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Canadian Labour Congress slammed by Jewish groups for passing anti-Israel resolution

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The Ofer Prison in the West Bank. CHRISTOPHER MICHEL/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Jewish groups have denounced a resolution passed by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) that is critical of Israel.

Approved on May 10 at the CLC’s convention in Toronto, the motion calls on Canada to pressure Israel “to stop violating international law by illegally detaining Palestinians and depriving them of their basic human, civil and political rights.”

It noted that more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israel have been on a hunger strike since April 17, to demand family visits, health care, education and an end to solitary confinement and “administrative detention.”

The CLC supports the right of Palestinians to self-determination “and an end to the illegal Israeli occupation as the basis for a just peace in the region,” the “emergency resolution” stated.

The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) called the resolution “a mixed bag of false accusations.”

Many of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are responsible for coordinating suicide bombings and terror attacks that have killed civilians, said Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of FSWC.

Others have been involved in stabbing attacks and using vehicles to run over civilians, he added.

“We are wondering why the CLC is not speaking out against these atrocities and also expressing compassion for civilians and their families who have been harmed by these very same prisoners they are defending?” Benlolo asked.

The resolution “is filled with inaccuracies and has absolutely no merit,” remarked Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, in a written statement to The CJN.

He too noted that most of the prisoners that are engaged in the hunger strike were found guilty of terrorism and murdering civilians.

“Israel treats prisoners, both Israeli and Palestinian-Arab, fairly and in complete adherence to international law,” Mostyn’s statement continued. “For the CLC to distort facts in a bid to promote an anti-Israel political agenda is not only wrong, but antithetical to Canadian values. It should immediately retract this blatantly false resolution, take the real facts into account and apologize to the Jewish community for issuing this propaganda.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs called the resolution “shameful, ineffective and divisive.”

Some of the Palestinian prisoners, said CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel, are “mass murderers” who “receive their rights under international law, including proper health care, family visits and freedom of religion.”

In 2015, the CLC called on Ottawa “to stop trying to shut down legitimate and nonviolent criticism of human rights abuses by Israel,” noting that the worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign “can be effective for raising awareness about and discouraging human rights abuses by governments, and must not be characterized as criminal or as inciting hatred towards a people.”

The year before, the CLC criticized then-prime minister Stephen Harper for “blindly” supporting Israel.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    A whole lot of people these days get involved in issues in which they have no knowledge, no business spending their constituents, congregants or members’ money, for reasons that do not make sense, all because they want to look like they are good guys in the eyes of the media and the left wing simpletons who have never taken time to ask what advantage there is in a world where terrorists are defended and supported but victims of terrorists are re-victimized by the left.

    Believe me CLC members, if you had to be in jail, you would want to be in an Israeli jail, not an Arab or Iranian jail. If you committed a serious crime, a murder, or a terrorist act where many were killed, you would never make it into a jail because you would be killed, gunned down, stoned to death or hanged first (for being gay, for fighting with your husband, for adultery, for being against the tyrannical Iranian regime or some Arab country, etc.) … And if you were in one like Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, you would probably be beaten, tortured, raped and left for dead before too long.

    Where are the “resolutions” against Islamic torture chambers?

    BTW: This “hunger strike” looks more like a political diet because normally when people stop eating they die in a week or two!

    • My Name Here

      As usual, Terror is Evil makes things up and pretends they’re facts. You can live for up to two months without food. Terror’s claim that it’s a week is pure fabrication.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        Without liquids the lifespan of a person is down to one or two weeks at most.

        Anyway, this is a fake propaganda hunger strike conducted by people who support terrorism and it only impresses those who do not want peace but want to eliminate citizens in both Israel and the Arab population who would do much better were peace on the agenda of their terrorist leaders.

        Union leaders in CLC: Drop your hateful one-sided campaigns and join the peace train!

      • Michael Sherman

        Hunger strike is no big deal. Free choice to commit suicide by starving oneself. Ignore their infantile choices.

    • Not a fan of Israel

      Ah yes, Israel has the “best” jails. Give me a break. Free Palestine.

      • TerrorIsEvil

        All countries have jails, Israel’s jails, unfortunately, has far too many terrorists who have either killed people or use their ideology to justify terrorism and killing. Some of the worst are paid $1000 per month by Arab countries who support terrorism and terrorists.

        The Arab world has some of the most barbaric jails.

        Long live Israel and may it go from success to success because success is the antidote to terrorism and the only answer to supporters of terrorists such as you.

      • TrevorD

        Applause…

      • Michael Sherman

        Palestine is free. Free to engage in terrorism against the only free country in the region. And not to forget, free to engage in honor killings of wives and daughters and free to engage in female genital mutilation with impunity.

  • Michael Sherman

    The CLC is a sick joke. Criticizing Harper for blindly supporting Israel as it blindly supports Palestinian terrorism.

  • Jane Paxman

    TerrorlsEvil – might be a good idea for you to leave medical opinions to the experts. Nobody has died in 2 wks from drinking water and not eating. Lolololo.
    Glad the Canadian Labour Congress passed this resolution. Long overdue.
    Also, you might also want to leave your prison experience opinions to those who have ACTUALLY had such experiences.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      Maybe you ought to be more concerned about who these prisoners are and who they and their leaders have killed rather than worrying about their fake hunger strike in a jail that gives them better nutritious eating options and religious-requested diets than this bachelor makes for himself! Supporting killers of Jews shows clearly who you are and what you believe – and it is at hate crime.

      Has anyone from CLC asked the prisoners if they would rather be in Israeli jails or their own Islamic torture chambers? The ones run by Hamas, PA and Hezbollah are not too kind to their own miscreants and terrorists and they do not last long there if they make it at all to prison before being stoned, hung, shot, caged and burned, etc.?

      You might start there if you were doing serious research (I assume that you can read) into what these prisoners have done and who they are in terms of terrorism, politics and their views on the exact treatment they receive.

      If your left-wingers were being targeted by murderers and terrorists in the same way as the Jewish population is in Israel by terror groups, I think that you would refrain from taking union dues from your own workers to support these hateful campaigns that bolster and support murderers.

      • Jane Paxman

        They are innocent Palestinians locked up for their silly beliefs of thinking Palestinians have the right to live on their own land.
        Believe me, I am concerned.
        That’s why I fully support BDS.

        • TerrorIsEvil

          Innocent? If they murdered your family and friends for their religious beliefs, I doubt you would be calling them innocent but because they have killed Jews and other you figure that they are ‘innocent’??!!

  • My Name Here

    Simon Wiesenthal was fairly skeptical about Zionism. I don’t think he’d be impressed by what Avi Benlolo is doing in his name.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      Yes, and so you are the great resident expert of what the Jewish people think, right?

      Your friends in the cultural appropriation and identity politics business would be ashamed of you for pretending to put words into our mouths and speaking up as if you know what it is like being in other peoples’ shoes.

      • My Name Here

        Thank you for recognizing my expertise.

    • Michael Sherman

      He’d be even less impressed by what the anti-Zionists, anti-Semites, and anti-Israel bigots are doing in the name of labour unionism.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    Why would I? I do not sympathize with terrorist causes but perhaps you would like to join them in jail – I hear the menu is much better than your average American, Canadian or European jail. Maybe they will name a school or community center after you as the leaders of the PA frequently do to glorify and celebrate their terrorist killers.

  • Jane Paxman

    Thank God they do!
    – to replace the entire families and Palestinian cities ‘ethnically cleansed’ by the ILLEGAL ISRAELI SQUATTERS.
    Viva Palestine <3

    • Michael Sherman

      They ethnically cleansed themselves. Fled from and lost the wars that they and their Arab brethren initiated both in 1948 and 1967!
      Sore losers shouldn’t provoke or initiate wars with stronger adversaries. Palestinians are sure good at that.

      • Jane Paxman

        bullshit
        The Nakba was an actual event, moron