian citizens how and where to spend their own money. I hope most of over 36 Canadians would DEFY this oppressive law.